Birgit has a strong and unique perspective of the issues facing Canadian and American cross-border supply chains. She began her career as a Canadian Customs and later as an immigration regional manager along the Quebec/Vermont border, followed by 25 years at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Prior to joining Arent Fox, she served as the eyes and ears for Canada's largest business association. In short, Birgit knows the border and beyond.
At Arent Fox, Birgit works with a team of lawyers to assist companies and business groups with cross-border business interests, ranging from import risk assessment to broader trade competitive objectives. This unique team builds upon specialty practices already offered by Arent Fox and adds a distinct perspective on the challenges and opportunities for Canadian business interests in the US marketplace.
Birgit's specialties reflect a career building a network of cross-border interests. She has worked within the Canadian Government, has represented Canadian business interests to American officials and members of Congress, and has built a solid record of advocacy in the United States for Canadian companies and their American business partners. Her distinguished professional portfolio offers Arent Fox clients a vantage point unmatched in North America.
* Birgit is not a member of the legal practice.
Before joining Arent Fox, Birgit served as the Special Advisor to the President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) as their Washington representative. Her responsibilities included advising CME members on US Congressional and Executive Branch actions that would have ramifications for Canadian companies with operations on both sides of the border. While at CME, Birgit cultivated a close working relationship with US business associations, federal and state government offices, and Washington think tanks to advance a North American Manufacturing Common Cause advocacy effort.
Before CME, Birgit was on the Trade and Economic Policy staff at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, where she served under a number of distinguished Canadian Ambassadors. During her tenure at the Embassy, Birgit worked directly with Canadian companies and associations to identify and ease US legislative and regulatory barriers for their cross-border interests. While at the Embassy, Birgit also became well known in Washington for her exceptional advocacy reach and her unique capacity to showcase and promote the importance of North American competitiveness in a challenging global environment.
Birgit serves as a board member of The Global Business Dialogue, Inc. (GBD).
Publications, Presentations, and Recognition
- Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for Public Service 2012
- Monthly columnist for 2020 Magazine, a publication of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
- Interviewed by US and Canadian media (C-SPAN, CTV, CBC, Canadian radio)
- Invited to speak at numerous business meetings in Canada and the United States
- Co-authored with former Canadian Ambassador Michael Kergin a report for the Canadian International Council titled “A Border Between Friends”