As the only North American chapter with a cross-border membership, the Northwest Chapter of TMA is unique among other U.S. and Canadian chapters. We also cover the largest single TMA region, stretching from Oregon and Washington to British Columbia and Alberta. We are proud of our chapter’s international diversity, representing a broad range of industries from agriculture and energy exploration to tourism and software development.
A great many Washington and Oregon businesses have affiliates or branch operations on the Canadian side of the international border. Likewise, many Canadian companies have operations on the US side. In this regard, our Chapter’s unique geographic composition permits our members to draw upon a wide variety of expertise and practical experience in addressing Northwest corporate revitalization, renewal and insolvency issues and the differences between the U.S. and Canadian legal, accounting and banking systems.
Drawing on this strength, the national and international TMA boards frequently draw leaders from our chapter. Two of TMA’s past national presidents are members of our chapter; Bill Skelly, who was inducted into the Turnaround, Restructuring, and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of fame in 2013; and John Rizzardi, who served as TMA’s 2004 International Chairman.
Our chapter conducts regular educational and relationship building events in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, which provide our members with useful information and opportunities to form business relationships and personal friendships in their own regions.
Additionally, we hold an annual Cross Border Conference each September where our members gather to network, build relationships and discuss cross-border issues of common concern to our members and others in the business community. Our Cross Border conference began as a means to at least annually bring our Chapter’s members together from all locations. It has evolved into an event that draws business renewal professionals and members of the bench from across the United States and Canada.