Mayor Stanton Names R. Glenn Williamson First Recipient Of City Of Phoenix Global Citizens Award Honor, Bestowed by Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., Announced at Inaugural Mayor's International Gala

PHOENIX, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and enhancing global connections, announced R. Glenn Williamson as the recipient of the City of Phoenix Global Citizen Award at the inaugural Mayor's International Gala held on April 3.

Williamson was recognized as an individual who embraces the qualities of a global citizen and who exemplifies global citizenship though his leadership and vision.  In addition to advancing the city of Phoenix's global position, Williamson is recognized for his efforts to open doors and facilitate economic development between Phoenix and Canada.

"It is increasingly important for cities to foster economic development on an international level and Glenn Williamson has made tremendous strides in creating opportunities through the Canada Arizona Business Council," said Mayor Stanton.  "Glenn is a visionary leader who has made many contributions to our community."
     Williamson is the founder and CEO of the Canada Arizona Business Council, a private-sector group sanctioned by the Canadian government and the state of Arizona to work on increasing bilateral trade and foreign direct investment between Canada and Arizona. He is also a "visiting speaker" at Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix. He was a founding board member of Arizona State University's North American Center for Trans Border Studies, a member of the Deans Advisory Council in the School of Global Management & Leadership at ASU and a board member of the International

Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.  Additionally, he sits on the Arizona District Export Council Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Williamson is also the CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C., a private equity firm with offices in Montreal and Phoenix.  Williamson holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.  He resides in Phoenix.

"I am honored and thrilled to receive this award. It means a great deal to me to be able to help the city of Phoenix by furthering its relationship with Canada and therefore the extended International community," said Williamson.

"Phoenix Sister Cities' mission is to open doors for businesses to thrive internationally," said Paula West, executive director, Phoenix Sister Cities, and international relations division director of the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department.  "Globally minded citizens, like Glenn Williamson, are leading the way and inspiring business relationships that not only cross physical borders, but also remove cultural barriers, resulting in mutually beneficial economic outcomes."

More than 500 people attended the event to celebrate the city's cultural diversity and support Phoenix Sister Cities programs.  The evening featured international cuisine, live entertainment and a silent auction.

In addition to title sponsor Arizona State University, gala sponsors included CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, American President Lines (APL), CityScape Phoenix, Seidberg Law Offices, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, SRP, Arizona Lottery, Snell & Wilmer, city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Univision.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and enhancing global connections, announced R. Glenn Williamson as the recipient of the City of Phoenix Global Citizen Award at the inaugural Mayor's International Gala held on April 3.

Williamson was recognized as an individual who embraces the qualities of a global citizen and who exemplifies global citizenship though his leadership and vision.  In addition to advancing the city of Phoenix's global position, Williamson is recognized for his efforts to open doors and facilitate economic development between Phoenix and Canada.

"It is increasingly important for cities to foster economic development on an international level and Glenn Williamson has made tremendous strides in creating opportunities through the Canada Arizona Business Council," said Mayor Stanton.  "Glenn is a visionary leader who has made many contributions to our community."
     Williamson is the founder and CEO of the Canada Arizona Business Council, a private-sector group sanctioned by the Canadian government and the state of Arizona to work on increasing bilateral trade and foreign direct investment between Canada and Arizona. He is also a "visiting speaker" at Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix. He was a founding board member of Arizona State University's North American Center for Trans Border Studies, a member of the Deans Advisory Council in the School of Global Management & Leadership at ASU and a board member of the International

Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.  Additionally, he sits on the Arizona District Export Council Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Williamson is also the CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C., a private equity firm with offices in Montreal and Phoenix.  Williamson holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.  He resides in Phoenix.

"I am honored and thrilled to receive this award. It means a great deal to me to be able to help the city of Phoenix by furthering its relationship with Canada and therefore the extended International community," said Williamson.

"Phoenix Sister Cities' mission is to open doors for businesses to thrive internationally," said Paula West, executive director, Phoenix Sister Cities, and international relations division director of the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department.  "Globally minded citizens, like Glenn Williamson, are leading the way and inspiring business relationships that not only cross physical borders, but also remove cultural barriers, resulting in mutually beneficial economic outcomes."

More than 500 people attended the event to celebrate the city's cultural diversity and support Phoenix Sister Cities programs.  The evening featured international cuisine, live entertainment and a silent auction.

In addition to title sponsor Arizona State University, gala sponsors included CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, American President Lines (APL), CityScape Phoenix, Seidberg Law Offices, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, SRP, Arizona Lottery, Snell & Wilmer, city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Univision.

Media Contact: Glenn Williamson, Canada Arizona Business Council, 1 602 315 9550, gwilliamson@canaz.net

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