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Proclamation for CanDiego from San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders June 2007
Proclamation for CanDiego from Chairman Ron Roberts and the County Board of Supervisors June 2007
Article on CanDiego in San Diego Business Journal June 2007
Launch Announcement for CanDiego June 2006





CanDiego Launch Announcement

For Immediate Release

Canadian Professionals in San Diego to launch
CanDiego association with Canada Day event.

SAN DIEGO, Calif.: June 14, 2006 - Canadians form one of the largest groups of professional immigrants in the San Diego area, but they have not had a comprehensive association in San Diego until now. CanDiego is a new association that provides Canadian ex-pats and friends of Canadians a forum for maintaining strong social and professional networks. CanDiego was established by a volunteer group in San Diego comprised of alumni association representatives and graduates from various Canadian universities.

San Diego is home to tens of thousands of Canadian immigrants. Many hold advanced degrees and contribute to the region's high-tech, wireless, biosciences, and other important industries.

"Since the number of alumni in San Diego from any specific Canadian university is typically too small to maintain its own alumni association, I saw an opportunity to connect Canadian university alumni in San Diego through one consolidated professional network" explains Thor Berggren, the San Diego-based alumni representative of Simon Fraser University. "I spoke with other local Canadian university alumni and alumni representatives including Julie Wright, Chris Montgomery, and Beth Collins. They also saw the opportunity and offered to help, and so CanDiego was formed."

Membership is free and registration to receive event notices can be completed online at

Inaugural Event Information

CanDiego is organizing a number of events starting with an inaugural Canada Day Happy Hour Reception at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Road. The celebration will be between 6 and 8 p.m. on July 1, 2006 and staff from the Canadian Consulate in San Diego will also attend. Over 150 people have already confirmed attendance. For more information, or to join CanDiego, visit

Background Information

One million Canadians call California home, while the trade relationship between Canada and California generates over $28 billion in bilateral trade. There are up to 40,000 Canadians in the San Diego region.

About CanDiego's Founders (June 14, 2006)

Thor Berggren
is a graduate of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and holds an honors degree in Electronics Engineering, which included a concentration in business management. He has 16 years experience specializing in the wireless telecom and healthcare sectors. Berggren has worked for companies including GTE, ADC, and Cardinal Health managing teams in marketing, sales, and engineering. He has resided in San Diego since 1997 and is also the local alumni representative for Simon Fraser University. Berggren can be contacted by email at

Chris Montgomery is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and its San Diego alumni rep. Also a graduate of the University of Toronto, Chris was born in the U.S., but lived in Canada for 20 years. He has resided in California since 1999. He has been at the forefront of digital music revolution, holding positions at BMG Entertainment, Diamond Multimedia and as CEO of Europe. Chris currently provides strategic consultation to the entertainment industry.

Beth Collins is a UBC Commerce graduate. Post-graduation, she began a southern migration to San Francisco where she worked as a biotech equity analyst. One of her stock picks inspired a move further south to San Diego to join Amylin Pharmaceuticals. At Amylin, she evaluates and negotiates product and corporate licensing and acquisition opportunities. On weekends, she works with Habitat for Humanity. She's excited about her new role as the UBC Alumni representative and bringing such a large group of locals together with CanDiego..

Julie Wright is President and Founder of (W)right On Communications, a full-spectrum communication firm with offices in San Diego County and Vancouver, Canada. Wright has over 14 years of experience in public relations, marketing and journalism and holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC and Master of Arts in Journalism from UWO. She serves on the Board of the San Diego North Economic Development Council as Director and Treasurer, and has served on numerous task forces and committees to help local non-profits such as California State University San Marcos, North County Health Services and Interfaith Community Services. She can be contacted by email at

Media Contacts

Thor Berggren CanDiego Co-Founder and Organizer

Julie Wright CanDiego Public Relations

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