Canadian Business Association of NC Adds Meade, Sinn, Grzes, Byerley, Carska-Sheppard to Board

The Canadian Business Association of North Carolina (CBA-NC) is pleased to announce the addition of five Triangle-area business leaders, Paul Meade, Geoffrey Sinn, Henry Grzes, David Byerley, and Andrea Carska-Sheppard to its board of directors.

CBA-NC is an exchange where leaders meet to share knowledge, connect, network, and build awareness of the significance of the US-Canadian relationship. The association sponsors a distinguished speaker series, focused on cross-border issues and policies of current concern. The organization’s most recent event featured former Quintiles chief Sandy Costa, speaking at the Research Triangle Park manufacturing facility of Medicago, a Quebec-headquartered company manufacturing vaccines from tobacco plants.

The organization holds multiple events throughout the course of the year around the state of North Carolina, providing great opportunities for participants to create new personal and professional relationships while continuing to strengthen business ties with their shared home country of Canada. Many of the executives who participate in CBA-NC events represent firms who continue to do business on both sides of the border.

Another of the organization’s stated goals is to assist in facilitating the successful transition of new companies and individuals arriving from Canada to pursue business in North Carolina, as well as helping North Carolinians meet business objectives in Canada.

The Canadian Business Association of North Carolina’s five new board members come from the healthcare, human resources services, accounting, financial services, and information technology industries.  Paul Meade is the founder and President of Clear Point Health and Thought Leader Select, a pair of Chapel Hill-based research and consulting firms serving life sciences companies in their collaborations with leading experts in medicine.  Geoff Sinn is a principal consultant at Dimension Data in Raleigh, a global leader in sustainable information technology services.

Henry Grzes is a director in the tax division of SS&G, a national accounting firm, also with offices in Raleigh, while David Byerley is a senior vice president in the corporate banking division of BB&T, a North Carolina-headquartered banking and financial services company.

Andrea Carska-Sheppard is general counsel at Workplace Options, an international company providing a broad range of services to corporate human resources departments.  Carska-Sheppard will serve as CBA-NC’s board secretary.

Meade will serve as head of the Public Relations committee, and Grzes will co-chair the Finance committee for CBA-NC.  Sinn and Byerley will co-chair the group’s Program committee.

Meade, Sinn, Grzes, Byerley, and Carska-Sheppard join a board comprised of Kevin Burke of T-Systems, Keith Donahue of Overture Networks, Lee Hudgins of Cree, Pamela Wimbush Cady of First Citizens Bank, and Carol Stymiest of Morgan Stanley.

Stymiest, the organization’s executive director, welcomed the addition of the three area business leaders to the board:  “Paul Meade, Geoff Sinn, Henry Grzes, David Byerley, and Andrea Carska-Sheppard have shown a real commitment to the growth and vitality of the Canadian Business Association of North Carolina, and they are providing fresh, intelligent perspectives to an already diverse and talented group of executives from around the state. These great colleagues are poised to take the CBA-NC to new heights of service to its members and affiliated businesses and government entities in both the U. S. and Canada.”

For more information on the Canadian Business Association of North Carolina, visit the organization’s website at


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