11.10.2008 Williams Mullen Attorney Hosts Canadian Ambassador to the United States  

RICHMOND, VA – Williams Mullen announces that William J. Benos, partner with the international practice at the firm, hosted the Honorable Michael Wilson, Canadian Ambassador to the United States, in Richmond on Nov. 10, 2008.

Mr. Benos and the ambassador met with numerous leaders in the Richmond area including: Gov. Timothy Kaine, Governor of Virginia, Dr. Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, and Kim Scheeler, President and CEO of Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Benos and Mr. Stephen E. Baril, a partner and chair of the firm’s complex business litigation practice, introduced Ambassador Wilson to the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce for a special luncheon. During the event, the ambassador spoke about the ever-growing trade relationship between Virginia and Canada. In 2007 the two-way trade between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Canada reached $5 billion.

Mr. Benos serves as Honorary Consul to Canada, a position that he has held since 2004. Since that time, he has assisted in the growth of bilateral business and trade. He has also raised awareness of Canada in Central Virginia. Richmond is one of 20 cities in the United States which was identified to have an honorary consul.

Pictured: William J. Benos, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and Ambassador Michael Wilson