After serving as president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations in Washington D.C., William (Billy) Canary became the president and chief executive officer of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) in March 2003.
The BCA is the voice of business and industry in Alabama representing more than 750,000 working Alabamians through its members companies that come from all segments of Alabama's economy. BCA is Alabama's affiliate organization to the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
A former elected official in Long Island, New York, Canary has an extensive background in public policy and the inter-governmental arena. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush appointed Canary to serve in the White House as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs. Following his time at the White House, Canary was named chief of staff for the Republican National Committee.
The BCA has experienced tremendous growth throughout a decade of Canary's leadership. In 2004, the Partnership between BCA and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama was created uniting BCA and the 124-plus local chambers of commerce across Alabama to create a business advocacy network that represents more than one million working Alabamians. BCA's Manufacturing Advocacy Council was launched in 2011 strengthening BCA's partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers and giving Alabama manufacturers an even stronger voice. Most recently, BCA has been a driving force to create the Business and Education Alliance in Alabama uniting these two communities for the common purpose of enhancing the education opportunities for Alabama's school children and future workforce.
Canary serves on the board of directors of the Alabama Aerospace Industry Association, Alabama Automobile Manufacturers Association, the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Committee of 100 and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturer's State Associations Group. Canary also serves on the Alabama School Readiness Alliance's Pre-K Task Force and the Advisory Board of ReadyNation, a project of America's Promise Alliance.
Canary is a graduate of the State University College of New York at Oneonta and holds a juris doctor from the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College at Huntington, NY. He lives in Montgomery with his wife Leura and their children, Will and Margaret.