Nov. 14, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A delegation of close to 60 companies and technology organizations from across Atlantic Canada will participate in an upcoming trade mission to Chicago, Ill. From Nov. 16-20. The participants were announced today, and include 16 companies and organizations from New Brunswick.
Chicago offers opportunities for Atlantic Canadian companies in a variety of sectors, including information communications technology; agri-food, beverages, fish and seafood products; life sciences; advanced manufacturing, including aerospace and defence; building and construction products; environmental industries; and consumer products.
"I am proud to lead our New Brunswick delegation of 17 companies and organizations on this mission to Chicago," said Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne. "Our delegation will be spreading the word that New Brunswick is the place to be for business success. As we move our province toward self-sufficiency, we must continually nurture our trade and investment relationships in the United States. I am confident that this important trade mission will generate new business and economic opportunities for New Brunswick."
Team Canada Atlantic trade missions allow for small and medium-sized businesses from Atlantic Canada to meet face-to-face with potential buyers, agents, distributors, and strategic partners in the United States. Organizers equip participants with the knowledge, contacts and advice they need to make the best of their international opportunities before, during, and after the trade mission.
"The Government of Canada is committed to working with Atlantic Canadian exporters as they seek to increase their international export capabilities," said Peter MacKay, minister of national defence and minister for the Atlantic Gateway. "This Team Canada Atlantic trade mission to Chicago is an opportunity to work together, to learn from one another, and to develop innovative solutions to the global economic challenges we currently face."
Since 1999, Team Canada Atlantic has organized 14 trade missions to the New England states; Atlanta; New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; and Florida. The missions have helped several hundred small and medium-sized businesses from Atlantic Canada meet with 3,665 agents and business owners from across the United States, resulting in more than $45 million in export sales for participants.
"I had taken part in U.S. trade shows in the past, and had made initial contacts with Boston-area companies," said Pierre Côté, vice-president and CEO of Horizon Mouldings of Bathurst. "The Boston Team Canada Atlantic trade mission allowed me to meet one-on-one with these contacts and to solidify the relationships I had with them. I also met with other potential clients, including large retailers and distributors, and finalized an agreement with one of those distributors."
This is the third Team Canada Atlantic mission to Chicago. The two previous trips in April and October of 2005 helped 75 Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs meet face-to-face with U.S. buyers, agents, distributors, and strategic partners, resulting in export sales of more than $5.4 million.
This mission will include a technology partnering initiative, which provides Atlantic Canadian universities, hospitals, research institutions and non-profit organizations with partnership and commercialization opportunities for their leading-edge technologies. This is an important component of the mission, as Atlantic Canadian scientists and entrepreneurs are using innovation to help drive the region's economy while increasing trade and investment opportunities. An additional six Atlantic Canadian companies and organizations, three of which are from New Brunswick, will participate in the initiative.
Team Canada Atlantic is a partnership of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Industry Canada, and the four Atlantic provinces. The purpose of the missions is to effectively market the products and services of Atlantic Canadian businesses. The program also promotes Atlantic Canada as an attractive investment location.
The Chicago mission will also provide an opportunity for ACOA and the four Atlantic provinces to pursue investment promotion activities through one-on-one business meetings. These meetings will highlight and showcase the many advantages of investing and locating businesses in Atlantic Canada.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A complete list of New Brunswick companies and organizations participating in the Team Canada Atlantic trade mission to Chicago follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694, email@example.com; Rose May Gallant, senior communications officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 506-860-0783, Rose-May.Gallant@acoa-apeca.gc.ca.
New Brunswick companies and organizations participating in the Team Canada Atlantic trade mission to Chicago
New Brunswick companies participating in the technology partnering initiative