Nov. 17, 2008
CHICAGO, Ill. (CNB) - A group of almost 60 companies and technology organizations participating in a Team Canada Atlantic trade mission has arrived in Chicago, Ill. The delegation is one of the largest to participate in a Team Canada Atlantic trade mission, and is the third to visit Chicago.
The delegation is being led by Peter MacKay, minister of national defence and minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and the four Atlantic provincial ministers responsible for trade.
"Over the next several days, our 15 New Brunswick companies and organizations will have meetings with potential partners and customers who can help them grow their exports in this important market," said Minister of Business New Brunswick Greg Byrne. "We are here to tell the Chicago business community that New Brunswick is the place to be for business success; our companies are proof of that. As we move our province toward self-sufficiency, we must encourage our companies to explore new markets, and we must be there to support them in those efforts."
Over the next few days the companies and technology organizations will meet face-to-face with potential agents, brokers, distributors and strategic partners. Delegates will have the opportunity to secure business deals and expand their export markets to the U.S. Midwest. Mission participants will also focus on developing partnership and commercialization opportunities for their leading-edge technologies.
"The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, is committed to helping Atlantic Canadian companies increase their exports to international markets," said MacKay. "The tri-state area of Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri is a major distribution centre for the United States and the world. The experience we have gained from previous trade missions proves that Chicago is a good market for Atlantic Canadian companies. Our goal is to build on that success."
Government officials will meet with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley today to discuss issues of common interest. Following the meeting, delegates, elected officials, U.S. CEOs and business leaders will attend a luncheon hosted by the Canadian consul general. The luncheon will provide an opportunity to discuss trade development, and investment and partnership opportunities.
The luncheon will be followed by an afternoon discussion at two forums: one on innovation, the other on transportation and logistics. The innovation forum will provide an opportunity to showcase Atlantic Canada's ability to bring innovation to market and to exchange information and best practices. The transportation and logistics forum will highlight Atlantic Canada's multimodal and world-class transportation system, and help promote the Atlantic Gateway as a reliable, secure and competitive trade route for movement into and within North America.
The first day will conclude with the Taste of Atlantic Canada Showcase and Reception, a key draw for U.S. participants, and a highly successful event for Team Canada Atlantic trade missions. The event showcases Atlantic Canada's best agri-food and seafood products to more than 300 key buyers and distributors.
The two previous trade missions to Chicago in April and October of 2005 helped 75 Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs generate export sales of more than $5.4 million.
Team Canada Atlantic is a partnership of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Enterprise Cape Breton Corp., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Industry Canada, and the four Atlantic provinces.
The mission wraps up on Thursday, Nov. 20.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of New Brunswick companies and organizations participating in the trade mission. MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694, firstname.lastname@example.org; Rose May Gallant, senior communications officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 506-860-0783, Rose-May.Gallant@acoa-apeca.gc.ca.
New Brunswick companies participating in the Team Canada Atlantic trade mission to Chicago.
CE3 Custom Electronics Integrators (Dieppe)
Computer Generated Solutions Canada Ltd. (Saint John)
Greater Fredericton Knowledge Park Inc. (Fredericton)
"I Get It!" Math (Durham Bridge)
IC-Agency Canada Inc. (Bathurst)
Lexi-tech International Inc. (Moncton)
LuminUltra Technologies Ltd. (Fredericton)
Menu Tools Inc. (Riverview)
Pulse Communications (Saint John)
Savonnerie Olivier Soapery (Sainte-Anne-de-Kent)
South Shore Trading Co. Ltd. (Port Elgin)
Steeves Maples (Canadian Syrup Inc.) (Elgin)
Therma-Ray Inc. (Fredericton)
New Brunswick companies participating in the technology partnering initiative
BioProspecting NB Inc. (Sackville)
Office of Research Services - University of New Brunswick (Fredericton)