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Inverness Chamber of Commerce are delighted to be hosting a Scotland-Canada Business Week and as such are running a virtual trade mission to Ontario, Canada. We welcome applications from Scottish companies looking to explore the opportunities available in Ontario.


Why Choose Ontario?

An inclusive, well-connected and stable business landscape makes Ontario an attractive environment for Scottish companies to do business. With cities such as Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo, Ontario has experienced major growth in sectors such as finance, science, technology, innovation and food and drink and has a lot to offer Scottish businesses. Innovation is key for Ontario which makes it an attractive place to test new ideas and makes it a place that can drive real economic growth for the next generation.

As Canada’s business and financial capital, Toronto is a growing financial hub in North America. The city is competitive in almost every other major business sector from technology and life sciences to green energy; from fashion and design to food and drink; from film and television production to music and digital media. Toronto’s rich industrial diversity drives growth, innovation and cross-sectoral synergies with knowledge spillovers resulting in new leading-edge hybrid sectors including med-tech, green-tech and food-tech.

Ontario has a highly skilled, diverse workforce with 70% of adults possessing post-secondary education – a rate higher than any other OECD country. The region also has competitive business costs, allowing money to be saved for further investments, innovation and growth.

Ontario is at the centre of one of the most stable and competitive environments in the world. Located in the heart of North America, the region offers companies access to more than 187 million consumers within a day’s drive of the Greater Toronto Area.


Key Sector Opportunities:

  • Food & Drink
  • Life Sciences
  • Healthcare Technology
  • Technology & IT
  • Financial Services
  • Professional Business Services
  • Creative Industries
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Renewable Energy


About the Mission:

The mission will take place virtually over 4 days

Delegates will receive an information pack prior to the mission taking place, outlining the agenda and suggested market research

Attendees will take part in a range of virtual workshops to learn about doing business in Ontario (including market awareness sessions, tax and legal workshops and case study presentations)

There will be a networking event to facilitate further connections between Scotland and Ontario

Each company will receive a minimum of two 1:1 B2B meetings with potential partners in Ontario based on your goals and ambitions

To participate in this mission, there will be a registration fee of £150 once applications have been approved


Itinerary:

Market Awareness Workshop (market strengths, opportunities and challenges, consumer trends).

Meet the Support Agencies – this session will give delegates an overview of the support they can access in market and provide them with key contacts to help with their exporting ambitions.

Tax & Legal workshops

Networking Session

1:1 B2B Meetings


Criteria:

Open to any company in Scotland looking to grow their international trade activity in Ontario

This is a cross-sector trade mission

Companies do not need to be a member of a Chamber of Commerce

Fee of £150 to participate in this mission (this fee is non-refundable should a company drop out after we start working to secure B2B connections)


Inverness Chamber of Commerce are working alongside Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and Scottish North American Business Council as part of a Scotland Canada Business Week event. Lochaber Chamber are running a virtual mission to British Columbia w/c 28th February 2022, following on from this mission. If you would like more information on Lochaber Chamber’s mission to British Columbia, please contact Eilidh by emailing trademission@lochaberchamber.co.uk  


Please email international@inverness-chamber.co.uk for more information or to apply. 

Ontario - Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo, Canada

When

Start: 21/02/2022
End: 24/02/2022

Where

Canada - Ontario - Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo
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