Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is the country’s leading trade and industry association serving as the voice of 10,000 leading companies. The association focuses on improving business competitiveness through policy change, workforce skills development, productivity and innovation programs, and SME capacity building. As Canada’s leading business network, CME also chairs the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition which unites 53 industry associations, more than 100,000 companies and 2 million employees from coast to coast. In British Columbia manufacturing is the fourth largest contributor to provincial GDP, the third largest employer, more than 55% of B.C. exports, and 30% of the business tax revenue paid to government.
The Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology provides programs and services to help British Columbia increase exports, develop international partnerships, increase awareness of B.C.’s competitive advantages, negotiate trade deals and attract investment, head offices and other business to the province. The Ministry works to open and expand priority markets for B.C. goods and services, through a number of initiatives. Trade and investment representatives, located around the world, help international businesses discover the benefits of B.C. as a destination for investment, partner in innovation, and help B.C. businesses contact potential buyers, investors, and other key partners in priority markets. Other work the ministry does includes engaging in trade agreement negotiations and participating with B.C. companies in a wide variety of international events. To learn more about trading and investing in British Columbia, visit: www.britishcolumbia.ca
For over 150 years we have been where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities. Today, HSBC Commercial Banking serves more than two million businesses across the world, ranging from small enterprises focused primarily on their home markets through to corporates operating across borders. Whether it is working capital, term loans, trade finance or payments and cash management solutions, we provide the tools and expertise that businesses need to thrive. As the cornerstone of the HSBC Group, we give businesses access to a geographic network covering more than 90% of global trade and capital flows. For more information visit: www.business.hsbc.ca
SYSPRO is one of the longest standing and largest independent, international providers of ERP systems for mid-market manufacturers and distributors worldwide. SYSPRO has for more than 35 years delivered on its promise to provide thousands of its customers globally with the tools required to effectively operate and compete. Backed by a truly dedicated and professional team of employees and partners around the world, the company’s ability to innovate and develop technologies based on the needs of customers is one of the reasons why SYSPRO enjoys one of the highest retention rates in the industry.
For more information on SYSPRO Canada visit: www.syspro.com/ca or contact SYSPRO Canada’s Head Office at Toll Free: +1 (888) 259-6666.
Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations in a number of industries including manufacturing, oil and gas and distribution. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member firms operate in close to 100 countries worldwide. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. We want our clients to experience a a different kind of client experience and our unique approach centres on the success and growth of our clients. To learn more, visit www.grantthornton.ca
AdvantageBC is a non-profit Society, established in 1986, with a mandate to promote British Columbia as a favourable location for international business. The AdvantageBC International Business Centre · Vancouver (formerly the International Financial Centre British Columbia (IFC BC) promotes British Columbia as a location for investment and encourages corporations to take advantage of the favourable tax treatment available under the International Business Activity Act (IBAA).
Despite what some predicted to be a global slowdown in trade these past few years, Canadian exporters have continued to engage in trade and make investments outside Canada. Many have used EDC’s unique financial, risk and trade expertise to boldly pursue new opportunities in a volatile world. For example, in 2016 we provided $550 million in direct financing and more than $1billion in bank guarantees to smaller exporters so that they could develop new markets, fund work in progress and make international investments. We also connect Canadian companies to international business opportunities by using our deep relationships with leading international decision-makers, in-market representatives and our understanding of the domestic export community. We create these connections through various activities such as one-on-one meetings between Canadian companies and international companies, as well as events in Canada and abroad. Our ultimate goal is to help every Canadian company go, grow and succeed—a bold aspiration rooted in the success of the Canadian exporters that have led the way. For more information about who we are and what we do, visit edc.trade.
KLM operate from Vancouver a daily direct flight to Amsterdam. KLM partners with Delta, Air France and Alitalia in a North Atlantic Joint Venture to offer business travelers even more options and flexibility, combining fares and schedules. With service from numerous cities in Canada thanks to their code-share agreement with WestJet, the Delta, KLM, Air France, Alitalia Joint Venture provides you nonstop or one-stop service to major business cities in North America and Europe. Visit our corporate website for more information
Firma believes business across borders can be less complex. At Firma Foreign Exchange, our international payment and currency specialists offer you world class service, regardless of how big or small your business is. Established in 1998 in Edmonton Alberta, Firma has grown to be become a global company, with locations around the world. We put the world’s currencies to work, how you want, when you want. We are trusted to move more than $10 Billion in payments around the world safely and securely for our clients. All our clients have a dedicated full-time specialist, monitoring every possible element that can affect their currency, to ensure they get a competitive exchange rate around the world, every time. Currency exchange can be complicated. Let us keep it simple so you can get the most out of your time and money.