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The Investment Mission was part of the “Global Business Leaders Series: Focus on Canada” organized by Invest in Canada. The series features investment missions to select countries throughout the world to highlight the advantages of investing in Canada and to showcase specific opportunities. The mission included seminars on investing in Canada, one-on-one meetings between CCCA member cities and local investors and round-tables with local organizations. This mission highlighted Canada’s investment opportunities in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), Business and Financial Services, Sustainable Technologies, and Infrastructure. 9 out of 11 CCCA members attended this event.

The mission (November 23 - 27, 2015) attracted 196 attendees to the seminars and included 309 business-to-business (B2B) meetings between participating CCCA members and local companies. 138 leads and prospects were generated from these meetings and 298 new FDI contacts were made. 

Highlights of the Program

Rotterdam, Netherlands, November 23, 2015

  • Breakfast presentation: "World Port Rotterdam - Engine for Growth" by Frans van Keulen, Manager Communications & External Affairs, Port of Rotterdam
  • Presentation by Nick Cohn, Senior Business Developer, TomTom, on the company's various business projects and growth prospects in Canada
  • Round table discussion: "Innovation in Investment Attraction"
  • Opening remarks by seminar master of ceremonies and moderator, Stephen Lak, Chair, Deltalinqs & Chair, Rotterdam Port Promotion Council
  • Welcoming remarks by H.E. Sabine Nölke, Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands
  • Keynote address on Canada’s economic fundamentals and opportunities by Douglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Bank of Montreal Financial Group
  • A presentation on the experience of investing in Canada by a Dutch Investor in Canada, John van Pol, Founder & CEO, Ingu Solutions Inc.
  • "Canada's Large Cities: Your Partners for Success in North America" by Michael Darch, President, Consider Canada City Alliance.
  • Business-to-Business (B2B) Investment Matching Session with participating CCCA members.

Zurich, Switzerland, November 25, 2015

  • Opening remarks by Master of Ceremonies, John Zimmer, Moderator
  • Welcoming remarks by H.E. Jennifer MacIntyre, Ambassador of Canada to Switzerland
  • Keynote address: Canada’s Strong Economic Fundamentals by Douglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Bank of Montreal Financial Group
  • Canada's Large Cities: Your Partners for Success in North America, Michael Darch, President, Consider Canada City Alliance
  • Doing Business in Canada, Georges Racine, Partner, LALIVE and President, Canadian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce
  • Emerging Trends and Latest Market Innovations in Canada's e-health Ecosystem by Dr. Joseph Cafazzo, Lead, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation
  • Latest Trends and Applications in Canada's Highly Innovative ICT Sector, Christopher Chong, President & CEO, SST Wireless
  • Testimonial by an Innovative Canadian Multinational Company and Investor, Stephane Wettstein, Managing Director & Chief Country Representative, Bombardier Transportation  Switzerland
  • Testimonial by a Swiss Investor in Canada, Daniel Assandri, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, ABB Inc. (Canada)
  • Business-to-Business (B2B) Investment Matching Session with participating CCCA members.

Stockholm, Sweden, November 27, 2015

  • Opening remarks & introduction of speakers by Daniella Ibis, Master of Ceremonies
  • Welcoming remarks by Kenneth Macartney, Ambassador of Canada to Sweden
  • Keynote address on Canada’s economic fundamentals and opportunities by Douglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Bank of Montreal Financial Group
  • Canada's Large Cities: Your Partners for Success in North America, Michael Darch, President, Consider Canada City Alliance
  • Opportunities in Canada’s highly innovative ICT sector by Christopher Chong, President and CEO, SST Wireless Inc.
  • Latest market innovations and emerging trends in Canada’s eHealth ecosystem by Dr. Joseph Cafazzo, Lead, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation
  • Latest Trends and Applications in Canada's Highly Innovative ICT Sector, Christopher Chong, President & CEO, SST Wireless
  • A presentation on the experience of investing in Canada by a Swedish Investor in Canada, Ulf Pehrsson, Vice President, Industry & Government Relations, Ericsson
  • Business-to-Business (B2B) Investment Matching Session with participating CCCA members.