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2015 Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSOR

HSBC Commercial Banking


For nearly 150 years we have been where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities. Today, HSBC Commercial Banking serves businesses ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals in over 60 developed and faster-growing markets around the world. Whether it is working capital, trade finance or payments and cash management solutions, we provide the tools and expertise that businesses need to thrive. With a network covering three quarters of global commerce, we make HSBC the world’s leading international trade and business bank. To learn more about solutions to help your company expand internationally, visit www.hsbc.ca


GOLD SPONSOR

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Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. Together with the Quebec firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, Grant Thornton in Canada has approximately 4,000 people in offices across Canada. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member firms operate in over 100 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.grantthornton.ca


CATEGORY SPONSORS

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Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE), a private, non-profit, marketing, business and economic development organization, is the point of contact for business attraction and investment in the eight counties of the Buffalo Niagara region. Working with local economic development groups, real estate & development professionals, governmental agencies, utilities and private sector business leaders, BNE assists businesses seeking to re-locate or expand to the region at no cost. By utilizing various incentives, financing, site selection and other services BNE provides all of the necessary tools for successful business expansion. BNE has representatives in Canada who meet with companies, providing a single point of contact to a roster of experts in every key area needed to successfully analyze and consider a U.S. business expansion. Since 1999 BNE has help 68 Canadian companies expand their business to Buffalo Niagara. For information on doing business in the region visit www.buffaloniagara.org

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The ICE-Italian Trade Promotion Agency is the government organisation which promotes the internationalisation of the Italian companies, in line with the strategies of the Ministry for Economic Development. ICE provides information, support and advice to Italian and foreign companies.

In addition to its Rome headquarters, ICE operates worldwide from a large network of Trade Promotion Offices linked to Italian embassies and consulates and working closely with local authorities and businesses.

ICE provides a wide range of services overseas helping Italian and foreign businesses to connect with each other:

  • identification of possible business partners
  • bilateral trade meetings with Italian companies
  • trade delegation visits to Italy
  • official participation in local fairs and exhibitions
  • forums and seminars with Italian experts

For more details, contact your local ICE office or visit our website www.italtrade.com

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Machines Italia was designed by the Italian Trade Commission to promote Italian-made machinery and technology to manufacturers in North America. In partnership with 15 leading Italian machinery manufacturers’ associations, Machines Italia supports numerous activities in North American overseen by the ITC’s Chicago Office, ranging from programs with academic institutions to business development for multiple machinery sectors.

Machines Italia’s 15 member associations represent more than 10,000 companies. Participating industry sectors include companies involved in the production of equipment for agricultural/farm machinery, ceramics, earthmoving machinery, fluid power equipment and components, food processing, glass, foundry and metallurgical, footwear Leathergoods and tannery, marble and stone, metalworking, packaging, plastics and rubber, printing, graphic and converting, textiles and wood.

Italy’s industrial machinery, equipment and parts industry represents a fifth of all Italian global exports, 20% of which is sent to U.S. companies and consumers annually. Many Fortune 100 companies use Italian machinery and technology ranging from agricultural to aeronautics companies.

For more information visit www.machinesitalia.org

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UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, USA, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

Visit www.ups.com to view all our services.

 

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EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public-sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment. – See more at: http://www.bcexportawards.com/2015-sponsors-2/#sthash.61swsGLL.dpuf

For more information, visit www.edc.ca.


SUPPORTING SPONSOR

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Ontario’s economy thrives through its unique combination of resources, manufacturing expertise, exports and a drive for innovation. Ontario generates 37% of the national GDP and is home to almost 50% of all employees in high tech, financial services and other knowledge-intensive industries.

For more information, visit www.Ontario.ca.



OFFICIAL AIRLINE PARTNER

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Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 52 in the United States and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,321 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.


PROMOTIONAL PARTNER

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The Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the world’s leading practical export-import training, resources and professional certification to business and individuals.

Our community of businesses, professionals and students enjoy the only international business training programs and related professional designation (CITP®|FIBP®) endorsed by the World Trade Centers Association and the Canadian government. Through continual input and feedback from industry professionals, educators, and experts, our international business training has come to represent the standard of excellence for global trade professionals worldwide.

FITT’s mission is to build the proficiency of people, businesses and organizations to access global markets, reduce and manage the risks of integrative trade, and enable profitable competition.

In our online community, global trade professionals connect and share their expertise and experience through articles on TradeReady.ca, our TradeEliteClub.com social networking site, webinars, and surveys.

Together, we pride our organization and its body of knowledge on being the world’s most trustworthy source of current, industry-validated information available, covering all aspects of international trade. And as an industry-driven world authority on global trade, we always strive to provide reliable and timely knowledge and practical resources to advance the field of global business.

Visit www.fitt.ca

ASSOCIATION PARTNER

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Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to helping manufacturers GROW and become MORE COMPETITIVE, at home and around the world. EMC has grown to become Canada’s largest manufacturing consortium and with over one thousand industry events annually, is one of the most active manufacturing organizations in North America!

For more information, visit www.emccanada.org