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2014 Sponsors


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


Lincoln Electric


We are a global manufacturer and the market leader of the highest quality welding, cutting and joining products. Our enduring passion for the development and application of our technologies allows us to create complete solutions that make our customers more productive and successful. We will distinguish ourselves through an unwavering commitment to our employees and a relentless drive to maximize shareholder value.









UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS Canada has more than 88 flights daily with 1,100 points of access and employs more than 11,500 people. UPS’s global reach extends to more than 220 countries, employing nearly 400,000 people worldwide and delivers more than 16.9 million package each day.


Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

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


Port of Montreal

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is an autonomous federal agency created under the terms of the Canada Marine Act. It does everything in its power to make the Port of Montreal as competitive as possible, and from this perspective provides first-rate facilities to sea and land carriers, to terminal operators and to shippers.

The Port Authority builds and maintains infrastructures that it leases to private stevedoring companies. These companies, as well as shipping lines, are represented by the Maritime Employers Association, which employs the longshoremen at the port.

The MPA directly operates a passenger terminal and its own railway network, which includes more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) of track and provides transcontinental railways with direct access to almost every berth.