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2017 Sponsors



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:


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: or contact SYSPRO Canada’s Head Office at Toll Free: +1 (888) 259-6666.

Discover helpful content to help you grow your business for Canadian manufacturers by visiting the SYSPRO Canada Resource Hub or the new SYSPRO Canada Blog.




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




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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



Export Development Canada: Helping Canadian companies go, grow and succeed internationally.
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


Invest Buffalo Niagara (IBN) is 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, IBN assists businesses seeking to re-locate or expand to the region at no cost. By utilizing various incentives, financing, site selection and other services IBN provides all of the necessary tools for successful business expansion. IBN 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 IBN has help 68 Canadian companies expand their business to Buffalo Niagara. For information on doing business in the region visit





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

Official Airline Partner


Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 329 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 300 destinations worldwide with 251 international and 49 domestic. According to the 2017 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines, already having a six consecutive years of “Best Airline in Europe” award between 2011-2016, now chosen as the “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the ninth consecutive times. Having won the “Best Economy Class Onboard Catering” award in 2010, Turkish Airlines also awarded as the World’s “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and 2017. Winning the “World’s Best Business Class Lounge” award in 2015 and 2017, the global carrier also picked up the World’s “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” award for the third consecutive years according to this year’s survey results. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website or its social media accounts on FacebookTwitterYoutubeLinkedin, and Instagram





Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

Founded in 1871, CME represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide, and – through various initiatives, including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, international trade, and service-related industries. More than 85 per cent of our members are small and medium-sized enterprises. For more information, visit

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
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FITT is dedicated to providing international business training, resources and professional certification to individuals and businesses. We are the world’s leading export-import training and certification expert. For more information, visit





CFEA is a voluntary non-profit industry association founded in September 1996 by a group of fourteen companies who felt the need for a resource focused on the enhancement of export efforts in the food and beverage industry, particularly (but not exclusively) on the part of small to medium-sized enterprises (SME’s).  The mission of the organization is to:

  • Increase the profitable export sales of food, beverage and ingredient products.

  • Increase the number of small to medium-sized food, beverage and ingredient processors and manufacturers exporting.

  • Raise the international profile of Canadian food, beverage and ingredient products

For more information, visit

Helping Companies and Communities Grow and Expand
Economic Development ♦ Site Selection ♦ Public Policy

Sanford Holshouser is the most experienced full-service economic development consulting firm in Southeastern U.S., and among a handful of premier firms nationally. Our success is the product of a uniquely qualified team and a visionary philosophy that reaches across international borders and investment sectors.
Our partners bring a practitioner-based approach to our consulting because we have headed economic development organizations at the local, regional and state levels. Our experience ranges across the economic development spectrum: recruiting, BRE (Business Retention and Expansion), workforce development, site location consulting, local government management, utilities, marketing, and economic analysis. Additionally, founding partner Ernie Pearson is also an attorney with the Nexsen Pruet law firm, and is recognized as one of the top economic development attorneys in the U.S. Through this connection we have access to legal counsel on any economic development matter. The truth is, few other consulting firms in the U.S. can match our team for real world experience.
Now, having an office and Partner in Canada we are expanding our list of Canadian Clients seeking growth for their manufacturing company or their own Region and local economic development efforts by growing business in both Canada and the U.S.
Whether we’re helping communities attract companies, or helping companies select a site, we remain steadfast in our mission: to forge long-term relationships that produce sustainable economic prosperity for communities and companies alike.

The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce is the premier membership and networking association in Vaughan. The Vaughan Chamber proudly represents business from all sectors of the economy including large corporations, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), and charitable/not-for-profit enterprises. VCC provides first-in-class business networking events and opportunities, educational seminars, professional peer group mentoring, and member-to-member programs and products. VCC is a strong voice on public policy issues of importance to the local business community such as infrastructure, transportation and opportunities for business growth.
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