Chairman of CWEIC, Lord Marland led a delegation of CommonwealthFirst Export Champions to the 11th Toronto Global Forum (TGF) last month on a trade mission, running from 29th October – 2nd November. Alongside him was the Chief Executive of Royal Mail Group, Moya Greene, who delivered a keynote speech at TGF and held a seminar for the Export Champions. Companies from a wide range of sector’s including food, technology, security and healthcare were represented.
The TGF is an international conference fostering dialogue on national and global issues with this year’s theme focusing on “Redefining Globalisation”. Speakers included heads of state, central bank governors, ministers, global economic decision makers, and business leaders, making it a prime opportunity for the Export Champions to learn more about global markets.
In a packed programme, the Export Champions had private mentoring sessions with Moya Greene, met with The Hon. Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister for International Trade, and had briefings from a host of Canadian leaders, trade organisations, accelerators and research institutions.
Delighted by the trade mission’s success and Toronto’s hospitality, Lord Marland said “I was incredibly impressed by the rapid development of Toronto in recent years. Toronto is on track to become one of the world’s leading commercial centres with a fantastic infrastructure to support innovation. Canada could play a leading role in supporting a greater focus on trade and investment within the Commonwealth.”
In addition to helping the Export Champions to do business in Canada this was an opportunity for CWEIC to strengthen its ties with the Canadian, Ontario and Toronto Governments, and raise the profile of the Commonwealth amongst the Canadian business community.
The visit was the third CommonwealthFirst trade mission and follows successful visits to Malaysia/Singapore and India as part of the India-UK Tech Summit, attended by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The programme is kindly sponsored by Royal Mail Group.