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  • 23 Jan 2017 9:56 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Please see below a partial list of upcoming Ontario tech trade missions (and 2 local programs) to key markets around the world organized by our Ontario Export Services Branch. Note that our programs sell out very quickly so act FAST with the respective contact for each program.

    • January 31 (Toronto): ITAC’s cybersecurity forum 
    • February 7 (Toronto): iLunch seminar “Ontario-Led Trade Missions: how and why to apply”
    • March 12-15: Ontario trade mission to SxSW (South by South West) – 3 spots left!
    • April 6-16, 2017:  Ontario ICT Mission to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong International ICT Expo
    • May 18 - 25: CommunicAsia 2017 in Singapore and optional pre-Trade Mission to Vietnam
    • May (date to be confirmed):  Smart Grid Trade Mission to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA
    • April 24-27: Ontario trade mission to NAB – 3 spots left!
    • June 4-6:  Southeastern US and Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance Conference, Toronto, ON
    • August (date to be confirmed):  Water-Energy Nexus Trade Mission to Florida
    • Sept. 12-14, San Francisco: Mobile World Congress Americas
    • Sept. 25-28, Dallas: Ontario trade mission to ASIS
    • October 2-4:  Ontario Pavilion at WEFTEC, Chicago, IL
    • October 22-27, Las Vegas: Ontario fintech trade mission to Money2020

    January 31 (Toronto): ITAC’s cybersecurity forum (webex or in person) 

    On January 31st,  (9:30 am to 12), ITAC will be hosting its next Cyber Security Forum. ITAC Cyber Forums are free quarterly events that support information sharing, networking and business/professional development for cyber professionals across industry, government and academia. This month’s agenda includes a briefing on cyber investment opportunities through the federal Industrial Benefits Program, Symantec and Smashblock each presenting on new approaches and research, and Mauricio Ospina providing details on Canada’s delegation to RSA. To attend, in person or via webinar, REGISTER at REGISTER HERE  

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    February 7 (Toronto): iLunch seminar “Ontario-Led Trade Missions: how and why to apply”
    Looking to access new markets for your business?

    Did you know that each year the Ontario Ministry of International Trade runs over 80 trade missions to key markets around the world, and assists over 1,000 Ontario-based companies including interactive media?

    Register at http://interactiveontario.com/digital-media-events/ilunch-ontario-led-trade-missions-how-and-why-to-apply/  (Use code ilunchspk15 for a 15% discount)

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    March 12-15: Ontario trade mission to SxSW (South by South West) – 3 spots left!

    The Ontario Ministry of International Trade and the Canadian Consulate in Texas invite you to be part of the Ontario interactive trade mission to South by South West - SxSW (www.sxsw.com). With over 60,000 attendees, and more than 500 exhibits, SxSW brings together the best innovative new companies and established industry leaders from the music, film and interactive fields. Eight new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (booth # tbd). Participants will also receive several value-added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. Cost: $2,400 only for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is December 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,700. Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved to join the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program To apply for this trade mission contact Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca

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    April 6-16, 2017:  Ontario ICT Mission to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong International ICT Expo

    Participating firms will exhibit in the Canadian Pavilion at the Expo and participate in programs including briefing, site visits and matchmaking meetings. Complimentary accommodations will be provided to eligible participants. Prior to the Expo in Hong Kong, Ontario companies will visit Beijing and Shenzhen to explore business opportunities with local businesses through seminars and one-on-one meetings. To learn more about the mission, please contact lisa.qi@ontario.ca  

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    April 24-27: Ontario trade mission to NAB – 3 spots left!

    Ontario Ministry of International Trade invites you to be part of the Ontario trade mission to the National Association of Broadcasters 2017 (www.nabshow.com). NAB is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. It attracts about 100,000 attendees from over 150 countries and 1,500+ exhibitors. The program is open to eight Ontario-based companies. Priority registration for first time participants in an Ontario mission. Benefits include turn-key exhibit space in the Ontario Pavilion (Central Hall C8718) located near the entrance, databases of local and international contacts and networking activities, and two exhibitor passes per company. Cost: $2,400 only for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is December 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,700. Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved to join the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program To apply for this trade mission contact Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca

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    May 18 – 25: CommunicAsia 2017 in Singapore (May 23-25) and optional pre-Trade Mission to Vietnam (May 18 – 19)

    Join the Ontario showcase at CommunicAsia 2017, the premier sourcing and knowledge ICT platform in Asia. ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is one of the world’s fastest growing regions.  Specific market projections for ASEAN include cloud IT infrastructure sales rose to 49% in 2015 with a projected market value of USD$7 billion by 2019; the Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to grow from USD$1.68 billion in 2015 to US$7.53 billion by 2020. It is our most popular trade show/mission of the year so apply early as space in the Ontario program is limited to 12 companies.  For details please contact eve.rotstein@ontario.ca Tel. 416 325-6896

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    May 2016 (date to be confirmed):  Smart Grid Trade Mission to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA

    The Export Services Branch, in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy, will organize a three-day outgoing trade mission of Canadian smart grid companies to DC and VA.   Ontario companies will have the opportunity to pitch and meet with smaller energy providers, consultants, integrators and engineering firms at the Embassy on the first day, and will to the same on the second and third day but with Dominion Power in DC and with Pepco in VA.   For more information contact Rita.Patlan@ontario.ca.

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    June 4-6:  Southeastern US and Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance Conference, Toronto, ON

    Ontario will host the 10th Annual SEUS-CP Conference: Trade Partnerships at Work on June 4-6 at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

    Join business leaders and elected officials from the southeast United States and Canadian provinces (SEUS-CP) for this three-day conference aimed at increasing business on both sides of the border. Trade Partnerships at Work will focus on three industry sectors: automotive, ICT and clean technologies, and feature B2B meetings with pre-selected business prospects; sessions about industry insights and best practices; and networking events.  For more information, visit: www.seuscp.com.

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    August (date to be confirmed):  Water-Energy Nexus Trade Mission to Florida

    The Export Services Branch, in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate General in Miami, will organize a three-city water and energy nexus trade mission to Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Florida.  The Ontario participants will have an opportunity to pitch and meet with water and electric utility wholesalers and retailers, federal and state government officials, engineering firms and industry related consultants.    For more information contact Rita.Patlan@ontario.ca.

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    Sept. 12-14, San Francisco: Mobile World Congress Americas

    The Export Services Branch invites you to be part of the Ontario wireless and M2M trade mission to Mobiler World Congress Americas – formerly CTIA (www.gsma.com/events/mobile-world-congress-americas). Sixteen new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# SP24). Participants will also receive several value-added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception, a market intelligence briefing and likely 1x1 meetings. This exciting new event will highlight core mobile technologies, consumer and industrial applications in the Internet of Things, the intersection of mobile with entertainment, content and media, and the leading role of the Americas region in driving global innovation. Details with Mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca   

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    Sept. 25-28, Dallas: Ontario security trade mission to ASIS

    In development - Details with Mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca   

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    October 2-4:  Ontario Pavilion at WEFTEC, Chicago, IL

    Recruitment is underway for Ontario companies interested in exhibiting in the Ontario Pavilion at WEFTEC 2017 (www.weftec.org) - the largest annual event for water quality professionals.  For more information contact Rita.Patlan@ontario.ca.

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    October 22-27, Las Vegas: Ontario fintech trade mission to Money2020

    In development - Details with Mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca   

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  • 20 Jan 2017 12:02 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Register today and take advantage of the early-bird rates for EDCO members until January 20, 2017! Be sure to use the email address associated with your membership to access member-only discounts! If you are a member of EDCO and the member rates are not visible to you, please email your contact information to Brittany Bruce at grow@edco.on.ca so she can add you to our membership database.

    The EDCO room block is sold out! Alternate hotels located near the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre are:

    Bond Place Hotel Downtown Eaton Centre
    65 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5B 2G8
    www.bondplace.ca

    Double Tree by Hilton Toronto Downtown
    108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3
    www.torontodowntown.doubletree.com

    Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre
    30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2E9
    www.holidayinn.com/torontocentre

  • 17 Jan 2017 1:50 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Don’t miss your chance to bring recognition to someone who is doing important work in your community! Deadline February 3, 2017.

    The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open, and we encourage you to nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual/group of volunteers or a business.

    Help celebrate Canada’s culture of volunteering! You have until February 3, 2017, to give Canadian volunteers the recognition they deserve.

    Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony and will be able to choose a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant of $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

    For more information, please visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards or call
    1-877-825-0434.

  • 16 Jan 2017 1:36 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    The OIP is now accepting applications!

    Know a graduating student or soon-to-be grad interested in the OPS? The Ontario Internship Program (OIP) is a great developmental opportunity for new professionals to experience two assignments in two years in the OPS. Applications will be accepted until 12 noon on January 19, 2017.

    Interested candidates visit the OIP website for more details.

  • 12 Jan 2017 3:34 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    #EDCO60 is selling out fast! Don't delay _ Register today and save!
    The 60th Annual EDCO Conference and Showcase, Ontario's Economy&#8230;Driven by Innovation taking place at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, February 7-9, 2017.

    Register today and take advantage of the early-bird rates for EDCO members until January 20, 2017! Be sure to use the email address associated with your membership to access member-only discounts! If you are a member of EDCO and the member rates are not visible to you, please email your contact information to Brittany Bruce at grow@edco.on.ca so she can add you to our membership database.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT HOTEL RESERVATIONS: There are a limited number of rooms for the evening of Thursday, February 9. EDCO is working to secure additional rooms at hotels in the area. Details will be available shortly on the conference website.

    Contact the Marriott to check on availability online or directly using the Marriott toll free line at 1-800-228-9290 and referencing  EDCO to receive our group rate. The EDCO Conference special room rates will be available until Sunday, January 15, 2017, based on availability.

    Check out the full program for information on keynotes, workshops, and fun-filled networking activities!

    Advancing your Career at EDCO!

    The EDCO Conference features in-depth education sessions to not only be relevant to your day-to-day job but also to benefit your career. Attend the conference and receive2 points towards earning your Ec.D. Designation. EDCO 2017 is also recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts towards Level III recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).

    60th Anniversary photo contest

    Help us celebrate the 60th Anniversary by submitting your photo or video memories to our photo contest! For all the details, click here.


  • 11 Jan 2017 3:08 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)
    Does your community have an international business development strategy? Are you looking for in-market advice and expertise to implement your international initiatives and activities? As advertised in the recent EDCO Weekly Bulletin, the Ministry of International Trade is holding an event on Friday February 10th for communities to discuss international plans and priorities, including export, foreign direct investment and science, technology and innovation/R&D collaborations.


    The HQ of Ontario's International Trade and Investment Offices will be organizing one-on-one consultations between communities and Ontario's Senior Economic Officer (similar to a B2B format). These 20-minute meetings will be an opportunity to discuss a specific project or initiative your team will be undertaking in 2017 and receive in-market expertise and advice.

    Date and time:   Friday February 10, 2017

                                 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Location:           Ontario Trade and Investment Centre

                                250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto

    To schedule meetings, please complete the survey below by 5 pm January 27th.

    We are seeking communities that are currently undertaking international business development activities (as opposed to community presentations). The survey will provide the team with a clearer understanding of your international activities and market priorities. Please note: we cannot guarantee how many meetings each community will be granted - this will be determined based on registration and the information provided in the survey. Our goal is to make your meeting schedule as efficient and relevant as possible. Please fill out the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EDCO_community_qualification

    If you have any questions, please contact Pranab Shah at Pranab.shah@ontario.ca

  • 10 Jan 2017 11:20 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)


    Join us for an exciting information session on two asset mapping projects that are underway in the province! 

    The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance (GHFFA) and the EDCO Manufacturing Network will be hosting a two-hour information session on their asset mapping projects of the Agri-Food and Manufacturing businesses in Ontario.

    Learn about examples of successful asset mapping from the GHFFA, the EDCO Manufacturing Network and the City of Hamilton. 

    Asset mapping is crucial to creating strategic investment attraction and retention targets in your community. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from practicioners in the field- for free!  

    Registration for this event is free, but space is limited - register today

    Light refreshments will be served. 

  • 06 Jan 2017 9:19 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Growing Forward 2 Ontario Organizations & Collaborations Deadline - February 16, 2017

    The Growing Forward 2 Ontario: Organizations and Collaborations stream provided government grants to support the partnership of non-profit organizations, small businesses, and research/academic institutions who are enhancing the abilities, yields, and productivity of Ontario's agriculture industry. 

    Eligible applicants may receive up to 50-75% of expenses to a maximum $500,000 in Ontario government grants. 

    The five-year (2013-2018) program is designed to support the success of Ontario's agriculture industry. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), GF2 Ontario's Organizations and Collaborations stream provided provincial grants to agri-based producers and processors seeking to adopt innovative practices, increase competitiveness, and sustain strategic collaborations. 

    The final application intake deadline is February 16, 2017. 

    Eligibility Criteria

  • 05 Jan 2017 10:48 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)



    Register today and take advantage of the early-bird rates for EDCO members until January 20, 2017! Be sure to use the email address associated with your membership to access member-only discounts! If you are a member of EDCO and the member rates are not visible to you, please email your contact information to Brittany Bruce at grow@edco.on.ca so she can add you to our membership database.

    Book your room today online or directly using the Marriott toll free line at 1-800-228 9290 and referencing EDCO to receive our group rate. The EDCO conference special room rates will be available until Sunday, January 15, 2017, based on availability.

    Don't miss out on our relevant, highly-practical and interactive workshops!

    Aside from our roster of outstanding keynote presentations, don't miss out on our relevant, highly-practical and interactive workshops! Here are just a few to get you started…

    •  Planning 101 – The basics of planning for economic developers
    •  Driving Entrepreneurship Ecosystems for Scaling Up
    •  How Economic Development and Assessment Work Together
    •  Help Build the Workforce of Tomorrow
    •  Innovative Immigration Tools to Support your Community
    •  Investing in Green Innovation
    •  Understanding Economic Impact in Rural Ontario: Analyst's Input-Output Model
    •  The Global Economy – What it Means to Ontario
    •  A View from the Lower 48: US Executives Perception of Canada's Business Climate
    •  The "new" Ministry of International Trade – working together to ensure success
    •  Data Centres: Why they might be interested in your community and why you should be interested in them

    Check out the full program for information on keynotes, workshops, and fun-filled networking activities!

    Advancing your Career at EDCO!

    The EDCO Conference features in-depth education sessions to not only be relevant to your day-to-day job but also to benefit your career. Attend the conference and receive 2 points towards earning your Ec.D. Designation. EDCO 2017 is also recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts towards Level III recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).

    60th Anniversary photo contest

    Help us celebrate the 60th Anniversary by submitting your photo or video memories to our photo contest! For all the details, click here.

    Get ready to Connect, Learn, and Be Inspired! EDCO's focus is to help YOU build your Career, Connections and Community.

    Find out more…

    For information on partnership opportunities, please visit the EDCO Conference website at http://www.edcoconference.com or contact Marie-Claude Bureau, by email / (819) 230-5565.

    To discuss your registration, please contact Brittany Bruce by email at  grow@edco.on.ca / (514) 377-4462.

  • 23 Dec 2016 10:19 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    The EDCO office will be closed December 27, 2016 to January 2, 2017. 

    We look forward to celebrating our 60th year with you in 2017! 

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