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B.C. Pet Product Companies Attend K-Pet Fair

November 23, 2018
Animal companionship is highly valued for both urban and rural lifestyles, where pets are commonly seen as family members. In Asia, the rapidly growing middle class is leading an incredible growth in the pet industry. This presents an export opportunity for British Columbia companies that specialize in premium pet products. The Canadian federal government, in partnership with British Columbia and Alberta, is organizing a Canadian pavilion at the K-Pet Fair (Nov. 23-25, 2018), the largest pet food and product industry exhibition in South Korea. The British Columbia trade and investment representative office in Seoul will support ... continue reading
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Government Aiming to Increase British Columbia Food Exports

November 21, 2018
British Columbia exported a record-breaking $3.9 billion worth of agrifood and seafood products to 157 markets in 2017. Canada and British Columbia governments are now helping food producers and processors increase exports to other parts of Canada and around the globe through the $5-million B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Market Development Program.   The B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Market Development Program provides federal and provincial government cost-shared funding support for B.C.’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors to undertake domestic and international export market development projects and activities. The prog... continue reading
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Discover the World of FinTech at the Singapore FinTech Festival

October 31, 2018
Trade and Invest BC and four B.C. companies will be attending the Singapore FinTech Festival, the largest financial technology event in the world. It is organized by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in partnership with the Association of Banks in Singapore. It runs from November 12 to 16, 2018, and is expected to attract over 30,000 participants, decision makers and investors, with over 300 exhibiting companies from approximately 100 countries. This key industry event promotes discussions on emerging themes in the sector, such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity in finance, and showcases the latest financial services ... continue reading
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The Okanagan Grows as Tech Sector Hub

October 25, 2018
The Okanagan technology sector has been growing over the past few years and a recent study puts the extent of this growth into perspective. A new study commissioned by Accelerate Okanagan in conjunction with the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) shows that the Okanagan region's technology sector is booming. The Okanagan tech sector has witnessed a year-over-year economic growth of 15% since 2013 and is now estimated to contribute $1.67 billion to the region's economy.   This is Accelerate Okanagan’s third survey to gauge economic impact, highlight growth and celebrate success since 201... continue reading
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Prince Rupert Port Expansion Sustaining its Strong Growth as North American Gateway

October 19, 2018
Located on British Columbia's beautiful Pacific North Coast and at the mouth of the majestic Skeena River, Prince Rupert is Canada’s Northern Gateway for Asia-North American trade. Prince Rupert is a transportation hub for Northern B.C., which is easily accessible by air (two-hour flight from Vancouver), ferry (B.C. Ferry or Alaska Marine Highway Ferry), rail (from Prince George) and highway 16. Framed and protected by coastal mountains and islands, Prince Rupert has the world’s second deepest, natural, ice-free harbour and is North America’s closest port to Asia. Shippers have discovered that Port of Prin... continue reading
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B.C. Seafood Companies Increasing Exports to China and South Korea

October 12, 2018
British Columbia’s high quality seafood products are in demand globally. In 2017, B.C. exported $3.9 billion worth of agrifood and seafood products outside of Canada. This industry produces over $14 billion in annual revenues and directly employs thousands of people in B.C. The province is rapidly increasing exports to growing markets such as China, South Korea and Southeast Asia. With a strong reputation for quality products and a strategic geographic location on the west coast of Canada, B.C. seafood producers are in a position to continue expanding exports in a growing global market. South Korea is a developing opportun... continue reading
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Indigenous Businesses in B.C.

September 28, 2018
Today, there are approximately 200,000 Indigenous people in British Columbia representing 198 distinct First Nations as well as Métis and Inuit groups, each with their own unique traditions and history. Many Indigenous communities have developed a broad range of business interests including in tourism, mining, agrifoods and forestry, and contribute to the growth of these sectors and of the province’s economy.  A great example of mining exploration companies working with First Nations is the BC Regional Mining Alliance (BC RMA).  This is a northwest regional partnership among the Tahltan Central Government, the Ni... continue reading
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B.C. Cherries Making their Way to Japan

September 19, 2018
Working closely with B.C.’s cherry growers, the federal government has secured access for fresh B.C. cherries to the Japanese market. According to industry experts B.C. cherry exports to Japan could be worth up to $8 million annually. The increased access to the Japanese market will advance competitiveness and create new opportunities for the fresh cherry sector, as well as drive economic growth and create more job opportunities in British Columbia. In 2017, Japan imported over $62.7 million of fresh cherries from around the world. This agreement will help Canada to reach the target of $75 billion in annual agrifood exports... continue reading
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Vancouver Organization Brings People Together to Reduce Waste and Improve Lives

September 12, 2018
A Vancouver-based for-profit social enterprise continues to do great things for both the environment and for humanity. The Plastic Bank has been enabling the exchange of plastic for money and necessities to help people living in poverty build better futures and support their families. Their mission is to stop ocean plastic by gathering people together to monetize waste while improving lives. Shaun Frankson and David Katz founded The Plastic Bank in 2013 and have grown their company to include collection projects in Haiti and the Philippines with plans to expand their services to Brazil and Indonesia. The Plastic Bank pays low-in... continue reading
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B.C. Fruit and Vegetable Companies Flourish at Asia Fruit Logistica 2018

September 6, 2018
Building on past successes at this event, several British Columbia fruit and vegetable companies will be part of the Canadian pavilion at Asia Fruit Logistica 2018.  This is a significant trade show where every link of the international fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain meet face to face to network and build business opportunities. The annual event takes place September 5-7 in Hong Kong, where the city serves as an international hub and gateway to do business in China and the entire Asian market. In 2017, the show featured 813 companies from 43 countries, which is a remarkable expansion from previous years. British Col... continue reading
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