The Brampton Board of Trade’s International Trade Committee has come a long way over the past couple of years.
Having built a repository of International trade and investment-related stakeholders over that time, the committee has been tasked to help create B2B networking and International trade and investment-related peer group interaction opportunities.
Recently the committee hosted government stakeholders such as the U.S Vice Consul for Commercial Affairs, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International trade (DFAIT) representatives in Toronto, as well as non-profit business associations dedicated towards growing trade and investment related activities between with the Canada Turkey Business Council, Canada Pakistan Business Council, Council for U.S States in Canada and Canada China Business Council.
Looking ahead, the committee is now keen to see that network used for B2B networking and related business development activity.
There are two ways for us at BBOT to facilitate the above, firstly to take advantage of the ongoing networking opportunities being put together by some of the International trade and investment-related stakeholders under their organization’s umbrella on an ongoing basis. For instance Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, an organization dedicated to helping small to medium size enterprise better understand trade and investment related opportunities between Canada and India, put together more than 26 events over the last calendar year, including an annual trade mission to India.
Similar activities are continuously been undertaken by other organizations focusing on different trade and investment corridors.
The other alternative for BBOT would be to undertake International trade and investment- related networking opportunities under our own banner. The committee co- hosted a networking event with members of Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce in May with Minister of International Trade Hon. Ed Fast as a key note speaker, and helped put a table together at the annual anniversary and awards dinner for Canada Pakistan Business Council in June.
Plans to host a multi stakeholder networking event under the BBOT banner later in fall are currently under review. They say that duplication is the best form of flattery, and if so it seems that our friends and colleagues at Ontario Chamber of Commerce are also working on a similar strategy for the provincial chamber. For further information about BBOT’s Int’l trade committee please contact myself or our vice chair Steve Saberwal through the BBOT staff.
Stay tuned for more regular updates and write ups around Int’l trade and investment related activity in coming months “