CATA -Commonwealth Advantage Business Workshop May 25 2006
April 26, 2006

Toronto: Centre of the Commonwealth Business Giant?

April 26, 2006... How can Toronto and Canadian companies be the new hub of sales and alliances in Commonwealth countries, especially with firms situated in the world's fastest-growing economies -- India, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia and the U.K.?

Advice for Canadian firms thinking about entering the world's second-largest trading block will be available at a business workshop on May 25th, 2006, hosted by the Commonwealth Advantage.

"This will be a very good opportunity to learn more about the kind of opportunities available in the Commonwealth, and to network with people playing vital roles in making opportunities happen for Canadian companies," said Commonwealth Advantage President the Honourable Sinclair Stevens. Mr. Stevens, who was instrumental in bringing five auto plants to Canada during his years as federal Minister of Industry, added that "the Commonwealth is the greatest single opportunity for Canadian businesses looking for global growth. With the United Kingdom, formerly the leader of the Commonwealth, now focused on Europe, Canada has become the "senior statesman" of the 53 Commonwealth countries. We are the nation that can best lead the Commonwealth and its people to new prosperity in a unified global trading system. We also possess the advantage of being the Commonwealth "hub" -- the meeting-point of the Commonwealth and the NAFTA blocks. Canada provides a distinct attraction for investment by Commonwealth countries, because we can act as a low-risk springboard into the rest of the NAFTA market."

AGENDA:

Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2006
Time: 12 Noon to 2:00 P.M. (Lunch included).
In the afternoon there will be one on one sessions to help companies negotiate with the right buyers or sellers of their services or products.
Location: The Dominion Club
One King Street West, 12th Floor
At King and Yonge Streets Subway Stop
Toronto, Ontario
Cost: A $40.00 fee will be charged for lunch.
Registration: Online: http://www.cata.ca/Commonwealth/workshop.html
As seating at The Dominion Club is quite limited, please RSVP as soon as possible.

Presentations will include:

  • Dr. Charles McMillan - Defining our Competitive Advantage within the Commonwealth
  • Several players in the IT field will describe Canada's role in a Global IT cluster.
  • Barry Gander of CATA will outline plans for a North American Summit to be held this fall in Ottawa, entitled "The Commonwealth Meets NAFTA".

The workshop will address key questions such as:

  • Can businessmen in India and other Commonwealth countries give a competitive advantage to firms in Canada?
  • In turn can Canadians help such businessmen develop their own domestic markets?
  • What kind of strategies and programs can Canadian firms do to foster these relationships, including joint penetration of markets like the U.S.A.?
  • What companies in Canada should be using these Commonwealth services to make themselves more competitive?

Several founding partners are driving the Commonwealth Advantage program. They include Magna International Inc. of Aurora; Pinetree Capital Ltd. of Toronto; Aithent Technologies of Delhi, India and Mississauga; and TCS Courier Service of Karachi, Pakistan and North York.

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About the Commonwealth Advantage
The Commonwealth Advantage was founded in Canada as a private-sector, member-based association that seeks to lever ties within the Commonwealth to build practical business advantages for businesses. The Canadian chapter of the organization, the Canadian Commonwealth Advantage, is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Toronto Foundation and the Toronto Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society. The Canadian Commonwealth Advantage provides a unique ability to bridge barriers to international trade and promote successful global business strategies. It works in partnership in Canada with the country's largest high-tech business organization, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, and the Canadian Innovation Centre, which provides case-by-case strategies for business growth.Please visit: http://www.cata.ca/commonwealth