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Trade 2018 visits Canada

It’s a wrap! Our Trade 2018 team have just wrapped up a successful program of events in Canada coinciding with the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) passing through the country.

The Queensland delegation hosted a series of meetings and functions to showcase Trade 2018.

The first stop was Montreal where the delegation attended the Bio World Industrial Congress where Trade 2018 and the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP) were featured within the Queensland stand. The team also hosted a GCHKP showcase event and introduced the Trade 2018 program to the Montreal Chamber of Commerce.

On to Toronto where the delegation hosted a second GCHKP showcase and met with the Toronto Board of Trade where discussions about engaging with Australia as a base for doing business in China took place. An intimate Queensland Dinner was hosted by Minister Lynham and City of Gold Coast CEO Dale Dickson. Dinner guests were a selection of existing Australian investors, leaders of industry, tourism contacts and Commonwealth entities. The dinner was also attended by the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell and the Queen’s Baton also joined the program and was a very popular amongst the guests.

Next stop was Edmonton to participate in a QBR activation and take in a Canadian Football league match. Minister Lynham also attended a roundtable event with the Alberta Government to discuss the life sciences sector and opportunities for collaboration between Queensland and Alberta State.

The final stop of the tour was Vancouver where we hosted a reception with close to 90 attendees. Our delegation met with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Trade, Global Affairs Canada, the Canada, Australia and New Zealand Business Association and the BC Chamber of Commerce.

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About Trade 2018

Trade 2018 will encourage international businesses to visit Queensland in the lead-up to and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Led by the Queensland Government in partnership with the City of Gold Coast, the program is also supported by the Australian Government as well as Trade and Investment Queensland, the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business agency.

Trade 2018 will enable Queensland to seize the opportunity to demonstrate how every four years, the Games can be a complementary mechanism to support a new Commonwealth trade agenda.

The Trade 2018 program is focussed on seven priority markets: Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. 

GC2018 will provide a platform for Queensland and international investors to facilitate the development of new and existing global business networks, across these priority markets and more broadly. The Trade 2018 program will focus on four priority sectors:

  • Health and Knowledge
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • International Education and Training
  • Business of Sport.