Exploring Export Strategies

On Thursday, October 22, 2015 – a full house was in attendance at the Peterborough Economic Development’s Exporting Seminar, showcasing some great insights into the export industry with practical tips and information.

As countries around the world continue to seek out new exports, Canadian companies may benefit from strategies to tap into these emerging opportunities. During this event, participants learned from a broad range of expertise from our two Industry panels, composed of eleven experts. The panels discussed how to assess your current capacity to export as well as learning from the export experiences of local businesses. The event was moderated by Jeff Pinkney, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure.

The first panel discussion addressed the question: “Are You Ready To Go Global?” featuring experts from Export Development Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, Ontario Chamber of Commerce – Export Market Access, Prima Intellectual Property, and Collins Barrows. Various strategies were highlighted including looking at Ontario’s growth sector and grants, as well as focusing on the “long view” when exporting to other countries. Each one of the panel agreed that working locally with people in other countries is important, as they are on the ground and able to help when thing come up.

After the break, the second panel discussion turned to “Learning from Local Businesses” which featured a discussion of local export experiences and case studies. Throughout the event, the subject of Canada and it’s products and reputation came up, as being seen as valuable through the eyes of world.

This event was sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada

Michael Gatschene, of Business Development Canada stated, “I would like to thank Peterborough Economic Development for allowing me to speak at the Export Seminar. The event was well attended and hosted a number of engaging speakers and panelists. Panelists were able to deliver tremendous impact and value, as well identify that there is an abundance of resources for entrepreneurs to help maximize their global expansion potential.

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