Export Day offers a world of possibilities
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Charlottetown Metal Products owner Trevor Spinney knows how tough it can be to break into international markets.
Spinney is one of more than 100 Island entrepreneurs attending Export Day tomorrow (September 14) in Charlottetown. It’s an opportunity for local business people to trade ideas about how to sell their products outside Canada.
"Export Day is an excellent chance for local entrepreneurs to better understand and take advantage of opportunities in export markets around the world," Spinney said. "It gives those entrepreneurs an opportunity to collaborate with other local companies, learn best practices, and understand the challenges that exist when breaking into a new market. It's been a big help to my company over the years."
Prince Edward Island has set records for international exports each of the last three years and is once again tracking toward another record in 2017.
Delegates will hear from experts in the field and learn about new trends, emerging markets, and how to best position a company or product to be export ready. Keynote speakers include:
- Birgit Matthiesen, director for Canada-US cross-border business for Arent Fox; and
- Peter Hall, vice president and chief economist for Export Development Canada.
“Companies that export tend to be more innovative, pay higher wages and be more productive,” said Bobby Morrissey, member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). “That’s why the federal and provincial governments are collaborating on the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy to double the number of Atlantic exporters, increase the value of export sales, diversify export markets and increase foreign investment in the region.”
Provincial and federal officials at Export Day will also deliver presentations on a wide variety of topics including the U.S. market and NAFTA negotiations; the emerging China market; new exporter supports; and the Atlantic Growth Strategy.
“Export Day is the best opportunity for Island entrepreneurs to network, collaborate, and learn about the many opportunities that exist outside our domestic markets,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald said. “We are proud of the exporting successes already achieved by these innovative, hard-working business people who show why Prince Edward Island is mighty. We will continue to support them with programs like Export Day as they take their products to the world.”
Export Day is delivered by Trade Team PEI, which is a collaboration of ACOA and the provincial government. Trade Team PEI’s goal is to improve companies’ ability to expand into international markets by helping them identify opportunities and navigate challenges.