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Atlantic Canada Aquaculture Technology and Trade Mission to South America (Brazil and Chile), October 15 – 22.

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

Building on the past successes at Aquaculture Exhibitions, the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) is currently seeking expressions of interest from Atlantic Canadian companies that want to meet and explore technology and trade opportunities with key South American stakeholders in the countries of Brazil and Chile this fall. The Atlantic Canadian delegation will aim to develop key strategic markets within Chile and South America and continue to focus its efforts within the industry through trade development and technology partnerships and transfers.

This mission offers an unparalleled opportunity to make new contacts with seafood and aquaculture companies during the first ever mission of this kind to Brazil to explore technology transfer opportunities and expand sales worldwide. Mission components will include a 2-3 day tour of the rapidly developing aquaculture industry in Brazil, participation in the Aqua Sur 2016 show, one-on-one business meetings as required by companies, networking events (incl. Atlantic Canadian and Canadian Receptions), industry briefings and site tours of aquaculture sites, processing facilities and research centers. The 2016 mission strives to build upon the successes of the Atlantic Canadian industry and explore potential opportunities within the Brazilian and Chilean markets.

Currently, NAIA envisions working tours centered on trade development and technology transfer for both the shellfish and finfish industries. NAIA proposes to develop matchmaking opportunities for delegates through detailed due diligence, well in advance of the trade mission, related to the business lines and needs of potential delegates at Aqua Sur 2016. NAIA proposes to have relevant networking events for all delegates and workshop/seminar(s) with key industry specialists (including brokers, retailers, industry experts, wholesalers, government officials and embassy officers). Through this mission, NAIA will be providing direct exposure companies from across Atlantic Canada to increase exports, generate new leads and form new alliances with companies from both Brazil and Chile.

Some highlights of this year’s mission will include:

  • One-on-one business meetings (matchmaking services) for participating companies, as requested.
  • Tours to aquaculture operations within Brazil and Chile.
  • Atlantic Canadian Delegates will be given visitor status within the Aqua Sur Tradeshow.
  • Access to other National and International workshops currently being organized during Aqua Sur 2016.

If sufficient interest is expressed, NAIA will apply to lead this Mission with support from the ACOA.

Eligibility Criteria:
Experience has shown that organizations best suited to fully benefit from exploring international cooperation have the following characteristics:

  • The firm should be a registered incorporated company in Canada.
  • Senior representative available for the mission.
  • Business plans that allow for simultaneous multiple market approaches.
  • Existing international export activity within the company, technology ready for export, readiness for uptake of new technologies and/or ready for international cooperation activities.

Features and Costs:
As a delegate with this mission you would receive:

  • Assistance with all logistical arrangements including air travel and accommodations
  • All in-country group transportation,
  • Visitor status at the Aqua Sur 2016 tradeshow,
  • Translation services in both Brazil and Chile,
  • Access to many networking events and receptions,
  • Advance market intelligence, training, matchmaking services, logistical services, as required, and,
  • Access to any industry relevant workshops.

Estimated Delegate Costs:

  • A $750.00 (+HST) non-refundable mission registration fee per delegate – due upon receipt of application.
  • Airfare and accommodations are estimated at $4,300.
  • All meals and incidentals.

Mission Travel Funding:
Interested and qualified companies are encouraged to discuss funding opportunities with your provincial government departments (respective provincial associations may have more information on what is available in your province) and to apply for NRC-IRAP support for travel costs for this mission. Companies can discuss the travel funding available for this mission with their NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor.

Mission Support Services:
Mission support services will be provided by the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association, (NAIA), working in collaboration with the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association (ACFFA), the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS) and the Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance (PEIAA). Support services will also be provided through the Atlantic Canadian Aquaculture Industry Research and Development Network (ACAIRDN), by the R&D Coordinators of the Associations. NAIA will provide matchmaking services and mission support. NAIA will also conduct appropriate follow up activity at the end of the mission. NAIA will coordinate the logistical requirements for the mission.

Express Your Interest

Expressions of Interest should be submitted NLT 15 MAY 2016 via email or phone to:

Roberta Collier
Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association
Tel: (709) 754-2854 (Ex. 2)


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