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International business, trade focus of event for Newfoundland & Labrador Firms

May 29, 2014

Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Export Development Canada’s Chief Economist; and local businessman Paul Antle among Speakers

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is holding its second annual International Business Development Symposium this Friday – an event which focuses on building the capacity of local firms to be active on a global scale.

“Supporting the efforts of Newfoundland and Labrador businesses to engage in international markets is critical for two reasons,” says Ted Lomond, Executive Director of NEIA. “First, the provincial marketplace is limited and international business is an opportunity for growth and expansion for individual firms.”

The second reason, Lomond notes, is related to the overall provincial economy. “Companies that are involved in international business contribute significantly to the diversification and strength of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy.”

Lomond says the International Business Development Symposium will provide important information for businesses who are involved with or are exploring conducting business abroad. “Firms attending the event will hear the latest information on how Canada’s international trade agreements will affect local industry; on expert insight into the global economy from Export Development Canada’s Chief Economist; and benefit from the past experiences of local individuals who have been quite successful in international markets.”

The event features:

  • “International Trade Agreements and Opportunities for the Provincial Fishery”
    Hon. Keith Hutchings, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture / Member for Ferryland

  • “Making Sense of the Market: What’s Happening and What’s Next”
    Catherine Murray, Co-Host and Anchor for BNN / Former VP at Deutsche Bank

  • “Doing Business in China”
    Paul Antle, CEO of Phase Separation Solutions and West Mountain Capital Corp.

  • “Developing International Markets”
    Ron Collier, Vice-President Business Development, SubC Imaging

  • “Let’s Talk Exports”
    Peter Hall, Vice President & Chief Economist of Export Development Canada

“The International Business Development Symposium is an opportunity for businesses, support agencies, academia and aspiring entrepreneurs to network and learn from each other,” says Lomond.

For more information on NEIA’s International Business Development Symposium, including speaker biographies, visit the event website at The event is open to businesses and organizations in all sectors of the economy.NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. The organization offers a diverse range of expert knowledge and support services for members working to grow economic opportunity while respecting the natural environment. NEIA is The Business of the Environment, and has over 160 members.

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