*Due to the current circumstance, all travel by Innovation PEI employees has been suspended until further notice.  Many upcoming events have been canceled, postponed, or rescheduled.  If you are unsure of a previously posted event, please contact one of our staff at (902) 368-6300.

Do you have an upcoming event that you think our community should know about? Fill out our Event Submission form so we can share it with our valued clients and partners.   *Subject to approval.
Mar
3
Tue
2020
AAHAR Food & Hospitality Show
Mar 3 – Mar 7 all day

AAHAR Food & Hospitality Show

The High Commission of Canada in New Delhi in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and several Canadian Provinces, is pleased to invite you to showcase Canadian products at AAHAR.

AAHAR is the largest trade fair on Food & Hospitality Sector in India, with two concurrent exhibitions:

  • Hospitality India: Hotel & Restaurant Equipment and Supplies
  • Food India: Processed Foods, Food Processing and Beverages

Register today

The next show will take place March 3 to 7, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Companies should contact CanadainIndia.Agri@international.gc.ca by December 13, 2019 to confirm their interest in participating.

Why participate

With approximately 15-20 companies participating each year, many Canadian products have already successfully been introduced to Indian consumers, including edible oils, dried and frozen fruit, fish and aquatic products, processed foods, beverages, cookies, pastas, energy bars, etc.

At the show, you will network with India’s food industry leaders, while promoting products to business visitors from all key food sectors, including importers, wholesalers, distributors, retail chains, hospitality institutions, cash and carry vendors, supermarkets, & potential joint venture partners.

You are also welcome to participate in the full trade show program including elements such as a reserved booth space, setup assistance, information session, retail tour, opening ceremony, networking reception, and other business-to-business opportunities.

With over 1,000 exhibitors, AAHAR participants include representation from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, UAE & USA. More than 94% of participants have indicated their commercial objectives were achieved, implying a high level of satisfaction. India represents a rapidly growing demographic of rising income levels, eager for imported and novel food products.

Canadian representation needed

  • Canadian alcoholic beverages: Wines, ice-wine, beer
  • Equipment providers to food industry: Cold chain, logistics, associated equipment manufacturers
  • Fruits: Apples, fresh, frozen/dried blueberries and cranberries and other berries, cherries, apricots, pears
  • Grains, pulses and oilseeds: Canola oil processed oats, roasted flax seed, mustard powder, bran or meal, barley for malting, malt, pulses and beans, quinoa
  • Meat: Pork/processed pork products
  • Nutraceuticals: Health and wellness supplements
  • Pet food manufacturers and suppliers
  • Processed food products: Bakery, confectionery, juices, jams, sauces, honey, maple syrup, processed egg products, tea, and bottled water, etc.
  • Seafood: Frozen seafood such as salmon, lobster, scallops, clams, cold water shrimp, snow crab
  • Service providers to food industry: Consolidators, logistics, software, consultants, contract laboratories

AAHAR trade show program elements

  • Booth space allocated in the Canada Pavilion (adjacent to India’s largest food importer association)
  • Stall setup assistance (lighting, shelving, posters, graphics)
  • Information session for the trade show and import requirements
  • Retail tour of all levels of retail establishments in New Delhi
  • Participation in Opening Ceremony at the Canada Pavilion
  • Networking reception at the Canadian High Commissioner’s Residence; Canada House in New Delhi
  • Other direct business-to-business opportunities

Pricing for Canadian participation

Participation costs are based on the size of booth-space reserved in the Canada Pavilion at AAHAR:

  • 6 square meter booth: $3000 CAD
  • 9 square meter booth: $4500 CAD
  • Corner booth surcharge: $500 CAD

Participants are responsible for their own travel costs, accommodation, and local transportation.

Market trends

  • India’s growing population; with 1.3 billion people and rising per capita income levels, rapidly expanding manufacturing and services sectors, a growing consumers market make India a tremendous opportunity for Canadian exporters and investors.
  • India aspires to be an Agri-Food production hub in Asia and to be considered an important player on the regional/international agriculture stage.
  • India boasts the fastest growing retail segment in Asia importing 20% of retail-carried products.
  • A health-conscious trend is creating demand for dietary supplements and fortified food products.
  • Indian consumers are increasingly seeking products that offer convenience. Packaged and processed food sales continue to grow at a remarkable pace, including ready-to-eat meals, processed cereals, bakery items, canned food, sauces, and condiments.
  • The Canada Brand is trusted by Indian consumers, representing a tasty, healthy, safe, nutritious, and environmentally-friendly choice.
  • India’s growing Hotel Restaurant Institution sector shows great potential and demand for high-value food products such as processed fruit and fresh and frozen seafood.
  • Edible oils are India’s largest imported food category, providing opportunity for Canadian supply for healthy alternatives such as canola, sunflower and mustard oils, replacing the current reliant on palm-oil products.
Mar
9
Mon
2020
4-Day Craft Distilling Workshop @ BioFoodTech
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am – Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm
Our 4 day Craft Distilling workshop features distillers from Rig Hand Distillery sharing their expertise creating premium quality spirits.

About this Event

The Craft Distilling workshop will help companies expand their knowledge and expertise with various distilled products and techniques. Distillers from Rig Hand will be instructing the course including Geoff Stewart, President and Head Distiller. Rig Hand Distillery produces award-winning craft spirits, including Gin, Cream Liqueurs, and infused Vodkas.

This comprehensive course covers the basics of fermentation and distilling, craft production, classifications, infusions, filtering, licensing & regulations, safety, and master techniques. Participants will gain hands-on experience in the pilot plant— learning how to create and test unique, high quality distilled products.

The course fee includes all materials, breaks, lunches, hosted dinner, and tours. For more information, contact Joy Shinn: jmshinn@biofoodtech.ca, 902-368-5146. *15% discount for additional participants from the same company. *PEI companies may be eligible for funding support – contact Joy for qualification.

Funding support is provided by Innovation PEI and CAP/PEI Agriculture & Lands.

Mar
10
Tue
2020
FOODEX Japan 2020 Trade Show – Cancelled
Mar 10 – Mar 13 all day
Cancellation of FOODEX JAPAN 2020
Dear FOODEX JAPAN exhibitors and visitors,
Japan Management Association, the organiser of FOODEX JAPAN 2020, has officially taken the decision to cancel the event, originally scheduled to be held at Makuhari Messe from March 10 – 13, 2020.
This decision has been made based on the announcement of the Japanese government on February 26th at 1pm; The Japanese government requests event organizers to cancel huge events held in Japan to prevent further infection from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more detailed procedures, we will inform you shortly.
We appreciate your support and understanding.
Yours sincerely,
February 26th, 2020
FOODEX JAPAN Secretariat

Japan has the world’s third-largest economy. With a population of over 126 million, Japan is a net importer of agri-food and seafood products. In 2018, Japan’s food import reached over $90 billion CAD.

FOODEX Japan is the largest food and beverage show in Asia. It is the gateway to Japan as over 80,000 qualified Japanese traders, wholesalers, retailers and food service buyers will attend. It is also a gateway to Asia. Over 10,000 professionals from Asia and around the world will attend it to learn about the industry trend in Asia.

Business Bootcamp (The Content Creation Blueprint) @ The Loyalist Country Inn
Mar 10 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Event Description:

The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a diverse array of high-quality business training sessions in the Summerside area. Throughout the year, the GSCC will be hosting a series of workshops designed to engage and develop the skills of local business owners and their employees. This “Business Bootcamp” series will be facilitated by Craig Noonan from Integrity Consulting at the Loyalist Country Inn over a 12 month period with one workshop per month, starting in November. A VERY big thank you to our funding partners, Innovation PEI and CBDC Central PEI.

Topics will include but not limited to:
Sales, marketing, online business, planing & productivity, strategy, networking, media & public relations, and digital.
or a complete list of all sessions and dates, click the following link http://www.summersidechamber.com/gscc-boot-camp/

Mar
11
Wed
2020
March Coffee Chat with David Eisnor @ Startup Zone
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come have a coffee and chat with local like-minded entrepreneurs and business executives about the trials and tribulations of starting, running or growing a business. These events are an informal, open discussion and a great chance to network with fellow entrepreneurs.

This month’s guest is David Eisnor, Business Development Team Lead (Atlantic Canada) for Futurpreneur Canada. Read more about David here. 

Mar
20
Fri
2020
Canceled – Bioscience Showcase & Job Fair @ PEI Convention Centre, Delta Prince Edward Hotel
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
In light of developments around the Covid 19 Virus and based on recommendations for reducing community risk, the PEI BioAlliance has decided to cancel the Bioscience Industry Showcase and Job Fair, originally planned for March 20. If you planned to attend the job fair, please be sure to check our frequently updated postings and information.

We thank you for your understanding and invite you to keep in touch with the Island bioscience sector through our BioAlliance website and updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Yours truly,

The PEI BioAlliance Team

 

The PEI BioAlliance invites you to attend the

Bioscience Showcase & Job Fair

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020

Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Showcase and Job Fair will take place from 9:00 am to 10:00 am AND 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Presentations will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00am.

Location: Harbourview Rooms, Prince Edward Island Convention Centre, Delta Prince Edward (4 Queen St, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4A2)

Premier King, Federal MPs and other guests will be part of our program, as we celebrate the past, present, and future of our thriving industry. Our bioscience businesses and research organizations will be promoted at booth and tabletop displays at the Showcase and the ‘open house’ format of the Job Fair will invite job seekers to learn about current and future opportunities within our companies.

Jupia Consulting will present the impressive results of the recently completed Economic Impact Assessment that demonstrates the rapid growth of the PEI bio-sector since the last assessment in 2014.

We will also have another important announcement for our Bio Sector that you won’t want to miss!

This is a major celebration of success for our Bio-Cluster community, as we demonstrate to Islanders and our political leaders that the bioscience sector has become a leader in the economic sector and an important part of the future of our province.

Please sign up now to participate using the register button above. A continental breakfast and luncheon will be provided to all participants. We need your involvement for this to be a success!

Mar
27
Fri
2020
Application deadline for the Scale-up Hub Cambridge Program
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm

Logo for Scale-up Hub Cambridge

Logos for the provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. Logo for the government of Canada.

A program to help Atlantic Canada companies scale export sales

Scale-up Hub Cambridge (the “Program”) is designed to help Atlantic Canada-based ICT companies build an international presence and grow their export sales capacity in the New England market. The Program leverages strong historical and cultural ties to this key market and helps high-growth, high-innovation companies headquartered in Atlantic Canada scale through targeted access to strategic markets in the Boston region.

APPLY NOW

Applications for the Scale-up Hub Cambridge Program must be received by 12:00 PM (AST) on March 27, 2020.


The six companies accepted into the Scale-up Hub Cambridge Program for the 2019-20 fiscal year were:


What does Scale-up Hub Cambridge offer?

The Program offers eligible Atlantic Canada high growth innovation companies access to the following resources for a full year:

  • Professional-guided entry into the New England marketplace.
  • Collaborative working space in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the world’s top innovation hubs.
  • Dedicated services of an in-market business development professional to help drive sales generation and market development activities.

Up to seven companies will be accepted into the Scale-up Hub Cambridge Program. Successful applicants must be technology-focused, high-growth companies that are presently selling outside of Atlantic Canada and will be required to pay a non-refundable participation fee of $10,000.00 CAD plus HST.


For program details please refer to the FAQ and Guidelines or contact your respective provincial lead listed below:

Prince Edward Island
Julie Alford
Business Development Officer, ICT
Innovation PEI
T: 902.894.0381
E: jealford@gov.pe.ca
www.innovationpei.com

New Brunswick
Kristen Olson

Export Development Executive/ Chargé du développement des exportations
Opportunities NB / Opportunités NB
T: 506.461-4918
E: kristen.olson@onbcanada.ca
www.ONBCanada.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador
Paul Preston
CEO
NL Association of Technology Industries (NATI)
T: 709.757-3252
E: paul@nati.net
www.nati.net

Nova Scotia
Lisa Dobson
Export Development Executive
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
T: 902.456.0106
E: ldobson@nsbi.ca
www.novascotiabusiness.com

Government of Canada
Andre Chiasson
International Business Development Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
T:  506. 871.1462 | TTY: 1.877.456.6500
E: andre.chiasson@canada.ca
www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca


Project participation will be awarded on a competitive basis.

The Scale-up Hub Cambridge Program has been designed for utilization in complement with each provincial partners’ suite of export-support programs. For information about the additional resources and funding options available to your business, please contact one of the provincial leads listed above.

Apr
2
Thu
2020
Business Bootcamp (Creating Powerful Partnerships) @ The Loyalist Country Inn
Apr 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Event Description:

The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a diverse array of high-quality business training sessions in the Summerside area. Throughout the year, the GSCC will be hosting a series of workshops designed to engage and develop the skills of local business owners and their employees. This “Business Bootcamp” series will be facilitated by Craig Noonan from Integrity Consulting at the Loyalist Country Inn over a 12 month period with one workshop per month, starting in November. A VERY big thank you to our funding partners, Innovation PEI and CBDC Central PEI.

Topics will include but not limited to:
Sales, marketing, online business, planing & productivity, strategy, networking, media & public relations, and digital.
or a complete list of all sessions and dates, click the following link http://www.summersidechamber.com/gscc-boot-camp/

Apr
8
Wed
2020
POSTPONED Minister’s Seafood Symposium – Supporting our Fishing and Aquaculture Sectors @ Delta - Prince Edward Island Convention Centre
Apr 8 all day
Minister’s Seafood Symposium – Supporting our Fishing and Aquaculture Sectors
Date: April 8, 2020
Where: Delta – Prince Edward Island Convention Centre
Contact:  Department of Fisheries and Communities
Phone: 902-838-0910
email: DeptFC@gov.pe.ca
The Department of Fisheries and Communities is holding an industry-wide learning and networking event to bring together participants from all facets of fishing and aquaculture.
“Everyone with an interest in the future of fishing and aquaculture should set aside April 8 as a chance to meet with their peers and with experts and explore how we can move this industry forward together,” said Fisheries and Communities Minister Jamie Fox.
Talks on science, market influences, marine safety, public trust and a series of informative breakout sessions will provide for an engaging day. A Minister’s Seafood Networking Reception for networking opportunities will cap off the day at the Culinary Institute of Canada, 4 Sydney St, Charlottetown.
Cost: $30 (industry), $50 (other)
Includes lunch, coffee breaks, and reception
More information and registration details will be provided soon.
Apr
21
Tue
2020
CANCELLED – Seafood Expo Global Trade Show
Apr 21 – Apr 23 all day

Conveniently located in Brussels, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global is the world’s largest seafood trade fair. The fair features more than 2,007 exhibiting companies from 88 countries. If you are a professional seafood buyer, do not miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and do business with seafood suppliers from every corner of the globe.