• 11 Mar 2010 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    * 4-7 July, 2010 - Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand 15th Biennial Conference, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 2351.

    * 5 July, 2010 - Federation Dialogue (Australia and Canada) University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 2351.

    More details will be posted as they are confirmed.

    Please visit ACSANZ for more information.
  • 11 Mar 2010 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    For full article provided courtesy of Gowlings Lafleur Henderson, click here
  • 04 Mar 2010 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce is happy to endorse next week’s Import Export road show seminar and workshop event
    for SMEs thinking of starting or already engaged in importing or exporting.

    The organisers are offering CACC members and their colleagues and associates a complimentary day pass valued at $130.00 which includes all seminars and lunch.

    To register, all you need to do is contact Karen at karen@importexportshow.com.au and she will call you to confirm. Details of this exciting event are below – you won’t want to miss it!


    Come along next week to

    The Import Export Show On the Road Brisbane
    9-10 March 2010

    Berkley's On Ann, 255 Ann St, Brisbane

    To succeed in the tough business of exporting and importing, you need a team of experts around you - and we are bringing them together for you for 2 special days next week. The two days are split into 4 half day sessions, with 25 fantastic speakers from Queensland and interstate, plus a room full of exhibitors to help you “get it right” and avoid costly mistakes.
    If you need to learn the ropes or build on current success to grow your business globally, join the intensive group sessions and workshops on Importing and Exporting fundamentals, Hands On - China, Freight and Logistics, Banking and Finance and E-Commerce.  Learn what assistance from government and the private sector is available to you. The event is supported by BEC Australia, Austrade and Trade Queensland and senior representatives will be there to meet delegates.

    Thanks to our On the Road Brisbane co-sponsor, Sensis, Brisbane delegates to the event have the unique opportunity to
    enter a prize draw to win a Yellow Pages Book advertising program to the value of $2000*.

    Here's what delegates to our Sydney and Melbourne road show events have said:

    “Full of vital information for the new & experienced business wanting to export/import”

    “A must for anyone trying to grow their business through exporting”

    "This trade show has exceeded my expectations, the speakers and exhibitors were great communicators and very willing to help”

    “Thank-you, I learnt so much today which will really help us plan for our future projects”

    “Very helpful for a new comer in the import business”

    “I cannot imagine doing exports without attending an event like this”

    If you are not in the room, your competitors will be.
    To register for your complimentary pass valued at $130.00, please contact Karen at The Import Export Show  via
    Karen@importexportshow.com.au  or (02) 9836 9309.

    The Import Export Show On the Road Brisbane is sponsored by Custom House and Sensis.

  • 02 Mar 2010 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     Australians use 'power of schmooze' to bolster trade ties
    By Derrick Penner, Vancouver SunFebruary 27, 2010

    Australians don't exactly fall all over themselves to follow hockey, but during the Olympics you might have heard the twang of an Aussie accent at a game or two.
    It could have belonged to an Australian business person chatting up a Canadian contact, not necessarily doing a deal, but just letting his or her counterpart know what kind of deals they could do.

    The Australian Trade Commission, with the sponsorship of some major corporations, bought the tickets and made the matchups with the help of B.C.'s 2010 Commerce Centre.

    The idea, Austrade chief economist Tim Harcourt said in an interview, is to build relationships that, down the road, will bolster the $4 billion in two-way trade between Australia and Canada.

    "I call it the power of schmooze," Harcourt said, which is what Austrade has been doing under the Business Club Australia banner at Olympics, World Cups, Commonwealth Games and other major sporting events since the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

    "Vancouver would be smaller than [Austrade's presence in] Beijing, but it's still a chance to get Canada on the map and get Aussies some profile in Canada," Harcourt said.

    B.C. is following Australia's model. B.C. Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development Iain Black said the province's 2010 Commerce Centre established a business hosting program for the 2010 Olympics, staging 88 events over the course of the Games, using the blueprint that Austrade created.
    "We're focused on capitalizing on the economic opportunities that stem from the Olympics, which is effectively the largest trade show on the planet," Black said.

    Kevin Lamb, Austrade's past manager and honorary consul in Vancouver, said the agency bought 60 tickets to "rink sports," primarily hockey and speed skating, which were made available to Australian businesses either with operations in Canada or seeking to expand to Canada.
    "It was a small program," Lamb said in an interview. "Having said that, it was fully subscribed, which was good."

    And notwithstanding that Australians don't know hockey, zeroing in on sports for networking opportunities makes sense for a nation that is otherwise crazy about its sports.

    The Business Club effort was sponsored by Australian corporations that have major presences in Canada, including Rio Tinto Alcan, the Macquarie investment firm and the engineering firm Worley Parsons.

    Of the business pairings, Lamb declined to name firms, citing confidentiality, but said they range from firms with a small presence in Canada to larger companies.
    Lamb said Canada and Australia have similar economies, so many of the matchups reflect the two countries' strengths in the resource sector, but Austrade is also looking to expand its presence in Canada within the new technology service sector.

    Grace Barty, Austrade's Los Angeles-based director for the Americas, said the program was a matter of "tailoring our interests to this particular market."
    That included bringing together firms in the areas of clean energy and water.

    Barty said Austrade took the opportunity to meet with the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Rio 2016 Olympic teams to make contacts that it hopes will lead to more Olympic business for Australian firms.
    © Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun
    Tim Harcourt
    Chief Economist
  • 21 Feb 2010 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Invest Toronto Inc. is a new arms length organization whose main shareholder is the City of Toronto. Established under the City Service Corporation provisions of the City of Toronto Act, it is incorporated as an Ontario Business Corporation. Invest Toronto will engage the private sector and other public sector partners to promote Toronto as a destination for businesses to invest, grow and prosper. It is a product of two major public documents, the Agenda for Prosperity and Blueprint for Fiscal Stability and Economic Prosperity.

    The activities of Invest are to be centered on sales and marketing as well as promotional activities designed to increase business investments and leads. The overarching goal of Invest Toronto is the enhancement of the economic competitiveness of the City of Toronto globally.

    For more information on Invest Toronto please go to: www.investtoronto.ca.

  • 18 Feb 2010 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Canada has an image problem. It’s too good. The country is too beautiful, the people too polite and friendly, the society too cohesive, the institutions too effective. It’s a nice problem to have!

    Click here for full article
  • 15 Feb 2010 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summary from Media Portal

    Sky Business News, Sydney
    Trading Day: 15 February 2010 03:26PM

    Compere: Compere

    Interview with Austrade Chief Economist Tim Harcourt, who talks about what Australian businesses are doing to leverage the Winter Olympics. Harcourt says the IMF has said that industrial production has picked up in Europe. He says Australia's trade is not greatly affected by issues facing Greek economy. He says over 30 Australian companies are participating in networking functions around the Winter Olympics. These include BHP Billiton, Transfield, Macquarie Capital, Worley Parsons and other small and medium enterprises. He talks about a function that will be attended by Australian High Commissioner Justin Brown and Austrade people. He compares the Australian and Canadian economies and cites a Reserve Bank economist's ideas on this. He says Austrade has big programs lined up for the 2010 World Cup, the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, the London Olympics and the G20 and G8 meetings in Canada.

    Tim Harcourt, Chief Economist, Austrade.

  • 15 Feb 2010 9:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    While in Toronto, Canada, Jack Cowin was interviewed byt the Financial Post. For full article, click here.
  • 02 Feb 2010 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Australia Day Dinner hosted by the CACC and the Australian Wine Society in Toronto was a resounding success.

    AusDay2010CouncillorCarroll.jpg                AusDay2010Rick.jpg

    In this photo from left to right:                             CACC Special Advisor Rick Kohler
    Daria Scott (partner Scott Architect Associates);
    Bob Onyschuk, CACC Chapter Chair;
    Councillor Shelley Carroll,
    Budget Chief of Toronto;

    Stefan Trofimovs Consul General of Australia in Toronto.

  • 28 Jan 2010 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Starting on January 26th, Australia Day, Australians living in Ontario will be able to exchange their Australian driver’s licence for an Ontario licence.   On 9 November, the Ontario Minister of Transportation, Jim Bradley, confirmed that the provincial authorities had completed the process of establishing the equivalence of Australian licences, and had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Australia that confirmed the recognition of Australian driver’s licences by the Government of Ontario.

    Click here for press release.

    Ontario-Australia Signing Ceremony - Recognition of Australian Drivers' Licences in Ontario

    Ontario-Australia Signing Ceremony - Recognition of Australian Drivers' Licences in Ontario.jpg

    Stefan Trofimovs, Consul General, Australian Consulate-General in Toronto; Johanna Gerrie, President, Australian Canadian Association (YACA); Justin Brown, Australian High Commissioner to Canada; Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation, Ontario; Rick Kohler, Senior Advisor, CACC; Paul Harbottle, Director, Program Development and Evaluation Branch, Ontario Ministry of Transportation

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