SOURCE: Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

August 27, 2013 08:30 ET

Canadian Matchmaking Event to Connect Businesses With Global Markets

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON--(Marketwired - August 27, 2013) - Small to medium-sized businesses in the smart energy, forestry, mining, and manufacturing sectors will have an opportunity to meet their counterparts from around the world at an upcoming business matchmaking event this fall. From October 28-31, 2013, Canada will host Naturallia -- the country's leading business alliance forum on natural resources -- in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

Naturallia 2013 is a unique and highly effective business-to-business matchmaking event that will bring together more than 200 small and medium-sized enterprises from more than 14 countries. Delegations from Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Europe are confirmed to attend this high-profile event.

"Chile is, once again, proud to be part of this exciting international event. The business-to-business sessions present a unique opportunity for SMEs to increase sales, lower costs, increase productivity, add new lines of products or penetrate new markets," said Ricardo Cortes, President, Editec, based in Chile.

The four key sectors that will be represented at the event include:

1) Advanced manufacturing;

2) Value-added forest products;

3) Mining supply and services; and, 

4) Smart energy development, supply and services.

"Naturallia is like speed dating for businesses," added Rob Reid, President, N-Sci Technologies based in Ontario. "Participants are matched for one-on-one meetings during forums on international trade, and investment to help increase our export business, form new partnerships and explore global markets... all in my own backyard."

"Thanks to past Naturallia forums, we have joined an international consortium, identified key suppliers, and have extended our networks. We foresee that this will save us money and months of searching to connect with companies we would not have met otherwise," said Mario Léveillé, General Manager, Nor Arc, in Ontario.

Initiated by RDÉE Ontario Alliances, and proudly supported by FedNor and the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Naturallia 2013 is being hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

"Building strategic alliances is essential for strong economic growth and competing in the global economy," said Tom Dodds, Chief Executive Officer of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. "This forum will increase national and international exposure for small and medium-sized businesses, thereby encouraging long-term economic growth in the region."

The community of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is an ideal location to host this year's international forum. Recently, the community has positioned itself as the Alternative Energy Capital of North America and has a strong presence in the mining and value-added wood products industries. Sault Ste. Marie is also located at the centre of northern Ontario, on the U.S. border and has multi-modal access to international markets.

The forum will include an International Village featuring delegations and government representatives from each participating country. On-site visits will be offered to showcase local expertise and know-how in the related sectors.

Deadline for registration is September 30, 2013. To register, or for more information on locating a Head of Delegation in your area, please visit www.naturallia.com or contact 705-942-7927 ext. 3028. Don't miss out on this opportunity to grow your business.

About Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) was established in 1999 to function as a catalyst for economic development and diversification in the information technology and knowledge-based sectors. SSMIC is focused on four core areas: operating a business incubator to encourage the establishment and growth of business start-ups; providing support services to the SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) technology and science community; supporting the establishment and enhancement of advanced research projects in the region and undertaking strategic market development projects such as the highly successful GIS project. SSMIC operates an award-winning GIS department that has been recognized internationally for its unique community information utility model and advanced work in the health and human services sector.

About SSMEDC

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation is an independent, non-profit organization aimed at generating wealth, creating jobs, increasing the Municipal tax base and attracting visitors. It has a volunteer Board of Directors that includes a City Councillor and the Mayor (ex officio), along with individuals who represent the public, private and non-profit sectors. The Board provides the Corporation with strategic direction, which is then undertaken by the staff team. Its offices are located at the Civic Centre. To fulfill its mandate, the SSMEDC is organized around three unique divisions: Business Sault Ste. Marie, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and Corporate Services.

About RDÉE Ontario

RDÉE Ontario (Economic Development and Employability Network of Ontario) supports Francophone economic development by making a range of services available to local organizations in order to stimulate job creation. RDÉE Ontario strives to create a favourable climate for the socioeconomic development of Francophones by making human, financial and material resources, sharing best practices available.

About FedNor

FedNor is Industry Canada's regional development organization for Northern Ontario. Its approach to regional development integrates business, industrial, regional, national and community-based priorities. This grassroots approach maximizes the potential of communities to succeed in the knowledge-based economy by building on regional assets and strengths. The key elements that make this possible are FedNor's strategic program framework, its knowledgeable and well-networked staff, its local presence and lastly, its partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations. By working with businesses and regional and community partners, FedNor acts as both a facilitator and catalyst to help create an environment in which communities can thrive, businesses can grow and innovation can prosper.

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