From 14 to 16 March the GLOBE Forum and Expo 2018, the world event on sustainability, is held in Vancouver. The ICE-Agency, Toronto Office, with the support of the ICCC of Vancouver, promoted and organized the participation of an Italian business representation.
On 14 March the GLOBE 2018 event opens in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Center (BC), organized both as a forum and as an expo and dedicated to energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and B2B networking opportunities.
Produced by the GLOBE Series in Vancouver, the GLOBE Forum and Innovation Expo is proposed as the reference event for companies, all levels of government, NGOs, international agencies, technological innovators and the financial community, on issues related to the risk management and transformation into opportunities for the transition to a clean and sustainable economy.
The sectors involved in the 2018 edition are: Sustainable Mobility, Smart / Performance Buildings, Innovation and Water Efficiency, Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), Smart Grid / Micro-Grid. Canada, the country that organizes and hosts the event, is firmly committed to Cleantech, a sector of excellence in the entire Canadian business structure, both at a multinational level and a small and medium-sized enterprise, in constant and rapid development and with a market which is worth about $ 29 billion and employs 166,000 people.
In collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Milan-PROMOS, ICE-Italian Trade Agency organized a mission of Italian enterprises to participate at the event with the possibility to meet Canadian and worldwide companies in B2B meeting in “Italia” stand. In addition, the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver and ICE-Italian Trade Agency will lead to Globe 2018 as keynote speaker Mrs. Hana Narvaez, a representative of “Stefano Boeri Architetti”, a prestigious architectural firm of Milan whose innovative works and sustainable construction have reached international resonance.
ICE-agency organized the participation of Italian entrepreneurs in the industry and set up a stand “Italy” in which the participating Italian companies held B2B meetings with Canadian firms or from other parts of the world.
In support of ICE-Agency in the promotion in Italy of GLOBE 2018 and in the organization of networking activities for Italian companies, there will be the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vancouver, also involved in the implementation, in collaboration with the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada West, EU delegation in Ottawa and BC MInistry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, of the seminar “CETA, Innovation and the Environment – opportunities for innovative clean-tech SME’s under enhanced EU-Canada cooperation”.
The seminar, which will take place on March 15 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, is primarily aimed at European companies in the cleantech sector intersted in Canada and British Columbia, the Canadian province very sensitive to the green theme.
The 2018 edition of GLOBE will benefit of an important added value for relations between Italy and Canada: the CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement). The economic and trade agreement, signed October 30, 2016, has strengthened the relationship between the European Union (Italy) and Canada. The provisions of CETA, which have been provisionally implemented since 21 September 2017, open the markets and cut the costs and procedures for the transfer of goods, investments and people through the almost complete abolition of tariff barriers (98%), the facilitation of investment, easier transfer of human capital as well as know-how and protection of intellectual property for trademarks and patents.
Also with specific reference to the energy sector and to the green economy, CETA facilitates the encounter between European and Canadian operators, with a view to commercial expansion and economic growth, in the respect and protection of Community, federal, national and provincial policies.