WTC Utah & Governor Lead Trade Mission to Toronto

Sep 22, 2016


SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA - This month World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, organized a trade mission to Toronto, Canada led by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. The trade mission focused on energy, technology, and innovation. Delegates of the trade mission interacted with potential partners and gained insight into doing business in Canada.

“Toronto, like Utah, places a large emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurialism,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah). “The trade mission delegation made important connections that we expect will lead to future collaboration between the Canadian tech sector and Utah’s own Silicon Slopes. This will further strengthen our valued trade relationship with Canada.”

Last year, Utah exported approximately $1.5 billion worth of goods to Canada, making Canada Utah’s third-largest export destination. More than 78,000 Utah jobs are tied to trade and investment with Canada.
Trade mission activities included Gold Key business matchups facilitated by the U.S. Commercial Service, a visit to the Silicon Valley of the North, and valuable networking receptions and site visits. The trade mission was comprised of private and public organizations from various sectors, including energy and technology. 

During the trade mission, the delegation traveled to Waterloo, a major tech hub and a part of Canada’s Technology Triangle. Site visits included Communitech, a large tech incubator, and Desire2Learn, an education tech company. Desire2Learn’s software has a large presence within the Utah education space. The company focuses on bringing tech into classrooms through educational learning software. 

Businesses that participated in the Utah Trade Mission to Canada:

  • Affiliate Solar
  • Amplexo LLC
  • Beddy’s
  • Black Pine Sports
  • BlueShift Technologies
  • ColdSweep
  • Deseret Media Corporation
  • EDCUtah
  • Imagine Learning
  • Integrated Energy Companies
  • inWhatLanguage
  • Specialty Imaging
  • Spectra Symbol
  • Wells Fargo
  • Xtiri

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