On Tuesday, the Chamber Space Meeting Rooms played host to a unique event bringing together the worlds of international trade and international sport with a Canadian theme.
Canadian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Janice Charette, on her first visit to the city gave the 80 attendees an open, honest and at times candid talk on the size and importance of the respective UK and Canadian markets and the challenges that lie ahead following the vote to leave the EU.
In her speech she highlighted the recent CETA deal between Canada and the EU, hailing it as a “gold standard” of what trade deals should consist of with a small hint to the government about what the UK’s future trade deals should consist of. She acknowledged there would obviously have to be allowances made taking into account the UK’s position with the EU. Notwithstanding some obvious hurdles and ongoing uncertainty about Brexit, the message was clear about Canada being very much open for business with the UK.
Following the High Commissioner, rugby league legend Brian Noble gave an overview on progress being made with the Toronto Wolfpack – Canada’s first professional rugby league side, who are due to start playing in the third tier of the sport in the UK in March. With home and away games meaning flights across the Atlantic being commonplace, this also opens up opportunities to link with local businesses to develop new trade links with Canada on the back of a unique sporting opportunity.
The Chamber will be developing links through the Wolfpack and the High Commissioner to ensure that the opportunities discussed at the meeting become a way of doing business in the future with what is an important and developing market.
Pictured (left to right): Chamber Chairman, Phil Cusack; Chamber Chief Executive, Clive Memmott; Canadian High Commissioner, Janice Charette; Brian Noble, Toronto Wolfpack.
It’s a pleasure to welcome such distinguished guests to our meeting rooms in Manchester!