On Thursday, November 14, I joined local businesses at the Halton Export Forum in Oakville. Halton Region partnered with the Canada-Ontario Export Forum to bring this timely event to Halton. The forum provided an opportunity for both new and experienced exporters to hear tips, learn how to increase exports, discover export funding programs and network with government and export service providers.
Panelists Cameron Serles of Xiris Automation Inc. and Debbie Baker of OpenAire Inc. shared their stories and export success tips. Burlington based Xiris, whose products are sold worldwide through a network of distributors and agents, designs and manufactures specialized equipment using advanced camera technology to recognize and detect quality defects in manufactured goods. Oakville based OpenAire designs, manufactures and installs custom retractable roof enclosures and operable skylights. The company’s enclosures are found in venues around the world including Egypt, Germany, Ukraine and the U.S.
These are just two examples of many Halton export success stories. We are well positioned to tackle markets outside our borders. Halton’s diversified economic base powers the innovation we need to grow and expand our market reach. Halton truly is an economic hotspot. Our latest employment survey indicated that we now have over 1,000 exporting companies in our region. This includes large exporters such as Ford of Canada, Magna and Roxul Inc., and smaller companies such as L3 WESCAM, whose advanced laser imaging systems are in use around the world. And not only is there potential for our manufacturing firms, but also for our growing and successful service base, which includes Hatch, AMEC and Siemens.
Attracting and retaining jobs is a priority in Halton Region’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan. Our efforts to assist businesses to establish or expand operations and find new markets through initiatives such as this Forum are paying off. I invite you to learn more about exporting and how the Halton Region Small Business Centre can help you grow your business.
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