After the success of last year’s online edition of our EU-Canada Business Day gathering close to 500 participants from both side of the Atlantic on tech topics, this year edition will focus on sustainable recovery and a net-zero future. The “EU-Canada Business Day - Green Back Better” will take place virtually on Wednesday April 13th, 2022 and will convene companies, innovators, industry associations and government representatives from both sides of the Atlantic to explore business and trade cooperation opportunities. Topics and sessions will include 1/ a business-case discussion around corporate sustainability & circularity, 2/ a showcase of clean and sustainable urban [...]
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On both sides of the Atlantic, policymakers, businesses, and civil society are investigating zero carbon policies that would drastically reduce the carbon and environmental footprints of the construction industry. In Europe, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires all new buildings from 2021 (and public buildings from 2019) to be aligned with the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) standard. In Canada, the federal government is ensuring that all new federal buildings and major building retrofits prioritize low-carbon and climate resilience. As momentum is building (pun intended) for the construction sector to become more sustainable, we discussed how to accelerate the adoption [...]
Over the past few years, the European Union and Canada have doubled down on their efforts to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy. In this context, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) offers an excellent framework for the European and Canadian digital industries to share their innovations and solutions across markets. Sounding out European companies operating on both sides of the Atlantic to seek their perspectives on the Canadian market, we found out that Canada offered a favourable business environment for European digital innovators to bring their solutions to market. Read more
This section is fully supported by Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Canada is a global leader when it comes to technology. Its commitment to innovation, government incentives to enhance research and development (R&D), the quality of its tech talent pool, its growing number of world-class tech hubs, and its access to the US market makes Canada one of the top places around the globe to do business for technology companies and investors. With a reputation for having a highly skilled tech workforce, global tech companies are targeting Canadian cities including Montreal, Vancouver and the Innovation Tech Corridor between Toronto and Waterloo for [...]
This section is fully supported by Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Canada’s food and beverage industry is globally one of the most robust economic enterprises. Through a diligent yet tremendously effective regulatory system that oversees every step of the food and beverage supply chain – from manufacturing and export to import and distribution – Canada is continuously regarded as a valuable, trustworthy and welcoming country with which to conduct business in the food and beverage domain. Health Canada is the primary government entity responsible for regulating Canada’s food and beverage industry. This includes creating specific standards for all foods and beverages sold [...]
This section is fully supported by Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Committed to transitioning to a net-zero emission economy, the Canadian government is working with businesses and stakeholders across the globe to bring clean technology to market. According to Invest in Canada, Canada is an optimal location for such development due to its “low [Research and Development] costs, highly skilled workforce, wealth of natural resources, and support for innovation.” Canada is a burgeoning hub for green technology transformation in the transportation, infrastructure, and construction sectors. The country seeks to become a leading economy in the development of renewable energies, carbon capture technologies, [...]
EUCCAN organized a privatly held Sustainability roundtable with some EU companies operating in Canada to review opportunities, challenges and the solutions to support Canada's net zero agenda. The Ambassador Melita Gabric opened the discussion by sharing EU's vision on Sustainability, mostly Fit for 55 package. Sustainability is no longer a choice. As the pressure on resources increases, mentalities and habits must change. Legal frameworks and regulations are just the starting point. Businesses and communities have to take action to move to a zero-carbon economy. A paper following this roundatble will soon be published. Participating companies: Air France/KLM, Alstom, Ikea, Kingspan, Michelin, [...]
Early November 2021, EUCCAN President, Adrian Thomas, and EUCCAN Executive Director, Delphine Adenot-Owusu, spent several days in Montreal to meet with key partners and EU companies operating in Canada. At the occasion of a Business Breakfast, EUCCAN met with chambers of commerce, consuls and trade officers of member states present in Montreal. It was the occasion to introduce EUCCAN’s new strategy and to meet with the EU community in Montreal. Acting as the EU business voice, it is key for EUCCAN to speak directly with companies in order to understand their priorities or their challenges in order for EUCCAN to better [...]
On the occasion of the visit to Toronto of the EU Ambassador to Canada, EUCCAN hosted a Business breakfast with CEOs of EU companies operating in Canada. Ambassador Gabric started by stating the very good relations between the EU and Canada. “We are closer than ever and enjoy a close-knit relationship, both politically and in the bilateral trade”. After a presentation round table, the CEOs exchanged on the opportunities and challenges of operating in Canada in such period. The discussion focused around sustainability by questioning how EU companies in Canada can better support Canada’s net zero agenda. They also shared their [...]
The latest IPCC report states “Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system. […] The report shows that emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are responsible for approximately 1.1°C of warming since 1850-1900.” Sustainability is no longer a choice. As the pressure on resources increases, mentalities and habits must change. To avoid severe consequences of global warming, we need to limit the warming to 2 or even 1.5 degrees. The Paris Agreement to Address Climate Change, accepted by 195 countries, sets a new direction and a new scale for global [...]