“Another Successful Mission to China!”
2010 Fall Canadian Agri-food business Mission to China
November 10, 2010, Hamilton, Ontario, reported by Sylvia Brellisford.
After more than six months of preparation, the Canada-China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Centre (CCAGR) left on a well-organized 12 day Canada Agri-business Mission to China (October 26 - November 7, 2010) and when the participants returned, it was described by all as an extraordinarily big success.
The wide range of businesses participating in this mission included the Beef Industry, Animal husbandry, Organic Foods, Swine, Food Processing and the Investment attraction. There were 8 participants and 7 businesses represented.
The mission began in Beijing with a formal welcoming dinner at which time the Canadian participants met the influential Government officials and entrepreneurial professional people involved in many areas of agribusiness. The Canadians on the tour continued their travels and meetings with Chinese local government officers and CEOs in Beijing, Jilin province, Inner Mongolia, Tianjin, Jing Su and Shanghai.
The CEO s of both the Chinese and Canadian businesses, showed a strong desire to develop a partnership and work together towards even more productive companies on both sides of the world.
After this mission came to an end, Dave Plett, President and CEO from a beef industry company in Alberta, said in regards to the tour, “For me this was another very successful trip to China, as I attended the tour in June 2010 with CCAgr and returned again this time to continue with my successful business venture in China”.
"Mr Zhao and his team at CCAgr worked with us to develop clear objectives for our Beef Mission to China, and they then proceeded to coordinate logistics and meetings with key government and business people to help us meet our goals. We were extremely satisfied with the caliber of people we met and quality of service we experienced. We will not hesitate to work with Mr. Zhao and CCAgr in the future.”
Mr. Dave Plett, CEO
Dr. Calvin Booker, Managing Partner
William Thomas, President and CEO from an organic food company in Ontario, was quoted by the reporter as saying, “It was a wonderful mission. I found opportunities not only for our company, but for the entire Canadian Agri-food industry as well. I would like to set a precedent for the industry as a whole by moving forward with a plan to encourage and help other companies to develop business partnerships in China. I will be meeting with Youming, president of CCAgr, to discuss the possibility of using his expertise in working together on this venture to make it a reality. I would be very interested in leading the project which will include several other Agri-food businesses.”
Jack Huitema, Broker of Record, Coldwell Banker, K. Miller Realty Brokerage concluded, “The business opportunities in China are just unbelievable and I have a new appreciation for the speed of development in China. It is something you really do have to go there to see for yourself; all the opportunities that are available to anybody willing to take the trip.”
Youming Zhao, P.Ag., President of CCAgr was asked about the success of this most recent tour to China. He went on to say, “This is yet another very successful mission that we have taken to China covering a wide range of business interests and everyone came away with a new venture to pursue in a partnership with a Chinese business. We had one business sign a contract and the several others came away with agreements which they hope to finalize very soon. Nobody came away without the beginnings of a new partnership with a Chinese business.”
CCAgr wants to continue to use their 27 years of Canada-China Agricultural experience to assist many other Canadian businesses in exporting to China, attracting Investment and finding business partners.
CCAgr’s motto, “Together we can make a difference.”