"A Unforgettable Experience in Our Life! "
-- 2010 Canadian Tour and Agritour to China
July 5th, 2010, Hamilton, Ontario
The Elanco Global Insights 2010, Canadian Tour and Agri-tour to China were rendered a phenomenal success due to the partnership between the Canada-China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Centre (CCAGR) and the Elanco Animal Health Canada. The partnership’s success, after more than one year of planning and organization, came none too soon. This well-organized tour caught the attention of the China Consulate General in Toronto, Ontario, the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, China, the Chinese government, and various local governments.
The Beef/Dairy Business Manager of Elanco Animal Health Canada gave his thanks to the CCAGR by saying "I wish to personally thank you for the excellent tour of China. I have heard only positive comments and believe that for many, it was the trip of a lifetime. We were able to see a great deal of China in a relatively short period of time and get a good idea of agricultural production. I think we all have a new appreciation for the speed of development in China and a new perspective on the opportunities to export beef and offals from Canada…”. Jelle Bergmans from Eli Lilly Canada Inc. also sent a letter to CCAGR saying, "Thank you again for a great trip. Our customers were very positive about all aspects of the tour, and we couldn't have asked for a better organizer, tour guide or group to have taken this mission with."
Accompanying the CCAGR staff were Canada-China agricultural specialists, with 26 years of experience, as well as local Chinese tour guides who spoke fluent English. In addition to the staff members, more than thirty Canadian beef/ dairy farmers were in attendance on this fifteen-day tour of China.
The tour began with a formal dinner in Beijing, at which the Chinese Government Officials and Canadian Embassy Officials were in attendance. The Canadians on the tour then visited some of China’s most famous attractions, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian, the Li River in Guilin, the Three Gorge Dam in Yangzi rive, and Bund in Shanghai.
Aside from the cultural aspect of the tour, roughly 20% of the traveling in China was devoted to agri-tour, wherein the Canadian farmers were able to visit Chinese-style solar greenhouses, dairy farms, rice farms, local farmers' markets, farmers' homes, as well as the largest Asian ostrich farm. Nearing the end of their tour, the Canadians were able to have a special dinner with other Canadian business people in Shanghai. Their last celebration was one for the youngest participant of the tour, a 15-year-old, having his birthday at the time of the tour.
Canadian farmers Eninor and Leighton Kolk of Kolk Farms Ltd. were enthusiastic in saying that "China is amazing!” Furthermore, Dave Plett, the President and CEO from a beef industry company in Alberta, said, in regards to the tour, "Excellent hosts, and very good groups to travel with. I will invite my friends to China..."
After the tour had come to an end, the President of the CCAGR, Youming Zhao, P.Ag. was asked about the success of the tour. In his words, "It is difficult to express the appropriate level of gratitude for all Canadian participants, Elanco Canada and Governments in both countries. Our team is very carefully reviewing all participants’ comments and travel details. We want to use our 25 years of Canada-China Agricultural experience and offer friendlier, more knowledgeable, more convenient and comfortable China tours and Agri-tour services for Canadian participants in the future".