Date: September 12-15
Location: Toronto, Canada
Conference: Toronto Global Forum (September 12-14)


Trade Mission Application



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World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of  Economic Development, invites all Utah companies interested in growing  their business in Canada to join Governor Gary R. Herbert on this trade mission. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and network with government  officials and businesses in Canada.



Canada, the world’s eleventh largest economy, is currently the largest  goods export market for the U.S. as well as one of the largest export  destinations for Utah businesses. In addition to $280 billion in goods  exports in 2015, the U.S. exported over $57 billion in services. Toronto  and its surrounding cities, where the trade mission will be based, have  established themselves as an innovative hub for the IT, tech, life science,  and financial sectors.

As part of this trade mission, participants will have opportunities to:

  • Receive market specific business briefings and seminars by in-country experts and the U.S. Commercial Service
  • Attend VIP receptions for business leaders, elected officials, and other invitees
  • Participate in site visits
  • Participate in pre-arranged and customized B2B meetings

Trade Mission Agenda (TENTATIVE):


  • September 12-14
    • Toronto Global Forum – Held under the auspices of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), the Toronto Global Forum is an international conference where national and global issues are discussed with and by international heads of states, central bank governors, ministers and global economic decision makers. Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has been invited to be one of the keynote speakers at the conference.
  • September 14-16
    • Site Visits to:
      • York University: Home to the Lassonde School of Engineering, funded by Pierre Lassonde, who also has funded University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. Great research in engineering and manufacturing is being done through the Lassonde School of Engineering.
      • DMZ Incubator at Ryerson University: The DMZ Incubator is ranked 3rd among university-based business incubators in the world, as well as the top incubator in North America. The research being conducted at this incubator is well-aligned with Utah’s strengths in manufacturing and high-tech.
      • Waterloo: About an hour away from Toronto, Waterloo has been dubbed the Silicon Valley of the North. The delegation will have an opportunity to meet with start-ups, entrepreneurs, and seasoned companies alike.
  • Pre-scheduled B2B Meetings: Participants who request the service, will have meetings with potential clients, partners, and collaborators throughout the week.
  • Delegation Dinner: Delegation members will have an opportunity to meet and network with other members of the Utah delegation over dinner. Time and date TBD.
  • State of Utah VIP Reception: This reception will be another opportunity for delegation members to meet and network with potential business partners as well as meet with invited government officials. Time and date TBD.

WTC Utah Contact:

Teren Taniuchi

STEP Grant Contact:

Ariel Briggs

 Trade Mission Participation Fee:

  • TBD – Participation fees for past trade missions have been between $600-$800 to cover the cost of receptions, group meals, group transportation, marketing materials, etc.





Take advantage of the Gold Key Matching Service offered by the U.S. Commercial Service to find and meet with potential agents, distributors, sales representatives, and business partners. Interested parties should apply by filling out the application at the top of this page as soon as possible. The deadline for Gold Key Service Application is July 18th, 2016.

The Gold Key matching Services offer:

  • Customized market and industry briefings with trade specialists
  • Timely and relevant market research
  • Appointments with prospective trade partners in key industry sectors
  • Post-meeting debriefing with trade specialists and assistance in developing appropriate follow-up strategies
  • Help with travel, accommodations, interpreter service, and clerical support

According to the U.S. Commercial Service Post in Toronto, the best prospective sectors are (but not limited to):

  • Agricultural Machinery and Equipment
  • Automotive
  • Defense Products and Services
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Pharmaceutical (not nutraceutical)
  • Pollution Control-Waste Water Treatment
  • Power Generation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Safety and Security Equipment
  • Textiles
  • Travel and Tourism




Qualifying businesses may be eligible to have trade mission participation fees and other costs associated with participating in the trade mission i.e. travel, lodging etc. covered by the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant. Contact Ariel Briggs for more information.



STEP Grant Contact:

Ariel Briggs


Toronto Global Forum 2016

The Toronto Global Forum is a non-profit organization fostering dialogue on national and global issues. It is held under the auspices of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA). IEFA organizes annual summits bringing together heads of states, central bank governors, ministers and global economic decision makers. The Forum also offers exclusive opportunities for business meetings aimed at promoting partnerships among major Canadian and international corporations.

The Toronto Global Forum presents significant opportunities for synergies between stakeholders, speakers, business delegations and attendees onsite. Through the course of the 9th edition, held in 2015, over 100 bilateral meetings took place onsite between senior decision makers and actors of the global economy. Numerous contacts are also made informally, through private client meetings, setting the stage and opportunity for new partnerships. Over the years, the Toronto Global Forum has increasingly developed into a strategic platform for business development. (

Governor Gary R. Herbert has been asked to be one of the keynote speakers at this international event.


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