In October 18, 2017 we participated in the presentation hosted at the Toronto Region Board of Trade by SDI – Scottish Development International, with the special visit of Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Keith Brown MSP.
Scotland’s minister for the economy, trade and investment spoke to the Toronto Region Board of Trade about the trade and investment climate in Scotland, the impacts of Brexit and CETA, and the potential for greater collaboration between Scottish and Toronto region organizations.
Raymond McGovern, Americas director of SDI – Scottish Development International in Toronto, has been helping Scottish companies enter Canada since 2006. He reminded us that why Scotland should be in Canada’s radar now more than ever.
Minister Brown emphasized the common question Why Scotland? With the highest concentration of universities in Europe and one of the world’s most highly educated workforces, Scotland is among Europe’s most attractive markets for international trade and investment. Home to Europe’s 4th largest financial centre, the fastest growing tech hub in the UK, and the centre of the European energy industry. Canadian investors into Scotland include CGI, RBC, BMO, Vector, Nexen, Suncor and CNR – while Scottish exports to Canada exceed $750 million a year and growing.
Minister Brown also announced that haggis was going to be sold in Canada for the first time since the 1970’s! and the audience went crazy!