Canada trade links

The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce met for the first time in Perth last Friday with the focus of strengthening business opportunities between Australia and Canada. The CACC was launched in Sydney in October 2005 at an event featuring Canadian-born businessman Jack Cowin, founder and chairman of Competitive Foods Australia Group, operator of Hungry Jack’s and KFC in Australia. Since October, the chamber has successfully launched in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. Counsul general of Canada, L Richard Kohler, spoke at the event, as did Canadian honorary consul to Perth, Roger Blake. The CACC believes the commercial relationship between Canada and Australia is significant, with two-way trade reported to be valued at more than $A3 billion a year. Two-way investment stands at more than $A11billion, with Canada investing close to $A8 billion in Australia. “With our innovative structure, anyone interested in our mission can access resources and business networks without paying membership fees,” Mr Kohler said. The CACC has a bilateral focus and will pursue strategies and approaches different from those traditionally associated with chambers of commerce. This includes free membership, an online library of Australia-Canada commercial resources, and proactive establishment of links between interested organisations and individuals in both countries.

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