OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2018 /CNW/ - Export Development Canada's (EDC) second annual Cleantech Export Week launches today, bringing together experts from across Canada's clean technology sector to continue a national conversation about the opportunities open to Canadian cleantech companies willing to tap into demand outside our borders.
Canadians have developed a strong reputation as innovators in the cleantech space and technologies developed here have immense sales potential in the global market. Based on commitments under the Paris Agreement, the World Bank estimates global cleantech opportunities to be $23 trillion through 2030. Within that, there are vast opportunities Canadian companies and entrepreneurs cannot afford to overlook.
"For more than six years, EDC has been focusing on helping more companies in the cleantech space go, grow, and succeed in the global market. We know what incredible talent they have in developing innovative technologies, and we know the challenges they face in growing to capitalize on international opportunities," said Carl Burlock, Senior Vice-President and Global Head of Financing and International Growth Capital at EDC. "Our goal with Cleantech Export Week is to discuss solutions to the biggest challenges Canadian cleantech firms face today and look at how successful companies in the industry made their way through."
Canada has more than 850 companies in the cleantech sector at various stages of development, with total revenues exceeding $13 billion, and employing over 55,000 people.
EDC is the largest provider of financial solutions for cleantech companies looking to export internationally. Within the first three quarters of 2018, EDC facilitated close to $1.5 billion of business in the clean technology sector, serving more than 190 customers.
EDC helps these companies by providing financial solutions, market knowledge and the benefit of matchmaking introductions to some of the biggest projects and companies in the world.
Schedule of Events:
Monday, November 5 – Kick-off event at the MaRS Discovery District
11:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST
EDC's Cleantech Export Week kicks off with a luncheon at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, followed by an afternoon of expert panel discussions on the biggest hurdles along the road to international expansion from securing financing, to connecting with the right customer in the right markets.
Tuesday, November 6 – Meet EDC's Cleantech Export Stars 2018
EDC is excited to once again recognize a select group of companies whose technologies and business strategies have successfully taken their products beyond Canada's borders. New this year: EDC will be recognizing two companies in the new "Ones to Watch" category.
By sharing the stories of these outstanding organizations, we hope other potential exporters will be inspired by their success to begin their own export journeys.
Wednesday, November 7 – Twitter chat: the disruptors
Experts in the cleantech sector will take to Twitter for an engaging discussion on how cleantech is changing traditional industries.
Thursday, November 8 – Webinar: Clean up with Cleantech Exports
The global cleantech industry is expected to grow to $2.5 trillion by 2022. The time for Canadian companies to seize these opportunities is now. Our live webinar, Clean Up With Cleantech Exports, will provide businesses with expert advice on how to grow their business on a global scale.
Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown corporation that helps Canadian companies of all sizes go, grow and succeed beyond Canada's borders. We are international risk experts, equipping Canadian companies with the tools they need – trade knowledge, financing solutions, insurance and global connections – to take on the world with confidence. EDC also builds financial relationships with foreign buyers to generate opportunities for Canadian companies.
For more information and to learn how we can help your company, call us at 1-888-434-8508 or visit www.edc.ca.
SOURCE Export Development Canada
For further information: Spokesperson, Zoe de Bellefeuille, Export Development Canada, (613) 598-6827, ZdeBellefeuille@edc.ca