Quebec Delegation April 25/27, 2017

Multi-sector business meeting that took place from April 25 to 27, 2017 in Quebec.
After the great success of the first edition of its annual Forum held the previous month in Arcachon, Mission Internationale is already announcing the organization of the visit to Quebec of a delegation of French business leaders in April 2017. The delegation, composed of leaders of multi-sector SME-SMI and ETI, was welcomed by the historical partners of the international support specialist.

These qualified business meetings allowed the members of the delegation to take stock of their motivation to establish themselves across the Atlantic, to collect useful information and to make contacts. This exploratory mission provided information on Quebec's economic and political environment, the government's priorities in terms of development and cooperation, and the procedures for creating a subsidiary or a joint-venture partnership. It was also a springboard for executives who were able to present and promote their projects to high-level Quebec contacts.

This mission was all the more strategic because it took place six months after the signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. Ensuring the free movement of goods, people and capital and aiming to eliminate 99% of customs duties between the EU and Canada, this agreement considered by some observers as historic, opens the way to a wealth of opportunities for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.

The agreement is a major step forward in the development of Canada's economic and trade relations.

Tailored visit programs designed around business expectations

Helping companies expand internationally is the raison d'être of International Mission, which displays real expertise in organizing international delegations, particularly in Quebec where the structure has established long-term agreements with key economic and institutional players. In March and October 2015, Mission Internationale led a team of French SME/SMI executives to Montreal for a first study tour. A few key topics traditionally questioned by future candidates to set up a business were discussed on this occasion: the tax and legal advantages of Quebec, Quebec's competitiveness clusters and their specificities, local reception structures and support mechanisms. The program, which generally lasts three days, includes high-level meetings with private and public decision-makers and institutional representatives. Peer-to-peer networking sessions are also planned in order to strengthen exchanges on best practices and feedback, which can be very useful to avoid making strategic or operational mistakes. Mission Internationale sets up, upon request, qualified BtoB meetings according to the topics of interest, the sector of activity and the strategy of the company.

Getting international support: an asset that requires trust

Aligning commercial performance and customer relationship management, International Mission takes care of all the steps of the internationalization process; from the export diagnosis which includes a human, financial and technical evaluation, to the mapping of export subsidies, the market study covering regulatory, fiscal and cultural aspects, the search for partners, the implementation study which may concern a technology transfer, the response file to a call for tenders, and the strategic watch to identify the networks of influence and the decision making circuits. With ten years of experience, Mission Internationale is a reliable partner, both in terms of the quality of its network of contacts and its mastery of the various stages of successful internationalization in French-speaking countries. A true business gas pedal, the structure has already accompanied more than twenty delegations to Quebec and relies on a network of more than 3,000 experts, stakeholders and partners in the private and public sectors. In the opinion of clients already accompanied by International Mission, the structure plays an essential role of guide and tactfully defends the interests of companies new to the international path.

Getting support for an international opening is also essential to optimally manage the cultural differences that the host country will present. Many are the testimonies of business leaders who are grateful for having avoided a diplomatic incident or a misunderstanding due to an implicit language that is not expressed with words. So when a Quebec interlocutor tells you, "Don't forget to take a good pair of slaps!" it's not what you think...but simply shoe covers to protect against the cold and rain.

Schedule

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • 9:00 am: Welcome of participants at the offices of Investissement Québec in Montreal and presentation of the day's program, by David Kassar, Founding President of Kassar International and International Mission, laureate of the "Entreprendre" network, EMBA/HEC-CPA, IHEDN auditor
  • 09:30 a.m.: Presentation of Investissement Québec and its financing tools, by Yves Grimard, Director Europe and Middle East of Investissement Québec
    Investissement Québec is a state-owned corporation that helps foreign investors in their efforts to set up in Quebec.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Departure for the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • 12:30 pm: Welcome and Cocktail reception offered by the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Presentation of business opportunities for French companies.
  • 2:00 pm: B to B meetings organized and personalized in your sector of activity by the partners with public or private decision makers in Quebec.
    • Meetings organized according to your requests when you register. Please specify your expectations in order to facilitate the organization: meeting with a distributor and/or agents and/or Merger & Acquisition
    • Meetings with country / thematic / intercultural management / lobbying experts
    • Your final program will be provided to you upon your arrival in Montreal as well as an exhaustive list of participants.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

  • 09:00 am: Welcome of the participants in the Cabinet Lavery offices and presentation of the day's program, by David Kassar, President and founder of Kassar International and Mission Internationale, laureate of the "Entreprendre" network, EMBA/HEC-CPA, IHEDN auditor
  • 09:30: Presentation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union ("CETA") by Pierre Marc Johnson, former Premier of Quebec, Chief Negotiator for Quebec of the "CETA" and Counsel at the Montreal law firm Lavery deBilly.
    • Presentation of Quebec's tax and legal advantages, by the associate lawyers of the firm Lavery deBilly.
    • Canadian taxation
    • Patents, inventions, licensing agreements, visas, patent extensions
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Questions / Answers
  • 12:00 pm: Welcome at the Saint James Club of Montreal, the first private club in Montreal of which International Mission is a member.
    Lunch hosted by International Mission and its partners
  • 14h00 : B to B meetings organized and personalized in your sector of activity by the partners with public or private decision makers in Quebec. Meetings with country / thematic / intercultural management / lobbying experts

Thursday, April 27, 2017

  • 08h00 : Departure from the Intercontinental Hotel for the city of Granby
  • 09h00 : Reception of the participants at the Centre d'Innovation et de Technologies Industrielles de Granby (CITIG)
    • Presentation of Granby
    • Presentation of establishment opportunities for French companies.
    • Presentations from some of Granby's companies.
  • 10h30 : B2B meetings organized and customized according to the participants' objectives
  • 11h30 : Reception at Granby City Hall and wine reception
  • 12h00 : Lunch offered by Granby Industriel
  • 13h30 : Return to Montreal and end of the delegation

Pictures

Event partners

 Logo ADEME
ADEME
 Logo  CCI France International
CCI France International
 Logo Conseil économique & tourisme Haut-Richelieu
Conseil économique & tourisme Haut-Richelieu
 Logo  Lavery Avocats
Lavery Avocats
 Logo  Investissement Québec
Investissement Québec
 Logo  Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
 Logo Granby
Granby
 Logo Mazars
Mazars
 Logo  Euler Hermes France
Euler Hermes France
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Aerospace Valley