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May Newsletter: BCCTC in Niagara, Industry news and more!

BCCTC Directors Martin Buckle and Christophe Shammas will represent our members at the Niagara Networks and Industry Collective, sponsored by BCCTC member Niagara Economic Development

Hosted by the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce on Thursday, May 9th at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre, this event will bring together around 500 participants for a tradeshow and facilitated roundtable discussions on topics including: Employer Learning and/or Capacity Building, Demographic Changes, Modernizing Employee Recruitment and the Use of A.I.

The BCCTC is having a booth at Niagara Networks and Industry Collective multi sector Tradeshow featuring exhibitors eager to connect you with potential customers, suppliers, and vendors. 

We invite you to dive into the current and future landscape of industry collaboration with the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce.

Register for FREE to attend the trade show here

Interested in joining as an Exhibitor? Click here

BCCTC May Newsletter

UK-Canada Industry News and Updates

  • Revolutionary £37.6m UK Digital Twin Centre announced for Belfast!

  • UK Americas Minister boosts UK-Canadian collaboration

  • 2024 Federal Budget – Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Experts’ Insights

  • Plastic Pollution Treaty

  • People and Technology combining to get it delivered

  • What British companies considering an Expansion into Canada need to know about Unions

Canadian Success Stories in the UK

  • ISA Cybersecurity, launches UK Operation

Member and Forum Updates

  • BCCTC Welcomes New Sponsor Member: Thinc

  • Parsai Immigration is the only immigration consulting firm in Canada that is B Corp! 

  • B2BeeMatch Founder to speak at London Tech Week

  • ACCA hosts Recognition Ceremony

Member offers

  • Get a Truefitt & Hill unique UK 🇬🇧 silk pocket square

  • Tools from ACCA to accelerate your Career and your Business!

UK-EU Trade

  • Women in Trade

  • BCCTC Members featured with EUCCAN - click here.

British community in Canada

  • Wrexham AFC is coming to Vancouver!

  • Events with the Loyal Societies

Upcoming Events

  • European Chambers Networking Night - June 1 - Save the date!

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UK-Canada Industry News and Updates

Revolutionary £37.6m UK Digital Twin Centre announced for Belfast!

By Michael Barton, Regional Director Canada, Invest Northern Ireland Americas

Belfast Region City Deal and Innovate UK announced a £37.6m investment in the UK Digital Twin Centre, a centre of excellence that will revolutionise how industries develop products, services and systems across the UK. The £15m of funding from the Belfast Region City Deal will help support core research and the building of skills and capability. This investment will support Northern Ireland's ambition to build innovation and digital capability, increase productivity, support reaching net zero targets and create more and better jobs. 

The Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD) launched in December 2021 was a key milestone for the Belfast region, securing the substantial financial commitment from UK government and BRCD partners. The UK Government and NI Executive have each committed £350 million alongside partners who have committed a further £150 million. Exciting times for the region! 

Read more here.

UK Americas Minister boosts UK-Canadian collaboration

Americas Minister David Rutley visited Ontario and Alberta to discuss how the UK and Canada's close relationship is addressing pressing global challenges. Read more here.

2024 Federal Budget – Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Experts’ Insights

Policy experts from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have reviewed the Budget in detail, and their perspective on its implications for Canadian business can be found here

Plastic Pollution Treaty 🇬🇧🇨🇦

At the end of April, the British High Commission marked the start of the United Nations Environment Programme Plastics Treaty negotiations in Ottawa. UK Environment Minister Rebecca Pow attended the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. As founding members of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution, the UK and Canada are committed to ending plastic pollution by 2040. These talks were key to making that happen.


People and Technology combining to get it delivered - Reshaping Intermodal

By Christian Sivière, International Trade Consultant and Lecturer, Solimpex Montréal & Ottawa.

Intermodal shipping refers to moving freight by two or more modes of transportation, where cargo moves seamlessly between trucks, trains, barges, ships, and planes. The key driving factors are reduced transportation costs, providing they come with reliability, security, and visibility. And this is where technology can help, read more here.

Trade update: Are critical minerals getting more critical?

By Christian Sivière, Solimpex, International Trade Consultant and Lecturer.

The UK and Canada have agreed a landmark agreement to co-operate on critical minerals such as cobalt and lithium that are essential to the economy, to bolster vital technologies such as smart phones, solar panels and electric vehicles, and working together on critical minerals research. In these days of trade disruptions and intense global competition, let’s look at critical minerals. Read more here.

What British companies considering an Expansion into Canada need to know about Unions

By Fiona Brown, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP.

Unionization can be perceived by employers as leading to a significant loss of control over their workplaces and, specifically, a loss of flexibility to manage in the efficient and effective manner to which they are accustomed. It is desirable to operate within a jurisdiction in which organizations are free to manage and negotiate directly with their employees, rather than indirectly through a union that represents the collective interests of those employees. This article provides a high-level overview of some of the considerations an employer may wish to consider in respect of unionization when expanding into Canada.

Canadian Success Stories in the UK

Canadian Cybersecurity Firm - ISA Cybersecurity, who joined us at last year's UK AI Ecosystem & Opportunities Roundtable launches UK Operation to fight growing cyber crime. Read more here.

Canadian Tech companies! 🇨🇦

The UK government is committed to fueling innovation success through:

1. developing the right skills, 

2. creating the perfect conditions for startups to scale up, and 

3. establishing a supportive regulatory environment. 🇬🇧

Discover how the Department for Business and Trade can support your internationalization strategy and growth.

Member and Forum Updates

BCCTC Welcomes New Sponsor Member: Thinc

“Like many of our customers, we are a company focused on growth, and it made complete sense to us to bring Thinc to Canada,” commented Dominic Ball, co-owner of Thinc with Richard Stathers. “SMEs are the bedrock of Canadian industry, just as they are in the UK, and we can’t wait to start building lasting relationships with ambitious businesses in Toronto and beyond.”

Thinc helps ambitious SMEs scale up to reach their full potential. We provide the cutting (ERP) systems, managed IT support, cybersecurity solutions, and cloud management to help businesses empower their people. Read more here.

Parsai Immigration is the only immigration consulting firm in Canada that is B Corp! 

Parsai Immigration, a Certified B Corporation and a proud member of BCCTC, has been advocating for clients’ immigration needs since 2011. With expertise in Canadian visas, eTA, study and work permits, and citizenship applications, they are committed to supporting clients through every step of their immigration journey. Read more here.

B2BeeMatch Founder to speak at London Tech Week - a celebration of everything and everyone in tech.

Karima-Catherine (KC) Goundiam, Founder & CEO, B2BeeMatch, shares her expertise as a guest speaker at the master's level in various universities. More info here.

BCCTC Member ACCA hosts Recognition Ceremony

On April 17, ACCA hosted the North America Member Recognition Ceremony in Toronto. New members, new fellows, and our longstanding members achieving 25 and even 50 years of membership! Greg Powell, ACCA Canada Advocate of the Year, Cheryl Clarke, ACCA USA Public Sector Advocate of the Year, Thomas Finn, ACCA USA Advocate of the Year, and Imran Zia, ACCA Canada Public Sector Advocate of the Year, were also celebrated for their outstanding contributions and support. Congratulations to the honourees!

Member Offers

Get a Truefitt & Hill unique UK 🇬🇧 silk pocket square.

Spruce up your wardrobe this Spring with a complimentary limited edition silk pocket square on orders +$200. Whether you're searching for the perfect birthday, graduation or Father's Day gift, or replenishing your Truefitt & Hill favourites, redeem your favourite pocket square design at checkout.

Member Offers

Tools from BCCTC Member ACCA to accelerate your Career and your Business!

Sustainability Half-Day Conference: Catch-up on ACCA's free online Earth Day Sustainability Conference.

This event explores how finance professionals support the creation of sustainable organizations. Watch on-demand now.


Sustainability Reporting: Watch ACCA’s guide to preparing for sustainability reporting. In this series of short videos, the authors of the report discuss the different elements of an eight-stage sustainability reporting cycle. Watch on-demand now.


ACCA Learning - Finance for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs: This course is designed to help entrepreneurs, owners and directors of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) gain the skills required to interpret and analyse financial information and reports. Ultimately, these skills will help you make better-informed decisions. Learn more here.


ACCA Careers: Attract the best finance and accountancy talent to your business! ACCA's Free premium listings provide prominent positioning for your job, ensuring greater exposure across ACCA Careers. Get started here.

UK-EU Trade

"Women in Trade"

On April 25th, the BCCTC joined European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada (EUCCAN) ’s most interesting discussion on the lessons from Europe and Canada in regards to supporting women in international trade, co-hosted by the EU Delegation to Canada and the Embassy of Belgium in Canada. Always exciting to hear Karima-Catherine Goundiam latest international experiences, and her thoughts on women led trade missions and quotas, those “necessary evil” quotas that will ultimately change things. 

It was comforting to hear how the UK’s post-Brexit trade policy to uphold gender equality has been used as a model by other countries; and recommendations from the panelists to copy UK’s access to financing programs with women sections. 

British community in Canada

We would thank our members and friends who joined the the St. Georges Society of Torontocelebrations for St. Georges Day. The Society hosts monthly Pleasant Hour events at the Arts & Letters Club, click here to subscribe to their newsletter and receive monthly invitations.

A great 🇬🇧-🇨🇦 match up between Wrexham AFC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC is coming to Vancouver’s BC Place 27 July. Read more here.Ticket on sale now!

The Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America will host its Installation Banquet of their 42nd Master, taking place on May 24, 2024 in Toronto.

"As two organisations built on fostering strong ties between British and Canadian individuals and companies, it would be our pleasure to extend this bond by celebrating our Company's significant occasion with you. At the event, you will have the opportunity to become reacquainted with old friends and foster new relationships in the prestigious National Club in downtown Toronto." Said Kathryn Andrews, Learned Clerk, The Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America.

When: Friday, May 24 2024 at 6 pm EST

Where: The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto, M5H 2R1

Sparkling Reception: 6 pm. Dinner: 7 pm

Dress:  Black Tie or mess dress with decorations


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