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2017 Sponsors


HSBC Commercial Banking

 For over 150 years we have been where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities. Today, HSBC Commercial Banking serves more than two million businesses across the world, ranging from small enterprises focused primarily on their home markets through to corporations operating across borders. Whether it is working capital, term loans, trade finance or payments and cash management solutions, we provide the tools and expertise that businesses need to thrive. As the cornerstone of the HSBC Group, we give businesses access to a geographic network covering more than 90% of global trade and capital flows. For more information visit:  


Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations in a number of industries including manufacturing, oil and gas and distribution. Grant Thornton LLP is a Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, whose member firms operate in close to 100 countries worldwide. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. We want our clients to have a different kind of client experience – our unique approach centres on the success and growth of our clients. To learn more, visit



Export Development Canada: Helping Canadian companies go, grow and succeed internationally
Despite what some predicted to be a global slowdown in trade these past few years, Canadian exporters have continued to engage in trade and make investments outside Canada. Many have used EDC’s unique financial, risk and trade expertise to boldly pursue new opportunities in a volatile world. For example, in 2016 we provided $550 million in direct financing and more than $1billion in bank guarantees to smaller exporters so that they could develop new markets, fund work in progress and make international investments.
We also connect Canadian companies to international business opportunities by using our deep relationships with leading international decision-makers, in-market representatives and our understanding of the domestic export community. We create these connections through various activities such as one-on-one meetings between Canadian companies and international companies, as well as events in Canada and abroad.
Our ultimate goal is to help every Canadian company go, grow and succeed—a bold aspiration rooted in the success of the Canadian exporters that have led the way.
For more information about who we are and what we do, visit


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