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Mayor Faulconer to Lead Vancouver Trade Mission to Strengthen Economic Ties with Canada

Mayor, Economic Leaders To Help San Diego Businesses Expand Globally, Create Local Jobs

Friday, June 23, 2017 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – In an effort to create a connection between two of North America’s greenest cities that will lead to more jobs in San Diego, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer will lead a delegation to Vancouver, Canada, next week. During the two-day trade mission, local companies and organizations will promote key San Diego industries, establish and develop business relationships and explore opportunities for San Diego companies to tap into Vancouver’s clean tech and sustainability economy.

“There has never been a more critical time for San Diego to be a champion for international trade because local jobs depend on it,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Cross-border commerce with Mexico is important to San Diego business but Canada is our second-largest trading partner and we have untapped opportunities there. This is about strengthening our economic ties and making new business connections with Vancouver, a city like ours that has growing innovation and cleantech sectors.”

In 2015, San Diego exported $920 million worth of goods to Canada, making it San Diego’s second-largest trading partner behind Mexico. The Vancouver metro area is Canada’s third-most populous region and frequently referred to as one of the world’s greenest cities.

As one of the first U.S. cities to pass a legally-binding climate action plan, San Diego will look to bolster its cleantech industry and smart infrastructure efforts through various meetings with Vancouver leadership and companies during the trade mission from June 26 -27. Agenda items include:

  • Announcement of a major milestone between San Diego-based Cubic Transportation Systems and Translink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation network
  • A research collaboration agreement between San Diego and Vancouver universities 
  • A cleantech partnership exchange between a local startup and a Vancouver accelerator to help San Diego companies grow internationally 
  • A smart cities forum led by Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless and other telecommunications/”Internet of Things” companies, hosted by Wavefront
  • A clean energy leadership forum between SDG&E and BC Hydro, British Columbia’s energy utility

The two dozen San Diego delegates represent organizations, startups and other key partners representing San Diego’s economic interests. Anchored by Cleantech San Diego, companies represented include Cubic Transportation Systems, Qualcomm, and Planck Aero. Also in attendance are representatives from key San Diego agencies such as the Port of San Diego and San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

The trade mission is organized by World Trade Center San Diego, an affiliate of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

“As the rhetoric around global engagement shifts, now, more than ever, we need to ensure San Diego is top of mind for foreign investors and companies,” said Nikia Clarke, executive director of World Trade Center San Diego and vice president of economic development at San Diego Regional EDC. “We thank the Mayor for opening up doors for San Diego companies. After all, this is how they find new customers that create jobs back home.”

Download B-roll of Vancouver.
Credit: Tourism Vancouver

CONTACT: Jen Lebron at (619) 384-5289 or [email protected]

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