PWC Melbourne was the setting for a lunch hosted last month by the CACC in honour of the Canadian High Commissioner, Paul Maddison, and the new Canadian Consul General to Sydney, Angela Bogdan.
The 55 guests came from various backgrounds including the financial services sector, technology and professional services. A number of start-ups were also represented.
Mike McGrath, Managing Partner and CMO with PWC, welcomed Mr. Maddison and Ms. Bogdan.
High Commissioner Paul Maddison spoke about the role that our trade commissioners play in identifying bilateral trade opportunities, introducing potential partners, and being enablers to their successes, all with the view of increasing Canada’s economic prosperity. He described the locally engaged trade commissioners as experts across their sectors who have developed deep networks that are available for Canadian businesses and investors to tap into.
Mr. Maddison also spoke broadly about shared Canadian and Australian national interests and values, and suggested that “the world needs more Canada and Australia, especially in terms of positively shaping the global narrative.”
Ms Bogdan spoke about the connections and shared history between Canada and Australia, trade and investment issues, the initiatives the Trudeau Government is currently undertaking in Canada as well as what Donald Trump’s surprise election win in the United States might mean for both countries.
Both speakers touched on the importance of networks such as the CACC in ensuring communication flows that were dynamic, so that opportunities would not be missed, but seized upon.
The lunch also served as an opportunity for the CACC to further engage the business community in Melbourne and for guests to learn more about the chamber’s mission to promote stronger business ties between Canada and Australia. Brian Hansen gave a brief account of the chamber’s goals and objectives, and highlighted the new SME membership initiative the CACC started in late 2016 to help SMEs owners wishing to set up shop in either Canada or Australia.
Mr. Hansen also noted the chamber is currently looking to expand its presence in Melbourne but emphasised that this would only succeed if people were prepared to become involved and assist with activities. Anyone interested in being part of this Melbourne development should contact Melissa Wharton at firstname.lastname@example.org.