Diplomatic tour of Kanata North a success, says BIA head

Tom Pechloff
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Kanata North was on display to the world Thursday when 30 international delegates from 21 countries toured four local tech offices before converging on the Brookstreet Hotel for a reception.

Some of the delegates present as the Kanata North BIA welcomed 30 diplomats from 21 countries on a tour of four local tech offices, followed by a reception at Brookstreet Hotel

And if the response the morning after is any indication, they liked what they saw, said Kanata North BIA executive director Jenna Sudds.

“I’ve already had three ambassadors calling this morning wanting follow-ups. It certainly, I think, has opened some doors which will lead to some new possibilities for sure,” she said.

The invitation-only event for diplomats featured tours of four facilities – Nordion, Wesley Clover, Solace Systems and The Better Software Company – before the participants met up with 80 other guests at Brookstreet.

Ms. Sudds said the event had two main goals: to raise awareness of everything that is happening in Kanata North and to help forge new relationships.

One of the American representatives is interested in being introduced to more companies, she said, while the Costa Rican ambassador wants to meet with The Better Software Company and representatives from Colombia want the BIA to help them with their own event to showcase opportunities for Ottawa firms in their country.

Ms. Sudds said a lot of planning was done to make sure the right people were in the room, and that meant extending invitations beyond the tech executives of Kanata North.

“We’re not being exclusive,” she said.

Ms. Sudds said the enthusiastic response makes it likely the first-time event will be repeated down the road, depending on turnover of international representatives and the emergence of new companies.

In the meantime, she said, the BIA will work to help strengthen the relationships that began with the tour and reception.

Organizations: Solace Systems and The Better Software Company

Geographic location: Kanata North, Columbia, Ottawa

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