LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2018) — The World Trade Center Kentucky (WTC-KY) and the Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium (KAIC) are excited to announce a jointly lead trade and business mission to Canada.
The Canada 2018 Trade and Business Mission, presented by LBX Company, LLC, will be held April 15-20. A delegation of Kentucky business owners and members of KAIC will travel to Montreal and Quebec City. Aerospace, Kentucky’s number one export industry, accounts for almost $11 billion in export revenue.
“The Canadian impact on the aerospace industry is very significant! We are looking forward to finding multiple ways to partner Canadian and Kentucky; companies, universities and organizations to continue the rapid growth trend we have seen in aerospace exports from our Commonwealth,” said D. Stewart Ditto II, Executive Director of the KAIC.
The WTC-KY and the KAIC met with a team of Canadian officials last week to discuss the upcoming trade mission. In attendance was U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles; The Honorable Ralph Goodale, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; and Douglas George, Consulate General of Canada in Detroit; Sebastien Roy, Consul & Trade Commissioner for the office the Consulate General of Canada; and representatives from Alltech; Keeneland; Kentucky Distillers’ Association; Kentucky Farm Bureau; Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium; Lectrodryer, LLC; Thor Explorations; the University of Kentucky and the World Trade Center Kentucky.
“Canada is Kentucky’s largest export destination which makes our connections to our valued northern neighbor critical to the Commonwealth’s continued economic growth,” said Ed Webb, President and CEO of the WTC-KY. “It was a pleasure to participate in this meeting and to discuss the WTC-KY’s upcoming missions with Ambassador Craft and the leadership present. The business partnerships already established via this and future missions will be a significant thread in the business tapestry of successful Kentucky-Canada trade relationships.”
The trade and business mission provides the delegation with opportunities to attend the trade show, a briefing on Canada’s economy, culture and business etiquette, as well as one on one meetings with Canadian business owners. For more information on the upcoming trade mission or on other WTC-KY events or services, please visit www.wtcky.org.