Canadians exhibiting at METS received a special visit from Embassy of Canada staff in a show of support for our domestic boating industry.
Judith Baguley, trade commissioner at the Canadian embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, traveled to Amsterdam Thrusday afternoon to visit the world's largest trade show and check in with Canadian exhibitors. "The government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian businesses in building international trade relationships, both here in the Netherlands and around the world,' said Baguley. "Through the trade commission service, help is available to assess market potential, identify qualified business contacts and address barriers to trade.'
While visiting the Canada Pavilion in hall 11 of the massive Amsterdam RAI convention centre, Baguley said she hoped to have James Lambert, Canada's ambassador to the Netherlands, visit METS next year. The ambassador had planned to attend this year's event but a last-minute schedule conflict forced a postponement to 2014.
The significance of a visit to METS by a Canadian trade commissioner – only four weeks after prime minister Stephen Harper signed an agreement in principle of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – was not lost on exhibitors. "I think it's great that she's here,' said Michael Szwez, General Counsel / Corporate Secretary for Dock Edge + Inc., Woodbridge, Ontario. "The support is definitely welcomed.'