An all-Canadian Recovery
A one of a kind opportunity to hear from business and industry experts on practical ways to help Canadian business recover by working together.
The Ontario Government in partnership with Canadian provinces and territories is proud to host the inaugural True North Free Trade Forum where over 900 participants from across the country will exchange ideas and explore new business opportunities.
Aimed at strengthening business ties across Canada to support economic recovery, the True North Free Trade Forum will look at the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19, as well as how increasing pan-Canadian trade could add up to $84 billion to Canada’s GDP.
The 2021 Forum will bring together businesses in the Energy, Life Sciences and Healthcare, and Food and Beverage sectors across the country. Topics such as technology, supply chain, logistics and transportation will also be featured.
The Forum will include:
- Two days of live stream and webinar content focused on interprovincial/territorial trade and current, local market conditions
- Sessions that highlight latest industry trends, business insights and opportunities from targeted regional markets across Canada
- 1-on-1 networking that will foster connections amongst Canadian companies and stakeholders for potential partnership and collaboration opportunities
Free and productive internal trade has been part of the Canadian dream since 1866. Canada will need every bit of economic growth it can muster after the pandemic has passed, and The True North Free Trade Forum is a timely opportunity to help make that dream a reality.
Former Bank of Canada Governor
Participating Large Companies
Abbott Point of Carewww.pointofcare.abbott
Abbott Point of Care is a global leader in providing critical medical diagnostic and informatics products for rapid blood analysis that are intuitive, reliable, and cost-effective. Our i-STAT system is an advanced, portable diagnostic tool that provides real-time, lab-quality results within minutes to accelerate patient-care decision-making and optimize resource utilization for our customers and the patients they serve. The i-STAT system has the industry's most comprehensive menu of tests in a single, with-patient platform, including respiratory, metabolic, coagulation, hematology, glucose, and cardiac function tests. By delivering lab-quality results in minutes, our i-STAT system fosters a collaborative, patient-centred environment while driving improved operational performance with just a few drops of blood.
Canadian Hospital Specialties Limitedwww.chsltd.com
Established in 1967, Canadian Hospital Specialties (CHS) is a manufacturer and specialty distributor of medical devices serving the Canadian Healthcare market. Our manufactured products are sold internationally in South and Central America and the United States. Key products made at our Oakville facility include single-use kits and trays for various procedures (Intravenous Start, Laceration, Dressing and Anesthesia) and tubing products for the delivery of intravenous fluids and feeding solutions. CHS is proud to employ more than 300 Canadians.
ARC Clean Energywww.arcenergy.co
ARC Canada’s mission is to commercialize the ARC-100 technology, an advanced small modular reactor (SMR) that provides inherently safe, reliable, economically competitive, and carbon-free energy with fueling versatility and significant waste reduction. More Information on ARC Clean Energy Canada Inc. is available online at www.arcenergy.co
Metro Ontario Inc.www.metro.ca
Metro developed the Locally Sourced program as a commitment to provide our customers with easier access to more local products. The program is our platform to support suppliers from local communities across Ontario. The program continues to grow and now supports hundreds of products from +150 local vendors available on our shelves so our customers can discover and enjoy.
Hydro One is Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with approximately 1.4 million valued customers. Our team of approximately 8,800 skilled and dedicated employees proudly build and maintain a safe and reliable electricity system which is essential to supporting strong and successful communities.
Longo’s is a family-owned Canadian organization that started in 1956 when brothers, Tommy, Joe and Gus opened their first fruit market. What began as a small store has grown to 36 stores in communities across the GTHA, as well as Grocery Gateway, the leader in online sales of home-delivered groceries.
Yukon Energy is the main generator and transmitter of electrical energy in Yukon. It is a publicly owned electrical utility that operates as a business, at arms-length from the Yukon government to generate and deliver reliable, sustainable and cost-effective power to Yukoners. Its headquarters are located in Whitehorse with community offices in Mayo and Dawson City.
Manitoba Hydro Energywww.hydro.mb.ca
Manitoba Hydro is a provincial Crown Corporation and one of the largest integrated electricity and natural gas distribution utilities in Canada. We are a leader in providing renewable energy and clean-burning natural gas. We also trade electricity within four wholesale markets in the Midwestern United States and Canada. Our core focus is to provide safe, reliable and economic service to our customers. Creating value for our customers is also about building trust that we are operating in their best interest and are accountable and responsive to their needs. We conduct our activities in a lawful, responsible and ethical manner, so that our reputation for honesty, integrity and the faithful performance of our obligations is maintained and enhanced.
Southmedic is a privately owned corporation established in 1983 to provide innovative healthcare products. Southmedic’s in house R&D team have successfully innovated proprietary anesthetic and respiratory products patented and sold globally. Our dynamic Canadian Distribution Division focuses on technical support and knowledge that is essential to providing a better healthcare experience.
Alectra Utilities Corporation serves approximately one million homes and businesses across an 1,800 square kilometre service territory comprising 17 communities including Alliston, Aurora, Barrie, Beeton, Brampton, Bradford, West Gwillimbury, Guelph, Hamilton, Markham, Mississauga, Penetanguishene, Richmond Hill, Rockwood, St. Catharines, Thornton, Tottenham and Vaughan.
Associated Grocers - Home of the Independenthttps://www.associatedgrocers.ca/cc2
Established in 1927 by a group of retailers in Alberta, Associated Grocers had a modest start in meeting the needs of it co-operative group. Over the years the company has expanded and evolved to service the needs of a rapidly changing and competitive grocery wholesaling environment and retail landscape. Today Associated Grocers is the leading grocery wholesale company in Western Canada serving independent retail locations in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan out of several distributions centers located in two provinces.
Choices Markets is a Vancouver-based supermarket chain that is focused on natural, specialty and organic food. Currently with ten locations, Choices Markets is a local, BC owned and operated retailer of natural, organic and specialty foods. Originally opened in 1990, Choices is proud to be celebrating 30 years as a local, grassroots grocer committed to our customers, communities and planet.
Énergir is the largest natural gas distributor in Québec.
ColdAcre is committed to year-round fresh food and growing solutions in the northern, arctic, and extreme locations. We believe that food systems across the north will experience significant change in the coming years driven by market demand and the successful introduction of year-round growing opportunities for communities, business, and families.
ColdAcre produces a consistent weekly harvest of fresh food for customers and has clearly demonstrated a local proof-of-winter-concept for growers and consumers.
Save On Foodswww.saveonfoods.com
Save On Foods is known for customizing its stores to best suit the needs of the neighborhoods in which they operate. In each community we listen to locals and provide the services they’re looking for. Save On Foods support Western Canadian Food producers by carrying more than 2,500 locally made products.
Winnipeg Regional Health Authoritywrha.mb.ca
The WRHA serves residents of the city of Winnipeg, as well as the northern community of Churchill and the rural municipalities of East and West St. Paul, representing a total population of more than 750,000. The WRHA also provides health-care support and specialty referral services to nearly half a million Manitobans who live beyond these boundaries, as well as residents of northwestern Ontario and Nunavut, who often require the services and expertise available within the WRHA.
Montreal Jewish General Hospitalwww.jgh.ca
The Montreal Jewish General Hospital seeks to introduce innovative solutions within its hospital.
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Montréal (CHUM)www.chumontreal.qc.ca/joindre-le-chum
CHUM's Innovation and AI department wishes to investigate medtech and digital health solutions improving patient outcomes.
Mmode is Quebec’s fashion garment industry association. Mmode has recently produced a comprehensive guide on how to sell Personal Protective Equipment to the Quebec Government and will share the information with Canadian companies participating in the TNFTF. Mmode also seeks co-manufacturing opportunities with Canadian partners.
Provigo is a grocery retailer based in Quebec, Canada, consisting of over 300 stores and franchises throughout the province. It operates a retailing chain of stores and distribution warehouses. It is owned by Loblaw Companies Limited.
MEDICAGO is a Quebec pharmaceutical company now in a phase 3 clinical trial for a COVID 19 vaccine.