Atlantic Canadians in Chicago

Wednesday 26 November, 2008

The Canadian Consulate in Chicago hosted 1 of the largest trade delegations on a foreign trade mission I’ve ever seen.  They spent almost a week here & had a person from ACOA (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) stationed here for months before & after to organize & follow-up on it.  I attended a panel discussion on innovation which attempted to answer the questions:

How does 1 bring innovation to market?
How does an organization adopt disruptive technology?
How can innovation improve the bottom line?
Where do you find technology that gives you an edge over your competitors?

The panel consisted of a mix of American & Canadian academic, association, economic development, & research experts.  I requested copies of the presentations that were made, but have not received them yet.  My preference is to hear from managers in the trenches who are working on these kinds of things, but experts can add some theory as well.

Here are the Canadian companies which paid us a visit:
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
AnyWare Group Secure Remote Access hardware & software solutions for hospitals & business
Computer Generated Solutions Canada Custom eLearning solutions for large organizations
dataSentinel Patented portable, encrypted, distributed data storage solution
IC – Agency Canada eMarketing consulting & custom training
OPTIS – Flood IT Solutions Online parent teacher interview scheduler software solution
TeamSpace Programming &Technical Solutions for Rich Media
Timeless Medical Systems Hardware / software solutions for neo-natal intensive care
Business Services
Clear Risk Risk Management solutions & resource materials for SME
GDP Consulting Professional consulting & resource materials for Board Governance
Lexi-tech International Multi language translation services
OYF Consulting Advanced Human Resource Consulting apps for Talent Seeker & Hiring Smart
Thrive Software Marketing Software solutions & resource materials for SME
Vision Research Outsourced call center / data collection for market research
Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival Music booking, promotion and management
Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defence
CE3 Custom Electronics Integrators Custom electronic assemblies for aerospace and industry
LuminUltra Technologies Breakthrough technology for monitoring biological activity in water and wastewater
Northstar Networks Contract manufacturing for aerotech, marine, defence & Homeland Security
Building, Construction & Heavy Industry
Chandlers Cabinets & Millwork Custom millwork and cabinets for condo projects & institutions
Fossil Power Systems Aquarian steam/water level detection for industrial boilers
Laurentian Steel Fabricators Custom steel fabrication for industrial rebuilds
Stark Oil Purification Systems Transformer maintenance & oil rejuvenation for heavy industry
Therma-Ray Thermal Heating Systems & Energy Conservation
Labrador Inuit Development Corporation Rare sub-arctic blue stone quarried to order -slabs, tiles, landscape
Consumer Products
“I Get It!” Math Professional development & teacher resources for K – 8 math
Demand Innovation Inc./ Survival Perk Portable pressure infusion coffee maker
Savonnerie Olivier Soapery Eco-Skin Care products & traditional natural soaps
Terra Nova Granite / Hurley Group Quality black granite monuments
Trail Blazer Products Hand tools for lawn & garden and outdoor sporting
Agriculture and Agri-Food
Aqua Prime Mussel Ranch    Fresh cold water cultivated mussels in small order quantities
By the Water Shellfish Fresh lobsters, scallops, mackerel, herring
Canada Ice Enterprises Pure bottled water from icebergs
Duinkerken Foods Tasty Gluten free baking products, mixes for home baking
Farmers Cooperative Dairy Contract manufacturing of fortified sports and health drinks in TetraPaks
Island Abbey Foods    Honey drop – pure honey in single serve non-stick wafers
Menu Tools IT solutions for menu planning & costing for food services
Neptune Sea Products Smoked fish, value added seafood and spreads
Nova Plastics Disposable cutting surface in recyclable plastic for food service sector
South Shore Trading    Oysters, clams, lobsters, eels and fish for restaurants
St. Mary’s River Smokehouses Flavored hot-smoked salmon and cold-smoked salmon
The Cider House Refreshing hard apple cider and Dessert Wine


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