International Visitors Program

Take advantage of a special International Business Program and Business Centre services for international visitors jointly organized by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada, City of Toronto, and Canadian Construction Association.

The International Business Program has been developed for all international visitors attending our Shows.  This program will help you make efficient use of your time while you are in Canada.

Remember, start the process now and allow enough time for processing of your visa, if a visa is required.  Do not finalize your travel arrangements until all the necessary steps to ensure legal entry into Canada are completed.

The International Business Program - $100 CND

Wednesday, November 28 to Friday, November 30

The International Business Program is a specialized networking and educational program developed to assist international visitors to learn, share, meet, and build relationships with Canadian companies.  The International Business Program is comprised of a half-day informative presentation series, a Networking Luncheon, an intensive Wednesday afternoon export cafe, additional meeting arrangements, access to International Visitors to the 200 seminars and presentations within the Construct Canada conference program, and access to the Construct Canada exposition.

Wednesday, November 28

9:30 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m.
Building Innovation Presentation Series
Where are the latest Building Innovation opportunities and developments for Canadian companies? This presentation series will delve in the latest international market information for construction and infrastructure opportunities for Canadian companies. The speakers will address issues such as the opportunities in Green Building Innovations, Financial Building Innovations, Construction Building Innovations, and more.

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Canadian Construction Building Innovations
The construction sector in North America is seeing cross-overs with the technology sector in many areas. Some of these areas include Business Information Modelling, Costing Modelling, Supply Chain, and general communications. As the construction educational leader in Canada, George Brown College must ensure that it is at the forefront of all of these trends so that it can ensure its graduates have the skills to be successful and move the industry forward as a whole. The college achieves this goal through all forms of close cooperation with the industry, including advisory, teaching and lecturing, research, and many other types of interactions help. This presentation will reveal some of the technologies that have been developed in cooperation with industry stakeholders and how we are working to ensure better outcomes.

Jeffrey Litwin, Executive Director and Associate Dean, George Brown College
Clint Kissoon, Acting Chair, Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies,
George Brown College

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Update on Government Incentive Programs: Innovation and Change
This session will review current government incentives to increase international competitiveness. Learn about Canadian federal and provincial programs, deadlines, changes and tips that will help you successfully navigate through the sea of incentive programs.

John Hill, Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Finance Innovation: Market Growth and Opportunities in Russia
For many years, CMHC International focused on Russia as a strategic export market for Canadian housing companies, including working with the Russian government to harmonize Russian building codes and regulations for low-rise residential wood frame construction with those of Canada.  Increasing numbers of low rise North American style suburbs are now popping up around Russia.  Most recently, CMHC engaged LAC & Associates to complete a detailed study on how the Russian financial systems works with respect to construction and mortgage financing. The speaker will focus on the Russian housing market with respect to construction and mortgage financing and the manner in which Canadian companies should work with developers, banks, insurance companies, and mortgage brokers in Russia, in order to structure a comprehensive financing package for both the construction phase of any development project and for potential Russian buyers of completed properties.  The presentation will address some of the key differences in this area between Canada and Russia.

Lorne Cutler, Principal Consultant, LAC & Associates Consulting

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Market Opportunities and Infrastructure Developments in Brazil
Learn about the current infrastructure development activities underway in Brazil as the country prepares for 2016 Summer Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup. The speaker will address his thoughts on opportunities for Canadian companies and the types of construction projects that will be available in the coming years.

Alex Pires, International Business Development, MPE Brazil


12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
International Business Program Luncheon

The networking luncheon is an opportunity to connect with fellow International Business Program participants in a relaxed environment. The networking luncheon will include a formal welcome to Construct Canada and feature introductions of visiting international delegations.

Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, The Green Economy,
Sectors & Strategic Partnerships Office, Economic Development & Culture,
City of Toronto

1:30 p.m.  to 4:30 p.m.
International B2B Meeting Caf
é- Pre-Arranged and Facilitated One-on-One Meetings

This is an ideal opportunity to meet with Canadian manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, engineers, architects and consultants, and learn about their products, services and technologies. Speak with local companies and international visitors, trade experts from Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and presentation speakers. The meetings will provide you with information on local market conditions, business opportunities in prime markets, and resources that will support your export activities.

Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Complimentary Admission to Construct Canada and National GreenBuilding Conference Seminars
: Choose From 200 Presentations and 450 Speakers

As an international visitor, you will have the opportunity to attend a wide range of sessions, presentations and workshops which will provide you with insights on design, building technology, project delivery, housing construction, and building restoration practices - Canada's largest seminar program for architects, builders, contractors, engineers and renovators.



Wednesday, November 28 to Friday, November 30

Self-Directed Tour of 1050 Exhibits

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings will be devoted to touring the 1050 exhibits and watching the "hands-on" demonstrations on the exposition floor.  As an international visitor, you will receive a special package of information with your registration kit that will direct you to those exhibitors who have indicated a strong interest in exporting to specific global markets.

Included With Your Registration:

Unlimited Use of the International Business Centre 

The International Business Centre will provide a meeting place for international visitors by providing ongoing information and staff resources and a comfortable space for informal business meetings. The centre will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 28 to November 29, and from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on November 30.

The International Business Centre is a resource centre and meeting place for international trade and activity and will serve all your informational needs at the Show.

The Centre will be open from Wednesday, November 28 to Friday, November 30 on Level 700 of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building.

The Centre will be open every day, providing you with an ideal location to hold business meetings or to further explore business opportunities. 

Displays of Canadian Architectural Projects

This high profile display will feature renderings and visuals provided by architectural firms in the Greater Toronto Area, and will focus on design and construction of commercial projects. Explore the works of Canadian architects playing a major role in shaping the buildings that create communities and define cities internationally demonstrating Canadian architectural achievements worldwide.


How to Register

Quick and Easy Registration

Register quickly and easily as an international visitor.  With a click of a button, you can register and pay with a major credit card.  Your invitation letter will be processed in the same way as outlined in the International Visitors Registration and Visa Information page

For International Visitor Registration and Visa Information, click here. 

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Concrete Canada
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Dates & Hours:

November 28 - 29, 2012
Conference & Seminars: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Exhibition Floor: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

November 30, 2012
Exhibition Floor: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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