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Highlights of B.C.’s trade mission to Asia
Updated June 12, June 29 and June 30, 2023, for clarification


The B.C. trade mission met with:

  • Ambassador of Canada to Japan and Special Envoy for the Indo-Pacific Ian McKay to discuss Canada-Japan trade and investment opportunities for B.C.
  • Mitsubishi Corporation to discuss the company’s investment in B.C. energy and mining projects and technology companies.
  • Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike to discuss strengthening the relationship between jurisdictions.
  • The Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security to sign a renewed and strengthened memorandum of understanding to explore ways to grow trade and unlock new sources of energy, such as hydrogen.
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  • The Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development to sign a renewed memorandum of co-operation to collaborate on developing clean transportation and infrastructure solutions. 
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  • Japan Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kei Takagi to reaffirm B.C.’s role as Canada’s gateway to Japan and as a major contributor of food and energy to Japan. 
  • Sony to discuss its business in B.C.
  • Japan State Minister of Economy and Trade Fusae Ota to discuss ongoing co-operation in the energy sector and expanding co-operation in clean technology, quantum technology and AI technologies. Learn more: 

Republic of Korea (ROK)

 The B.C. trade mission met with:

  • Major energy and technology companies with connections to B.C.
  • Gyeonggi Province to sign an enhanced action plan agreement to strengthen co-operation on cleantech and clean energy to address climate change.
  • The Embassy of Canada to discuss Canada-ROK trade and investment opportunities for B.C.
  • The Seoul Housing and Communities Corporation to discuss solutions to housing challenges.
  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in ROK to discuss growing trade and investment between B.C. and the ROK.
  • Net Marble to discuss the company’s planned business expansion and investments in B.C.


The B.C. trade mission met with:

  • High Commissioner for Canada in the Republic of Singapore Jean-Dominique Ieraci to discuss Canada-Singapore trade and investment opportunities for B.C.
  • PSA Singapore, the world’s largest containership port, to discuss the port’s innovation and collaborating on alternative marine fuels, smart logistics and carbon capture.
  • GIC and Temasek, Government of Singapore sovereign wealth funds, to discuss investments in B.C.
  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore to discuss growing trade and investment between B.C. and Singapore.
  • Neste Singapore Renewable Products Refinery to discuss clean-energy fuels.
  • Singapore education stakeholders to discuss B.C. universities’ research capabilities and Singapore’s research priorities.


The B.C. trade mission met with:

  • Senior trade commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada Jasmine Wahhab to discuss trade and investment opportunities in Vietnam.
  • Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Vo Van Hoan to discuss bilateral trade and investment. 
  • GeoComply, a B.C.-based company that specializes in cybersecurity, to learn about its business in both jurisdictions.
  • VinGroup/VinFast, a multisector conglomerate, to discuss its business in B.C.
  • Royal Seafood to promote B.C. seafood imports.
  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam to discuss current market opportunities to better support Canadian and B.C. businesses.
  • The B.C. Forestry Innovation and Investment office and several businesses to promote sustainable B.C. wood products and export opportunities.
  • Dan On Foods Corporation, a B.C. company with manufacturing operations in Vietnam, to learn about their business.