Program

Program

08:00

  • Flight to Toronto

    Toronto

    • 08:00: We assemble at Brussels Airport, Zaventem, for the first leg of our flight (to Montreal). 
       
    • 10:45 - 12:15: Flight
    • ...

17:00

  • Welcome speech & FIT briefing

    Toronto

    Antwerp Mayor De Wever officially welcomes the mission delegation to Canada.

    FIT representative for Canada Ms. Mieke Pynnaert provides a brief introduction to business...

18:30

  • Welcome dinner at CN Tower

    Toronto

    The delegation dines at the landmark CN Tower to kickstart the 2017 Antwerp Mission. In the restaurant at the top of the tower, we enjoy one of Toronto's top attractions with a...

07:00

  • Personalized B2B meetings (throughout the day)

    Toronto

    Flanders Investment & Trade prepares a tailor-made B2B meeting schedule for participants specifically registered for this service.

    These meetings are slotted into...

07:30

  • Network breakfast for rail & freight forwarders (Port of Antwerp)

    Toronto

    For Antwerp companies from the maritime sector, (inter)national freight forwarders and Port of Antwerp. The COO of Port of Antwerp will be present.

    Seats for this event...

09:30

  • Visit to the Ontario Ministry of Education

    Toronto

    The Ministry presents its big-picture strategy for education improvement.

    Only for participants from the education sector.

10:30

  • Visit to Umicore

    Toronto

    We visit the Burlington premises of Umicore, the global materials, technology and recycling group.

    Includes an extensive information session and plant visit.

    ...

12:00

  • Carrier lunch (Port of Antwerp)

    Toronto

    Lunch with networking opportunities for national and international carriers, Port of Antwerp and Antwerp Port Community (logistics providers). The CCO of Port of Antwerp will...

14:30

  • Visit to Niagara Falls

    Toronto

    After our visit to Umicore, we drive on to the nearby Niagara Falls for some leisure time.

    Participants keen on fully experiencing the majesty of the site can join two ...

19:00

  • Welcome reception by the Belgian ambassador

    Toronto

    A reception hosted by the Belgian Ambassador to officially welcome the Antwerp delegation to Canada. 

07:00

  • Personalized B2B meetings (throughout the day)

    Toronto

    Flanders Investment & Trade prepares a tailor-made B2B meeting schedule for participants specifically registered for this service.

    These meetings are slotted into...

07:30

  • Business seminar

    Toronto

    Organized by the City of Antwerp, the Port of Antwerp and Flanders Investment and Trade. 

10:00

  • Visit to Toronto District School Board (TDSB) & dialogue with stakeholders

    Toronto

    During this visit we focus on the teacher training perspective on building professional capacity, creating school improvement...

11:30

  • Visit to Toronto City Hall & study tour

    Toronto

    The study tour is organized by the Toronto department for external relations and covers the following subjects:

    • ecosystem overview of the innovation community
    • ...

13:30

  • Tour of MaRS & AutoDesk

    Toronto

    A visit to MaRS, the launch pad for leading innovators in Toronto where educators, researchers, social scientists, entrepreneurs and business experts are brought

14:00

  • Education dialogue: school improvement from a teacher training perspective

    Toronto

    Introduction by Ms Evelyn Wilson, a former superintendent with the Toronto District School Board who also worked at the Ministry of Education with responsibilities for school...

15:30

  • Visit to the Cisco Innovation Centre

    Toronto

    We start with a tour of the facility, follow a presentation on innovation, commercialization and go-to-market, and conclude with a round table discussion.

16:00

  • Free time for dinner at Marché Mövenpick

    Toronto

    The delegation has free time to dine at the Marché Mövenpick. This marketplace-style restaurant located in downtown Toronto features 8 unique food stations (Italian, Asian,...

19:15

  • Flight Toronto - Montreal

    Toronto

    Flight from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

06:00

  • Tour of Renard diamond mine (AWDC invitational)

    Montreal

    The first diamond mine in Québec, and one of only six in Canada, employing approximately 500 people. The mine is expected to produce an average of 1.6 million carats per year...

07:00

  • Personalized B2B meetings (throughout the day)

    Montreal

    Flanders Investment & Trade prepares a tailor-made B2B meeting schedule for participants specifically registered for this service.

    These meetings are slotted into...

09:30

  • Visit to Beauharnois hydro dam

    Montreal

    We visit the Beauharnois generator station, one of the world's largest hydropower facilities and built in art deco style. Its 38 generating units, spread out over almost a...

10:00

  • Meeting with professor Gilles Cantin (UQAM) about child care

    Montreal

    The delegation meets with professor Gilles Cantin at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to discuss a pilot project about quality of child care and the social effects of...

  • Meeting: Ministère de l'Education et de l'Enseignement supérieur (invitational)

    Montreal

    Topics:

    • Challenges for young people to transition from higher education to the labor market
    • Work-oriented training path

  • Visit to Notman House (tech startup hub)

    Montreal

    The mission of Notman House is to support and grow the Montreal startup ecosystem. It is a technology hub that provides office, event and communal space for startups, investors...

12:00

  • Carrier lunch (Port of Antwerp)

    Montreal

    Lunch with networking opportunities for national and international carriers, Port of Antwerp and Antwerp Port Community (logistics providers). The CCO of Port of Antwerp will...

13:45

  • Meeting with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

    Montreal

    Briefing on Montreal's child care system:

    • presentation on current policy, laws and regulations
    • overview of the child care landscape
    • financing to
    • ...

14:30

  • Visit to Habitat 67 community complex

    Montreal

    Optional visit to Habitat 67 (or simply Habitat), a model community and housing complex in Montreal designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie.

    The delegation...

15:00

  • Smart Fluidity seminar on improving mobility

    Montreal

    Led by CargoM, the logistics and transportation metropolitan cluster of Montreal, this roundtable will give an overview of different actions taken by CargoM, the Port of...

18:00

  • Networking cocktail (Port of Montreal)

    Montreal

    Networking cocktail organised by the Port of Antwerp and the Port of Montreal.

    Please note that spaces for this event are limited and registrations will be...

07:00

  • Personalized B2B meetings (throughout the day)

    Montreal

    Flanders Investment & Trade prepares a tailor-made B2B meeting schedule for participants specifically registered for this service.

    These meetings are slotted into...

07:30

  • Business seminar

    Montreal

    Business seminar organized by the City of Antwerp, the Port of Antwerp and Flanders Investment and Trade

09:30

  • Visit to 2 day care centers (invitational)

    Montreal

    The delegation visits two day care centers:

    1. a center aimed at single mothers
    2. a center with substantial cultural diversity (over 10 languages), where that
    3. ...

10:00

  • Trade seminar

    Montreal

    Trade seminar with three top speakers specialized in business with Canada. 

10:30

  • Visit to TandemLaunch, partner for research-based startups

    Montreal

    Many great inventions never reach consumers. Many talented entrepreneurs never get exposed to great innovations. TandemLaunch works with driven entrepreneurs to turn research...

12:00

14:00

  • Visit to the Clock Tower War Memorial

    Montreal

    The Clock Tower is forty-five metres high, marks the entrance to the port and serves as a memorial to wartime sailors lost at sea.

    The delegation will pay tribute to the...

15:00

  • Visit to new cruise terminal (PoA)

    Montreal

    The delegation will have the opportunity to visit the new Iberville Cruise Terminal at the Port of Montreal.

19:00

  • Antwerp Night

    Montreal

    The City of Antwerp, together with the Port of Antwerp and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, host an Antwerp Night where guests can enjoy culinary specialities and network. Our...

07:00

  • Personalized B2B meetings (throughout the day)

    Montreal

    Flanders Investment & Trade prepares a tailor-made B2B meeting schedule for participants specifically registered for this service.

    These meetings are slotted into...

08:30

  • Visit to Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (incl. TOHU)

    Montreal

    We visit the CESM-SMEC, a converted quarry site which over the years has been home to a sorting centre, a power station and composting facilities. Currently it also houses...

10:00

  • Visit to Effenco

    Montreal

    Effenco develops one of the world’s most flexible an efficient heavy vehicle hybrid solutions, aimed at reducing fleet fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

    The...

14:00

  • Sightseeing & photo opportunity at Mount Royal

    Montreal

    Mount Royal is a large hill located to the west of downtown Montréal, the city to which it gave its name.

15:00

  • Visit to Genetec (partner of Robovision)

    Montreal

    The Belgian company Robovision is specialized in artificial intelligence as well as machine vision and robot programming based on deep learning. Its cutting-edge technology is...

16:15

  • Return flight to Brussels

    Montreal

    16:15 - 17:15: departure to the Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport for our return flight to Brussels

    19:45 - 08:35:...

08:35

  • Arrival at Brussels Airport

    Montreal

    Arrival at Brussels Airport and end of the mission.

    Please remember to fill out the mission questionnaire to inform us about your experience.