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Export Workshop

Business Opportunities in the European Union 2019

  • date 28.11.2019
  • time 07:30
  • location West Learning Centre, Lower Level 659 Exeter Road, London, ON N6E 1L3

The European Union (EU) is Ontario’s second largest trading partner and a key market for Ontario’s products, technology and services. Ontario exported $19.7 billion in goods to the European Union in 2018, a 62% increase over the exports 10 years ago.

The EU is the world’s second largest economy and ranks among the top world importers. The EU countries constitute the world’s largest single market, with a population of over 512 million and a GDP of over $24.7 trillion.

Note: This thematic workshop focuses on specific aspects of doing business in the European Union. Information on both the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU (CETA) and the impact of potential scenarios of Brexit will be addressed only to the extent that are relevant to the workshop.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to obtain practical information on how to establish or enhance your supply chains in Europe, and comply with EU tax and customs regulatory framework, as well as to meet one-on-one with the guest speaker from Europe. Please note: the one-on-one meetings with the guest speaker will be scheduled in advance, upon prior request and based on your specific business needs, the time availability and the potential confidentiality of the issues to be discussed.

CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other senior executives of Ontario manufacturing companies.

Please request your application form to Victor Miranda ([email protected]).
There is no cost to attend. Participation is limited to 25 people (one representative per company only). Priority will be given to Ontario manufacturers. Confirmed applicants will have their registration confirmed via e-mail. No walk-ins will be accommodated. Space is limited. Early application is advised.

For further information, please contact:
Victor Miranda
Area Director, Europe – Advanced Manufacturing & ICT
International Business Growth Branch
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast and networking Continental breakfast sponsored by the City of Woodstock
8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Welcome remarks and acknowledgement of partners
8:05 – 10:15 a.m. Cost-effective supply chains, business growth and tax compliance: What companies should know to increase their exports to Europe Stan de Caluwe, Senior Supply Chain Solutions Manager Holland International Distribution Council
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. One-on-one meetings with the speaker*
*Scheduled in advance upon prior request and based on your specific business needs,



Stan de Caluwe Senior Supply Chain Solutions Manager Holland International Distribution CouncilStan de Caluwe has over 10 years of experience in guiding companies in the European market. Stan joined the Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC) in 2015 to help overseas companies with setting up and optimizing their supply chain in Europe. He regularly travels to Canada and the U.S. to educate new and existing exporters to Europe on the differences and peculiarities of doing business in the European Union from a supply chain perspective.
Since starting at HIDC, Stan has handled over 200 projects from North America, varying from large scale distribution centres to small and medium-sized businesses making their first moves into the European market. Prior to joining HIDC, Stan worked as a site selection consultant with Buck Consultants International, a premier site selection firm in Europe. In this capacity, he assisted major manufacturing companies optimizing their supply chain set-up and production footprint in Europe. Especially fascinated by supply chain and logistics, Stan works together with HIDC’s 300 member companies: logistics service providers like DHL, XPO, DSV and GEODIS; smaller third-party logistics companies (3PLs); entities such as the Port of Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport; and different service providers, such as customs brokers, tax experts and supply chain specialists. Stan holds a Master’s degree in Business Geography.

Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC) – in Dutch Nederland Distributieland (NDL) – is a public-private, non-profit organization that helps international companies establish or optimize their supply chain in Europe. HIDC offers free advice on logistics, customs, value-added tax (VAT), customer service and, if needed, connects overseas companies to suitable partners in The Netherlands.