NC to participate in major trade mission to Colombia


Niagara College is joining a partnership with Niagara Region, City of Welland and the City of Hamilton to take part in a trade and investment mission to Colombia aimed at building business opportunities for local businesses.

This will be Ontario’s only trade mission to Colombia in 2017 and NC’s Abbas Sumar, associate director of Global Strategy, will be participating along with Tim Reynolds, from the Niagara Region, andLina DeChellis, from the City of Welland.

“This is an exciting time in Colombia’s history and Niagara College looks forward to being a part of it and identifying opportunities to build on partnerships and projects around the world in education, training and capability building,”  said Sumar. “Our participation also underscores the important role we are proud to play in supporting economic growth and job creation across the Niagara region.”

With a combined population of more than one million people, the two locations have complementary key industry strengths in advanced manufacturing, agriculture and food and beverage manufacturing, digital and goods movement. The strategic location of the two regions include Niagara’s several U.S. border crossings, the Welland Canal and Hamilton’s 24-hour cargo/passenger airport.

“The Niagara Region is excited to be invited to beautiful Colombia where we hope to discover many mutually beneficial business opportunities between our two nations,” said Niagara Region regional chair, Alan Caslin. ” We hope that this mission is just the first of many as we build new relationships, partnerships and pursue new investment opportunities with Colombia.”

“The city of Welland is part of the Hamilton-Niagara Partnership and is honored to participate in a mission to Colombia to explore new business opportunities for trade and investment and develop new partnerships,” said  Lina DeChellis, Economic Development Officer, City of Welland.

As part of the mission to Colombia, there will be the signing of a “Memorandum of Understanding” aimed at strengthening ties for both countries and will formally establish a solid working relationship in order to move business initiatives forward.

The trade and investment mission will attend business meetings in Bogota, Barranquilla and Medellin, Colombia from September 2 – 9. The Federal Trade Commissioners in the specific cities will act as liaisons to the delegation, facilitating and hosting meetings with a number of Colombian firms.

Trade missions of this type are directly aligned with Regional Council’s strategic priorities of fostering investment and positioning Niagara globally.

More information on the Colombia trade mission and the Hamilton-Niagara partnership can be found at

-Info from Niagara Region media release



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