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EDC and GE Canada host Industrial Internet matchmaking session

General Electric (GE) Canada and Export Development Canada (EDC) are working together to identify and build partnerships with Canadian digital technology, software and big data analytics companies with niche capabilities to serve the growing global demand for Industrial Internet technology.


The matchmaking session held today at GE Canada’s headquarters in Mississauga, Ont. was focused on exploring complementary capabilities in the areas of:

  •     Machine-to-machine connectivity technologies,
  •     Data analysis,
  •     Cybersecurity, and
  •     Intelligent wireless technologies.

The introductions (on May 27) are being made as part of an ongoing partnership between GE Canada and EDC aimed at developing access for Canadian small- and medium-sized technology companies to the global marketplace. GE Canada benefits from stronger ties to Canadian companies with expertise aligned to its strategic business interests.

“GE is bringing together world class industrial engineering with sensors, software and big data analytics to create brilliant machines,” said Jas Klotia, Chief Information Officer, GE Canada. “Together with EDC, we are forging new relationships with technology companies in Canada that we can potentially partner with to realize our vision of a world with more insightful and connected machines.”

Last year, GE Canada and EDC partnered on similar initiatives with a session in February 2014 at GE Aviation Bromont in Quebec to identify leading Canadian suppliers in tooling and automation, and another to connect manufacturing and services companies to GE Power Conversion and GE Hitachi Nuclear Canada in Peterborough in July of 2014.

GE Canada has been a strategic partner for EDC due to its strong track record of growing exports from its Canadian operations and nurturing Canadian suppliers into dynamic exporters. EDC provides financing solutions for GE Canada based upon the quality of its Canadian footprint and the prominence of exporting in its business model.

“The supply chains of global companies like GE are critical to Canada’s exporting story, because smaller Canadian companies have the opportunity to grow alongside GE as it extends its reach into new global markets,” said Mairead Lavery, Senior Vice-President, Business Development, EDC.

“An important part of EDC’s job is to connect Canadian companies to new buyers, but a company that is as dynamic and diversified at GE has the potential to create a new generation of Canadian exporters within the industrial internet space,” added Lavery. “That’s a tremendous opportunity for Canada in a still-developing field with huge global demand.”

Canadian companies with leading edge expertise and the ability or willingness to export that are interested in future EDC trade development opportunities can register here, by calling 1-888-434-8508, or by registering their services on Enterprise Canada Network (ECN), a joint venture between EDC and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME).

For more information, visit www.ge.com.