Clonmel drinks firm Robert Merry is one of thirty companies on a trade mission to Canada with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.
The objectives of the trade mission are to boost trade between the two countries, and help Irish companies grow their export sales and create jobs in Ireland.
Exports to Canada by Enterprise Ireland clients rose by 19% to €224m in 2011. Significantly, it is hoped that exports for 2012 will increase by a further 20%.
A total of 30 companies are travelling with the Minister, in sectors including mobile, telecoms and financial software, infrastructure, business process outsourcing, agri-tech, consumer products, food and beverage and education services.
Participating companies range from innovative high-growth start-ups with less than €1million turnover and fewer than 5 employees, to €2billion companies employing over 3000 people globally.
Minister Bruton will participate in a total of 25 meetings and engagements over the three-day trade mission.
Speaking before his departure Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is our ambition to create a powerful engine of indigenous enterprise. We must not only continue to grow jobs in multinational companies, but we must also support ambitious Irish companies seeking to grow their exports and jobs”.