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Dickinson aims to boost business in Toronto

Toronto mission: Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Curtis Dickinson, the finance minister, will highlight opportunities for bilateral trade and investment on a trip to Toronto.

Mr Dickinson will lead a delegation of government, regulatory and industry representatives at a multi-industry forum hosted by the Bermuda Business Development Agency at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto tomorrow.

The group will also attend scheduled business development meetings around the city.

The forum will feature panel discussions, thought-leadership sessions and networking opportunities for investors and businesses interested in learning more about the island.

It is the sixth in a series of overseas multi-industry showcases, following similar events in London, New York and Miami over the past two years. It is the first in Canada.

BDA CEO Andy Burrows said: “We’re looking forward to meeting civic leaders, media, investors and industry executives during the forum and related meetings.

“The aim is to increase awareness of Bermuda as a gold-standard international financial centre and underscore our jurisdiction’s historic and mutually beneficial relationship with Canadian markets.”

The Consul General of Canada in New York, Phyllis Yaffe, will help launch the forum with a fireside chat-style conversation with Mr Dickinson.

Lucia Gallardo, a fintech entrepreneur who has partnered with the United Nations to leverage blockchain systems to help resettlement of refugees, will make a keynote presentation.

Industry sessions include participants from more than 30 Bermuda-related entities, including Ambika, Aon, Appleby, ArcTern Ventures, ASW Law, Axa XL, the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers, Bennett Jones, the Bermuda Insurance Management Association, Bermuda Monetary Authority, Bermuda Tourism Authority, Butterfield Bank, ChainThat, Conyers, CryptoScan, Deloitte, Estera Services, Exponential Ventures, EY, Fasken, Insurance Bureau of Canada, KPMG, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, MQ Services, Outlier Canada, PwC, Quest Management Services, RGAx, Salt Lending, and Shyft Network.

The BDA said Canada is one of Bermuda’s most significant economic partners, with two-way trade between the two nations amounting to $2.6 billion in 2017, and $37 billion in mutual assets and investments.