Dutch Consul General visits Guelph

Visit to focus on water, energy and agri-food technologies

GUELPH, ON, April 28, 2014 – Mr. Anne van Leeuwen, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will visit Guelph on April 29. The purpose of the visit is to further develop business relationships and investment prospects through the Consul General’s Canadian office. Holland has been identified as a potential market for Guelph to pursue investment activities.

“We are delighted to spend the day in a city we know to have a similar commitment to innovation and collaboration as ourselves,” says Anne van Leeuwan, Consul General for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. “We look forward to learning more about Guelph’s advancements in the areas of conservation and agri-food technologies, and look forward to continuing to build on our already lasting business relationships.”

Guelph hopes to build on current relationships with Holland’s world renowned Food Valley and encourage further business collaboration with local companies. With regional similarities to Southwestern Ontario such as mild climate, flat lands and fertile soil, Holland is interested in learning about Guelph’s agri-innovation capacity, challenges and industry driven technologies.

With common interests in a balanced approach to energy, water and waste water management, Guelph hopes to exchange information regarding Holland’s own innovative waste water treatment and industrial water management techniques in their international energy projects in both public and private capacities.

“It is an honour to have Consul General van Leeuwen visit Guelph. Relationships like these help to spur innovation within our own region and keep us connected to important global advancements,” says Peter Cartwright, General Manager of Guelph Economic Development. ”We’ve got a packed day. We won’t be able to get everything in but hope to work closely with the Consul General’s office on future visits.”

Mr. van Leeuwen and his staff will be welcomed by the Mayor, will tour the city and participate in round table presentations from local programs regarding Guelph’s efforts in the water, energy and agri-food sectors.

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For more information:

Peter Cartwright
General Manager
Economic Development
Finance and Enterprise Services
T (519) 822-1260 extension 2820
E peter.cartwright@guelph.ca