Learn how businesses in Nova Scotia and around the world are bringing technology and agri-food production together to tackle important issues like food security — plus all the latest news and upcoming events!
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Fall 2017
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is pleased to share The Insider — our monthly newsletter featuring initiatives, events, missions, resources and stories about doing business in Nova Scotia, and around the globe.

Nova Scotia – The Food Issue

What's inside: The theme of Big Data Congress 2017 is Ocean & Earth: Exploring Opportunities for Big Data in Ocean and Agriculture. Our feature article examines how big data is being used in food security to help ensure we can feed the estimated global population of 9 billion people by 2050. Staying on the topic of food, we catch up with Nova Scotia's 2017 Exporter of the Year, Hutchinson’s Maple Products, on their recent trip Dubai. We also talk to Global Advisor Peter J. Nielsen, a Nova Scotian living and working in Sonoma who happens to own a successful winery while still consulting in technology business development. Just one more example of bringing technology and agri-food production together.
Featured Articles
How Big Data is Helping Drive Food Security
Big Data is not only helping improve food security in the oceans and on the land — by finding new ways to improve food productivity, access renewable energy, and increase yields — it is also helping business leaders make crucial decisions to improve their bottom line. Read more »

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Beyond Land and Sea: Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is making a new name for itself as innovative businesses turn natural resources from land and sea into products that are winning accolades around the world. Read more »

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Nova Scotia Spotlight
2017 Nova Scotia Exporter of the Year in Dubai
Once the shock of winning the award as 2017 Exporter of the Year began to wear off, Hutchinson’s Maple Products faced a welcome dilemma: what to do with two airline tickets to anywhere in the world? Read more »

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Upcoming Events
 November 9-11, 2017

Trade Mission to Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair 2017
Sector: Agri-food & Beverage

 November 14-16, 2017

Trade Mission to Food and Hospitality China 2017
Sector: Agri-food & Beverage, Seafood

 November 15, 2017

CETA Seminar and Business Forum
Sector: Multi Sector

 Nov. 24 - Dec. 1, 2017

FITTskills: International Trade Finance
Sector: Multi Sector

 Nov. 27 - Dec. 1, 2017

Ocean Technology Trade Mission to New England 2017
Sector: Ocean Technology

 February 12-15, 2018

Trade Mission to Kidscreen Summit 2018
Sector: Multi Sector

 Feb. 25 - Mar. 1, 2018

Expression of Interest: New Exporter Education Mission to Boston
Sector: Multi Sector

An Opportunity to Connect
Food and Hospitality China 2017 in Shanghai
FHC, now in its 21st year, is known as a premier exhibition for the global food and hospitality sector. Over 72,000 buyers visited the show in 2016, with exhibitions from 2,350 international companies, making it the largest specialty trade show for imported food and wines in China.

Could someone in your global network be attending Food and Hospitality China 2017 in Shanghai? Let’s connect! Contact us at: connectns@nsbi.ca
NAFTA Renegotiation Update
Round 4 of the NAFTA negotiations was recently completed in the United States, with progress in several areas and significant work remaining in others.

Canada’s negotiating team, led by Global Affairs Canada, has been working diligently to advance discussions over the past four rounds.

Negotiators from the Trade Division of Nova Scotia’s Department of Intergovernmental Affairs are attending all rounds, as part of a “Team Canada” approach. They are working to analyze proposals, and to inform and advise federal counterparts on potential impacts and opportunities for our province.

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During the fourth round, the United States tabled several proposals that Canadian negotiators believe would roll back benefits of the current NAFTA. In some cases, the proposals are inconsistent with the rules of the World Trade Organization.

Nova Scotia is working with federal negotiators to support an outcome that results in a modern and improved agreement, building on the valuable components of NAFTA that have brought benefits to all three partner countries. We are continuing to assess and analyze the impacts of various scenarios, and remain committed to pragmatic solutions that will help Nova Scotia to compete in trade, and create opportunities and employment in our communities.

We would encourage stakeholders to provide input and submissions directly to federal negotiators by using the Global Affairs Canada NAFTA consultation page.

If you would like to provide input on NAFTA directly to the Nova Scotia negotiating team you may forward comments and/or questions to trade@novascotia.ca.
ConnectNS Spotlight
Talking with Peter J. Nielsen at La Pitchoune Winery
NSBI Global Advisor Peter J. Nielsen tells us how his Sonoma winery, La Pitchoune, is faring in the direct aftermath of California’s deadliest wildfire season.

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What's Happening
CarbonCure systems installed by North Carolina company
Dartmouth-based CarbonCure says a major client, Concrete Supply Co., has installed the emissions-reducing technology at two more of its concrete production facilities.

Swept Software closes US$2-million funding round
Halifax-based Swept, which develops software that helps commercial cleaning companies manage and support their employees and customers, has closed a significant funding round.

New Volta Labs program helps tech startups
Volta Labs in Halifax is introducing a new program designed to help early-stage tech companies by providing investments of $25,000.

Nova Scotia company taking lobsters to the world
World Link Food Distributors Inc., located near the Halifax Stanfield airport, moves millions of pounds of lobster and other seafood to dozens of countries across the world each year.

Nova Scotia government funds 9 oceans projects
The Nova Scotia government is providing more than $6.5 million for nine oceans research projects that are expected to support more than 170 jobs in the province.

Nova Scotia boosts Atlantic supercluster bid
The federal government has narrowed the field of candidates for a piece of its $950-million program, and the short list includes a proposal for an oceans supercluster from the Atlantic region, with proponents including Clearwater and Dalhousie University.

Nova Scotia winery gets unique French equipment
Benjamin Bridge winery is the first in Canada to start taking delivery of highly sought-after, extra-large oak barrels from France, which will be used to age some of the company's products.

DHX Media and Amazon strike deal for kids' content
DHX Media has secured a deal for 13 of its kids' shows to appear on the Amazon Prime Video service across more than 200 countries, the largest agreement between the two companies to date.

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