Niagara Region, City of Welland and Niagara College partner with Hamilton to conduct major trade mission to Colombia

A partnership of Niagara Region, City of Welland, Niagara College and the City of Hamilton is taking part in a trade and investment mission to Colombia aimed at building business opportunities for local businesses. 

This will be Ontario’s only trade mission to Colombia in 2017.

With a combined population of more than one million people, the two locations have complementary key industry strengths in advanced manufacturing, agriculture and food and beverage manufacturing, digital and goods movement. The strategic location of the two regions include Niagara’s several U.S. border crossings, the Welland Canal and Hamilton’s 24-hour cargo/passenger airport.

Niagara’s representatives on the trade and investment mission are, Tim Reynolds, from the Niagara Region, Lina DeChellis, from the City of Welland, and Abbas Sumar, from Niagara College.

As part of the mission to Colombia, there will be the signing of a "Memorandum of Understanding" aimed at strengthening ties for both countries and will formally establish a solid working relationship in order to move business initiatives forward.  

The trade and investment mission will attend business meetings in Bogota, Barranquilla and Medellin, Colombia from September 2 – 9. The Federal Trade Commissioners in the specific cities will act as liaisons to the delegation, facilitating and hosting meetings with a number of Colombian firms.

Trade missions of this type are directly aligned with Regional Council’s strategic priorities of fostering investment and positioning Niagara globally. 

More information on the Colombia trade mission and the Hamilton-Niagara partnership can be found at


"The Niagara Region is excited to be invited to beautiful Colombia where we hope to discover many mutually beneficial business opportunities between our two nations. We hope that this mission is just the first of many as we build new relationships, partnerships and pursue new investment opportunities with Colombia."
~ Regional Chair, Alan Caslin
"This is an exciting time in Colombia’s history and Niagara College looks forward to being a part of it and identifying opportunities to build on partnerships and projects around the world in education, training and capability building. Our participation also underscores the important role we are proud to play in supporting economic growth and job creation across the Niagara region."
~ Abbas Sumar, Associate Director, Global Strategy, Niagara College Canada
"The city of Welland is part of the Hamilton-Niagara Partnership and is honored to participate in a mission to Colombia to explore new business opportunities for trade and investment and develop new partnerships."
~ Lina DeChellis, Economic Development Officer, City of Welland


Daryl Barnhart, APR
Niagara Region

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