December 9, 2022 (Edmonton Metropolitan Region)— Today in a joint announcement, the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CCBC), alongside Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) announced that it will be establishing a Western Canada Brazil Hub at (CUE). The hub will provide a place for Brazilian companies and entrepreneurs to connect with potential business partners and infrastructure as well as research and development to integrate more efficiently into Alberta’s innovation ecosystem. 

This announcement marks the Edmonton Metropolitan Region as the home of the first Brazil Hub in Western Canada. The partnership between the two organizations will build, strengthen, and enhance economic exchange between Brazil and Alberta. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Robert Tegler Centre at Concordia’s campus this afternoon, to both announce and celebrate the new partnership.

Mitsidi, a Certified B Corp company out of Brazil, will be the first in the newly established Western Canadian Brazil Hub. The company’s main focus is on clean energy and energy transition, a great fit to the region’s growing clean energy industry.  

The new Brazil Hub will be located within the Allan Wachowich Centre at Concordia’s Innovation Hub (CIH). At the centre, Brazilian entrepreneurs looking to enter the Canadian market will receive support needed to create industry and government partnerships  in order to establish permanent business locations in Alberta. The hub will also give rise to learning opportunities for students and research opportunities for faculty at Concordia.  

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“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to attract international investment to the region. By Brazil establishing a physical presence in the region, it will spur innovation and introduce substantial new economic opportunities while lowering barriers for other Brazilian companies looking to enter Canadian markets. Our region has a supportive ecosystem with strong connections to global markets. This new partnership plays a key role in strengthening our economic ties with Brazil. We are excited for this new endeavour and the positive impacts the Brazil Hub will have on the region.”Malcolm Bruce, CEO, Edmonton Global