Minister Fast Concludes Successful Trade Mission to Australia and Philippines

Strengthening people-to-people ties, trade and development partnerships to create jobs and opportunities

July 22, 2014 – Manila, Philippines – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today concluded a five-day trade mission to Sydney, Australia, and Manila, the Philippines, that focused on Canada’s ambitious pro-trade agenda within the G-20 and in Southeast Asia.    

In both Sydney and Manila, Minister Fast met with Canadian businesses operating in the Asia-Pacific region. His message was clear: there is no better fuel for economic growth, jobs and prosperity for Canada, Australia and the Philippines than freer and more open trade. 

Minister Fast’s trade mission to the Philippines focused on Canadian strengths in the agricultural, defence, information and communications technologies and sustainable technologies sectors. The Philippines recently took part in an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegation visit to Canada.

The Minister announced support for a project that will help farmers enhance their business management skills and access better farming practices, funding and markets for their products. This support reinforces Canada’s commitment to stimulating sustainable economic growth by leveraging private sector involvement and fostering good governance. The Philippines was recently added to Canada’s list of 25 development countries of focus. 

At the Skills Development Center for Animation at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Minister Fast witnessed how Canadian-developed computer software by Toon Boom Animation of Montréal will develop Filipino talent in animation and digital media, thus playing an important role in reviving the animation sector in the Philippines.

Minister Fast also visited the Santuario de San Antonio, a church in Makati City, to light candles as a sign of respect to victims of Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Typhoon Yolanda), which swept across the Philippines in 2013, destroying more than a million homes, displacing 4.1 million people and killing more than 6,000 others. Canada responded quickly to that crisis, providing emergency humanitarian funding to relief agencies and dispatching the Disaster Assistance Response Team to assist with emergency medical, clean water, food and shelter needs in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon. Canadians also opened their hearts and wallets in 2013, pledging $85 million for relief efforts, an amount the Government of Canada matched for immediate and ongoing humanitarian and rebuilding assistance.

Yesterday, Canada announced that it will provide $250,000 for emergency humanitarian assistance to the Philippines, helping meet the urgent needs of those affected by Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Typhoon Glenda), which hit the island nation last week.

In June, Canada announced a new air transport agreement with the Philippines to help further strengthen our commercial and people-to-people ties.

Quick Facts

  • Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and the Philippines totalled $1.7 billion in 2013, up 14.6 percent over the previous year.
  • Canadian exports to the Philippines reached $593 million in 2013, up from $527.9 million in 2012.
  • Canada’s top exports to the Philippines were meat, wood and related products and cereals. Top merchandise imports were electrical machinery and equipment, precision and technical instruments and machinery.
  • There are approximately 662,600 people of Philippine descent in Canada. The Philippines has recently become one of the largest source countries of immigrants to Canada.
  • The Philippines is currently the only ASEAN country that offers direct air transportation services to and from Canada. With close to 430,000 one-way trips in 2013, the Philippines is Canada’s 14th-largest air travel market, just behind Japan.


“Strengthening economic and commercial ties with the fast-growing and dynamic Asia-Pacific region and opening new markets for our exporters is part of our government’s ambitious pro-trade plan to create jobs and opportunities for hard-working Canadians and businesses. Our successes in the Philippines show that our small and medium-sized businesses can find markets for Canadian-made products and services that deliver jobs and benefits at home and abroad.”

– Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

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Chatsworth Products Steps into New Leadership Era with Positive Outlook, New Product Developments

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Chatsworth Products (CPI), a 100 percent employee-owned global manufacturer of voice, data and security products and service solutions, has moved into a new leadership era, focusing on global growth, customer satisfaction and innovative product development.

Since its inception in 1991, CPI’s desire to provide infrastructure products of unparalleled design and quality has driven the company to embrace the constant advancements innate of the technology sector, particularly in the advancing field of data center management.

Continuing this forward momentum, in June, CPI welcomed Michael Custer as its new President, replacing Larry Renaud, who will remain CEO until his retirement in September. Custer, who first joined CPI in 1996, most recently held the position of Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing with additional executive oversight responsibilities for International Operations, Supply Chain & Quality.

Moving forward, CPI’s employee-owners and customers can expect to benefit from the yearly growth and expansion that CPI has experienced since it started. With the continuity in senior leadership, the Chatsworth Products management team is energized with the opportunity to extend its core value of ‘delighting the customer’ and expects to further leverage the company’s core competency to sense and rapidly respond to the changing needs of technology end users.

“CPI has remained fiercely independent through an extended period of industry consolidation and has preserved a uniquely strong best-in-class market position,” Custer states. “We’ve earned that position through an unmatched combination of high-availability solutions through our industry-leading distribution partners and high-touch customized solutions that always start with collaboration and the goal of delivering demonstrable benefits to our customers.”

CPI believes that technology decisions are business decisions. CPI looks to a bright future with its new leadership and is committed to seize every new opportunity to keep delighting customers with industry-relevant, high-value custom solutions.

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Partners of Food Ingredients Portfolio Reaping Rewards

AMSTERDAM, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A brand new loyalty scheme is being rolled out throughout 2014 to recognize and reward those companies who supported the Food ingredients brand in 2013.


The Fi Global Partnership Programme is raising the partners’ profile through a range of benefits, providing them with extra exposure and brand awareness across the portfolio of Food ingredients events in 2014. This includes promotion on all Fi show websites, on-site branding at all shows, feature in all show catalogues, coverage in e-marketing and on social media, and the opportunity to invite VIPs to the calendar’s key event, Health ingredients Europe 2014. A key element of the programme is the global exposure it offers partners across international food and beverage markets, and the platform it provides them to extend their reach into new and existing markets.  

This is the first year of the programme, and members are to be renewed annually. The 15 companies who met the entry criteria and were chosen for the inaugural edition were: BASF, Brenntag, Cargill, DKSH, DSM, Dohler, Gelita, Glanbia GNT, JK Sucralose Naturex, Nexira, Roquette, Rousselot, and Tate & Lyle.

Head of Marketing at GNT, Guido de Jager is delighted to be part of the scheme, commenting: “GNT highly appreciates becoming a UBM 2014 Fi Global Partner the 2014 events will be an integral part of our marketing activities, and being involved in the Global Partnership Programme 2014 solidifies our position at the tradeshows we are participating in while offering an additional benefit in those regions where we are further developing. GNT would like to thank UBM for these extra opportunities.”

Matthias Beur, Portfolio Director, Food ingredients Global, commented on the benefits and hopes of the scheme: “With the Global Partnership programme, are aiming to underline the importance of our key partners of the Food Ingredients portfolio. We are very proud to have such a strong link to the most important players of the global food ingredients industry, and we worked hard to provide substantial benefits for them through that scheme. Our global partners will be visible at all Fi and Hi shows worldwide via our online, email and print channels. We are using our strength as the most global portfolio of events in the industry, to put our partners in the spotlight and provide them with a 365 audience only we can deliver. The programme demonstrates that we are proud to call each company participating in the scheme our partner and we look forward to working with the companies on delivering world class shows and conferences in the coming years.”  

The scheme coincides with the launch of the Fi Global brand, the umbrella brand for a portfolio of marketing solutions products, including event, print and digital. These include Food ingredients Europe, Health ingredients Europe, Health ingredients Japan, Food ingredients AsiaChina, Food ingredients Philippines, Food ingredients Vietnam, Food ingredients Asia, Food ingredients India, Food ingredients Istanbul and Food ingredients South America, Food ingredients Conferences, Ingredients Network and International Food ingredients (IFi) magazine.

Thomson Reuters Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence Reaches Industry Milestone with 180,000 Clinical Trials

PHILADELPHIA, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence, its global clinical-drug-trial intelligence database, marked an industry-first milestone with the documentation of more than 180,000 clinical trials, thus providing pharmaceutical professionals with greater and quicker access to critical data and strategic insights to build stronger, more effective clinical trials . The solution—launched in August 2013—is part of the Cortellis suite, the premier source of life sciences intelligence information and analytics across multiple disciplines including regulatory, business development, discovery and pre-clinical.

Thomson Reuters Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence provides life science professionals access to information and analytics from more than 180,000 global clinical trials, including coverage of drugs, biologics, diagnostics, biomarkers and medical devices, supporting unparalleled outcome searching. Cortellis users can gain deeper scientific and competitive insights by connecting clinical trial data with drug pipelines, patents, pre-clinical insights and biomarkers on a single, unified platform, reducing time spent compiling and analyzing clinical information, and to ultimately construct better trials.  The information can also be accessed through APIs embedded in a customer’s existing workflow or third party software applications.

“We are proud to have reached this significant industry milestone within the first year of releasing Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence,” said Jon Brett-Harris, managing director, Thomson Reuters IP & Science. “This rapid development is a reflection of our continued commitment to provide the best available information to support the pharmaceutical industry in driving successful clinical trials.”

Cortellis Clinical Trial Intelligence makes program planning and competitive research simpler and more efficient as the number of clinical trials in the database continues to grow. The solution also allows users to discover competitor strategies for specific patient segments, biomarker utilization, end points and novel insights into disease processes and to uncover vital connections by integrating their internal, proprietary data with the wide variety of reference information available through Cortellis.

Learn more about Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence and Cortellis. Follow Cortellis (@Cortellis) on Twitter for the latest news in drug discovery, development, regulatory, commercialization, forecast and generics intelligence. Connects Merchants with Corporate Customers on Hong Kong’s First Major Local Delivery Network


HONG KONG, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — One of the U.S.’s leading online ordering platforms, has expanded internationally for the first time with a Hong Kong debut. Soft launched this past spring, Hong Kong ( is now publicly available to corporate customers to satisfy a hungry demand amongst corporate employees who wish to order meals from their favorite restaurants to their offices. The platform offers a user-friendly, online ordering experience that aggregates a curated selection of high-quality restaurants for corporate customers looking for high quality and healthier options for daily meals or large corporate meetings. In addition to restaurants, features a wide range of products, from desserts to cold-pressed juices, organic groceries and more.

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With the strongest online selection of premium and popular local merchants in Hong Kong, is rapidly expanding its merchant portfolio. The site makes menus from quality restaurants, such as Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort, Doppio Zero and Locofama, a few simple clicks away. During the workday’s peak hours, healthy and freshly prepared food is delivered to offices, serving as an excellent solution for team meals or boardroom meetings.

Selecting Hong Kong as its first international market was part of a strategic decision by to establish a strong presence across Asia. According to a January Euromonitor study, there is much room for growth in Hong Kong’s delivery services sector; currently only 3 percent of the HK$65 billion revenue generated by full service restaurants comes from food delivery. Independent businesses face enormous overhead costs due to the premium real estate market and sky-high rents.

While food delivery is a logical way to maximize revenues, the technological investment is often beyond smaller independent operators’ means, making’s platform an attractive, investment-free and economical way for merchants to increase revenue. “ has been a great way for us to grow our customer base and explore a new market opportunity. Since joining, our lunch orders have increased significantly and we expect to grow further by 20 to 30 percent. I also really love their user friendly website which makes our food look super yummy and enticing,” says King’s Taste operator Lily Hung. Many of’s current restaurants in the U.S. can make up to 40 percent of their overall business from takeout and delivery, allowing them to generate significant income without having to increase their brick-and-mortar footprint in high-rent areas.

Furthermore, the Hong Kong corporate work culture mirrors New York and is well suited for major growth in online ordering. Hong Kong employees worked an annual average of nearly 2,300 hours at the office, the fifth-longest number of hours among all global cities according to a Price and Earnings Report by UBS in 2012. Time-pressed employees prefer home delivery/takeaway as a convenient, efficient and time saving way to enjoy meals. Hong Kong’s President (from, Didier Bensadoun said, “As a financial hub with a highly concentrated corporate center and residential footprint, Hong Kong is ripe for hyperlocal e-commerce. Long working hours, the growing popularity of team lunches, and an increasingly tech-savvy consumer support the need for a local online marketplace where customers can order high-quality, healthier delivery options, particularly during lunchtime’s peak hours.”

Bringing’s decade of e-commerce expertise to Hong Kong, is serving a customer base of some of the leading corporate entities in key business districts. The two-sided marketplace allows merchants to list as many or as few dishes on their page, and create new offerings or meal sets according to their service capabilities. The merchant partner just needs to prepare and deliver orders received. “Since joining the platform here in Hong Kong has brought us plenty of new clients. They get the F&B business and understand how to make online sales work for us,” says James Fisher of Little Burro, Burrito restaurant in Causeway Bay and Sheung Wan.

To become a merchant, the only requirement is a fax machine or phone with no upfront fees or investment needed. is an attractive, economical and trouble free solution for restaurants looking to capture a larger share of the HK$65 billion food service market in Hong Kong without increasing their spend or square footage.

Initially available for corporate customers, but with future plans to expand into residential areas, the company currently focuses on serving the needs of Hong Kong’s financial and legal industries workers, which are its most active customer base. Hong Kong will have more than 260,000 such positions by 2016, eclipsing New York and London, according to London’s Center for Economics and Business Research. is currently adding more and more of the city’s corporate leaders as ordering clients every day. They can create an account online, enter their location and receive a list of merchants and services in their immediate area. They can then browse selections and order their meals.

About empowers the neighborhood economy by enabling customers to order online from their favorite local restaurants, grocery stores, wine and spirits shops, and laundry and dry cleaning providers. Every day more than one million customers explore their communities and order from more than 10,000 local businesses while at home, at work, or on the go. With headquarters in New York and a growing presence throughout the U.S. and internationally, makes e-commerce an integral part of local daily life, helping customers shop, businesses grow, and neighborhoods thrive.

Notable Hong Kong Merchants

Doppio Zero
Happy Cow Ice Cream
Harlan Goldstein’s Comfort
Koh Thai
Little Burro
Maya Cafe
Sugo Sushi To Go

BGI Tech Launches Human Whole Exome Sequencing Service on Complete Genomics’ Advanced Platform

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and SHENZHEN, China, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — BGI Tech Solutions Co., LTD, (BGI Tech), a subsidiary of BGI, the world’s largest genomics organization, announced the global launch of a new human whole exome sequencing service based on Complete Genomics’ industry-leading platform.

Complete Genomics, highly regarded in the industry for providing proprietary sequencing technologies with 99.999% accuracy and highly sensitive detection of all types of variants, was acquired by BGI in 2013. More than 15,000 human genomes have been sequenced and analyzed on the Complete Genomics platform to date. BGI, applying its deep genome and exome sequencing expertise, has enriched Complete Genomics’ platform further to now enable robust and rapid human whole exome sequencing services that leverage the inherent strengths of that platform.

Whole exome sequencing on Complete Genomics’ platform, available beginning today at introductory pricing of only $599 per sample through year-end 2014, guarantees 100X average sequencing depth for target regions and includes analysis for SNP/InDel calling and annotation as well as SNP validation. In addition, BGI Tech provides a dedicated workflow and pipeline addressing cancer study design and challenges, enabling sensitive detection of somatic variants in the presence of tumor heterogeneity.

Yingrui Li, CEO of BGI Tech, stated, “We are pleased to make this extremely accurate platform available to our more than 30,000 customers worldwide and to the global research community. We currently are developing additional applications of this platform, such as transcriptome analysis and genotyping by sequencing, and look forward to announcing their availability soon.”

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