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Join us for an information regarding the mission on Thursday, January 25th from 3:00pm – 3:30pm AST! Click here to register for the webinar. 

Mission Overview

WHAT: The Smart Grid Innovation Network Canada (SGIN) and Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) are partnering to offer a diverse program and collaborate on a learning and trade mission to the EU.

WHERE: France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Sweden

WHEN: March 18-26, 2024 (with options)

TO INCLUDE: This week+ long mission will include options to attend:

  • BIOKET Conference in Reims, France
  • Smart energy site visits to EnergyVille, in Genk, Belgium
  • Research, Development, Innovation and Collaboration clusters including VITO (co-located with EnergyVille in Genk, Belgium) and TWEED in Liège, Belgium
  • Site visit to the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands
  • Gothenburg, Sweden and RISE Research and Innovation Partner with a focus on Bioeconomy, Energy, Building Construction, Built Environments and Batteries (may include an additional site visit in Stockholm)

We are also exploring additional sites that would be of interest to those in the energy, cleantech, and bioeconomy space.

This mission is a uniquely collaborative and tailored event for Canadian organizations seeking to understand the European market, explore trade and partnership opportunities, and network with like-minded leaders in the Benelux and Nordic regions.

This is a jointly coordinated mission given the collision of opportunities that cross the spectrum of energy, electrification, decarbonization and bioeconomy pillars. As a result, we anticipate significant cross collaborations.

  • Partner and prospect identification (identify potential clients or partners, establish business and/or research connections)
  • Knowledge gathering (engage with opportunities and share learnings, strengthen relationships)
  • Market research (identify potential opportunities, market dynamics, competition, risks associated with new business environment)
  • Relationship building (conduct f2f meetings with potential partners/clients, explore new relationship opportunities)
  • Trade show and conference (network at a conference, learn about industry developments)

*The site visits will depend on delegate interest, however, we are currently exploring the following options and seeking your input:

  • Receive pre-mission support and information to prepare for in-market activities
  • Benefit from a dedicated mission agenda, and logistics support
  • B2B assistance (regional Canadian trade commissioners)
  • Networking Reception & Business Development Opportunities
  • Market Intelligence and Site Visits
  • Partial travel funding support for SMEs* and additional funding for NGOs

Participation in any of the listed agenda opportunities is completely voluntary. Costing for participants is based on category:

*BIOKET Conference: Registration for BIOKET will be supported at a discounted rate through a third partner organization Innovation Development Trois Riviere. If you are interested in attending BIOKET please contact Meaghan Seagrave (mseagrave@bincanada.ca) for the discount procedure.

For Canadian SMEs, there is funding support through SGIN that will cover:

  • 50% of airfare (up to a maximum)
  • 50% of conference registration
  • Up to $200 a day for 5 days for per diems (hotel, food, etc.)

For NGOs there is funding support through BIC that will cover:

  • Travel and accommodations (Max. Value $5,000 CDN) per organization
  • Please note: NGO funding is first-come, first-serve, with a maximum allocation of 7 participants.

To express your interest in joining this mission, please complete the form below:


Questions? Please reach out to Jenn Bowes –  jenn@sgin.ca.

The opportunity for the Smart Grid Innovation Network Canada to lead this mission was made possible thanks to CanExport Associations Funding which is provided by the Trade Commissioner Service of the Government of Canada.