Vancouver firms met with their industry counterparts in China on Wednesday in a series of targeted meetings organized by the Vancouver Economic Commission. The intensive B2B meetings saw Vancouver companies connect to meaningful business opportunities with Chinese investors and strategic partners, which is already leading to mutually beneficial agreements and opening doors for Vancouver-based businesses.
Following the major deal signed on Monday between Vancouver’s Nerd Corps Entertainment and China’s Ciwen Media Group in Beijing, the Shanghai sessions explored lucrative possibilities for Vancouver’s digital animation sector and co-production and investment ventures with Chinese firms.
“The business was so good I lost my voice after eighteen back to back meetings,” said Barry Ward, President of Bardel Entertainment. “The quality of some of the animation studios I met with here was much higher than I expected. Co-production with Chinese companies means I can build my studios up in Vancouver and make products in China that are also going to be successful in the international market. Co-production is a cultural exchange that creates characters, stories and creative content that works for the world.”
Mayor Gregor Robertson is optimistic about the success of these meetings, which will set the stage for further development of Vancouver’s thriving digital and tech sectors:
“Vancouver’s booming digital media and tech sectors are drawing a lot of interest in China, and it’s great to see the opportunities that are emerging,” said the Mayor. “We have top-notch talent in our city that is getting some well-deserved recognition here in Shanghai.”