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Visit from Canada’s Deputy High Commissioner

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Published: 23/05/2014

Mr Kessel and fellow Canadians Jason Kee, Trade Commissioner and Lee Thornton, Technology Partnership Manager joined the Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Ian Boulton who hosted the visit. The day provided an opportunity to showcase South Gloucestershire’s major employers and higher education establishments to help forge stronger ties between the two countries in the future.

He welcomed the delegation at Parkway Station and took them to visit aircraft manufacturer Airbus, in Filton, followed by a tour of nearby GKN Aerospace. The group then made its way to Emersons Green to visit the National Composites Centre and on the Bristol & Bath Science Park.

Here they were joined by Amanda Deeks, Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire Council, and Bristol and Bath Science Park Chief Executive Bonnie Dean along with other invited guests.

Frenchay was the final destination on the tour with a visit to the Bristol Law School which is based at the University of the West of England.

Cllr Ian Boulton, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “After many weeks of planning it is a genuine pleasure to be able to introduce Mr Kessel and his team to South Gloucestershire. I trust that the conversations he had today may open exciting new opportunities for some of our world class businesses.”

Bonnie Dean, Chief Executive of the Bristol & Bath Science Park, where there are now more than 60 science and technology companies in operation, added: “The Bristol and Bath region is rapidly emerging as a technology hub in the UK to rival some of the most established high tech clusters around the world.

“We’re delighted to have shown the Canadian delegation around the impressive facilities here at the Science Park today. And even more importantly, we were delighted to introduce them to some of our growing community of innovative science and technology related businesses, with a view to forging new partnerships and opportunities for the future.”

Deputy High Commissioner Alan Kessel said: “I’m really pleased to be visiting South Gloucestershire and am looking forward to learning more about the region. Canada and the UK have deep cultural, historical and commercial ties. I am interested to see how we can strengthen those existing relationships and create new ones.”

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