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Canada’s First Women-only Virtual Business Mission to Taiwan 2021

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is pleased to announce that it will lead, with strong support from the private and public sectors, Canada’s First Women-only Virtual Business Mission to Taiwan March 1-2, 2021.  

The mission’s two-day public conference will be held in the global lead-up to the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021. Following the successes of its Women-only Business Mission to Japan (2019) and Virtual Mission to South Korea (2020), APF Canada will continue supporting women entrepreneurs in Canada to diversify and expand trade opportunities into Asia Pacific markets.
The Taiwan mission will focus on improving the health of people and the environment by showcasing innovative industry solutions in sectors where both Canada and Taiwan have priorities, including, but not limited to: Biotechnology, clean technology, agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing, smart cities, and digital health technology.

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WHERE: Taiwan, virtually.

WHAT: While a virtual model cannot fully replace the value of an in-market mission, this Mission will feature similar components, including a two-day conference with high-level speakers from Canada and Taiwan, personalized business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking for the 20 official delegates, and networking opportunities for attendees.

WHEN: March 1 & 2, 2021 with delegate pre-mission training on February 8 and 15, 2021.

WHO: This exciting mission offers opportunities to women-identifying entrepreneurs (owners or those leading Canadian SMEs) looking to grow their businesses by accessing Taiwan’s market. Companies in science, technology, engineering, and other sectors that are traditionally under-represented by women will be prioritized for the mission. Selection of delegates will be conducted through a competitive process.  

WHY: Taiwan boasts the 20th largest economy in the world by GDP and is the world’s largest exporter of computers and computer equipment. Taiwan promotes the development of several innovative industries that are also actively supported by Canadian industrial policy. Prominent areas of overlap include: Biotechnology, clean technology, agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing, smart cities, and digital health technology.
As a gateway to Asia, Taiwan is uniquely positioned to facilitate growth and expansion both domestically and within the surrounding region. Taiwan consistently has the lowest level of gender-based economic inequality in Asia. With 38.6% of all Taiwanese SMEs led by women and a labour force participation rate of 91.8% amongst young women, the Taiwanese economy represents a progressive and dynamic destination for Canadian women looking to expand their business into the Asia Pacific.

FOCUS: The mission is focused on promoting women entrepreneurs in science and technology sectors that promote healthy living and a clean environment, so we can work together to improve health and environmental outcomes, while leveraging commercial growth opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs.

The key objectives of the mission are:

  1. To mutually showcase technology innovations in Canada and Taiwan in the areas of bioscience and biotechnology, clean technology, agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing, smart cities, and digital health technology

  2. To provide networking opportunities for Canadian women in business with counterparts in Taiwan

  3. To provide an opportunity to share insights and best practices on women’s economic advancement  

  4. To facilitate business partnerships between delegates and Taiwanese counterparts

To apply to be a delegate, please review our eligibility requirements and submit an application.

We have extended the deadline for applications until midnight EST, January 29, 2021 to ensure an inclusive and diverse representation of Canadian women entrepreneurs.


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For inquiries, please contact:
A.W. Lee, PhD
Program Manager
Diversity and Inclusive Growth Strategy for
Women Entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Toronto
205-375 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2J5