Five Park companies made their way to Brazil over the past few weeks, as the Latin American country played host to three separate business missions from the region. Two delegations attended international exhibitions, while another worked at recruiting Brazilian students to Atlantic Canada and selling training services.
Alscott Air Systems Limited, Aspin, Kemp & Associates and JASCO Applied Sciences all participated in the Rio Oil and Gas Show from September 17 to 20. V-DOCS and VistaCare Communications embarked on an information and communications technology mission to Futurecom, a trade show and exhibition taking place in Rio de Janeiro from October 8 to 11.
The offshore oil and gas industry is in full expansion in Brazil. A 2011 market study, entitled A Study to Identify Key Sectors of Opportunity for Atlantic Canadian Firms in Brazil, found Atlantic Canadian companies have expertise in many key areas that are in demand in Brazil, including information and communications technology, ocean technology, education and oil and gas technology.
Each of the Burnside companies participating in the oil and gas mission certainly has expertise to offer in these areas. Alscott specializes in the design, supply, installation and commissioning of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) for ships, as well as offshore and onshore oil and gas facilities. The company has a history that dates back to 1956 and has completed HVAC installations in most Canadian-built ships since that time.
Aspin, Kemp & Associates is a systems integration company specializing in developing, manufacturing, installing, maintaining and documenting engineering solutions. The company primarily provides innovative and technically advanced products and services to the marine and offshore oil and gas industries.
And JASCO is part of an international company with more than 25 years experience providing consulting services to the marine industrial, oceanographic, oil and gas, fisheries, defence and IT sectors.
Meanwhile, the Futurecom show offers lots of opportunities for both V-DOCS and VistaCare. V-DOCS provides the mobile industry with premier paperless contract solutions and employs digital signature and contract capture that allows its clients to store agreements and other client-related documents electronically.
VistaCare Communications is a leading commercial technology solutions provider for a wide range of businesses and organizations. The company designs, builds, installs and services all aspects of commercial communications and building security systems, including fibre optics, communication cabling, outside plant construction, audio/video, wireless and site and building security.
In 2011, bilateral trade between Canada and Brazil reached $6.7 billion. That same year, Brazil was Canada's sixth largest foreign investor with $18.6 billion in cumulative investment. Brazil was also the 12th largest recipient of Canadian direct investment abroad, with a total of $9.8 billion in cumulative investment. Exports from Atlantic Canada to Brazil totaled $229 million in 2011.