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Economic Development Projects

EcoTactix has completed a wide range of sustainable prosperity, investment attraction and market opportunity projects.  Here is a selection of our past work and clients who relied on our services:

Economic Development Projects

Armstrong/Spallumcheen, British Columbia: Comprehensive Community Marketing and Investment Strategy

North Peace Region: Horticulture Opportunity Analysis and Business Investment Case

District of Kent/Agassiz and Seabird Island Band: Joint Marketing Plan for Tourism and Business/Investment Attraction.

Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development: Investment Attraction Strategy for priority sectors including the identification of community competitive advantage.

City of Quesnel: Investment Attraction Strategy and implementation plan to help diversify the local and regional economy.

Village of Hazelton: Community Marketing Strategy.

Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society: Operational Management and Strategic Advisory Services in its first year of operation.

Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development: Marketing, promotion and business development strategy and action plan for a community-owned fibre optic network.

District of Lillooet: Airport Enhancement Business Case and Feasibility Study.

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development: Business expansion in foreign markets training.

Prince Edward Island Business Development: Export training for small businesses.

Agriculture and agri-food business opportunities in the Baltic States for Canadian companies (client:  Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)).

Foreign market opportunity studies (20 EU and Asia-Pacific countries) for bio-based product and services companies (client: Canadian Biotechnology Strategy Secretariat).

Plant and bio-based products and services opportunities in the European Union, Korea, Brazil and Japan for Canadian firms (client: DFAIT).

Clayoquot Sound food security and traditional foods production and harvesting (Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations) education and training project (client: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Clayoquot Biosphere Trust).

Agriculture and agri-food sectors analysis of Alberta, Canada, United States, European Union and China (client: Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development (OICRD)).

Attracting U.K.-based agriculture and agri-food companies and investors to Olds, Alberta (client: OICRD).

Attracting American-based agriculture and agri-food companies and investors to Olds, Alberta (client: OICRD).

Attracting Chinese-based agriculture and agri-food companies and investors to Olds, Alberta (client: OICRD).

Attracting Dutch-based agriculture and agri-food companies and investors to Olds, Alberta (client: OICRD).

Industry Canada: foreign market opportunities for Canadian biotechnology firms; and

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency: Business growth through exporting seminars.

 

Industry and Sector Projects

With a strong background in international trade and competitive intelligence, EcoTactix has completed many trade and investment studies for government departments and agencies in Canada, the United States and Italy, as well as private sector clients.

Specific Industry and Sector Projects

Agriculture

Long-term International Markets Strategy for the British Columbia Blueberry Council

EcoTactix researched and analyzed multiple foreign markets and multiple foreign competitors to deliver a comprehensive strategy for export priorities, identify potential economic, environmental and regulatory threats, and to identify potential partners to support the Council's export goals.

Agritourism Strategy for Lillooet, St’at’imc First Nations and Electoral Area B of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

EcoTactix/PureFood BC  developed a comprehensive Agritourism Strategy for the Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society to promote the regional market to visitors, promote existing agritourism businesses, support the sustainable growth of new agritourism ventures and develop greater market access for regional agritourism products and services.   This project required extensive market research in regional and provincial agriculture and agrifood trends and forecasts.

Foreign Direct Investment Strategy for Quesnel, British Columbia

On behalf of its client, the Quesnel Community Economic Development Corporation (QCEDC) EcoTactix/PureFood BC completed market research and analysis of the City’s sector strengths based on traditional assets and evolving market and industry conditions. It identified high opportunity sectors and developed a strategy for attracting investment from the US and specific European countries.  Agriculture and agrifood sub-sectors were included in this strategy and investment attraction sector profiles were developed to promote Quesnel to companies and investors in the priority markets.  These included:

  • Agrifood Processing Opportunities in Quesnel for US, European Union and Asian firms and foreign direct investors;
  • Crop Production Opportunities in Quesnel for US, European Union and Asian firms and foreign direct investors;
  • Greenhouse Opportunities in Quesnel for US and Dutch firms and foreign direct investors.

Agriculture and Agrifood Sectors Analysis of Alberta, Canada, United States, European Union and China

This multi-sector, multi-market research and analysis project was conducted for the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development (OICRD) in Olds, Alberta. It was a significant component of a larger “High Opportunity Sector Identification for Foreign Direct Investment” project.  EcoTactix/PureFood BC analyzed the domestic market, including provincial and regional strengths, and identified priority target markets and sectors to which Olds could be promoted.  These included the US, UK, the Netherlands and China.  EcoTactix/PureFood BC also developed strategies and investment profiles for:

  • Attracting U.K. agriculture and agrifood companies and investors to Olds;
  • Attracting American agriculture and agrifood companies and investors to Olds;
  • Attracting Chinese agriculture and agrifood companies and investors to Olds; and
  • Attracting Dutch agriculture and agrifood companies and investors to Olds.

Management Consulting and Market Development Services to the Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society

EcoTactix/PureFood BC provided operational and governance advisory services to this new non-profit organization, with an emphasis on increasing the viability of the agricultural sector in the Lillooet region, promoting the “Lillooet Grown” brand and improving provincial market access for local producers.

Marketing and Communications Materials for Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society

EcoTactix/PureFood BC developed a suite of marketing communications materials for this new non-profit organization, including:  banners, brochures, flyers, postcards, branding labels, and subscriber-based newsletter service.

Market Analysis of the Specialty Foods Industry in the United States

This market intelligence study was delivered to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) for the purpose of identifying specialty food opportunities for export-ready Canadian firms interested in the US market.  The study comprised both an economic and geographic analysis of the US specialty food industry, including specialty food trends, as well as recommendations on market entry in specific sectors and geographic areas.  It also identified key domestic and foreign competitors, sector support systems and potential partners in the US for Canadian specialty food exporters.

Market Analysis of the Food Industry in Brazil

This market intelligence study was delivered to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) for the purpose of identifying food opportunities for export-ready Canadian firms interested in the Brazilian market.  The study comprised both an economic and geographic analysis of Brazil’s food industry, including specialty food trends, as well as recommendations on market entry in specific sectors and geographic areas.  It also identified key domestic and foreign competitors, sector support systems and potential partners in Brazil for Canadian food exporters.

Agriculture and Agrifood Business Opportunities in the Baltic States for Canadian Companies

This market intelligence study was delivered to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) for the purpose of identifying agriculture and agrifood sector, sub-sector and segment opportunities for export-ready Canadian firms interested in the markets of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.  The study comprised both an analysis of the opportunities in each country and recommendations on market entry in specific sectors and geographic areas.  It also identified key domestic and foreign competitors, sector support systems and potential partners in the Baltic States for Canadian exporters.

Foreign Market Strengths and Competitiveness Analysis (20 EU and Asia-Pacific countries) Bio-based Product and Services

We completed a comprehensive analysis and report of national industry strengths as well as national policies, programs and priorities to support innovation and growth in bio-based products and services industries for CBAC and CBSS.

Plant and Bio-based Products and Services Opportunities in the European Union, Korea, Brazil and Japan for Canadian firms for DFAIT

We delivered multiple studies outlining export opportunities for Canadian firms offering bio-based products and services in multiple markets.

Clayoquot Sound Food Security, Nutrition and Agrifood/Wild Food Production and Harvesting

We designed and delivered research and analysis of opportunities and managed an education and training project for Tofino, Ucluelet and five Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations in Clayoquot Sound.

Business Growth through Exporting Seminars

EcoTactix/PureFood BC prepared and delivered to export-readiness seminars in Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward Island on behalf of Prince Edward Island Business Development and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).  The seminars included sessions on conducting market research in domestic and foreign markets, as well as identifying credible, evidence-based information sources. The bulk of the participants were small business owners in the agriculture and agrifood sectors.

Team Canada Inc. (published in various industry association, business and government web sites and information portals like www.about.com).

EcoTactix/PureFood BC wrote 88 business articles on exporting, market research, competitive intelligence, market entry strategies, international trade and market research for Team Canada Inc.  These articles were published in various Canadian business publications, as well as government and industry web sites focused on international business.

Biotechnology

EcoTactix conducted a comparative analysis of biotechnology industry strength in more than 20 European and Asian countries, as well as a competitive analysis of sectoral advantages for Canadian firms for the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee.

Clean Energy and Clean Technology

EcoTactix delivered a Market Intelligence Report on the Alternative and Renewable Energy Sector, including solar energy, in Australia for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

EcoTactix produced a competitive analysis of the Environmental Industry in the New England States, including solar energy, for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

EcoTactix researched and analyzed various segments of the environmental industry, including:  Air Pollution Control, Hazardous Waste Management, Solid Waste, and Water and Waste Water to identify market opportunities for Canadian businesses. 

EcoTactix delivered a Market Intelligence Study on Water and Wastewater Treatment opportunities in New Zealand for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Energy

EcoTactix delivered a Market Intelligence Study on the Oil and Gas Industry in New Zealand for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Fiber Optics and Photonics

EcoTactix conducted an analysis of, and made recommendations regarding investment opportunities in the photonics/fiber optics sector for a private investor.

Retail Electronics

EcoTactix was hired by the U.S. Department of Commerce to analyze operational issues and make recommendations for market penetration for big box retailer seeking entry into the Canadian market.

Telecommunications

EcoTactix researched and reported on reasons for a Fortune 500 firm's loss of senior research and scientific staff to start-ups.

Transportation

EcoTactix research and analyzed opportunities in the New England states for Canadian firms providing good and services in diverse transportation sub-sectors sectors.