This was a wonderful opportunity to tour Virginia and the Hamptons with the Canadian Embassy. Khal is quoted in that year's publication.
Virginia’s modeling and simulation industry is attracting Canada’s attention. For the second consecutive year, the “Partners in Technology” TradeMission, a delegation representing more than 20 Canadian modeling and simulation firms from eight provinces across Canada, visited HamptonRoads September 15-18 to meet with Virginia modeling and simulation representatives. The goal? To develop potential partnerships for business development in the Commonwealth.
"The number of participating Canadian companies has doubled sincelast year—a great indicator that Canada recognizes Hampton Roads asone of the fastest-growing hubs for modeling and simulation in the UnitedStates, and the value of a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Governor Kaine.
The delegation attended the MODSIM World Conference in VirginiaBeach, during which VEDP presented at a workshop designed especially for the delegation that discussed doing business in Virginia. The group Canada Looks to Virginia for M&S Partnershipalso met with Virginia industry leaders such as Lockheed Martin, BreakAway, PSI International and CAE USA.
The delegation visit was organized by the Embassy of Canada Trade Commissioner’s office in Washington, D.C., with the assistance of VEDP and the executive planning committee of the MODSIM World 2008Conference and Expo.Khal Shariff, CEO of Project Whitecard, a Canadian company that specializes in interactive, immersive environments for simulation, trainingand education, participated in both “Partners in Technology” trade missions.
"It is a great opportunity to experience the American market first-hand and meet companies and institutions with similar goals,” he said. “Our participation helped us establish a relationship with a similar Virginia company and opened our eyes to the fact that Americans are very welcoming to our creative ideas and approaches."
Canada was Virginia’s No. 1 export market in 2007 with exports via Virginia valued at $2.76 billion.