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The Kanata North Business Association celebrated a significant partnership with the government of the Bahamas last week, marking a new era of technological collaboration and innovation.

The journey towards this partnership began in February 2023, with talks between Hub350 and the Bahamas leading to a formal agreement in March. This accord was celebrated by sending a small team from Hub350 to the Bahamas, a gesture commemorating the beginning of what promises to be a fruitful relationship. The official announcement of the partnership took place this past summer, and last week’s event was a further affirmation of this long-lasting and beneficial association.

His Excellency V. Alfred Gray, the Bahamas High Commissioner, representing The Honorable I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, highlighted the significance of this partnership. 

“Today is a very special day for the Bahamas, and for the Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation. Partnerships are formed almost every day: some social, some business, some combinations of both. But today, the Bahamas and Hub350 have come together to forge a partnership which I believe will work to the benefit of both the Hub and the Bahamas.” 

He praised Hub350, asserting, “Hub350 represents the best in technology and technological innovation,” and declared, “The Bahamas is open for business,” Gray said.

Sir Terry Matthews, in his keynote on innovation and entrepreneurship, challenged attendees to, “Be imperturbable.” 

He confidently projected, “In the next 10 years, we will build a very powerful tech group in the Bahamas. You are a magnet.”

The event also featured Corey Ellis, CEO of Growcers, the Bahamas’ newest tech partner, and Peter Nicholson, Founder & President of WCPD, who shared insights on doing business in the Bahamas.

Distinguished guests included the Barbados Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Gline Clarke, and the Bahamian Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil, His Excellency Dr. Dexter Johnson.

The event underscored not only the potential for technological and entrepreneurial advancement but also the growing interconnectedness of global business communities, with the Bahamas and Kanata’s Hub350 at the forefront of this exciting new chapter.

At the heart of this partnership is Innovate 242, the Bahamas’ answer to Hub350, symbolizing a shared vision for technological progress and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Nahaja Black, the First Secretary and Consul at the High Commission for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the host of the event, captured the spirit of the occasion, stating, “This is the right moment. This is the right time.” 

Written by Melanie Coulson

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