Georgia companies interested in doing business with the Canadian government are encouraged to attend a half-day seminar on Wednesday, June 1, at the World Trade Center Atlanta to learn about the government’s procurement process, bid opportunities and marketing tactics.

Presenters at the event include Barry Fournier, an expert on the Canadian government’s procurement process; Joe Fagan, a private consultant who participated in the creation of Canada’s bid information system and Canadian procurement specialist Lucy Latka from the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service office in Ottawa.

The event, which is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is part of a strategy to step up business recruitment efforts in Canada.

The department’s senior program manager for Canadian business recruitment, Bill Dobbs, will be spending two weeks each month in Canada to give investment seminars on doing business with Georgia.

Some 130 Canadian-owned facilities are already in Georgia, providing 8,300 jobs.

Canada is Georgia’s top trading partner with about one-fifth of the state’s total exports, or $4.2 billion in exports going to Canada in 2004. This is almost as much as the combined total value of Georgia exports to the 25 European Union countries.

Georgia products entering Canada include transportation equipment, machinery, computer and electronic products, chemicals, electrical equipment, textile mill products and paper.

For information about the seminar, call Tiana Hardin at (404) 962-4128.