The trade mission to South Korea and Japan will take place Sept.15-23. During the visit, Minister Sigurdson will meet with agri-businesses, government officials and media to discuss investment and trade opportunities for Alberta’s agricultural industry.

“Alberta has a welcoming business climate and commitment to supplying innovative, reliable and safe agricultural products. I’m honoured to be meeting with trade and investment partners in South Korea and Japan. Connecting in person will allow us to strengthen long-standing relationships and explore new business opportunities for Alberta’s world-renowned agricultural industry.”

RJ Sigurdson, Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation

Minister Sigurdson will be joined by two staff. Mission expenses will be posted on the travel and expense disclosure page.

Alberta’s government is committed to working with its national and international partners to advance shared interests that can lead to new opportunities for people and businesses in Alberta and around the world.

Quick facts

  • Japan is Alberta’s third-largest agri-food export market, with exports valued at $1.7 billion in 2022.
  • Alberta’s top exported products to Japan in 2022 included wheat, canola seed and beef.
  • South Korea is Alberta’s fifth-largest agri-food export market, with exports valued at $421 million in 2022.
  • Alberta’s top exported products to South Korea in 2022 included beef, canola oil, pork, wheat and hay.

Itinerary for Minister Sigurdson*

Sept. 15-16

  • Travel to South Korea

Sept. 17

  • Meet with Alberta Korea Office

Sept. 18

  • Meet with Embassy of Canada to South Korea
  • Meet with Korean companies in online food retailing, agri-technology and food processing industries

Sept. 19

  • Meet with Korean investment firm and agri-technology research company
  • Meet with and tour Korean meat retailer
  • Attend Alberta beef-focused promotional event
  • Travel to Japan

Sept. 20

  • Tours and meetings with Japanese grocery retailers and food processors

Sept. 21

  • Tour and meet with Japanese meat plant and distribution centre
  • Meet with meat importer
  • Speak at Canada Beef and Canada Pork conference

Sept. 22

  • Meet with Embassy of Canada to Japan
  • Tour and meet with Japanese food ingredient processor
  • Meet with Japanese industry organization and grain industry leaders

Sept. 23

  • Travel to Alberta

*Subject to change.