Ben Polley, a Guelph-based green home builder and manufacturer of naturally built portable classrooms, has recently returned from Warsaw as a guest of the Polish government and the European Union. Polley, founder of Evolve Builders Group Inc. and mobEE eco-portables, was hosted at multiple matchmaking meetings between Polish and pan-European environmentally focused suppliers and their invited Canadian counterparts. Polley was one of just 14 participants selected from across Canada for the week-long program, a news release reported.
“I am proud that Evolve was identified as a world-class company, worthy of inclusion in an international trade program. I was also pleasantly surprised with the breadth and extent of foreign business interest in Evolve’s work and real possibilities for trans-Atlantic partnership.”
The 14 delegates met with representatives of the City of Lodz’s Special Economic Zone Chamber of Commerce and toured POLEKO, described as the largest business-t-business trade fair of Eastern European environmental firms.
Polley was among the most popular participants in a series of organized business mixers. European representatives made unsolicited requests to license Evolve’s building and business processes while Polley in turn negotiated prospective distributorships for unique products not currently manufactured domestically.
“I intend to nurture these relationships. Evolve’s future clients will benefit from our having made these important personal introductions with European Passive House and green building suppliers.”