Feb. 6, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Seven New Brunswick companies will join a business delegation of the Council of Atlantic Premiers in Calgary, Alta., on Feb. 8-9 to promote the region's world-class expertise, high-quality products and services, and innovative companies.
The business delegation includes Premier Shawn Graham, Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz, Nova Scotia Attorney General and Minister of Justice Cecil Clarke, and Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development Shawn Skinner.
"I am proud to join my Atlantic colleagues on this mission," said Graham. "It will be a wonderful opportunity for our New Brunswick companies to build on existing relationships with Alberta businesses, to open new doors, form new partnerships, and find new ways for our province to support Alberta's oil projects and other sectors."
The companies include metal fabricators, engineering firms, quality-assurance consultants, mechanical manufacturers, and others. Many of them have existing business relationships with Alberta suppliers.
The mission will focus on strengthening and enhancing trade partnerships between the Atlantic provinces and Alberta, and showcasing how quickly and efficiently companies in Atlantic Canada can supply needed goods and services. The mission will also illustrate how governments and businesses can work together in the current global economic environment.
"We are confident that our New Brunswick-based companies are able to respond to the challenges of the times," said Graham. "We believe that our businesses can provide Canadian-made solutions to the Alberta oil industry's supply-chain challenges. They deliver quality craftsmanship at competitive prices."
The Council of Atlantic Premiers was formed in 2000 to promote collaboration between the four Atlantic provinces on economic development, trade, economic and social co-operation, and joint promotion of the interests of Atlantic Canadians. It is also intended to give Atlantic Canada a voice on the national political stage, advancing key trade and investment priorities.
Previous missions to Toronto in November 2004, Calgary in November 2005, and Edmonton and Fort McMurray in January 2007, have been successful in promoting long-term trade and investment opportunities for the Atlantic region.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of participating companies follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Deborah Nobes, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-444-3323, e-mail: email@example.com.
New Brunswick companies participating in the Alberta trade mission