Office of the Premier / Business New Brunswick

Eight New Brunswick IT companies to travel to New York (09/05/08)

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May 8, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A two-day trade mission to New York by eight New Brunswick technology companies seeking increased trade will take on May 14 and 15. Premier Shawn Graham and acting minister of Business New Brunswick Jack Keir will lead the mission to one of the largest IT markets in the world.

"Our government's approach to economic development includes an aggressive investment attraction strategy balanced with a strong support of New Brunswick companies," said Graham. "We are pleased to support innovative New Brunswick IT companies as they look for partners in New York. Building our export markets will help us move closer to our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."

Graham and Keir will attend New York University's Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in support of the cities of Moncton and Fredericton, which have been named to the ICF's list of Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world.

Graham and Keir will also host a breakfast and panel discussion for New Brunswick and New York companies on May 14. The panel will focus on New Brunswick's IT strengths and partnership opportunities in New York.

Panel members will include Keir; Ian Cavanagh, Ambir; Sean Adams, Red Ball Internet; Jim White, Alcatel-Lucent; and Rodrigue Savoie, NRC-IIT. The panel will be moderated by Bharat Rao, associate professor of technology management, and director of the technology management program at Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

The New Brunswick companies will attend business meetings organized by Business New Brunswick's matchmaking service, as well as portions of the Intelligent Community Forum, including the awards luncheon on May 15.

"New York is an important market for New Brunswick IT companies, and the eight New Brunswick companies attending this mission realize the opportunity that exists for them," said Keir. "We are determined to position New Brunswick companies to take full advantage of the economic rebound when it happens. This mission will help connect our entrepreneurs with important industry players to sell our skills and our ingenuity to the world. We are proud to support them in these efforts."

The following companies will participate in the trade mission:

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MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-471-5554, e-mail: ryan.donaghy@gnb.ca.

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