Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

February 23, 2010 14:30 ET

Minister of State Lynne Yelich Takes Part in Saskatchewan Day Celebrations at the 2010 Winter Games

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2010) - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification is in Vancouver today to share what makes Canada one of the best places in the world to invest, innovate, work and compete.

Minister Yelich is the official Government of Canada representative for the 2010 Winter Games' Saskatchewan Day. Saskatchewan Day is a celebration to showcase the province's rich culture and talented artists on an international stage. It is also an opportunity to promote trade and investment in Saskatchewan and western Canada. The day was filled with networking events, arts performances and several activities leading up to the evening's Victory Ceremony in Vancouver's B.C. Place Stadium.

"The 2010 Winter Games is an opportunity to showcase Canada's accomplishments and innovations to the world," said Minister Yelich.

This morning, Minister Yelich took part in the Saskatchewan Canola Development kick-off of Saskatchewan Day, and a peer-to-peer networking engagement organized by the Vancouver Economic Development Commission (VEDC). Later this evening the Minister will attend the Saskatchewan Celebration and Victory Ceremony at B.C. Place.

"I'm proud to be here on Saskatchewan Day to take part in the many festivities highlighting what the province and Canada as a whole have to offer," said Minister Yelich.

The Metro Vancouver Commerce 2010 Partnership Investment Program, organized by the VEDC with federal support of more than $800,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada, aims to attract and engage a targeted group of foreign investment decision makers, using the 2010 Olympics as a centerpiece. This Investment Program offers an exciting opportunity for the local business community to demonstrate how British Columbia is an ideal place for business development and investment.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works with the provinces, universities, industry associations, not-for-profit organizations and communities to promote the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and represents the interests of western Canadians in national decision making.

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