Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

September 03, 2013 11:45 ET

Harper Government Helps Increase Western Canada's Exports

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Sept. 3, 2013) - Western Canadian exporters will expand their reach to international markets thanks to a federal investment announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. Through this project, the Government of Canada is partnering with trade organizations and national industry associations in the four western provinces to establish new international markets for western Canadian goods, services and products.

"Western Canada has the natural resources, agricultural commodities and technological expertise to thrive in a trade-driven global economy," said Minister Rempel. "By expanding the reach of Canadian technology innovations and value-added products, we're building a strong, diverse economy and creating long-term prosperity for all Canadians."

Federal funding of $1,128,400 to the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will raise the profile of western Canadian companies participating in international trade shows and export missions. Over a two-year period, STEP and its provincial partners will coordinate participation of companies from across the West at trade shows and conferences in Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and the United States. These trade organizations will help companies entering the international marketplace successfully navigate unfamiliar diplomatic and regulatory channels and link experienced exporters with potential customers.

"The targeted support received from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the combined efforts of the provincial trade agencies involved in today's announcement will provide further opportunities for STEP members to participate in international trade shows where they can market their goods and services to the world," said Lionel LaBelle, President & CEO of STEP. "STEP recognizes the need to carry the Canadian flag and this agreement allows both Saskatchewan and our sister provinces to do so in an effective and cohesive manner. Furthering opportunities for our members is our primary focus."

Exports to these priority markets were identified as having the best potential for growth by the Government of Canada's Global Commerce Strategy and offer western Canadian businesses the greatest opportunity to maximize economic returns.

STEP is a partnership of industry and government which champions Saskatchewan's export industry and assists provincial businesses in realizing global marketing opportunities while finding custom solutions for Saskatchewan exporters.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

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Over the next two years, the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP), in conjunction with other western provincial trade organizations (listed below), will coordinate joint trade missions around the following international trade shows and conferences:

Date Mission/Trade Show Location Mission/Trade Show Description Sector
Nov 13-15/13 Shanghai, China
Food & Hospitality China (FHC) features 1500 exhibitors from 70 countries selling products from the retail, hospitality and food industries. Trade mission will also include meetings with Chinese government officials & qualified importers from other industry sectors. Agriculture, Food & Beverages Environmental Technologies & Manufacturing
Mar 7-11/14 Austin, Texas, USA
South by South West (SXSW) Interactive Incubator for cutting-edge technologies & digital creativity. Showcases the industry's best new websites, video games & start-up ideas. Advanced Technologies & Interactive Media
June 21-24/14 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Institute of Food Technologists Food Expo The largest collection of food ingredients, equipment, processing and packaging suppliers under one roof. Over 10,000 food professionals featuring the latest global food trends. Agri-food ingredients & Agri-food Technologies
Oct 7-10/14 Moscow, Russia
AgroSalon is a specialized exhibition of Russian & foreign agriculture machinery. Established in 2008, it's grown to attract 20,000 visitors, 225 exhibiting companies from 20 countries. Agricultural machinery & Agricultural Technologies
Nov 22-25/14 Chandigarh, India
India's premier biennial agro technology & business fair with 250 exhibitors from 9 countries. Show features business opportunities for technology holders & practical learning experiences. Agriculture Technologies
March 2015 Anaheim, California, USA
Natural Products Expo West "Where doing business just comes naturally" 60,000 industry professionals interact with 3000 exhibitors at the leading trade show in the natural, organic & healthy products industry. Processed Food Products
June 2015 Chile & Peru
International exhibition for Latin American energy mining attracts 1000 exhibitors from 30 countries. Targets business opportunities for coal, equipment, mining, processing & production. Mining Supply & Services

Participating Trade Organizations:

The Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) is a partnership of industry and government which champions Saskatchewan's export industry and assists provincial businesses in realizing global marketing opportunities while finding custom solutions for Saskatchewan exporters.

Contact: Lionel LaBelle, President & CEO

Tel: 306-787-1550

Email: LLaBelle@sasktrade.sk.ca

Manitoba Trade and Investment's (MTI) mission is to help build the Manitoba economy through increased exports and the attraction and retention of direct foreign investment.

Contact: Don Callis, Executive Director

Tel: 204-945-8695

Email: dcallis@gov.mb.ca

Trade and Invest British Columbia (TIBC) is there to help British Columbia companies expand their export potential. BC's strategic location on the West Coast gives local companies a strategic advantage to tap into international markets.

Contact: Klaus Buttner

Ministry of International Trade

Tel: 604-660-3549

Email: klaus.buttner@gov.bc.ca

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