VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 4, 2013) - Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, welcomed participants to Western Canada's Shipbuilding Symposium, demonstrating the Harper Government's ongoing commitment to strengthening the West's shipbuilding industry.
"Today's Symposium, which is an integral part of Western Canada's Shipbuilding Action Plan, is just one of the many ways we are connecting small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with new business opportunities," said Minister Yelich. "Through events like these, we are providing businesses with the information they need to take advantage of key opportunities in the shipbuilding industry."
Western Canada's Shipbuilding Symposium: Get On Board the Supply Chain, hosted by Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), aims to educate participants about the Harper Government's defence-related procurement process, specifically for projects under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). This event allows for SMEs in attendance to meet with prime contractors and other stakeholders under the Strategy and make valuable business connections. The Symposium builds on the success of the Western Canada Shipbuilding Summit, which WD hosted in May 2012.
Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and for Western Economic Diversification, will deliver closing remarks at the end of the day.
"Our Government's first priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Parliamentary Secretary Saxton. "The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is supporting Canadian jobs and industries, while bolstering our economy by building ships right here in Canada."
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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