Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

August 09, 2012 12:15 ET

Harper Government Supports Aerospace & Defence Expo at the 50th Abbotsford International Airshow

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2012) - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, provided opening remarks today at the 2012 Abbotsford Aerospace and Defence Expo and met with key western Canadian aerospace, defence and marine stakeholders, reaffirming the Harper Government's commitment to these sectors and their importance to the Canadian economy.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) provided $75,000 to support the Aerospace and Defence Expo, which brings together large international companies with small and medium sized businesses from Western Canada. The Expo features a number of opportunities designed to showcase western Canadian capabilities and facilitate strategic partnerships, including an industry tradeshow, networking opportunities and interactive workshops on various topics.

"Our Government is committed to creating the right conditions that will promote the success of Canada's job-creating businesses and industries," said Minister Yelich. "This Expo will help to create important partnerships that will contribute to the prosperity of the western Canadian aerospace, defence and marine sectors."

Since 2006, WD has made significant contributions to support Western Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, while helping to ensure that western Canadian companies succeed in the competitive global marketplace.

"The City of Abbotsford is very grateful for the support of Western Economic Diversification in hosting the 2012 Aerospace and Defence Expo at the Abbotsford International Airport," said Mayor Bruce Banman. "Abbotsford is committed to developing the aerospace industry in our City and events like the one today are a key component of making that vision a reality."

Western Economic Diversification Canada works to create jobs and economic growth in the western Canadian economy. By promoting new economic opportunities, WD is securing a more diverse and prosperous future for the West while advancing western interests at the national level.

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Contact Information

  • Jerra Byrne
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification

    Jean-Paul Laube
    Business Development Manager
    Abbotsford International Airport
    Cell: 778-908-1405

    Katherine Jeffcoat
    Communications Manager
    City of Abbotsford

    WD Toll-Free Number: 1 888 338-WEST (9378)
    Teletypewriter (TTY): 1 877 303-3388
    Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca