Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

October 13, 2010 09:38 ET

Minister Lebel Looks Into Italian Breakthroughs in Green Building

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC and ROME, ITALY--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today took the opportunity while in the Autonomous Province of Trento, in Italy, to visit the Manifattura Domani Green Technology Park, a competitive cluster and research hub for green building. He also met with Province President, Mr. Lorenzo Dellai, and various members of the business community in order to reinforce partnerships and explore new avenues of cooperation.

Arriving in Italy in the morning, Minister Lebel immediately set off to Trento to visit the Manifattura Domani Green Technology Park. "Last July, I had the pleasure of meeting several representatives from the Trento region in Québec City and I was impressed by all their projects and their dash and drive. Today's visit of the Manifattura Domani project demonstrates yet again that, among other things, the future of wood lies in green building."

Minister Lebel sees the project as a good example of synergy between innovation, sustainable development and economic development. "The construction industry is one of the most important economic sectors in Quebec. It is a lever for major regional industries like the manufacture of wood products. When it comes to adjusting quickly to the new marketplace and the new economic realities, I think green building provides a perfect example; it is certainly a growing niche market."

Minister Lebel also attended a luncheon in the company of Lorenzo Dellai, President of Trento Autonomous Province. "The President and I realized that our countries' respective skills and expertise complement each other and could benefit future green building collaborations," said the Minister.

Building on the Government of Canada's support for the forest sector and communities that have been affected by the downturn in the economy, the Minister is on tour in Europe in order to, among other things, explore development opportunities for Quebec businesses in the French and Italian wood markets.

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