Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

August 12, 2011 13:00 ET

Minister of State Lynne Yelich Promotes Western Businesses at Abbotsford International Airshow

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2011) - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, is attending the Abbotsford International Airshow today to meet with key industry stakeholders and reaffirm the Government of Canada's commitment to supporting Western Canada's strong and vibrant aerospace and defence sector.

Western Economic Diversification Canada provided $15,500 in funding to support business development activities at the Airshow targeted at western Canadian small-and medium-sized enterprises, including meetings with key stakeholders, networking opportunities and information sessions on a variety of topics such as Industrial and Regional Benefits.

"Events like this provide excellent opportunities for representatives of industry, government and not-for-profit organizations to share knowledge and insights," said Minister Yelich. "In the West, this sector is a dynamic and vibrant one, and our Government is committed to ensuring that these Canadian companies have the means to succeed in today's competitive global environment."

Since 2006, WD has contributed more than $37 million towards supporting Western Canada's aerospace and defence industries. This includes initiatives to improve productivity and innovation, as well as develop aerospace technology and equipment. To help promote Western Canada's expertise and capabilities in this sector, Minister Yelich led a WD delegation to the International Paris Air Show in June.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works with the provinces, industry associations and communities to promote the development and diversification of the western economy, coordinates federal economic activities in the West and advances the interests of western Canadians in national decision making.

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.

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