Ontario Government Continues Working With Manufacturing Industry To Build Linkages With Alberta's Energy Sector

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Ontario Government Continues Working With Manufacturing Industry To Build Linkages With Alberta's Energy Sector

Registration Now Open For 2008 National Buyer/Seller Forum In Edmonton TORONTO, Nov. 14 - The Ontario government is entering the next phase of its oil sands initiative to strengthen east-west partnerships between Ontario's manufacturing industry and Alberta's energy sector, said Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello today. "Ontario companies have demonstrated they have the expertise, capacity and quality to add value to Alberta's oil sands supply chain," said Pupatello. "Building lasting partnerships takes long-term commitment and we look forward to continuing our outreach with the manufacturing and energy industries to build on our successes so far." The province is supporting three new initiatives of interest to companies seeking to strengthen their east-west supply chain: 2008 National Buyer/Seller Forum - Edmonton, March 25 to March 27, 2008 Registration is now open for the 2008 National Buyer/Seller Forum, the foremost event for oil sands procurement. More than 130 Ontario manufacturers participated in the 2007 event resulting in new contracts and business leads. In addition to the networking opportunities offered by the forum, the Ontario government is organizing a series of companion workshops and seminars to assist Ontario delegates in optimizing their oil sands business development. For further details of the forum, including registration information, please visit: www.nationalbuyersellerforum.ca Ontario government/Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) oil sands partnership The Ontario government is strengthening its longstanding relationship with CME by partnering with the organization in the next phase of the oil sands initiative. CME will leverage its industry contacts and expertise to help match Ontario suppliers with Alberta buyers. Support services, including marketing advice and guidance on supply chain development, will be provided to companies free of charge. Companies interested in expanding their east-west supply chain are encouraged to contact CME as follows: - Alberta companies: Ron Subramanian, Director, Business Development, Alberta Division, ron.subramanian@cme-mec.ca - Ontario companies: Stephen Rach, Director, Oil Sands Partnerships, Ontario Division, stephen.rach@cme-mec.ca - Both Mr. Subramanian and Mr. Rach can also be reached via CME's dedicated oil sands hotline 1-877-241-3649 (toll free). Contact Info Searchable database of Ontario manufacturers and suppliers A new online searchable database provides Alberta buyers with detailed information on almost 300 Ontario manufacturers with energy sector supply capabilities. Company profiles include information on products and services and industry certifications. The database is provided free of charge to Ontario companies and industry buyers. To access the database, or to upload an Ontario company profile, please visit: www.ontariocanada.com/oilsands (click on Directory of Ontario Suppliers). "Ontario manufacturers have the core competencies that Alberta companies are seeking and outsourcing within Canada offers significant economic and logistical advantages for western buyers," said CME President Jayson Myers. "This initiative plays an important role in advising Ontario suppliers about the specialized procurement requirements of the energy sector and aligning these areas of mutual interest." More information about the Ontario government's oil sands initiative is available at: www.ontariocanada.com/oilsands Disponible en français www.ontariocanada.com For further information: Valérie Poulin, Minister Pupatello's Office, (416) 325-6907; Neil Trotter, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6716 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Valérie Poulin, Minister Pupatello's Office, (416) 325-6907; Neil Trotter, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6716