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Promoting Economic Growth In Ontario And Quebec

Private Sector Advisory Committee To Ensure Goals Of Trade Agreement Are Met

Ontario and Quebec have established a committee of private sector leaders, convened today, that will ensure recommendations contained in the joint provincial Cooperation and Trade Agreement promote the long-term economic growth of both provinces.

The Ontario-Quebec Cooperation and Trade Agreement is aimed at creating a prosperous regional partnership that will improve economic and trade activity, environmental protection, energy supply and transportation links.  The ten members of the Private Sector Advisory Committee bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and represent a highly-talented, diverse group of individuals from the private sector, industry associations and academia.

Ontario's members include:

  • Mr. Ian Howcroft, Vice President, Ontario Division, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters;
  • Mr. Iain Klugman, President and CEO, Communitech;
  • Mr. Mark Lievonen, President, Sanofi Pasteur Limited;
  • Professor Bonnie M. Patterson, President and Vice-Chancellor, Council of Ontario Universities; and
  • Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University

Quebec's members include:

  • Mr. Bernard Bélanger, President and CEO, Premier and CEO, Premier Tech Ltd;
  • Ms. Sophie Brochu, President and CEO, Gaz Metro Inc;
  • Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University and President of the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities;
  • Mr. Paul Lévesque, President, Pfizer Canada Inc., and Chairman of the Board, Montreal  Invivo; and
  • Mr. Claude Robert, President and CEO, Groupe Robert Inc.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario and Quebec represent North America's fourth largest economic zone, accounting for 56 per cent of Canada's GDP.
  • Committee members will advise the Ontario-Quebec Ministerial Council on economic cooperation activities with a particular focus on: manufacturing; the creation of innovation corridors in life sciences, optical photonics and clean technology; infrastructure, environmental cooperation; and tourism.
  • Ontario-Quebec bilateral trade in goods is $40 billion annually.

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“Creating this Committee is an important step in our continued efforts to improve the Ontario-Quebec region's business climate, our competitive position within both Canada and worldwide, and our ability to respond to circumstances in our respective provinces. By working collaboratively, Quebec and Ontario will be better positioned to address common economic challenges and highlight shared opportunities for our future success.”

Sandra Pupatello

Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“Quebec-Ontario represent the fourth largest economic zone in North America. In order to become an innovative, enterprising and welcoming economic zone, together we have to develop a real culture of cooperation. The ten members of the Committee bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Committee, and represent a highly-talented, diverse group of individuals from the private sector, industry associations and academia. I would like to congratulate the members of the Committee, both Quebec end Ontario sides, and particularly the two co-presidents that are nominated today - Heather Monroe-Blum and Mark Lievonen.”

Clément Gignac

Québec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade

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