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French Delegation Tours Northern Bioproducts Facilities

Partnership Opportunities To Be Explored

SAULT STE. MARIE - A delegation from the Picardie and Champagne-Ardenne regions of France will be visiting Sault Ste. Marie to tour its northern forestry and bioproducts industries, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"I am confident that this visit will bring many benefits to those involved," Bartolucci said.  "This chance to showcase our region's successes in the bio-based industries will help us generate global partnerships and highlight opportunities for future collaboration that could bring new jobs to Northern Ontario."

Four members of the delegation will be in Sault Ste. Marie from July 16 to18 to visit research institutes and bioproducts organizations in the area.  The delegation, which is exploring partnerships for future forestry and bio-based opportunities, will visit the Ontario Forest Research Institute, the Great Lake Forestry Centre, St. Marys Paper and Flakeboard, and network with other bio-based private sector interests.

"We're on the side of Northern Ontario families who want high-paying, high-skilled jobs for their children," Premier and Minister of Research and Innovation, Dalton McGuinty said.  "Showcasing Ontario and building relationships with our international friends and partners is vital to laying a foundation that will build a stronger, more prosperous Ontario."

"Our government is working to help Ontario companies expand their network on a global scale," Bartolucci said.  "Initiatives such as this showcase Northern Ontario's attributes to international markets and assist with the attraction of international investments through the GO North Investor Program."

The tour is being sponsored by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the Ministry of Research and Innovation, and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Jason Koivisto
Northern Development Advisor
(705) 945-5910



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