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Ontario Mining Equipment And Services Sector Targets The World

Northern Companies To Gain Global Exposure At Peru Mining Exhibit

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is helping ensure the long-term prosperity of the province's mining equipment and services sector by showcasing Ontario companies at a major mining show in Peru, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is excited to help promote our northern mining equipment and services sector and its world-class expertise and technical leadership internationally," said Bartolucci.  "During the last four years we have facilitated the participation of Ontario mining supply companies at trade shows in Western Canada, the USA, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Russia and South Africa. We are reaching around the world to make important connections and create new opportunities for northerners."

Eight Ontario mining supply companies from Sudbury, Noelville, North Bay and Elliot Lake will occupy the Ontario exhibit at EXTEMIN 2007 which runs from September 10 to 14 in Arequipa, Peru.  This is follow up to an incoming mission of 17 Peruvian mining procurement delegates who visited northern equipment suppliers earlier this year as part of a tour organized by the Ontario government.  The biennial show attracts senior mining officials and technical personnel from all over the world and is expected this year to draw over 15,000 attendees and 427 exhibits from 15 countries.

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the North.  Others include:

  • Investing $10 million to establish the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation at Laurentian University
  • Coordinating an Ontario exhibit at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show earlier this year in Orlando Florida
  • Providing $102,500 to the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission to launch a three-year company-to-company matchmaking program for goods and services suppliers seeking business opportunities among Alberta's oil sands developers.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

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