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Ontario Opens Marketing Centre In Japan

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Ontario Opens Marketing Centre In Japan

New International Marketing Centre Attracts Investment And Builds Opportunity for Ontario Families

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today officially opened an International Marketing Centre in Tokyo that will showcase Ontario's skilled workforce and create jobs for Ontario families through increased investment and trade.

"We want to show Japan -- and the world -- the tremendous benefits of investing in Ontario," said Premier McGuinty. "We have highly skilled workers and our companies are the best at what they do. By opening this centre, we are helping create opportunity so Ontario businesses and families can find success."

Economic Development and Trade Minister Joe Cordiano joined Premier McGuinty at the opening of the centre, which is located in the Canadian Embassy.

"Ontario has already attracted significant investments from Japanese companies -- particularly in our automotive sector," Minister Cordiano said. "Through this centre, we can attract even more investment while helping Ontario businesses access the growing Japanese market."

The McGuinty government has established three other International Marketing Centres in New Delhi, London and Los Angeles in the past year. The province also operates centres in Munich, Shanghai and New York that support Ontario companies looking to expand abroad and help foreign investors interested in Ontario.

Premier McGuinty has appointed Robert Ulmer as Ontario's representative in Tokyo. Mr. Ulmer served as a senior executive at Scotiabank and was the Executive-in-Residence for McGill University's MBA Japan Program.

"I know Robert will do an excellent job of promoting Ontario as the best place to invest in North America," said Premier McGuinty. "He can use his extensive skills and experience to connect with our Japanese partners and strengthen our already solid relationship with Japan."

The opening of an International Marketing Centre in Tokyo is the latest example of how the McGuinty government is working on the side of businesses and families to strengthen Ontario's economy.

Other initiatives include:

  • Encouraging strong job creation, with almost 288,000 net new jobs since taking office
  • Helping to generate almost $7 billion in automotive investments that retain and create thousands of high-value jobs
  • Launching a $500 million Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy to help manufacturers develop cutting-edge technologies
  • Investing $6.2 billion in our universities, colleges, student financial assistance and training programs.

"We're investing in our greatest asset -- our people -- because we know that a highly skilled workforce will give us a competitive edge in the new 21st century economy," said Premier McGuinty. "Through our International Marketing Centres, we can show investors around the world that they can find success in Ontario."

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