Ontario and China strengthen partnership
Premier Dalton McGuinty led a highly successful trade and investment mission to China to promote the province's environmental technologies and build on Ontario's strong relationship with China.
While in China, the following agreements and contracts were signed:
- Tempo International Group is making a multi-million dollar investment in Ontario, creating or preserving 175 permanent full-time jobs in the auto parts manufacturing industry.
- Canada Menergy Corporation signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hexi New Town of Nanjing City to provide geothermal systems, technology and consulting services for five projects.
- Canada Menergy Corporation and Greentown Real Estate Group signed a strategic cooperation agreement to use Menergy geothermal energy technologies in future projects, including the Nanjing Rose Garden. It's a 10,000 square metres development with more than 150 villas.
- ICAN International Inc. (a Menergy Corporation partner company) is constructing a 180,000 square-metre commercial, office and hotel centre in Nanjing.
- Canadian Windfields and Wuhan Liren signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Wuhan Liren to build and operate a demonstration biomass power generation plant in Ontario at its own expense. Ownership of the plant will be transferred to Canadian WindFields under a build, own and transfer transaction. Wuhan Liren will also invest in a manufacturing plant in Ontario to manufacture its biomass power generation systems.
- China Nonferrous Metals Exploration Company and Beijing Donia Resources have agreed to raise capital to explore base and precious metal deposits in Northern Ontario.
- Electrovaya is entering into a MOU with Chana International Corporation to develop zero-emission electric vehicles for the North American urban car market. Chana is one of the most renowned carmakers in China with headquarters in Chongqing. Electrovaya is a global innovator of lithium Ion SuperPolymer® Battery Systems for clean transportation applications with headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.
- Electrovaya is entering into a MOU with GuangZhou Lange Electric Equipment Co. Ltd. for battery equipment. GuangZhou Lange is a specialty equipment manufacturer with headquarters in GuangZhou.
- Electrovaya is entering into a MOU with Shandong Shifeng Group Co. Ltd. to develop zero-emission electric vehicles for the North American and global specialty truck market. Shandong Shifeng is a specialized manufacturer of light trucks with headquarters in Shandong.
- JNE has established a relationship with one of the major steel mills in the U.S. and Canada to build a coke plant in Mexico. JNE's agreement with China Metallurigical Group (MCC) utilizes MCC's skilled workers, lower plant construction costs and experience in the steel industry.
- PCI Geomatics Enterprises Inc. and the National Geomatics Centre of China signed a letter of agreement to examine new ways, using high resolution satellite based imagery and new algorithms, to determine the impact on the environment of rapid urbanization and sprawl for the city of Tianjin.
- PCI Geomatics Enterprises Inc. and the Centre for Earth Observation and Digital Earth signed a letter of agreement to proceed to the first phase of jointly creating a service to automatically generate critical information on environmental change and disaster assessment using space-based earth observation technology.
- Sparton Resources Inc. signed contract agreement with Number 4 Institute of the China National Nuclear Corporation for the construction of a bulk sample plant to extract uranium from radioactive waste coal ash using Sparton's patented technology. The agreement will also provide for the future construction of a commercial sized plant to clean up the radioactive wash ash in the Lincang area of Yunnan.
- Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and Fudan University (Shanghai, China) signed an MOU to establish a joint Fudan-Queen's Network for Environment and Sustainability Research.The Network will foster cooperation by Queen's and Fudan researchers to explore complex issues in a wide range of fields related to achieving sustainable development in China.
- McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) and the Beijing Language and Culture University, with the financial assistance of Hanban (the office of Chinese Language Council International) are establishing the Confucius Institute for Culture, Language and Business at McMaster University.
- An agreement between secondary institutions in Ontario and Jiangsu to provide a framework for enhanced post-secondary student mobility between Ontario and Jiangsu, in accordance with the Ontario-Jiangsu Friendship MOU, signed in 2005.
GOVERNMENT AND CULTURAL AGREEMENTS
- An MOU between the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Jiangsu Environmental Protection Department to Strengthen Friendly Exchanges and Cooperation with respect to Environmental Protection and Environmental Management. The agreement conveys an understanding between the two parties to work cooperatively to increase environmental protection and awareness in each province's jurisdiction and the exchange of scientific information.
- An MOU between the Royal Ontario Museum and Nanjing Museum to work together to develop programs of benefit to both parties, including the development of joint research projects, exhibitions and the exchange of scholars and educational materials.
- Ontario's Ministry of International Trade and Investment and the Investment Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China signed an agreement affirming their existing cooperative relationship in two-way investment promotion.
- An MOU between Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China. The MOU is to develop a mutual understanding of shared issues and concerns of the governments and citizens of Ontario and the People's Republic of China as they relate to research, innovation and commercialization. And also to explore mechanisms to promote scientific, technological and industrial research and commercialization cooperation between Ontario and the People's Republic of China.