Premier McGuinty Kicks Off Trade Mission in Shanghai
50 Delegates Join Premier’s Fourth Trade Mission to China
Ontario's trade mission delegates will meet as many as 500 Chinese companies over the next week as part of the fourth trade mission to China led by Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The Premier had a productive meeting with Canadian Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques and Rick Savone, Canada's Consul General to Shanghai, discussing his priorities for the mission. He then addressed the 50 delegates, rallying the group for the busy week. The delegates represent 38 businesses, universities and other organizations.
Earlier in the day, the Premier laced up his skates and hit the ice with the Shanghai Thunderbirds, a minor hockey association made up of players aged 7 to 17. Some of the hockey players are the sons and daughters of Canadian business people living in China.
The Premier's final trade mission to China is focused on identifying new opportunities in the agri-food, clean water and clean technology sectors. As China's growth continues to outpace most other countries around the world, Ontario expertise and innovation in these areas are in high demand.
The mission spends its first two days in Shanghai before moving on to Nanjing, Chengdu and Beijing.
- The Premier is joined by Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Innovation and Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
- More than 600,000 Ontarians are of Chinese origin.
- China has the second largest economy in the world, after the United States and is Ontario’s second largest trading partner.
“This mission will build on the success of previous trade missions to China that have helped bring new investments and created thousands of jobs in Ontario. I’m here to help open more doors for Ontario companies so they can meet potential Chinese partners.”