EDC Hosts special delegation

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Martin Pochtaruk (left), President of Heliene Inc., speaks with a visiting senior economic officer.

To promote local trade and investment opportunities and the community’s competitive advantages, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation hosted 30 Provincial Government officials based in offices from around the world this week. Representing the Ministry of International Trade, along with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, these senior economic officers are stationed in various global markets, including China, Brazil, India, United Kingdom, Mexico, France, United States and Canada.

The delegation tours SIS Group.
The delegation tours SIS Group.

“This was an excellent opportunity for our city,” said Mayor Christian Provenzano, who welcomed the delegates at the opening forum on Wednesday. “Having these Provincial economic development officers tour our community and learn about our competitive advantages will help with promoting Sault Ste. Marie on the world stage. I thank them for coming, and I thank the Province of Ontario and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation for coordinating their visit.”

 Mayor Christian Provenzano welcomes the senior economic officers.
Mayor Christian Provenzano welcomes the senior economic officers.

While here, the senior economic officers heard presentations from a number of organizations, including the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and Port of Algoma. With a focus on lean manufacturing (robotics), information and communications technology, and the digital economy, the delegates also toured various businesses and community sites, such as SIS Group, Heliene Canada and Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship. During the forum, local economic development officials and entrepreneurs also had a chance to learn about global business opportunities.

“This visit was a first for Ontario’s senior economic officers located in Canadian embassies and consulates throughout the world,” said Tom Dodds, CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “It was a two-way learning process where we shared our opportunities and competitive advantages, and the visiting trade and investment officials shared theirs. The end result was a common understanding that will generate solid leads for local businesses, many of which are currently being followed up on.”

The visiting delegation attends an information session at Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre.
The visiting delegation attends an information session at Quattro Hotel & Conference Centre.

Leo Tiberi, Executive Lead of the community’s Lottery and Gaming Pursuit Project, was one of the keynote speakers during the forum. “Being able to present to this dedicated team of Ontario’s senior economic officers was a timely and wonderful opportunity to inform, network, build alliances and work together to attract world-class companies to locate in Sault Ste. Marie,” he said.

3 COMMENTS

  1. EDC would be well served….by educating the population of Sault Ste. Marie….about all the wonderful advantages we have….that would entice big world class busnesses here. Convince SOO folks, and you’ll have 50,000 adults…..selling the Sault to family and friends beyond our city limits.
    Until WE are “sold” on our many plus’s…we will always have the nay sayers.

  2. what a waste of tax dollars…yea, the world is going to come to the Sault to locate for what purpose? To punish their employees they have to relocate here from somewhere else? So they can stay in a motel on Grt. Northern Road to get some training they could get in Dubai or Ireland or Las Vegas…boy, how public sector employees can dream using other people’s hard-earned tax dollars…really now…

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