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TEAM CANADA ATLANTIC’S SECOND DAY IN FLORIDA PROMISES TO BE PRODUCTIVE

 

October 31, 2006 - Orlando, Florida (Prince Edward Island version), USA

The 41 companies and organizations participating in the
Team Canada Atlantic trade mission to Florida this week
celebrated the results of day one during the Taste of
Atlantic Canada reception last night.

The Taste of Atlantic Canada reception, held on October 30
at the Renaissance Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, was
an opportunity for the Team Canada Atlantic delegation to
showcase Atlantic Canadian food and seafood products to
U.S. industry leaders and business representatives. Chefs
Kimball Bernard and Linda Hellingman of the Culinary
Institute of Canada presented a menu that featured a
variety of products from AgraWest Foods, Ocean Choice
International, PEI Mussel King Inc., and Mersey Point Fish
Products Ltd.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to helping Atlantic
Canadian companies increase their exports to international
markets through trade missions like Team Canada Atlantic,”
said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency (ACOA). “The Florida market represents tremendous
opportunities for the Atlantic Canadian delegates
participating in this mission.”

“Last evening’s reception was a great chance for Florida
invitees to taste some of the finest Prince Edward Island
food products, which can already be found on menus around
the globe,” said Minister of Development and Technology
Mike Currie. “Today, Prince Edward Island participants are
busy meeting with contacts in the Florida area hoping to
capitalize on potential business opportunities. As
expected, the reports we are hearing are positive.”

Today, Team Canada Atlantic companies will continue to meet
with potential agents, brokers, distributors and strategic
partners in Orlando, Tampa and Miami.

This morning, government officials will take part in a
forum on aerospace and defence in Orlando with industry
stakeholders from Atlantic Canada and Florida stakeholders.
The forum is an opportunity to discuss issues and future
trends in the areas of skills shortages, aerospace and
defence career awareness and pathways, and worker
attraction and retention.

Following the forum is a luncheon hosted by the Canadian
Consulate General in Miami. Federal and provincial
government officials, U.S. CEOs and business leaders will
discuss trade development and partnership opportunities
between Atlantic Canada and Florida.

Senator Donald Oliver is leading this Team Canada Atlantic
trade mission on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay,
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of ACOA.
Provincial ministers are representing the four Atlantic
Canadian provinces. The trade mission is taking place from
October 29 to November 2, 2006, and is a follow-up to the
first Team Canada Atlantic mission to Florida in May 2006.

Team Canada Atlantic is a partnership of ACOA, Agriculture
and Agri-Food Canada, Industry Canada, Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces.
The initiative is committed to strengthening the trade and
investment relationship between Atlantic Canada and the
United States.

Eleven previous Team Canada Atlantic trade missions – to
the New England states, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C.,
and Chicago – have helped 360 Atlantic Canadian
entrepreneurs to meet with close to 3,000 agents and
business owners from across the United States, resulting in
export sales of more than of $37 million.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

The 41 companies and organizations participating in the
Team Canada Atlantic trade mission to Florida this week
celebrated the results of day one during the Taste of
Atlantic Canada reception last night in Orlando. The
networking event showcased Atlantic Canadian food and
seafood products to U.S. industry leaders and business
representatives.

Today, companies will continue to meet with potential
agents, brokers, distributors and strategic partners in
Orlando, Tampa and Miami. Government officials will be
taking part in a forum on aerospace and defence with
industry stakeholders to discuss future trends and current
issues in the areas of skills shortages, aerospace and
defence career awareness and pathways, and worker
attraction and retention.

Team Canada Atlantic is a partnership of ACOA, Agriculture
and Agri-Food Canada, Industry Canada, Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada and the four Atlantic
Provinces.

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Visit www.teamcanadaatlantic.com for more information.





For more information contact:


Liette Lavallée
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-851-3142

Nancy Johnston
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Prince Edward Island Business Development Inc.
902-368-6300



BACKGROUND INFORMATION

List of Participating Companies and Organizations

Delegates’ profiles are available online at
www.teamcanadaatlantic.ca

Nova Scotia

Returning

Burnt Out Solutions Inc. (New Minas); Lunenburg Foundry &
Engineering Ltd. (Lunenburg)

New

Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia
(Halifax); A Palmer Training Ltd. (Fall River); Mersey
Point Fish Products Ltd. (Port Mouton); Lasec Enterprises
Ltd. (Debert); Artifacts in Clay (Chester)


New Brunswick

Returning

Cube Automation (Tracadie-Sheila); New Brunswick Aerospace
and Defence Association (Fredericton); P & E Manufacturing
Ltd. (Bas-Cap-Pelé); Provinent Corporation (Fredericton);
Belledune Port Authority (Belledune)

New

Mariner Partners Inc. (Saint John); Triangle Kitchen
(Dieppe); Al-Pack Enterprises Ltd. (Moncton); Lexi-tech
International (Dieppe); CliniCall Inc. (Saint John);
Fiready Inc. (Clair); Tin Design (Sackville); Estey
Creations (Fredericton)


Newfoundland and Labrador

Returning

Tiller Engineering Inc. (St. John’s); Compusult Ltd. (St.
John’s); MedicLINK (St. John’s); Tacamor (Placentia);
Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology
Industries (St. John’s)

New

Holly Howard Inc. (Conception Bay South); Pixecur
Technologies Inc. (St. John’s); Dynamic Air Shelters (Grand
Bank); Continental Stone Ltd. (St. John’s); Marine
Institute (St. John’s); CCMC (St. John's)


Prince Edward Island

Returning

WebSMB Solutions (Charlottetown)

New


Aerospace Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown); Chandlers
Cabinets & Millwork (Charlottetown); Vision Research Inc.
(Charlottetown); Agrawest Investments (Souris); Ocean
Choice International (Souris); P.E.I. Mussel King (1994)
Inc. (Morell); Cavendish Figurines Ltd. (Borden-Carleton);
Happy Glass (Charlottetown); Where Pigs Fly (Tyne Valley)