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ATLANTIC CANADA TRADE DELEGATION TO ATTEND BOSTON SEAFOOD SHOW

 

February 20, 2008 - Halifax, Nova Scotia

Atlantic Canadian shippers and equipment manufacturers will
be in Boston, Massachusetts, from February 24-26 to build
trade relations with international buyers at the annual
Seafood Processing America Show. The Honourable Peter
MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and the
Honourable Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Economic Development
for Nova Scotia, today announced a combined federal and
provincial investment of $60,000 to support this pan-
Atlantic trade mission.

“The Government of Canada is providing opportunities for
exporters in Atlantic Canada to diversify and increase
their export activity,” said Minister MacKay. “Through this
federal investment of $42,000, our government is helping
Atlantic Canadian companies access the training and support
they need to grow and prosper, both here and around the
world. Exporting is one of the region’s leading engines of
economic growth.”

“Nova Scotia is one of the leading exporters of seafood in
Canada valued at $974 million in 2006,” said Minister
MacIsaac. “Supporting trade missions like the Seafood
Processing America Show, are essential to further promote
and cultivate the province’s seafood industry.”

This trade mission to the Seafood Processing America Show
will offer participating companies access to a variety of
networking and marketing activities to enhance their export
sales and expand their markets. The three-day international
event highlights the new technologies and trends in seafood
production, from primary processing and packaging to
transportation and quality control. The Atlantic Canadian
delegation is comprised of seven goods and services
providers to the region’s seafood and aquaculture industry,
including building, storage and processing equipment
manufacturers, and major land, sea and air shippers.

Financial assistance for the delegation’s participation in
the Seafood Processing America Show is provided through the
Canada/Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International
Business Development. This federal-provincial agreement is
designed to help businesses enter, explore and succeed in
international markets. Federal support for this project is
$42,000, with the four provincial governments contributing
a total of $18,000.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

ACOA Minister Peter MacKay and Minister of Economic
Development for Nova Scotia Angus MacIsaac, today announced
$60,000 to support a trade mission to Boston,
Massachusetts, where a delegation of Atlantic Canada
manufacturing and shipping firms will attend the Seafood
Processing America Show from February 24 to 26.

The three-day international event highlights new
technologies and trends in seafood production. The mission
to Boston will provide participating companies with a
variety of networking and training opportunities to enhance
their export readiness and strengthen their trading
relationships.

Funding was provided through the Canada/Atlantic Provinces
Agreement on International Business Development, a
federal/provincial agreement that helps Atlantic Canadian
businesses enter, explore and succeed in international
markets.

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INFORMATION:

Diana Zandberg
Director of Communications
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-851-2132

Lisa Bond
Marketing Communications Specialist
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
902-222-5835


MEDIA BACKGROUNDER

Following is the list of the Atlantic Canadian companies
and organizations participating in the ACOA-led trade
mission to the 2008 Boston Seafood America Processing Show:

New Brunswick

Coast Line Division of Midland Transport Limited (Dieppe)
- Trucking services

Greater Fredericton Airport Authority (Lincoln)
- Air cargo service, warehousing/storage

Nova Scotia

AVKA Group North America (Halifax)
- Aquaculture technology, cage and feed equipment

BioNovations Inc. (Antigonish)
- Building, storage, packaging, refrigeration, freezing and
related equipment, shipping and handling

Inventive Marine Products Inc. (Bedford)
- Building, storage and processing equipment

Port of Halifax (Halifax)

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown Metal Products (Charlottetown
- Seafood processing, ethanol, biodiesel processing
equipment