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June 11, 2012
ATLANTIC CANADA DELEGATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A MAJOR DEFENCE AND SECURITY INDUSTRY EXHIBITION IN PARIS
MONCTON (N.B.) - A delegation of 12 companies and organizations from all four Atlantic provinces is heading to Paris, France to attend Eurosatory 2012, an international exhibition dedicated solely to land-based defence and security. The business mission, which is being led by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), takes place June 11-15, 2012.
“Our government’s top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for ACOA and La Francophonie. “With more than 200 companies, Atlantic Canada’s aerospace and defence industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the region. It is during events such as Eurosatory 2012 that contacts are made and maintained, leading to business opportunities for participating companies and economic growth for the region.”
While at the show, Atlantic delegates will participate in one-on-one business meetings, networking events, market familiarization briefings, and site tours. Delegates will also attend the show’s exhibition, where more than 1,300 exhibitors from 54 countries will showcase their products and services. Delegates from almost 75 countries will be in attendance.
“Our company has had a lot of success working with various clients in Europe and South America, including military clients,” said Barry Kyle, President of Industrial Rubber Company Limited of Bathurst, New Brunswick, one of the Atlantic firms participating in the exhibition. “Eurosatory is a major event for us, as defence industry stakeholders from around the world will be in attendance. We hope to establish contacts that will lead to future business for our company.”
Atlantic Canada’s aerospace and defence companies and organizations employ more than 10,000 skilled and experienced workers, including a wide range of suppliers that provide globally-competitive solutions and support to both military and commercial markets, in Canada and internationally.
The aerospace and defence industry is one of the region’s fastest growing sectors, generating more than $800 million in revenue in 2010.
ACOA, in partnership with the New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association (NBADA), on behalf of the Atlantic Alliance of Aerospace and Defence Associations (AAADA), is organizing the delegation’s attendance at Eurosatory 2012. ACOA is providing $77,900 through the Business Development Program to the NBADA in support of the supplier development initiative.
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A delegation of 12 companies and organizations from all four Atlantic provinces is heading to Paris, France to attend Eurosatory 2012, an international exhibition solely dedicated to land-based defence and security. The ACOA-led initiative takes place June 11-15, 2012.
ACOA Minister Bernard Valcourt said that jobs, growth and long term prosperity are the number one priorities for the Government of Canada. He said that the mission could lead to business opportunities for participating companies and economic growth for the region.
Atlantic Canada’s aerospace and defence industry has more than 200 companies and is one of the fastest growing sectors in the region.
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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