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25 Nov 2013

The Minister's rewarding Philadelphia mission

Minister Lisée seen here with Marc Bain, Vice President, Sales and Operations, and Alexandra Jacques, President, of Lambton Doors.

Minister Jean-François Lisée has returned from a trade mission in Philadelphia where he promoted Québec’s leadership in the fight against climate change by drawing attention to Québec’s outstanding eco-construction and electric transportation sectors.

The Minister accompanied a group of around twenty sustainable construction companies and organizations to the Greenbuild 2013 expo.

"The vitality of Québec's green construction companies is a clear example of how it is possible to combine the fight against climate change with sustainable economic development," stated the Minister.

The companies involved in the mission are already seeing some very positive results since new business relations, potentially worth $3.2 million next year, have been developed with some 35 organizations.

This mission also provided Minister Lisée with an opportunity to meet influential economic and political figures, including Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia. The two men discussed the use of electric vehicles in urban transportation and eco-development and considered the possibilities for an exchange of best practices in these areas between Montreal and Philadelphia.

In the economic sphere, the Minister met with Joseph Casey, General Manager of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), with whom he discussed Québec's electromobility advances and the next generation of SEPTA’s vehicle fleets.

Due to the success of the mission, Minister Lisée announced that Québec will also attend Greenbuild 2014 in Louisiana.

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