Mission by Minister Jean-François Lisée to Pennsylvania - Positive spin-offs and useful meetings in the areas of green building and transportation electrification

Québec City, November 22, 2013 - Jean-François Lisée, the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade (MRIFCE) today ended a two-day trade mission to Philadelphia during which he promoted Québec’s leadership in the fight against climate change by promoting the Québec bio-construction and transport electrification sectors.

The Minister, who accompanied some twenty representatives of Québec companies active in the green building sector to the green building expo, Greenbuild 2013, applauded the success of the Québec showcase. The positive spin-offs for the companies were not long in coming. Some 35 new business partnerships with a potential value of $3.2 million in the coming year were formed.

"The dynamism of Québec green building companies is an eloquent demonstration that it is possible to combine the fight against climate change and sustainable economic development. The Government of Québec will continue to help Québec companies with their export endeavours to the United States in order to contribute to our mutual prosperity while, at the same time, preserving a healthy environment for all,” said the Minister. Mr. Lisée took advantage of this success to announce that Québec will be present at Greenbuild 2014 in Louisiana.

Among the other activities on his program, the Minister met with Pennsylvania publishers and journalists to promote Québec’s bio-construction know-how as well as the Québec government’s Economic Policy as a tool for fostering business development on both sides of the border.

The mission was also an occasion for Mr. Lisée to meet with major regional economic and political players. He used his discussions with Michael Nutter, the Mayor of Philadelphia, to address the issues of urban transport electrification and sustainable development and to examine the possibility of Montréal and Philadelphia sharing best practices in these sectors. The Minister also visited the Navy Yard, an inspiring urban revitalization project showcasing energy innovation and sustainable development.

On the economic front, the Minister met with Joseph Casey, the General Manager of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), with whom he discussed Québec advances in electric mobility and the renewal of SEPTA’s fleet of vehicles. He congratulated SEPTA on choosing Québec company Novabus to supply 250 of their hybrid buses. Lastly, Mr. Lisée’s meeting with senior management of American company Ametek, which recently acquired Québec company Creaform, provided the Minister with the opportunity to hold discussions on the prospects for investments in and possible expansion to Québec. With 100 production facilities and annual revenues of $3.6 billion, Ametek is a world leader in the manufacture of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.

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Sources :
Caroline Julie Fortin
Press Attachée
Office of the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade
418-649-2319

Information :
Guillaume Sarra-Bournet
Communication Counsellor
Direction des communications et affaires publiques
Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie
418-649-2400, ext. 57277

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