Edmonton's Ottawa Mission Raises Regional Priorities

Edmonton's Ottawa Mission Raises Regional Priorities 
EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/20/12 -- A 10-member
delegation of Edmonton business and community leaders is in Ottawa to
raise awareness with the federal government about workforce
challenges faced by Edmonton business. The delegation will also
highlight issues related to opportunities in northern Alberta and
Canada's North, and the importance of tourism for Edmonton. 
Jointly led by the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and Edmonton Economic
Development Corporation (EEDC), the delegation is meeting with a
number of ministers and senior government officials, including
Minister of International Trade and Asia-Pacific Gateway Ed Fast,
Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration
and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, and Minister of State for Western
Economic Diversification Lynne Yelich. 
"In the interest of creating the best environment for business in
Edmonton, it is in the business community's best interest to build
and strengthen relationships with the federal government," says
Martin Salloum, president and CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of
Commerce. 
"Sharing success stories and having direct interaction with industry
decision makers are vital to communicating our region's priorities,"
says Brad Ferguson, president and CEO of EEDC. "Having a strong
delegation representing business, industry and academia brings
tremendous value to our mission and our members of Parliament." 
Building on last year's visit, this year's two-day mission, ending
today, has received significant support from Edmonton-area government
MPs, all of whom are key proponents for the Capital Region's
priorities in Ottawa. 
Delegation members consist of Canadian Western Bank incoming
president and CEO Chris Fowler, Clark Builders president and CEO Paul
Verhesen, NAIT president and CEO Glenn Feltham, Norquest College
president and CEO Jodi Abbott, Nunastar Properties president and CEO
Doug Cox, Chamber chair and RGO Office Products Edmonton Ltd.
president Ken Barry, Savvia Inc. CEO Lindsay Dodd, Chamber president
and CEO Salloum, Chamber vice president of public affairs Robin
Bobocel, and EEDC's Ferguson.
Contacts:
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
Richard Wright
780.409.2141
rwright@edmontonchamber.com 
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Bin Lau
780.969.0463
blau@edmonton.com