Atlantic Gateway Advisory Council Holds First Meeting



    MONCTON, NB, April 14 /CNW/ - The Atlantic Gateway Advisory Council,
consisting of private sector representatives from all four Atlantic provinces,
met in Moncton on April 8th for the first time. The Council was formed two
months ago to provide a strong business voice to inform the development of the
Atlantic Gateway, and to complement existing Gateway Councils in Atlantic
Canada.
    Wes Armour, Chair of the Atlantic Gateway Advisory Council, said the
meeting focused on advising governments on issues relating to the
competitiveness of the Atlantic Gateway Strategy. We feel it is important to
provide a private sector perspective to governments and they are very
interested in having our input."
    The Atlantic Gateway Strategy is expected to be released by the fall of
2009.
    The mandate of the Advisory Council is: "To provide advice to governments
on issues and priorities relating to the competitiveness of the Atlantic
Gateway. Those issues will include, but not be limited to, the following:
policy/ regulatory issues having an impact on international trade and the
efficient movement of cargo and people within North America and globally,
potential infrastructure investments that could improve the efficiency and
reliability of the components of the transportation system that support
international trade, market development and promotional activities, innovation
and technology, border efficiency and security issues and skills and human
resources."
    Mr. Armour stressed that the Council's role is strictly an advisory one.
"We are a sounding board and advocacy group on a variety of issues," he said.

    The following individuals are members of the Council: Joseph Randell,
Jazz Air LP; Doug Rose, Halterm Limited; Henry Demone, High Liner Foods
Limited; Joseph Shannon, Atlantic Corporation Ltd.; David Ganong, Ganong Bros.
Limited; James Irving, Irving Pulp and Paper Limited; Wesley Armour, Armour
Transportation Systems.; Derek Oland, Moosehead Breweries Limited; Captain
Sidney Hynes, Oceanex Ltd.; Tanny (Bernard) Collins, P.F. Collins; Wade
MacLauchlan, University of Prince Edward Island; Francois Hebert, CN; Patrick
Sinnott, Canadian Tire Corporation.




For further information:

For further information: Mr. David Ganong, Chairman, Ganong Bros.
Limited, (506) 465-5600, daganong@ganong.com

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