Minister Pupatello To Lead Strong Ontario Delegation To Alberta Oil Sands Supply Chain Event



    Ontario Manufacturers To Build Partnerships At National Buyer/Seller
    Forum In Edmonton

    TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - More than 130 of Ontario's best manufacturers
will be in Edmonton next week to build partnerships with Alberta energy sector
companies at the National Buyer/Seller Forum, said Ontario Minister of
Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello today.
    "This will be my third visit to Alberta and the second Ontario business
delegation in less than a year," said Pupatello. "Alberta firms are driving
oil sands innovation and development and Ontario companies can play an
important part in that story."
    Alberta's oil reserves are estimated at more than 175 billion barrels,
the second largest in the world after Saudi Arabia. The oil sands are expected
to generate capital projects worth more than $100 billion by 2020. This
unprecedented demand has forced many energy sector suppliers to seek
additional manufacturing capacity outside of Alberta. Ontario firms
specializing in metal products, industrial machinery and equipment, and
engineering and construction can help meet that demand.
    "Alberta's energy sector companies will be hugely impressed with the
depth of innovation and expertise that Ontario manufacturers bring to the
table," said Pupatello. "Ontario manufacturers are leaders in advanced
technologies and excel at meeting stringent production schedules. These
companies have the attributes and capacity to be a value-added link in the oil
sands supply chain."
    The National Buyer/Seller Forum is a joint industry/government initiative
and the foremost event for oil sands procurement. More than 800 delegates will
participate in this year's event, including representatives from oil sands
developers, major buyers of equipment, materials and services for energy
sector projects, plus manufacturing suppliers and fabricators from across
Canada. The Ontario government is a joint sponsor of the forum.
    Pupatello will be co-hosting an Ontario-Alberta reception beginning at
6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 12, at Edmonton's Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. The
Minister's three-day program will also include a visit to Fort McMurray's oil
sands projects, meetings with energy sector executives and events at the
National Buyer/Seller Forum.
    "Ontario manufacturers know that it takes time to build supply
relationships with energy sector companies and are committed to this for the
long haul," said Pupatello. "Ontario and Alberta can work together to help
deliver oil sands projects on time and on budget, while building opportunity
for Ontario's manufacturing workers."

    More information about the Ontario government's oil sands initiative is
available at: www.ontariocanada.com/oilsands

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                   ONTARIO/ALBERTA OIL SANDS PARTNERSHIPS

    Alberta's oil reserves are estimated at more than 175 billion barrels, the
second largest in the world after Saudi Arabia. The oil sands are expected to
generate capital projects worth more than $100 billion by 2020. This
unprecedented demand has forced many energy sector suppliers to seek
additional manufacturing capacity outside of Alberta. Ontario firms
specializing in metal products, industrial machinery and equipment, and
engineering and construction can help meet that demand.

    Ontario's manufacturing strengths

    The attributes and capacity of Ontario's innovative manufacturing sector
make it the natural choice for Alberta companies seeking to expand their
supply chain.

    -   Ontario accounts for almost half of Canada's manufacturing base -
        employing about one million people. In fact, among North American
        jurisdictions, only California has more manufacturing employees.
    -   Ontario is home to thousands of companies, large and small, that have
        thrived by meeting the just-in-time delivery schedules and stringent
        standards of industries including automotive, aerospace,
        petrochemical, mining and construction.
    -   Ontario firms know that quality counts. More than 7,500 Ontario
        companies have obtained ISO 9000 or ISO 14001 certification.
    -   Ontario excels in leading-edge manufacturing technologies including
        automation, robotics, advanced materials and lean manufacturing. This
        technology can be readily adapted to help Alberta firms increase
        productivity.

    Advantages of east-west partnerships

    Strengthening Ontario-Alberta partnerships offers a made-in-Canada
solution to oil sands development that will help keep jobs and investment in
Canada. In addition, inter-provincial trade offers practical advantages that
translate into supply chain security:

    -   No international borders means less paperwork and less uncertainty.
    -   A reliable road, rail and air transportation network across Canada
        supports timely deliveries.
    -   A common currency removes exchange rate risk from long-term supply
        agreements.
    -   A shared language, business culture and legal system minimizes the
        risk of complications and misunderstandings.

    National Buyer/Seller Forum

    The annual National Buyer/Seller Forum (Edmonton, March 13 to 15, 2007) is
a joint industry/government initiative and the foremost event for oil sands
procurement. More than 800 delegates will participate in this year's event,
including representatives from oil sands developers, major buyers of
equipment, materials and services for energy sector projects, plus
manufacturing suppliers and fabricators from across Canada.
    The Ontario government is a joint sponsor of the National Buyer/Seller
Forum. More information is available at www.nationalbuyersellerforum.ca.

    Ontario's oil sands initiative

    The delegation of more than 130 Ontario manufacturers to the National
Buyer/Seller Forum is part of an ongoing strategy to match the needs of
Alberta's energy sector with the strengths of Ontario's manufacturing and
related industries.
    Other components of Ontario's oil sands initiative include:

    -   A November 2006 oil sands delegation featuring 27 Ontario
        manufacturers to lay the groundwork for east-west partnerships
    -   Working with Edmonton-based Peter Ouellette, Chair of the Alberta
        Division of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), to connect
        energy sector buyers with Ontario's manufacturers and suppliers
    -   Sponsorship and participation in industry-led initiatives including
        the CME's iCOSMO.ca (Innovative Canadian Oil Sands Manufacturing
        Opportunities) partnering website and 13 regional SMART sessions that
        provided 700 Ontario companies with information on supplying oil
        sands projects
    -   A February 2007 visit by Minister Pupatello that included meetings
        with energy sector executives and Alberta government officials, plus
        discussion with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Canadian
        Association of Petroleum Producers.

    More information about the Ontario government's oil sands initiative is
available at: www.ontariocanada.com/oilsands

    The oil sands initiative is part of the Ontario government's overall plan
for jobs and prosperity that includes:

    -   The Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy (OAIS) that leveraged more
        than $7 billion in automotive investments and anchored thousands of
        high-value jobs
    -   The Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy, a $500 million
        repayable loan program to encourage companies to invest in leading-
        edge technologies and processes
    -   Aggressive action to boost international trade and investment,
        including business missions to China and India/Pakistan and expanding
        Ontario's roster of international marketing centres to 10
    -   Investments in infrastructure, postsecondary education, stable energy
        supply, research and innovation and key economic sectors.

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For further information:

For further information: Phil DeMont, Minister Pupatello's Office, (416)
325-6706; Neil Trotter, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6716

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