Building a nation through the oil sands: More than 800 companies at National Buyer/Seller Forum manufacture opportunity for Canada

    OTTAWA, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Imagine an event that could change your
business for good and boost the Canadian economy in the process.
    That's the driving force behind the National Buyer-Seller Forum     
March 13-15 in Edmonton, Alberta. This landmark event, hosted by the Alberta
Government and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, features more than      
800 Canadian companies looking at expanding their supply chains while easing
labour pressures in Alberta created by the oil sands boom.
    This initiative will bring many potential suppliers to companies in the
oil sands' supply chain under one roof, to meet face to face and discuss
possible business ventures. It's a win-win for Canada.
    "The one-on-one meetings organized by the forum permit Alberta's
suppliers to the oil sands to develop Canada-wide supply chains and
partnerships," says Brian McCready, VP of CME Alberta. "This will enable
Alberta to outsource production while providing small and mid-sized companies
with growth opportunities.
    "It's about creating new, long-lasting business relationships," McCready
adds. "Alberta companies are running at capacity and need help to expand their
business. So why not do it in Canada?"
    In a bid to boost production of from the oil sands from one to
three million barrels in the next decade, it's estimate that there will be
approximately $146 billion in investment, with economic spin-offs reaching
close to $1 trillion.
    The forum is a value-added feature of CME and the Alberta Government's
joint venture,, a matchmaking web portal geared to the oil sands,
linking both buyers and sellers.

    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is Canada's leading trade and industry
association and the national leading business network. CME is dedicated to
promoting competitiveness and continuous improvement in Canadian manufacturing
and exporting. Its members account for 75 per cent of Canada's industrial
output and 90 per cent of its exports. Manufacturing accounts for 17 per cent
of the GDP and over 2 million jobs in Canada.

    Date:        March 13-15

    Location:    Shaw Conference Centre
                 9797 Jasper Avenue
                 Edmonton, Alberta

    Time:        All Day(s)

    Visit for full conference details.

For further information:

For further information: Brian McCready, VP, CME Alberta, (780)
426-6622; Jeff Brownlee, VP of Communications, (613) 762-7545

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