For an effective partnership - Canada's new government announces the creation of the Advisory Committee for the Estrie region

    SHERBROOKE, QC, April 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jean-Pierre
Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of Canada Economic Development,
took the opportunity while on tour in the Estrie region today to announce the
creation of an advisory committee tasked with providing counsel to the
Minister and the Agency he heads on regional economic matters. This initiative
is in line with the six measures recently implemented by Canada's new
government to come to the aid of Quebec regions undergoing slow economic
growth and support the province's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
    The Advisory Committee for the Estrie region, through its chairperson
André Fontaine, will be responsible for providing guidance on, among other
things, the niches and sectors Canada's new government should emphasize in its
efforts to foster the sustainable development of the regions. This exercise
will enable the Agency and regional stakeholders to harmonize their actions in
order to further common objectives. The Advisory Committee will also be called
upon, at the request of the Minister or the Agency, to provide counsel on a
variety of other matters.
    "We believe it is essential to consult with advisory committees composed
of regional partners and stakeholders so as to better understand each region's
specific economic situation and development priorities in order to plot the
most appropriate course of action to be followed," stated Minister Blackburn.
    The size of these regional advisory committees will vary according to the
demographic, economic, geographic and administrative characteristics of the
different regions and areas served by the Agency's business offices. In
executing out their functions, committee members will be responsible for
promoting the interests and development issues specific to their respective
    "As you can see from the professional and personal track records of the
individuals on the Advisory Committee for the Estrie region, this team has
tremendous potential and clearly represents the dynamism and diversity that
characterize this region. I firmly believe that locally-derived solutions
reflect each community's particular needs and realities and greatly improve
the odds of success and effectiveness of any local initiative," the Minister
    This new approach illustrates the determination of Canada's new
government to be more in tune with the regions in its efforts to ensure the
kind of sustainable economic development that meets the needs and expectations
of the population.
    Further details on the terms and conditions of these new measures can be
found on the Agency website at

For further information:

For further information: Lyne Montpellier, Communications, Canada
Economic Development, 1-800-567-8637,; Roxane
Marchand, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn,
Canada Economic Development, (819) 953-5646, Cell.: (613) 816-5094,; Canada Economic Development is online at Subscribe to the Agency's press releases at to keep up
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