Inauguration of Canada Pavilion at 23rd World Road Congress

    OTTAWA, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Brian Jean, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, today inaugurated the Canada Pavilion as part of the Canadian
Trade Mission to the 23rd World Road Congress, which will be held from
September 17 to 21, 2007, in Paris, France. For the occasion, Mr. Jean was
accompanied by the ministers of transport of Alberta, British Columbia, New
Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Quebec.
    The Canada Pavilion, one of the biggest national pavilions at the
Congress, will showcase the products and services of 46 Canadian
organizations. This exhibition brings together experts, professionals, and
leaders in the international road community.
    "The purpose of the Canadian Trade Mission is to offer our expertise to
the world and in return learn about the most recent developments in
cutting-edge technology and best practices in the field of roads and road
infrastructure," said Mr. Jean. "Through its participation and leadership, the
Government of Canada is pleased to facilitate this global dialogue, which is
essential to safe and effective management of roads and road infrastructure
for all the citizens of the world."
    The Canadian Trade Mission, consisting of some 200 members, was organized
by Transport Canada. Its purpose is to enable representatives of the Canadian
road community - governments, private corporations, associations and the
research community and universities - to use the Congress as a springboard to
promote their products, services and expertise. It also gives participating
businesses and organizations an opportunity to develop relationships with
international representatives of the road transportation industry.
    "The Canadian Trade Mission at the 23rd World Road Congress demonstrates
the importance we give to dialogue and to the exchange of ideas on road
infrastructure and road transportation," added Mr. Jean. "This type of event
and the discussions it promotes are essential to maintaining the vitality of
the Canadian economy."
    "I am proud of Canada's participation in the Congress and thank my
provincial counterparts who agreed to participate in such great numbers," said
Minister Cannon. "The 23rd Congress will be an opportunity to invite the
entire world to visit Quebec City, which will be hosting the World Road
Association's next international event, the 13th Winter Road Congress in

    The World Road Association is a not-for-profit international organization
created in 1909. Its Congress, which is held every four years, is a forum for
participants to share their expertise on the latest road transportation
methods and technologies from around the world. The Congress allows
participants from around the world to share points of view and best practices
on infrastructure and transportation. The one held in Paris will mark the
centennial of the World Road Association and its congresses.

                        IN THE CANADIAN TRADE MISSION
                    (as exhibitors and associate members)

    Government of Canada and National Agencies
      -  Government of Canada
           -  Transport Canada
               -  CANUTEC
               -  ecoTRANSPORT
               -  Transportation Portal
           -  Public Works and Government Services Canada
               -  TERMIUM Plus(R)
           -  Export Development Canada (EDC)
      -  Canadian Cement Association
      -  Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)
      -  Centre for Expertise and Research on Infrastructures in Urban Areas
      -  ColasCanada Inc.
      -  Colas North America
      -  Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada (ITS Canada)
           -  Daktronics
           -  Delcan Corporation
           -  EIS
           -  IBI
           -  RuggedCom
      -  Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)

    Atlantic Canada
      -  Government of New Brunswick
      -  Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
      -  Government of Nova Scotia
      -  Government of Prince Edward Island
      -  AMEC
      -  Neill and Gunter Limited

      -  GEO-3D Inc.
      -  PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance Inc.
      -  Sintra Inc. (ColasCanada Inc.)
      -  SNC-Lavalin

      -  Government of Ontario
      -  Aecon Civil & Utilities Group
      -  John Emery Geotechnical Engineering Limited (JEGEL)
      -  Roadware Group Inc.
      -  Synectics Inc.
      -  Trow International

      -  Government of Manitoba
      -  ISIS Canada Research Network
      -  Vector Corrosion Technologies

      -  PSI Technologies Inc.

      -  Works Alberta Ltd. (ColasCanada Inc.)

    British Columbia
      -  Emcon Services Inc.
      -  HMC Services Inc.
      -  Lafrentz Road Marking (ColasCanada inc.)
      -  Martec Recycling Corporation

      -  Government of Yukon

    Quebec Pavilion
      -  Government of Quebec
      -  Ministère des Transports du Québec
      -  Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec (AICQ)
      -  Association québécoise du transport et des routes (AQTR)
      -  AXOR
      -  Centre de gestion de l'équipement roulant (CGER)
      -  CIMA+
      -  Dessau-Soprin Inc.
      -  GENIVAR
      -  Hydro-Québec
      -  J.A. Larue inc.
      -  Montreal
      -  Robert Hydraulique inc.
      -  R.P.M. Tech inc.
      -  Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)
      -  Special Vehicle and Transportation Equipment Association
      -  Technologies CDWare Inc.
      -  TECSULT Inc.
      -  The S.M. Group International inc. (SMI)

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Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700; Media
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