Ontario Government Continues Working With Manufacturing Industry To Build Linkages With Alberta's Energy Sector

    Registration Now Open For 2008 National Buyer/Seller Forum In Edmonton

    TORONTO, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is entering the next
phase of its oil sands initiative to strengthen east-west partnerships between
Ontario's manufacturing industry and Alberta's energy sector, said Ontario
Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello today.
    "Ontario companies have demonstrated they have the expertise, capacity
and quality to add value to Alberta's oil sands supply chain," said Pupatello.
"Building lasting partnerships takes long-term commitment and we look forward
to continuing our outreach with the manufacturing and energy industries to
build on our successes so far."
    The province is supporting three new initiatives of interest to companies
seeking to strengthen their east-west supply chain:

    2008 National Buyer/Seller Forum - Edmonton, March 25 to March 27, 2008

    Registration is now open for the 2008 National Buyer/Seller Forum, the
foremost event for oil sands procurement. More than 130 Ontario manufacturers
participated in the 2007 event resulting in new contracts and business leads.
In addition to the networking opportunities offered by the forum, the Ontario
government is organizing a series of companion workshops and seminars to
assist Ontario delegates in optimizing their oil sands business development.
For further details of the forum, including registration information, please
visit: www.nationalbuyersellerforum.ca

    Ontario government/Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) oil sands

    The Ontario government is strengthening its longstanding relationship
with CME by partnering with the organization in the next phase of the oil
sands initiative. CME will leverage its industry contacts and expertise to
help match Ontario suppliers with Alberta buyers. Support services, including
marketing advice and guidance on supply chain development, will be provided to
companies free of charge.
    Companies interested in expanding their east-west supply chain are
encouraged to contact CME as follows:

    -   Alberta companies: Ron Subramanian, Director, Business Development,
        Alberta Division, ron.subramanian@cme-mec.ca
    -   Ontario companies: Stephen Rach, Director, Oil Sands Partnerships,
        Ontario Division, stephen.rach@cme-mec.ca
    -   Both Mr. Subramanian and Mr. Rach can also be reached via CME's
        dedicated oil sands hotline 1-877-241-3649 (toll free).

    Searchable database of Ontario manufacturers and suppliers

    A new online searchable database provides Alberta buyers with detailed
information on almost 300 Ontario manufacturers with energy sector supply
capabilities. Company profiles include information on products and services
and industry certifications. The database is provided free of charge to
Ontario companies and industry buyers. To access the database, or to upload an
Ontario company profile, please visit: www.ontariocanada.com/oilsands (click
on Directory of Ontario Suppliers).
    "Ontario manufacturers have the core competencies that Alberta companies
are seeking and outsourcing within Canada offers significant economic and
logistical advantages for western buyers," said CME President Jayson Myers.
"This initiative plays an important role in advising Ontario suppliers about
the specialized procurement requirements of the energy sector and aligning
these areas of mutual interest."

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

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Valérie Poulin, Minister Pupatello's Office,
(416) 325-6907; Neil Trotter, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6716

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