Ontario Government Opens Marketing Centre In Los Angeles

    Ontario Creates Greater Global Investment And Trade Opportunities For

    LOS ANGELES, CA, March 29 /CNW/ - Ontario's new International Marketing
Centre in Los Angeles is open and connecting Ontarians to business
opportunities in the Western U.S., Economic Development and Trade Minister
Sandra Pupatello said today at the official opening ceremony in Los Angeles.
    "Ontario and California share several common strengths that we can build
on to generate more wealth and prosperity in both our economies," Pupatello
said. "The U.S. is our largest trading partner. By establishing a permanent
presence for Ontario serving California, the U.S. Southwest and Hawaii, we're
sending a very positive message to investors, and strengthening our
relationship with these key markets."
    Pupatello officially opened the centre at a ceremony at the Canadian
Consulate in Los Angeles. Canada's Consul General in Los Angeles, Alain
Dudoit, joined her at the event. The International Marketing Centre in Los
Angeles is one of seven centres Ontario currently operates abroad with three
more scheduled to open this year.
    The International Marketing Centres are part of the Ontario government's
aggressive outreach and investment attraction strategy. The strategy builds
partnerships with government and business leaders in key global markets and
profiles Ontario strengths.
    In January Premier McGuinty led a Business Mission of 100 Ontario
delegates to India and Pakistan, resulting in 42 agreements between Ontario
organizations and their partners. Pupatello will visit Tokyo this month to
further strengthen the Ontario-Japan relationship and she will travel to China
to follow up on the Premier's 2005 Business Mission that resulted in
60 contracts.
    Ontario's Consul, Economic Affairs, Chantal Ramsay, will guide the
International Marketing Centre in Los Angeles. Ramsay joined the Ministry of
Economic Development and Trade in 1986. As Manager of the Ministry's Business
Immigration Section, she built her reputation as one of Canada's foremost
experts in economic immigration. Ramsay was also the province's lead for
economic immigration as it entered into Ontario's first bilateral immigration
agreement with the Government of Canada in 2005.
    In addition to attracting investment and promoting export of Ontario
goods and services, the International Marketing Centres will raise Ontario's
profile and market Ontario's business advantage to key decision makers.

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For further information:

For further information: Phil De Mont, Minister's Office, (416)
325-6706; Lisa Roberts, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8773

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