Taking on the economic crisis: Quebec's electric power industry steps up

    MONTREAL, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec's electric power industry
provides jobs for up to 55 000 people and represents 5% of the province's GDP.
Over the course of the past five years, its export sales have increased 45%,
to reach 3,7 G$. Active in all 17 administrative regions of Quebec, it is made
up of 8000 suppliers exporting goods and services to 180 countries.
    So says an economic study to be made public by Jean-François Samray, CEO
of the Association de l'industrie électrique du Québec, at a luncheon meeting
at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure on Friday, April 17, 2009, with Minister of
Natural Resources and Wildlife Claude Béchard in attendance. Carried out by
strategic communications consulting firm Octane, the study reveals a vibrant,
remarkably value- added sector that will be called upon to play an important
role in turning around Quebec's economy.

    Far-reaching expertise

    "The Quebec electrical and power industry is dynamic and innovative,"
says Jean-François Samray. "Its expertise gives the sector a major competitive
advantage in the expanding north-american and global markets, particularly as
regards sustainable development and the fight against climate change."

    Created in 1916, the Association de l'industrie électrique du Québec is a
non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the development of the
electric power industry and to encourage rational use of natural resources in
a sustainable development perspective.

    Notice to the media:  The press conference will begin at 11 h15 and not
                          at 11 h as had previously been announced.

For further information:

For further information: Hélène Montpetit, Communications Agent, (514)
281-0615, p. 24, hmontpetit@aieq.net

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