Increased interest in trade mission to New York

Apr 15, 2002

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – April 15, 2002 – The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Honourable John Hamm, Premier of Nova Scotia, today announced that more companies are being offered the opportunity to join the Team Canada Atlantic trade mission to New York City as Associate Participants.  The trade mission will take place May 21-23.

Associate Participants can attend numerous trade mission events such as the “Taste of Atlantic Canada” reception; the Team Canada Atlantic forum; breakfast with the Atlantic Premiers and Minister Byrne; and an Investment luncheon co-sponsored by the Canadian Society of New York.  Matchmaking services with New York-based businesses are also available on a fee-for-service basis.

“Interest in the Team Canada Atlantic Trade mission has been overwhelming,” said Minister Byrne.  “By offering this additional opportunity to network with members of the United States and Canadian business communities as Associate Participants, we’re expanding our team and increasing our potential investment and trade advantages.”

Premier Hamm added, "The more we can expand our Nova Scotian exports, the stronger our business climate. This is another excellent opportunity for Nova Scotian companies to explore business opportunities in the lucrative New York market".

In addition, agri-food companies have the option of attending the Taste of Atlantic Canada reception as exhibitors to showcase their products at an event that will be attended by representatives of the foodservice and retail industry of New York.

The Team Canada Atlantic Mission to New York City is a cooperative effort between ACOA, the four Atlantic Provinces, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Industry Canada, Nova Scotia Business Inc., and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

Additional information on Team Canada Atlantic’s trade mission to New York City can be found at www.teamcanadaatlantic.com .

More information on the trade mission is located on the Team Atlantic Canada website at www.teamcanadaatlantic.com .