The East Coast solution to Alberta's labour issues has headed out west.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and the Department of Energy are leading a group of 27 Nova Scotia manufacturers, metal fabricators and service providers, in Alberta today, Dec. 4, to launch Partner East, NSBI's biggest trade mission yet.
Partner East, which will run until Dec. 8, is a multifaceted program that consists of a trade show and reception in Calgary on Dec. 5, a trade show and reception in Edmonton on Dec. 7, an advertising campaign, a web portal (partnereast.com), and the Nova Scotia Supply Shop.
"Trade missions like Partner East highlight the expertise of Nova Scotia businesses to all corners of the world," said Energy Minister Bill Dooks. "This mission showcases Nova Scotia's talented companies, resources and workers."
Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt is accompanying the Nova Scotia delegation to Alberta.
"We already have Alberta businesses operating in Nova Scotia and capitalizing on the province's advantages," said Mr. Hurlburt. "This program provides Nova Scotia businesses with opportunities to benefit from Alberta's recent surge in prosperity."
The goal of Partner East is to connect companies from Nova Scotia and Alberta, for a mutually beneficial partnership to help ease Alberta's labour challenges.
"The boom in Alberta presents tremendous possibilities for partnership between Nova Scotia and Alberta companies," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. "NSBI's Partner East program will provide Nova Scotia businesses with the opportunity to showcase their skilled workforce, resources, attractive business costs, and infrastructure -- in essence, the solution to Alberta's labour issues."
The Nova Scotia Supply Shop adds a unique component to the program by allowing Alberta companies to submit "needs" online. That information is sent electronically to NSBI's business advisory team, which will match each request with a list of Nova Scotia companies capable of providing those products or services.
"Being a business owner myself, I can appreciate the level of concern western companies are experiencing with the shortage of skilled trades people to support their projects," said Andy MacGregor, fabrication manager of MacGregor's Custom Fabrication. "In Nova Scotia, we are very fortunate to have a diverse and competent workforce which allows us to offer, with confidence, our products and services to the western business community."
NSBI will support the Partner East program with follow-up visits to Alberta. For more information on Partner East, visit www.partnereast.com .
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia's private sector led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.