Ambassador Cellucci to speak at NSBI breakfast

May 27, 2003

HALIFAX - Premier John Hamm today announced that he will host a business breakfast in Halifax on June 20 where Paul Cellucci, United States Ambassador to Canada, will  deliver the keynote address. The breakfast will be presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and held at Pier 21. Mr. Cellucci is expected to talk about current trade ties between Nova Scotia and New England.

Ambassador Cellucci has been a long-time friend of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia businesses, said Premier Hamm. While Governor of Massachusetts, he was instrumental in improving trade relations between Nova Scotia and New England, and as U.S. Ambassador to Canada he continues to be a strong voice for increased trade between Canada and the United States. I look forward to hearing his views on building upon our trade relations.

Mr. Cellucci is the 20th United States Ambassador to Canada, serving in that role since April 2001. He was first elected Governor of Massachusetts in 1998 after assuming the office in 1997, when then-Governor William Weld resigned his post. In 1984, he was elected to the state Senate and then was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1990. His private-sector experience includes almost 30 years of work with his family's auto dealership. He also worked for 17 years as a lawyer after receiving his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1973.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cellucci has long been a strong advocate for business and increased trade, so I'm sure those in attendance will be offered valuable insight on how we can create more business opportunities between the two countries, said Stephen Lund, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. Last year Nova Scotia exported a total of $5.4 billion worth of goods internationally, and $4.5 billion or 82 per cent of that total went to the United States, so we place high value on his country as our trading partner.

The breakfast will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tickets cost $20 per person, and tables of 10 can be purchased for $160. Tickets will need to be booked by Monday, June 9, and can be booked by calling 902.422.4477. The event is sponsored by the Globe and Mail, and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Nova Scotia Division.