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, MLA Radisson
July 11, 2013

World Trade Centre Winnipeg

In a world that is becoming continuously more interconnected, our government and private sector understand the need to look beyond our borders for new business opportunities.

One great organization that is helping Manitoba businesses develop the skills and relationships needed to be competitive in the global marketplace is the World Trade Centre of Winnipeg. Established in partnership with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Centre Winnipeg was launched at Centrallia 2012. This marked the transition of Agence nationale et internationale du Manitoba, Manitoba's bilingual trade agency, into the WTC, branding Manitoba as a lucrative partner in trade and investment. Bilingual status provides a unique component to our World Trade Centre, the ability to reach out to Francophone markets and the rest of the world.

WTC Winnipeg is part of a global network with over 300 locations in 96 countries. The organization provides businesses in Manitoba access to state-of-the-art trade services needed to succeed in the global economy while also facilitating international trade opportunities and encouraging investment in Manitoba.

The government of Manitoba shares a fundamental vision with the WTC to make Winnipeg a centre of influence and create awareness of the Manitoba advantage internationally. With our diversified industries, our made-in-Manitoba expertise is in high demand globally. By working together, we can continue to grow our economy and advance our international partnerships, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, in the past decade, Manitoba's profile internationally has risen dramatically. I would like to thank World Trade Centre Winnipeg CEO Mariette Mulaire and the WTC board of directors, as well as Chuck Davidson, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Dave Angus, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Diane Gray of CentrePort and all the incredible businesses in our province that are working to make Manitoba prosperous.

I would like to thank all those who participated in the trade mission in India earlier this year.

I request, Mr. Speaker, leave to include the names of the WTC board of directors into Hansard.

WTC Winnipeg board of directors are: Raymond Lafond, Chairman; André Granger, Westeel; Bernard Clément, Pembcorp Automotive Group; Jean-Pierre Parenty, Parenty Reitmeier Inc., Jean‑Marc Ruest, Richardson International Limited; Alexander Malaket, Opus Advisory Services International Inc.; Don Boitson, Magellan Aerospace; Diane Gray, CentrePort Canada Inc.; Charlie Spiring, National Bank Financial Wealth Management; Leo Ledohowski, Canad Inns; Fiona Webster-Mourant, Manrex Ltd.; Albert El Tassi of Peerless Garments LP. Ex-officio members: David Angus, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Carole Freynet-Gagné, ANIM.