In the photo: Rick Walsh, COO~OSUM Oilsands Corporation; MPP Jeff Yurek;|
Glen Schmidt, President and CEO Laricina; MP Joe Preston; Richard Sendall,
Senior VP of Strategy and Government Relations
St. Thomas, ON: In partnership with the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation
and the County of Elgin Economic Development and Tourism Services Department, Member
of Parliament Joe Preston welcomed local manufacturers and the In Situ Oil Sands
Alliance Wednesday at the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club.
The opportunity for local manufacturers to work in conjunction with Alberta businesses
was initiated by MP Preston following a conversation with his colleague MP James
Rajotte of Edmonton-Leduc. MP Rajotte discussed with Preston the challenges faced
by companies in Alberta, including production wait-times.
"Canada is recovering very well from the global economic downturn. Our biggest challenge
is that the jobs have not necessarily returned to the regions they were lost," said
Preston. "Meetings like this allow us to offer the expertise of Southern Ontario
to other parts of Canada."
Over 40 representatives of manufacturers from throughout the County of Elgin and
the City of St Thomas had the opportunity to meet with emerging in situ oil sands
developers to find and discuss synergies between the local economies in Ontario
and the needs of energy producers in Alberta. The goal was to facilitate partnerships
that will result in economic growth and prosperity in both our region and Alberta.