Media Release

Winnipeg Joins Consider Canada City Alliance Investment Mission to Three Major Chinese Cities

April 10, 2013: Winnipeg, MB – Started as an informal association of large Canadian cities in 2007 and formally incorporated in 2012, Consider Canada City Alliance Inc. is embarking on a six-day investment mission to three Chinese cities starting the week of April 14. As a charter member of the alliance, Economic Development Winnipeg is uniting with economic development organizations from nine other large Canadian cities to promote Canada as the world’s most desirable destination for Chinese investment and trade.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) expects China’s economy to overtake that of the United States, currently Canada’s largest trading partner, as soon as 2016. Consider Canada City Alliance members strongly believe that cities play an increasingly critical role in global economic flows and that Canada’s value proposition for trade and investment is best presented through integrated efforts at the national and regional levels. Together, the 11 cities of the Consider Canada City Alliance represent:

Starting in Hong Kong, and then moving to meetings in ShÄ?nzhèn and Beijing, Greg Dandewich, senior vice president of Economic Development Winnipeg, will be joining approximately 30 other senior executives at meetings with prequalified Chinese companies and government organizations to make presentations at China-Canada Investment Opportunities seminars. These seminars are being facilitated by federal government representatives from Invest in Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).

The charter members of the Consider Canada City Alliance are: Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Québec City, Winnipeg, Waterloo Region and Saskatoon. A press release announcing the detailed agenda of the Consider Canada City Alliance trade mission to China will follow on April 15.

For more information on the Consider Canada City Alliance, please go to www.considercanada.com or www.canadaentete.com. Both websites also contain Chinese-language information.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Croft Petersmeyer
Project Manager, Marketing & Communications
Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
www.economicdevelopmentwinnipeg.com
Phone: 1.204.954.1961
Email: croft@economicdevelopmentwinnipeg.com

Paul Brent
Senior Communications Strategist
market2world communications inc.
www.market2world.com
Phone: 1.613.256.3939
Email: paul@market2world.com

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