Minister Valcourt wraps up successful trade mission to
the Dominican Republic and Haiti
September 7, 2012 - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of
State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La
Francophonie), today concluded a trade mission to the
Dominican Republic and Haiti on behalf of the Honourable Ed
Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the
Asia-Pacific Gateway. Minister Valcourt was accompanied by
Rob Merrifield, Chair of the Standing Committee on
International Trade, and 20 organizations, primarily from
the infrastructure and agri-food sectors.
"The Government of Canada is committed to promoting
Canadian business abroad to create jobs, economic growth
and prosperity for middle-class Canadian families," said
Minister Valcourt. "We must deepen and broaden access to
dynamic and high-growth markets around the world."
"By promoting and showcasing Canada's strengths and
capabilities in target sectors and foreign markets, trade
missions enhance Canada's profile and visibility on the
international stage, while maximizing the benefits for
world-class Canadian companies" said Minister Fast. "By
helping Canadian businesses expand and succeed abroad, we
are also helping to create jobs, growth and prosperity at
Trade missions are strategic and sector-focused, visiting
countries that offer Canada the greatest potential for
growth and success. This mission was specifically organized
to match Canadian capabilities with opportunities in the
Dominican Republic and Haiti, in turn expanding existing
business links and creating new jobs at home.
"Groupe Lépine has participated in Canadian government
trade missions in the former Czechoslovakia, Russia and now
Haiti," said René Lépine, President of Groupe Lépine
International. "These missions have helped our firm rapidly
establish our credibility with the top businesses and
authorities in these new markets, as well as develop strong
business ties that would have otherwise taken us far longer
To help create opportunities for Canadian businesses and
strengthen Canada's trade relationship with the Dominican
Republic, Minister Valcourt met with numerous government
and business leaders, including President Danilo Medina.
Minister Valcourt witnessed the lighting of new street
lamps manufactured by LED Roadway Lighting of Canada and
purchased by the Dominican Corporation of State Electricity
Companies (Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas
Estatales). He also visited Canadian businesses-including
Gildan Activewear Inc.-that are successful in both the
Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Like Canada, Haiti is a founding member of La Francophonie.
At the 2010 Francophonie Summit in Montreux, Switzerland,
heads of state and government committed to strengthening
their efforts to help Haiti rebuild after the devastating
earthquake earlier that year. During his visit to
Port-au-Prince, Minister Valcourt reiterated this
commitment in his
meetings with President Michel Martelly and Prime
Minister Laurent Lamothe.
"Haiti remains a focus for La Francophonie and for Canada,"
said Minister Valcourt. "We aim to reinforce existing trade
links and create new business opportunities between Canada
and Haiti. The Haitian private sector and international
investors have an important role to play in rebuilding and
strengthening Haiti's economy."
"Canada is committed to building and strengthening economic
partnerships to increase mutual prosperity in the Americas"
said the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of
Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs). "This
trade mission has been yet another milestone in our
government's approach to deepening our partnership with
countries across the Americas. Increasing trade and
economic ties is one of the best ways to create jobs and
For more information on Canada's commitment in the
Canada's Engagement in the Americas.
For more information on Minister Valcourt's trade mission
to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, consult
Trade Mission to Dominican Republic and Haiti.
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A backgrounder follows.
For further information, media representatives may contact:
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the
Office of the Minister of State (Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie)
Trade Media Relations Office
Backgrounder - Canada Trade Mission to Dominican Republic
and Haiti: List of Participating Organizations
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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BGC Engineering Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia
D. I. Jenkins & Associates Inc., Charlottetown, Prince
Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
Geninov Inc., Montréal, Quebec
Groupe IBI/DAA Inc., Montréal, Quebec
Groupe Lépine International, Inc., Montréal, Quebec
Haven Timber Homes Ltd., Lac La Hache, British Columbia
HG Environnement, Blainville, Quebec
K-Line Insulators Limited, Toronto, Ontario
LED Roadway Lighting Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ministère des Relations internationales, Québec, Quebec
Moloney Electric Inc., Toronto, Ontario
Pars Intermodal Inc., Montréal, Quebec
PoleCo, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Saint John Port Authority, Saint John, New Brunswick
SNC Lavalin International Inc., Montréal, Quebec
Stark International Inc., New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Terra Vista Ltd., Glovertown, Newfoundland and Labrador
WE-Supreme, Red Deer, Alberta