Tuesday January 15, 2013

By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday January 15, 2013

McGuinty wraps up Premiership touring China

Ontario’s trade mission delegates will meet as many as 500 Chinese companies over the next week as part of the fourth trade mission to China led by Premier Dalton McGuinty.

The Premier had a productive meeting with Canadian Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques and Rick Savone, Canada’s Consul General to Shanghai, discussing his priorities for the mission. He then addressed the 50 delegates, rallying the group for the busy week. The delegates represent 38 businesses, universities and other organizations.

Earlier in the day, the Premier laced up his skates and hit the ice with the Shanghai Thunderbirds, a minor hockey association made up of players aged 7 to 17. Some of the hockey players are the sons and daughters of Canadian business people living in China.

The Premier’s final trade mission to China is focused on identifying new opportunities in the agri-food, clean water and clean technology sectors. As China’s growth continues to outpace most other countries around the world, Ontario expertise and innovation in these areas are in high demand.

The mission spends its first two days in Shanghai before moving on to Nanjing, Chengdu and Beijing. (Source: Government of Ontario Press Release) http://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2013/01/premier-mcguinty-kicks-off-trade-mission-in-shanghai.html