As the Member of Parliament for Sudbury, a region rich in mining history and traditions, I can say with confidence and knowledge that Northern Ontario has some of the best products and services the industry has to offer.
And I was extremely proud to see some of our best and brightest showcasing their wares and the region to industry leaders from around the world during MINExpo 2016 last week.
MINExpo 2016 is like the Olympics of the mining industry, attracting more than 40,000 industry professionals every four years.
MINExpo 2016 was a great opportunity to connect with industry leaders, promote Greater Sudbury as a dynamic place to do business and improve our international profile.
That’s why I decided it was important that I go to MINExpo 2016, held in Las Vegas, at my own expense, to support local businesses there to promote themselves and develop the global contacts they need to succeed.
Operating in one of the largest, mineral-rich regions on the planet, Sudbury’s mining and related service sectors are leading the charge when it comes to research and innovation in efficient and responsible mineral extraction and processing.
MINExpo and the Northern Ontario pavilion, supported by FedNor, offered a solid foothold to rise above the crowd and be seen at the international level, enabling them to reach new clients and markets.
Dozens of local mining supply and service businesses were represented on the floor of MINExpo, and saw firsthand their leadership in this industry as they made valuable contacts with industry leaders from around the world.
I am pleased that the Government of Canada recognized the importance of this event and invested to bring Northern Ontario’s mining ingenuity and knowhow to MINExpo 2016. And I’m happy I was able to invest the time to go.
Over the past few weeks, the federal government has recognized the importance mineral research and mining industry engineering and innovation by investing $70 million in specific projects at Laurentian University that will ensure Sudbury’s reputation as the hard rock mining capital of the world.
And I am pleased I was able to work with Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines, and Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger, at MINExpo 2016 to promote Northern businesses and Sudbury innovation.
There is nowhere else in the world that has the kind of business, community and cultural services located in such close proximity to a globally-significant mining camp.
I see MINExpo as a key step in our global marketing exercise, one I’m proud the federal government is supporting. Going forward, there will be many similar opportunities to work together to promote Greater Sudbury and attract investment and skilled individuals to our community.
The Northern Ontario pavilion provided a window to the world about our mining and mining supply and service leadership, and will help attract companies and individuals by showing them how innovative and diverse Greater Sudbury is.
- Paul Lefebvre , Member of Parliament for Sudbury