Standing up for Island businesses to be focus of provincial delegation to NEG-ECP
Protecting the interests of Island businesses during uncertain economic times and expanding opportunities to promote Prince Edward Island south of the border will be top of mind as Premier Wade MacLauchlan heads to the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference.
The long-standing tradition of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference continues in Stowe, Vermont for the 42nd annual conference. The inaugural meeting took place in Brudenell in 1973.
Amidst rising tensions and uncertainty between Canada and the United States during the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the annual meeting is an important opportunity to highlight the contributions of Prince Edward Island and Canadian businesses.
“Canada and the United States have the world’s most integrated economic relationship, representing billions of dollars of goods and services transiting between both countries,” said Premier MacLauchlan. “This annual meeting of governors and premiers comes at a critical time. We must take every opportunity to promote the interests of Prince Edward Island businesses and all Islanders, and support them with any concerns they have at this time.”
The United States is Prince Edward Island’s largest trading partner with over $1 billion in goods annually. When Prince Edward Island hosted the last annual meeting, it introduced a business-to-business program that will continue this year in Vermont, underlining the importance of economic trade between the two countries.
The 11 jurisdictions participating in the conference include Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Governors and premiers will discuss policy and initiatives of common interest for the region’s economy and environment, with a focus on energy sustainability and trade. Premiers and governors will continue to work diligently on the well-established Canadian-United States relationship. The focus remains on supporting regional growth and addressing current common challenges.
Local business champions such as Aspin Kemp & Associates, NorCan Marine Inc., and Worth Consulting and energy leaders such as the University of Prince Edward Island’s Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering and the PEI Energy Corporation will proudly demonstrate the Island knowledge, talent and skills available to national and international markets.
“Aspin Kemp is an international company with offices worldwide but we chose Prince Edward Island to be our home base,” said Jason Aspin, CEO of Aspin Kemp & Associates. “We have the ability to compete globally right here in PEI, and we have the local talent to fill many technical positions. Together, with government support at multiple levels, Aspin Kemp continues to grow, offering our engineering expertise and systems to customers worldwide.”