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2014 News

Entropex expands operations2014-04-14

From blackburnnews.com

By Lee Michaels

A Sarnia company has become a world leader in the reprocessing of used industrial and consumer plastics.

Entropex President Keith Bechard says they’ve developed a process to recover, then recycle “Bulky Rigid” plastics: things such as old lawn chairs, children’s slides and laundry baskets.

They recover these items from area municipalities and from as far away as Chicago and New York, diverting them from landfills.

The new recycling technology has resulted in an extra shift being added to the 180,000 sq.ft. Lougar Ave. facility. 22 new employees have been hired, bringing the payroll to 200.



RAIL group working to better rail service in SW Ont2014-04-13

From www.theobserver.ca
By Tyler Kula

A Sarnia-Lambton advocacy group fighting for better rail transportation service has been teaming up with similar groups to take the cause across Southwestern Ontario.

Rail Advocacy in Lambton (RAIL) was formed in the wake of slashed VIA Rail service in Sarnia in 2012.

Current service includes one train leaving around 6 a.m., and one train returning around 10:30 p.m.

Group president Jim Houston calls it “total isolation.

“I can certainly see why people wouldn't ride the train when you have to be away a matter of 16 hours in a day to go to a two-hour meeting in Toronto,” he said.

Group members recently hosted the Southwestern Ontario Transportation Alliance in Sarnia to talk about next steps to better rail transportation in the region.

“One of our hopes is (to) increase ridership,” Houston said, “if we can get a connection out of Toronto mid-afternoon say so that business people in Chatham, Windsor, Sarnia will start utilizing the service.”

The idea is to make London a hub of sorts, he said, explaining most connections from places like Chatham or Sarnia, going to places like Kitchener or Stratford, currently have long waits in between.

“They have to wait two to three hours for a connection in London,” Houston said. “That's not acceptable.”

The RAIL group was part of a victory late last year that saw more stops included on train 84's route from Sarnia to London, and a quicker connection to the Toronto-bound train 70.

Houston said he's hoping to arrange a meeting with VIA and CN officials sometime next month to talk about other changes the group would like to see.

“We're looking for more acceptable connection times,” he said .”We'd like to see the afternoon train here around 3 p.m. reinstated.”

A followup meeting for the Southwestern Ontario Transportation Alliance, likely a teleconference, he said, is scheduled for early May.

The group is hoping to appoint a regional executive to help re-establish Via Rail services to cities affected by funding reductions to the train company.

“VIA Rail, being at the whim of the House of Commons with no national rail strategy, they have to take what's dealt to them, in regards to funding and administration and everything else,” Houston said.


SLEP GM speaking to int'l energy crowd; debuts new energy video2014-04-09

Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership General Manager, George Mallay, will be speaking today to an audience of energy sector representatives at the All-Energy Canada 2014 conference taking place in Toronto April 09 and 10.

Mallay will be presenting and participating in a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m., ‘Developing the Labour Skills in the Sustainable Energy Economy’.  Mallay noted that the topic is a natural fit for Sarnia-Lambton. “Our community is positioning itself as a leader in the hybrid chemical and energy sector, and part of that foresight is training for these future jobs.”

The Economic Partnership’s GM will also be speaking today at 12:30 p.m. at a “Near and Far Markets” session, where a new 4 minute video promoting Sarnia-Lambton’s energy sector will debut.  “We’re getting information out on Sarnia-Lambton’s global-scale energy sector and the excellent service and manufacturing companies we have here that support it,” Mallay noted.  “The energy-related skills and products found in Sarnia-Lambton can easily be exported around the world; a fact that we will be heavily promoting at the event.”

To view the Economic Partnership’s new video on Sarnia-Lambton’s energy industry go to www.sarnialambton.on.ca and click on the “Sarnia-Lambton’s Energy Cluster” video link. 

The video was created by local media company Storyboard Solutions.

All-Energy Canada 2014 is the third event in a global All-Energy series. It is a multi-stream conference that brings together renewable energy experts from around the world. The conference focuses on solution-based renewable and sustainable energy technologies.  www.all-energy.ca.  

For further information:

George Mallay
General Manager
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
mallay@sarnialambton.on.ca



Sarnia construction values holding steady2014-04-06
From www.theobserver.ca    The Observer

Construction values continued to remain strong in Sarnia last month.

For the third month in a row, March's construction values topped last year's numbers. In total, $4.52 million worth of building permits were issued last month compared to $3.06 million in March 2013.

Since January, the city has issued a total of $14.17 million worth of permits, almost double last year's figures for the same three-month time period.

A bulk of that construction is happening at Imperial Oil. More than $840,000 worth of renovations is planned for the Christina Street South site, according to a report from the city.

A total of $740,000 worth of renovations is also planned for the Real Canadian Superstore plaza on Murphy Road.

Last month, the city issued 29 building permits, including 10 single family dwellings.

SLEP GM testifies at Standing Committee on Natural Resources2014-04-03
In Ottawa today Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership GM, George Mallay, spoke before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources. The committee was meeting to study the Cross-Canada benefits of developing the Oil and Gas Industry of the Energy Sector.

Mallay noted that it was a good opportunity to put forward three key points to the Standing Committee: 1. awareness of building a hybrid chemistry complex in Sarnia-Lambton; 2. the need for more awareness and support for the Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Alliance’s initiative to penetrate the Alberta market; and 3, the fact that Sarnia-Lambton receives the oil, has the market location, and has strong community support for the creation of a refinery here.

Mallay noted, “The Standing Committee was made aware of the investments taking place here by NOVA, Union Gas and other companies; and the potential for additional investment in Sarnia-Lambton because of the opportunities presented by shale gas feed stocks.”

In addition to Mallay, witnesses presenting to the Committee were:

- Suncor Energy Inc.: Heather Kennedy, Vice-President, Government Relations, Business Services; Jean Côté, Vice-President, Montreal Refinery, Refining and Marketing.

- Canadian Steel Producers Association: Ron Watkins, President

- As individuals: Normand Mousseau, Professor, Université de Montréal, Department of Physics

- Andrew Leach, Associate Professor, Author, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta.


US company still pursuing LNG2014-03-26
By Paul Morden, from www.theobserver.ca   The Observer

The president of an American shipping company lined up to buy liquified natural gas (LNG) from a proposed new production unit Shell Canada put on hold last week says he still believes the fuel has a future on the Great Lakes.

Interlake Steamship Company, based in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, was identified last spring as a customer for the LNG Shell said it was planning to produce at its Sarnia Manufacturing Centre near Corunna.

But Shell confirmed last week it has paused that project, and a similar one planned for Louisiana, while it reviews its LNG-for-transport opportunities in North America.

"We'd like to see LNG on the lakes, and I think we're still hopeful that will come," said Interlake president Mark Barker.

"We've done a lot of work to understand and develop that technology, and what it takes to use LNG, and we're still pursuing it."

Interlake announced last spring it had reached an agreement in principle with Shell for a supply of LNG.

"They are taking a pause," Barker said, "but we are still working with them to see if there's a way that we can continue the work we've done, to see if we can run our ships on LNG."

Barker said Interlake expected to begin using the fuel in spring 2016 and hasn't begun converting any of its nine ships from heavy oil to cleaner burning, and less-expensive LNG.

"Marine transportation is the most environmental way of moving stuff on a ton per mile basis," he said. "LNG would just make it that much better."

The small-scale gas liquefaction unit Shell was planning for Corunna would have been able to produce 250,000 tonnes of LNG, and would have created approximately 10 new jobs at the site, as well as several hundred short-time construction jobs.

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey he's continuing to push for his Natural Gas Superhighway private member's bill that received unanimous support in September at second reading in the legislature.

"I think it's even more important now, in light of Shell's announcement," Bailey said.

"I'm glad they say it's a 'pause' and not an out-and-outright stop."

Passing his bill, designed to adjust trucking weight restrictions and provide tax credits for purchasing LNG-burning trucks, would tell the fuel and trucking industries government is serious about developing use of the fuel in Ontario, Bailey said.


Sarnia Lambton Industrial Alliance wins Chamber Innovation Award2014-03-25
Sarnia, Ontario, March 25, 2014 - Sarnia Lambton Industrial Alliance (SLIA) Chairman Rick Perdeaux accepted the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Award for “Innovation” at the awards ceremony in Sarnia on Friday March 21, 2014. SLIA was chosen as the recipient of the Innovation award from a strong line up of very qualified nominees.

SLIA, with the efforts of an enthusiastic volunteer Board of Directors and the participation of nearly 40 local member companies, has created something that is both unique and innovative. It is a not-for-profit industry group of companies that has agreed to work together to promote the exceptional skills and abilities of members to new markets outside their traditional local service area. Some of these companies are long-time direct competitors, while others provide complementary services. All have recognized the potential benefit in capturing more work for Sarnia-Lambton, in Canada and around the world, in the sectors of industrial fabrication, machine shop, engineering, environmental, water and wastewater services.

Their group efforts are being noticed. Bidding opportunities and actual work has been generated, and more is anticipated. SLIA has brought attention to our area’s leading-edge capabilities and capacity for growth. Industry representatives, media, politicians and government officials that may not otherwise have been aware are noticing. Putting people to work and creating economic growth is a popular goal, and many are lining up to support the idea. SLIA representatives note that it has proven to be easier to do as a group, than with each company working individually.

Mr. Perdeaux indicates that the SLIA group is thankful for the recognition by the Chamber and will be celebrating this achievement, but has no intention of “resting on its laurels”. The group continues to expand its efforts to reach new markets and potential clients for the wide range of products and services available in Sarnia-Lambton. They are also continuing their efforts to develop an “oversized load corridor” from member shops to a suitable deep-water dock facility. Such a route would reduce shipping costs, allowing them to compete more effectively and create more job opportunities.

Last, but not least, SLIA welcomes potential new members to bring their ideas and skills to the group so the innovative ideas can continue to grow!

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For further information contact:

David Moody
Project Leader – Business Growth Services
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
david@sarnialambton.on.ca
519-332-1820, Ext 226



Shell project put on hold2014-03-20
From www.theobserver.ca   The Observer

Shell Canada says it is hitting the pause button on plans for a liquified natural gas (LNG) processing unit at its Corunna refinery.

The company said last March it was adding small-scale gas liquefaction units at its Sarnia Manufacturing Centre near Corunna, as well as at a facility in Louisiana, aimed at the commercial transportation markets.

"We did inform employees (Wednesday) that Shell is pausing the ongoing development of the liquefaction units that were planned for both Geismar, Louisiana and the Sarnia Manufacturing Centre," Shell spokesperson Randy Provencal said Thursday.

"It's going to allow us an opportunity to review our broader LNG-for-transport opportunities in North America, really, so that we can ensure that we have a flexible and competitive portfolio."

The project, planned for five to 10 acres at the Shell facility, was expected to create a few hundred construction jobs, as well as 10 full-time refinery positions operating the unit that would cool natural gas to turn it into a liquid.

"Certainly, we're disappointed to hear that it's not going ahead," said Ray Curran, spokesperson for the Sarnia Construction Association.

"We need capital projects in the community here."

But, Curran added Shell officials have assured the association the company has long-term plans in the community.

"For the next 20 years, this plant is going to be in Sarnia, we feel," he said.

Lambton County Warden Todd Case called the news "very unfortunate," but added his hope is that "the project does still happen, in the very near future."

Provencal said he wasn't able to say how much money the company was planning to spend on the LNG unit at Corunna.

Shell had five employees working at the refinery site on the project, who will deployed to other projects within the site, Provencal said.

Shell said in March 2013 that each of the new units it was planning to build would be able to produce 250,000 tones of LNG. They were originally expected to be operating two years from now.

"Of course, news like this comes as a disappointment," Provencal said regarding reaction at the Corunna facility.

"It's a setback for us, however the future is bright for the Sarnia Manufacturing Centre, and for Shell in this community."

He said Shell has "a number of growth projects that we're working towards, right now."

Several years ago, Shell considered building a new multi-billion dollar refinery near Courtright but officially pulled the plug on that proposal in July 2008 after two years of study and planning.

Last year, Shell said the Ohio-based Interlake Steamship Company was expected to be its first marine customers for LNG on the Great Lakes.

Interlake later announced it had reached an agreement in principle with Shell for a supply of LNG for ships it was planning to convert to the fuel.

"I can't speak to specific companies or contracts," Provencal said when asked about the agreement with Interlake.

"We believe in the opportunities that were identified in these corridors, the gulf coast corridor and the Great Lakes corridor, but we want to ensure they're going to provide the best value for Shell and our customers," he said.


Revision to Sarnia to Toronto passenger rail2014-03-20
Eastbound from Sarnia to Toronto

R.A.I.L. proposed a schedule revision, which was well-received by VIA executives in 2013. Effective December 2013, it was made available for online ticket sales access by early 2014. The revised schedule was deemed an effective first collaborative step in creating better passenger rail connections for Sarnia-Lambton… and its American visitors.

Benefits created by this renewed schedule:
• Option of a faster ride from Sarnia to Toronto (transfer from Train 84 to Train 70weekday/80weekends in London) arrival in Toronto will now be 10:04 instead of 10:50 (46mins. faster).
• Option of a stop in Aldershot and if desired, connecting to GO into Niagara
• Option of stops along the way to Toronto are: Woodstock, Brantford, Aldershot, Oakville
• Stops renewed at Wyoming & Strathroy - must book by 5:30 a.m. day of departure (or 40mins. prior to Sarnia departure)

Yes, train 84 still leaves at 6:11am. Help us bring more train traffic to Sarnia.

Visit WWW.E-RAIL.CA to learn more and link to our Facebook Page
or email rail.lambton@gmail.ca to offer your suggestions and support.
Call us at 519-542-7751 Ext: 3110
Be sure to check for VIA’s Tuesday 24hr. special each week at VIARAIL.CA

Report from:
Rail Advocacy in Lambton
MFH/March 20, 2014

Construction beginning on new home for Central Lambton Family Health Team2014-03-14

From www.theobserver.ca  The Observer

A sod-turning ceremony is taking place 10 a.m. March 25 at the site for the new $4-million, 19,500-square-foot structure at Englehart Park in Petrolia. The site was chosen to give patients easy access to Bluewater Health's Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital.

The single-storey building will house the health team — including seven doctors — a pharmacy, a dentist's office, and other yet-to-be-confirmed health services.

"We have been looking forward to this day for some time," said Petrolia Mayor John McCharles in a news release. "This will tie our communities together and secure the future of Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital."

The centre is expected to serve about 10,500 patients and is scheduled to open in the fall.
 



Enbridge Line 9 approved for piping crude east2014-03-07

By Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau
From www.theobserver.ca   The Observer

OTTAWA - The National Energy Board (NEB) has given the go-ahead to Enbridge Pipelines to reverse the flow along the full length of the existing Line 9 pipeline to send crude eastward from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal and the Quebec City area.

In the decision released Thursday, the NEB says it will also let Enbridge increase the overall capacity of the pipeline from 240,000 to 300,000 barrels of oil per day, including heavy crude from Western Canada and the Bakken fields in the U.S.

"The Board's decision enables Enbridge to react to market forces and provide benefits to Canadians, while at the same time implementing the Project in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner," the NEB said in its decision.

Enbridge will also have to follow 30 conditions, which includes creating "comprehensive site-specific spill contingency measures."

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver welcomed the NEB decision.

"This will protect high-quality, skilled jobs in Quebec and create market opportunities for Western Canada's oil producers," he said in a statement. "Furthermore, by replacing higher-cost foreign crude with Canadian crude, the reversal will strengthen Quebec's refining and petrochemical industries."

Oliver also notes the NEB heard testimony "from 60 interveners including four First Nations, 23 associations and 12 governmental organizations" before making its decision.

Still, the anti-oilsands Environmental Defence slammed the NEB for deciding to "rubber-stamp this risky project."

Others promise to disrupt Enbridge's plans.

"Rising Tide is calling for civil disobedience to show opposition to Line 9 and 'tar sands' expansion," Rising Tide's Shirley Ceravolo said in a news release.



Sugar beet growers want to expand into industrial market2014-03-06

From www.theobserver.ca  The Observer

By Peter Epp, March 06, 2014

Sugar beet growers in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton want to grow more beets, but not for use as sugar. The beets would be processed as a feedstock to be used in Sarnia-Lambton's growing bio-chemical sector.

Mark Lumley, a Sarnia-area sugar beet grower who was acclaimed as chair of the Ontario Sugarbeet Growers' Association on Thursday, says there are various potential uses for the “thin juice” or “running sugar water” produced at a sugar beet factory before that juice is crystallized.

“It could be used as a feedstock for bio-chemical use,” Lumley explained to QMI Agency. “It could be used to enhance the production of corn ethanol. It could, in fact, be used as one of the ingredients in the production of polyethylene. It would be an alternative to petroleum.”

Lumley said the association's members are serious about finding an alternative use for their sugar beets, and are working toward the development of a processing facility in Sarnia-Lambton that would prepare the thin juice for bio-chemical customers.

“We're just not talking about this,” Lumley said. “We want to do this. The end game for all of this discussion is that we want to grow more sugar beets in Ontario.”

The association's members have been growing sugar beets for the Michigan Sugar Company since the mid-1990s, but their agreement is to produce 10,000 acres of sugar beets annually. The beets are processed at Croswell, Michigan and used for refined sugar.

But Lumley said there's an opportunity for the Ontario growers to expand their acreage, although any new production would likely be used for industrial production.

“We could refine our own sugar right here, but it's just not economical,” Lumley said. “But every sugar refinery must first make thin juice to make sugar, and there's an opportunity to make the thin juice only.”

Lumley said part of the reason for an expansion in Ontario's beet industry comes from the area's superior production. Sugar beet growers in Lambton County and Chatham-Kent consistently out-produce their Michigan colleagues, he said.

“We're smoking the rest of Michigan and all of the United States. This is one of the most productive areas in all of North America for sugar beet production. If there was a demand for 50,000 acres of sugar beets grown in this area, we could grow it. We have the people, we have the technology, and we have the soil.”

Lumley said an opportunity exists to sell the thin juice to BioAmber in Sarnia, and added there has been “a lot of discussion” with BioInnovation Canada about the role of the sugar beet in the bio-chemical sector.

Speaking to the association's 80 growers on Thursday, Lumley said there's no reason why the industry can't expand.

“We have a 10,000-acre cap with Michigan Sugar, but there's no reason why we can't grow 40,000 acres for that excess sugar and have it processed in Sarnia-Lambton,” he said.

Earlier in the meeting, members heard from Dresden-area grower Mark Richards about the association joining the Canadian Sugar Beet Association, which currently represents sugar beet growers in Southern Alberta.

Richards said membership in the national association would hopefully raise the industry's domestic profile, both politically and industrially. He said the Alberta and Ontario growers could benefit from sharing research and working toward an expansion in their market.

The Alberta growers sell their sugar beets to two companies, Atlantic Sugar and Redparh. Atlantic has a refinery in Vancouver, while Redpath has refineries in Toronto and Montreal.

Rob Boras, president of the Canadian Sugar Beet Association, welcomed the Ontario growers' membership. He said the national body is particularly concerned with the proposed trade agreement with the European Union, fearing that European sugar will be “dumped” into Canada. The trade agreement, Boras said, doesn't adequately protect Canadian sugar beet growers.
 



Sarnia's first brewery2014-03-05

From http://blackburnews.com   Blackburn News

By Lee Michaels, March 05, 2014

The finishing touches are being put on Sarnia’s first ever craft brewery.

Refined Fool Brewing Company hopes to open on Davis St. near Christina St. on the First Friday event in May.

Nathan Colquhoun is one of ten investors in the company

He says the cost will be comparable to other craft beers.

They’ve installed 400 L fermenters and 200 L boil kettles with six ales offered initially.

Although they’ll first operate as a manufacturing and retail outlet, they hope to eventually offer a pub service as well.
 



Lets talk energy!2014-02-20
Oil Springs, ON – Get in on the energy conversation! From February 21 – 28, 2014 the Oil Museum of Canada is proud to be part of Canada’s first ever national energy awareness week. Let’s Talk Energy Week – IT’S ON! invites Canadians to explore and discuss the vital role energy plays in all aspects of our lives. Visit letstalkenergy.ca for more information.

"Let's Talk Energy is a national program that aims to enhance energy awareness and literacy among Canadians to contribute to a sustainable energy future" says Oil Museum Supervisor Connie Bell.

The public is invited to the Oil Museum of Canada during Let's Talk Energy week to learn more about oil as well as other energy sources. Visitors are also welcome to fill out a ballot for a prize package of a Let's Talk Energy t-shirt, the children's book Luz Sees the Light, and Bernie Gilmore's CD Oil Boom.

During February the Oil Museum of Canada is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.

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Contact:
Connie Bell
Supervisor
Oil Museum of Canada
Telephone: 519-834-2840
email: connie.bell@county-lambton.on.ca


$10 million from Ag Canada for Bioamber's S-L plant2014-02-19
By Tyler Kula, from www.theobserver.ca  The Observer

More federal dollars have arrived to bolster BioAmber's $125-million Sarnia-Lambton plant.

Wednesday, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced a $10-million AgriInnovation Program loan — part of the government's Growing Forward 2 initiative — for BioAmber at Lanxess, where BioAmber's biosuccinic acid plant is being built.

Construction is expected to wrap up by year's end, officials said.

“Once it's fully operational it's estimated the plant will use the equivalent of three million bushels of Ontario corn annually,” said Ritz.

“This is great news for Ontario corn farmers who want to diversify their farm businesses.”

The first-of-its-kind in Canada commercial plant will use biosuccinic acid from corn sugar to manufacture products ranging from automotive parts to cosmetics. It's expected to create about 50 permanent jobs and produce 30,000 tonnes per year at startup, Ritz said.

A 20,000-tonne expansion is planned within a year, company officials have said, eventually leading to an estimated 155 jobs at the Sarnia plant by 2019, said Ritz.

“I want to congratulate BioAmber on this exciting new venture,” he said. “Our government is pleased to be a partner in projects that provide growth and prosperity to Canadian farmers and the sector as a whole.”

Creating more markets for crops tends to raise prices: good news for farmers, he said, adding the plant — and others like it in the future — could lead to new varieties of corn grown in Ontario specifically for biosuccinic acid.

“This is like the Internet in the late 90s,” said company CEO Jean-Francois Huc.

“Fifteen years from now we're not going to believe how much of our agriculture, biomass, waste, corn and other, are being transformed into value-added products and ending up in everything from tires to automobiles, to the plastic cups we use, to the cosmetics, everything.”

Both he and executive vice-president Mike Hartmann said they were thrilled with the $10-million loan.

“I think it makes a lot of sense that Canada is involved in this and it's a big project,” Hartmann said.

Details of the loan repayment aren't being made public, Ritz said.

BioAmber raised $71.9 million in an initial public stock offering, arranged a $25-million loan from Hercules Capital and has received other provincial and federal government funding for the Sarnia project announced in 2011.

The Montreal-based company has partnered with Mitsui & Co. for the Sarnia plant, and two other facilities it plans to build.

Sarnia is in the running for those other plants, including a 100,000-ton bio-based butanediol (BDO) plant, expected to cost between $330 million and $350 million to build. BDO is made from biosuccinic acid and used in things like plastics and spandex, Hartmann said

“We're in the process of doing site evaluations throughout North America,” he said.

But Canada and Sarnia are well-positioned for the future, Huc said.

“We're very excited to be on the leading edge, but this is just the beginning.”


Great Lakes and St. Lawerence Cities set for Sarnia2014-02-18
A bevy of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway-area mayors will be in town next year, seeing what Sarnia-Lambton has to offer as it hosts the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative's annual meeting and conference.

The most important event of the year for the 112-municipal-member group, representing 17 million people on either side of the border, is an opportunity to showcase Sarnia-Lambton, said Beverley Horodyski with Tourism Sarnia-Lambton.

“It was fantastic news when we heard we were selected,” she said.

Provincial, state and federal representatives also usually attend, along with non-government and private sector delegates.

In all, up to 150 representatives are expected to stay at the Point Edward Holiday Inn during the June 17-19, 2015 conference, Horodyski said, praising the group for its work to protect, restore and promote the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region.

“From a tourism point of view that's great news for us because we're literally in the heart of the Great Lakes region,” she said.

A planning committee will be working over the next 16 months to develop activities and programs for the conference, she said.

It's unclear exactly what the theme of next year's meeting will be yet, said initiative executive director David Ullrich, noting this year's — in Thunder Bay this June — will be focusing on climate change.

Using the Great Lakes to transport oil, especially near Sarnia where officials have been petitioning to play a greater role in upgrading oil sands bitumen, could be among the topics, he said.

“We don't decide that until a little closer to it,” he said. “Because sometimes issues develop.”

Keynote speakers will also be selected closer to the date, he said.

Past host cities include Quebec City and Marquette Mich.

In making it's decision, the initiative's board of directors were impressed with Sarnia-Lambton's proposal, and that it's centrally located in the Great Lakes region, and somewhere the initiative hasn't hosted an annual conference before, said Ullrich.

“And with the heavy industry in Sarnia, it makes for very interesting field trips that we can take as part of the tour,” he said.

The initiative celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and was created to give voice to municipalities on issues that concern Great Lakes and St. Lawrence-area waterways, Ullrich said.

Typically about 30 to 40 mayors attend annual conferences, he said.

“What we really try to do as an organization is integrate these things: the economy, the environment, and the society, into a much more liveable and sustainable Great Lakes,” he said. “Sarnia will be just a perfect example of that.”


Bio-diesel makers join forces2014-02-08
By Paul Morden,  From www.theobserver.ca  The Observer

Ontario bio-diesel producers have formed an association to promote the fuel as the province considers mandating that at least 2% of its diesel come from renewable sources.

The three founding members of the Ontario Bio-diesel Association includes Methes Energies Canada Inc., operator of a plant near near Sombra that makes bio-diesel from used cooking oil and other renewable feedstocks.

Methes CEO Michel Laporte said the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has been promoting alternative and renewable fuels nationally.

"But, when it came to specifically to Ontario, we felt we could be better represented by having our own association, which is very specific to bio-diesel," he said.

The new association has already held talks with provincial government officials, including a meeting this week in Toronto, Laporte said.

Other members of the association include Great Lakes Bio-diesel, a company that operates a refinery in Welland, and Noroxel Energy Ltd., near Alymer. Paul Grenier of Welland has been named its executive director.

Ontario announced in its 2013 budget it would consult with the industry on mandating use of bio-diesel in the province. In November, the government posted a proposed regulation to the Environment Registry that would set a minimum mandate of 2% bio-diesel beginning this spring, and growing to 4% in 2016.

Environment Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan said technical discussions are continuing with stakeholders.

"The ministry will consider all feedback received through the consultation before any decisions on next steps are made," she said.

Laporte said a 2% mandate won't necessarily create new demand for Ontario-produced bio-diesel since the large fuel companies in the province will be free to buy it from anywhere.

But, he expects they will turn to Ontario's four bio-diesel refiners because of the logistical advantage.

"This is our backyard, and we're much closer to where the demand's going to be," he said.

The combined capacity of Ontario's existing bio-diesel refiners is "pretty close" to being able to supply a 2% mandate, Laporte said.

Growing to 4% would create some opportunities, he added.

They include increasing capacity at the existing bio-diesel plants, and encouraging new companies to enter the industry, Laporte said.

"We do believe there is a bright future."

Methes took over a former Chinook Chemical plant near Sombra, on Holt Line in St. Clair Township, where it began manufacturing bio-diesel last year.

Laporte said the company is planning to expand production there later this year.

Methes currently has the capacity to produce 55 million litres of bio-diesel annually at its facilities in Sombra and Mississauga, and has customers in the U.S. where there is a strong mandate requiring its use.

Last year, the U.S. mandate required use of 1.3 billion gallons of bio-diesel, and the industry produced about 1.9 billion gallons.

"Which means there is a good demand for bio-diesel," beyond the government mandate, Laporte said.
By Paul Morden, From www.theobserver.ca The Observer
February 08, 2014

By Paul Morden

Ontario bio-diesel producers have formed an association to promote the fuel as the province considers mandating that at least 2% of its diesel come from renewable sources.

The three founding members of the Ontario Bio-diesel Association includes Methes Energies Canada Inc., operator of a plant near near Sombra that makes bio-diesel from used cooking oil and other renewable feedstocks.

Methes CEO Michel Laporte said the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has been promoting alternative and renewable fuels nationally.

"But, when it came to specifically to Ontario, we felt we could be better represented by having our own association, which is very specific to bio-diesel," he said.

The new association has already held talks with provincial government officials, including a meeting this week in Toronto, Laporte said.

Other members of the association include Great Lakes Bio-diesel, a company that operates a refinery in Welland, and Noroxel Energy Ltd., near Alymer. Paul Grenier of Welland has been named its executive director.

Ontario announced in its 2013 budget it would consult with the industry on mandating use of bio-diesel in the province. In November, the government posted a proposed regulation to the Environment Registry that would set a minimum mandate of 2% bio-diesel beginning this spring, and growing to 4% in 2016.

Environment Ministry spokesperson Kate Jordan said technical discussions are continuing with stakeholders.

"The ministry will consider all feedback received through the consultation before any decisions on next steps are made," she said.

Laporte said a 2% mandate won't necessarily create new demand for Ontario-produced bio-diesel since the large fuel companies in the province will be free to buy it from anywhere.

But, he expects they will turn to Ontario's four bio-diesel refiners because of the logistical advantage.

"This is our backyard, and we're much closer to where the demand's going to be," he said.

The combined capacity of Ontario's existing bio-diesel refiners is "pretty close" to being able to supply a 2% mandate, Laporte said.

Growing to 4% would create some opportunities, he added.

They include increasing capacity at the existing bio-diesel plants, and encouraging new companies to enter the industry, Laporte said.

"We do believe there is a bright future."

Methes took over a former Chinook Chemical plant near Sombra, on Holt Line in St. Clair Township, where it began manufacturing bio-diesel last year.

Laporte said the company is planning to expand production there later this year.

Methes currently has the capacity to produce 55 million litres of bio-diesel annually at its facilities in Sombra and Mississauga, and has customers in the U.S. where there is a strong mandate requiring its use.

Last year, the U.S. mandate required use of 1.3 billion gallons of bio-diesel, and the industry produced about 1.9 billion gallons.

"Which means there is a good demand for bio-diesel," beyond the government mandate, Laporte said.


Atelka holdilng job fair in Sarnia, Friday and Saturday2014-01-31
By Paul Morden, from www.theobserver.ca  The Observer

A job fair to fill 300 positions at a new call centre in Sarnia was two hours away from opening its doors Friday morning, and Atelka CEO Georges Karam was already feeling pleased.

The Montreal-based company began accepting resumes on its website after announcing a little more than two weeks ago it's setting up its eighth Canadian contact centre at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park in Sarnia.

"We have, already, a lot of resumes for agents and for supervisors and for site directors," Karam said.

"I think we're going to have a great day today."

Friday's job fair in the research park's conference centre was set to run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday,10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Job seekers were being encouraged to show up with resumes and Karam said they plan to begin hiring by mid-February, begin training in early March and begin operating in early April.

Karam said they look at several criteria when locating a contact centre in a community, including the facilities available, but most important is the quality and experience of the workforce.

"We found that Sarnia has all of it," he said.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, and other local officials, gathered at the research park Friday morning to welcome Atelka to town.

"They've already had a strong response," Bradley said, "with 300 resumes coming in, online."

Staff at the county-owned research park, and the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, had been working to attract a new call centre at the facility since a NCO call centre closed there in 2012, putting 500 people out of work.

Karam said Ontario's announcement of a coming raise in the minimum wage will have an impact, but added Atelka only pays workers that rate during training.

"Once the agents is trained and ready to go on the floor, they are paid more than the minimum wage."

Karam said he wasn't able to give an exact wage rate Friday for what agents in Sarnia will be earning.

But, he added, Ontario's move to a higher minimum wage "is something to consider for our future expansion."

Founded in 2003 by two Montreal entrepreneurs, Atelka employs more than 2,000 people at sites in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

"Any time we open a centre, we look at it for the long-term," Karam said.

"We have a very success record for staying in the cities that we select."


SLEP calls for province-wide strategy to promote chemical industry2014-01-28

By Barbara Simpson, from www.theobserver.ca   The Observer

The Ontario government needs to roll out the welcome mat to the chemical industry, says one of Sarnia's top economic officials.

George Mallay, of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, is calling on the provincial government to create a strategy to attract new business in the oil, shale gas and bio-based industries to Ontario.

“I think the government needs to have a strategy and indicate that Ontario is open to business in terms of the chemistry industry – and I think it is – but I think we need a strategy and action plan and resources tied together to make stuff happen,” Mallay said.

Ontario is expected to see 600 person-years of employment thanks to the Canadian oil sands, according to the Conference Board of Canada.

Local officials are still working on developing a heavy haul route to allow local fabricating plants to build and easily ship industrial modules for Alberta's oil companies.

Along with a province-wide strategy, SLEP officials are also recommending increasing funding for pilot-scale production facilities as part of the province's upcoming budget.

At one time, the Ontario Demonstration Fund provided 50% of funding up to $4 million to create pilot plants, Mallay noted. Both Woodland Biofuels and KmX Corporation benefited from funding through the program.

However, the provincial fund is no longer accepting applications, he noted.

“Generally it's been difficult to raise funding in Canada for technology projects,” he said.

With capital costs ranging from $200 to $300 million for a commercial plant, Mallay said the province should provide low interest loans and loan guarantees.

BioAmber has received a $15-million low interest loan for its biosuccinic acid plant through the province.

Mallay also pointed to the government's current industrial electricity incentive program as another area for the province to address in its upcoming budget.

At current rates, large industrial users are paying in the range of 10 to 11 cents per kilowatt hour, Mallay noted. In the U.S. Gulf Coast, the cost is 3.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

Nova Chemicals is considering both Sarnia-Lambton and the Gulf Coast to be home to a new polyethylene plant.

“The province needs to have a program that can enable industrial users to have electricity pricing that is competitive with other global locations,” Mallay said. “In Ontario, electrical prices were historically one of the key economic advantages.”
 



Capacity to increase on lesser-known Line 72014-01-23
By Paul Morden, from www.theobserver.ca   The Observer

Work to boost the capacity of Enbridge's Line 7 oil pipeline from Sarnia to Westover, Ont., is expected to carried out next month.

The project to expand the pipeline's capacity from 147,000 to 180,000 barrels a day received approval in October from the National Energy Board.

Enbridge spokesperson Graham White said an inert polymer chemical, known as a "drag-reducing agent," will be injected into the line to reduce friction between the pipe wall and the oil. That will increase the line's capacity without the need to increase the diameter of the pipe, or the pressure, he said.

"It's a fairly common procedure in the pipeline industry."

The line, built in 1957, carries western oil from Sarnia to Westover, Ontario, White said.

The work to expand the line's capacity followed a request from eastern refineries for an increase in access to supplies of western oil, he said.

White said Line 7 went through a series of inspections between 2011 and 2013.

"The line is in very good shape, it's very safe and we've been able to verify that recently," he said.

Information about the project was sent to 14 municipalities along the pipeline, including Sarnia and Lambton County, as well as First Nations, White said.

"There will be no discernible difference from operations for anyone in the public, or landowners, or any other stakeholders," he said.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said the city received two notices about the Line 7 project, but council didn't raise any concerns.

The Ontario Pipeline Landowners Association asked the National Energy Board to hold a full hearing into Enbridge's plans but the board said it wasn't warranted.

White said Enbridge is expecting a decision soon from the National Energy Board on the company's more widely-known application to reverse the flow of oil in its Line 9 pipeline running from North Westover to Montreal. The board has already approved a reversal in the flow on the section of Line 9 from Sarnia to North Westover.

Built in the 1970s, Line 9 originally sent western oil east but the flow was reversed in the 1990s to carry then-cheaper offshore oil west.

As well as returning the pipeline's flow to its original direction, Enbridge wants to expand Line 9's capacity from 240,000 to 300,000 barrels a day.

The Line 9 reversal plan has attracted opposition from environmental groups.


Sarnia-Lambton in the running for bio-based butanediol facility2014-01-23
By Paul Morden,  from www.theobserver.ca    The Observer

As Montreal-based BioAmber continues construction of a $125-million plant in Sarnia-Lambton, the community is among sites being considered for a second manufacturing facility that the company wants to commission in 2017.

Bio-Amber said this week it has signed a long-term deal that will see Houston-based Vinmar International buy bio-based butanediol (BDO) manufactured at a proposed 100,000-ton-a-year capacity plant. Vinmar also plans to invest in the plant, alongside BioAmber.

Sarnia-Lambton is "definitely" in the running for the BDO facility, said BioAmber CEO Jean-Francois Huc.

"We have not finalized the site-selection process, by any means," he added.

"We probably won't make a final decision until next year."

Huc said sites in both the U.S. and Canada are being considered, and the contract with Vinmar is expected to help secure project financing.

"Vinmar has a proven track record of selling large volumes of BDO, has global logistics expertise and vast experience executing large chemical projects," said Fabrice Orecchioni, BioAmber's chief operations officer.

Work began in 2013 on a bio-succinic acid plant BioAmber is building on Vidal street in Sarnia. The company plans to create 60 permanent jobs there using sugar from corn to produce bio-succinic acid for use in manufacturing products ranging from automotive parts to cosmetics.

"Things are advancing well in Sarnia," Huc said.

"Right now our core push is still on getting Sarnia completed by the end of the year, and getting product shipped out of that plant."

BioAmber produces BDO by combining its succinic acid technology with a catalyst technology licensed from DuPont. The company says its bio-based BDO is cost competitive with BDO made from petroleum for use as a building block chemical in a wide range of products, including polyurethanes, biodegradable plastics and spandex.

The 100,000-ton BDO plant is expected to cost between $330 million and $350 million to build, Huc said.

"There are a lot of reasons to set up in Sarnia, so they are definitely in the running," he said.

"We want to have a site selected and we want to have financing in place in 2015."

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, chairperson of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, said it will be following up with BioAmber about the possibility of a second plant.

"They are the best ambassadors you could come up with," Bradley said about the way Montreal company's officials talk about Sarnia-Lambton.

"They are just so high on the site, the workforce, the cooperation, and all those things," he said.


Marcellus shale feedstock gives Lambton plant bright future2014-01-17

By Paul Morden, from www.theobserver.ca   The Observer

The outlook for Nova Chemicals' Corunna plant is very different today than it was just a half decade ago, according to the company's chief executive officer.

Nova's Randy Woelfel spoke about the turnaround during a celebration held at the plant Thursday for the introduction of ethane, piped from the Marcellus shale region of the eastern U.S., as a new lower-cost feedstock for the Corunna facility.  "There's no question that the outlook is fundamentally more positive today than it was just a few years ago," he said.

The Corunna plant was built in 1977 and by 2008 it was aging and struggling financially as it used a mix of oil and natural gas-based feedstocks to make ethylene used in the manufacturing of polyethylene plastics.

"In fact, in 2008, we lost significant money here," said Woelfel. That poor financial performance was repeated in 2009.

"It was not clear whether we could see, ultimately, a long-term future here," Woelfel said.

But, the company saw an opportunity in the emerging Marcellus shale region to take advantage a less expensive feedstock and make the Corunna plant competitive again.

"We got a jump on the rest of our industry and we were a first mover to capitalize on the Marcellus opportunity," Woelfel said.

Nova moved in 2011 to spent hundreds of millions of dollars equipping its Corunna plant to use up to 100% ethane from natural gas, and to connect the site by pipeline to Pennsylvania's Marcellus basin.

That work is now nearly complete, leading to Thursday celebration by Nova officials, alongside community representatives.

"Today, Nova is the first player in North America that is actually taking ethane out of Marcellus, adding value to it, and ultimately putting it into the marketplace," Woelfel.

In December, Nova announced plans to spend another $300 million to expand the Corunna site's capacity by 20%, and upgrade Nova's nearby Moore plant, one of two in St. Clair Township that manufactures polyethylene.

"Which would bring us close to almost $1 billion of capital committed and spent here by Nova since 2009," Woelfel said.

While that work is being done, the company will continue to explore building a new world-scale polyethylene plant, possibly in Sarnia-Lambton, along with an additional expansion at Corunna to feed it.

"The potential is for a multi-billion-dollar investment," Woelfel said.

Technology allowing natural gas to be extracted from shale deposits has been part of a major change in North America's energy industry, but it has also be controversial and has raised environmental concerns.

Woelfel said Nova took that into consideration, early on, when it explored using ethane from the Marcellus region

"It was very important for us, if we were going to hang our hats for the long-term on this source of feedstock, we had to feel comfortable," he said.

He said there's risk in any industrial process but Nova is confident "what we're doing, in fact, is environmentally responsible and sustainable for the long-term."

What they're saying

- "We in St. Clair Township are very pleased and thankful with the foresight that Nova Chemicals had in leading the way to utilize this latest feedstock development." St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold

- "Nova Chemicals is a key partner and anchor company in the region that has shown strong support for Ontario’s manufacturing sector by investing here as part of its long-term growth strategy." Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

- "I want to congratulate Nova Chemicals and the Corunna site on achieving the goal of being the first North American facility to utilize ethane from the Marcellus Shale Basin. Sarnia-Lambton has a long and storied history as a hub of energy and chemistry innovation." Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey

- "Our cracker revamp coupled with the availability of new, cost-competitive feedstock sources creates a great foundation for our recently announced growth plans in the Sarnia, Ontario region." Tom Thompson, Nova Chemicals manufacturing leader in Sarnia
 



Tenancy targets exceeded at Research Park2014-01-15
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - For Immediate Release

Sarnia, ON – The Community Development Corporation has surpassed its targeted 85% tenancy rate for the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. Atelka has signed a 10 year lease for up to 28,000 square feet of office space, effective March 1, 2014.

Initially, the company plans to hire over 300 employees. The addition of the new tenant is expected to increase the Park's independence and ability to support ongoing research being undertaken at the Park's Bowman Centre by researchers from Western University, Lambton College and several other private enterprises.

With the newly signed lease, the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park has achieved an 87% occupancy rate and is now expected to generate over $3,000,000 in revenue annually.

"The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park is delivering on its target of increasing the lease occupancy of the Park," says Executive Director Tom Strifler. "The goal is to continuously grow the Park's presence in the community by aggressively seeking out project opportunities and attracting new business."

The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park was created in November 2003 with the inception of the Community Development Corporation, owned by the County of Lambton. The Research Park manages and operates the property owned by the CDC. It boasts 270,000 square feet of leasable area and is home to a number of high profile tenants including Nova Chemicals, Enbridge, and Worley Parsons.

For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.

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Contact:

Mike Bradley
Chair
Community Development Corporation
Telephone: 519-332-0330 ext. 3312
email: mayor@sarnia.ca

Tom Strifler
Executive Director
Western Sarni9a-Lambton Research park
Telephone: 519-383-8303 ext 245
email: tstrifler@sarnialambtonresearchpark.ca

Atelka expansion means 300 new jobs in Sarnia and area2014-01-15
For Immediate Release

Canada’s Largest Independent Contact Centre Chooses Sarnia For New Location

Montreal, January 15, 2014 - Atelka is proud to announce the opening of a new contact centre in Sarnia, Ontario scheduled for March 2014. Operating at full capacity, this new contact centre will employ over 300 full-time customer service agents for one of the company’s major telecommunication clients.

“This announcement is great news for both Atelka and for Sarnia! Representing our 8th Canadian facility, this expansion is completely in line with Atelka’s growth objectives and is testimony to the quality of Sarnia’s employee base. For Sarnia, this news represents hundreds of quality jobs and the potential for significant economic growth in the area,” said Georges Karam, President and CEO, Atelka.

The Atelka-Sarnia collaboration comes at a time when both are celebrating important milestones in their history – Atelka’s 10th anniversary and the City’s 100th anniversary.

“The Atelka announcement is a great opportunity for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton as well as an excellent addition to the Western Research Park. This will be a great opportunity for many local residents to work for a Canadian based contact centre company,” said Mike Bradley, Mayor of Sarnia.

Atelka’s new contact centre, which will be located in the University Of Western Ontario Research Park on Modeland Road, will host two Job Fairs:

January 31st – 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
February 1st – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

To apply for a job and obtain further details, please visit www.atelka.com/en/.

Founded in 2003 by two Montreal entrepreneurs, Atelka is a Canadian company offering businesses a complete line of business process outsourcing (BPO) services. Ranked 7th fastest growing company in Quebec by Les Affaires, Atelka is also the largest independent contact centre in Canada employing over 2000 people across 7 sites in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI. Atelka’s business solutions are bilingual and cover all existing client-contact platforms.

Kilmer Capital Partners acquired a majority interest in Atelka in May 2012. Kilmer Capital Partners is a leader in making private equity investments in mid-sized businesses undergoing periods of rapid growth, significant change or ownership transition.

For more information:
Nathalie Bock
Communications and Marketing
514.448.4905 x 2004
nathalie.bock@atelka.com



2014 looks promising for St. Clair Township2014-01-02

By Josh Boyce   From http://blackburnnews.com/sarnia


Lambton Generating Station is officially closed but St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold sees a lot of promise for the area in 2014.

Arnold says although it hurts to lose LGS in the community, there are a few upcoming projects he’s excited about.

NOVA is spending in excess of $300-million at its Corunna and Moore plants, Eastern Power is moving ahead with $360-million gas-fired generating plant, and Shell will begin construction on a new Liquefied Natural Gas unit.

Arnold has been in talks with the various companies and says the projects will use as many local tradespeople and contain as much local content as possible.
 



Sector viable despite Heinz and Kellogg closings, study finds2014-01-01

By Debora Van Brenk, from www.theobserver.ca  The London Free Press / The Observer

Stifled by regulatory issues and legacy costs such as outdated plants, Canada’s food-processing sector will grow only with concerted efforts to guide new and long-time companies, says a leading Canadian agricultural think-tank.

“You don’t do this on the back of an envelope. You don’t do it at the 11th hour. You need to do this early,” said Bob Seguin, executive director of the George Morris Centre for agricultural policy and author of a report about the imminent departure from Southwestern Ontario of two food giants, Heinz and Kellogg.

Heinz is closing its Leamington tomato-processing plant and Kellogg its London cereal factory, shutdowns that will cost the region more than 1,300 full-time jobs.

Seguin is author of a new analysis of trends in the food-processing industry and concludes it’s a viable sector but needs tweaking and considerable shepherding.

He said consolidation in food-processing will continue in the next 10 years, but other companies will want to enter the marketplace. Enticing and hanging onto companies in Southwestern Ontario will require looking at factors that might be disincentives — unneeded regulations, outdated technologies, government red tape, for example — and figuring out how to overcome them.

It means asking not just “ ‘how can we help you?’ but ‘how else can we help you?’ ” Seguin said. It could also mean more co-ordinated efforts by governments and agencies in job-training, streamlining regulatory approvals and reinvesting in technology.

“Sometimes, the stuff that’s here-and-now needs attention and care and feeding,” he said.

Seguin noted the imminent opening of a frozen pizza plant in London by German company Dr. Oetker is one example how a business can be cultivated, in this case by the private sector and all levels of government.

“It’s not as if we’re getting worse at food processing — we’re getting better,” he said.

But so is the rest of the world.

FOOD PROCESSING IN CANADA
•$92.8 billion: value of Canadian food and beverage shipments
•14.5%: industry’s share of manufacturing in Canada, second only to transportation
•280,000+: employment
•55%: share of food-processing manufacturing in Ontario and Quebec.

Sources: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, George Morris Centre
 



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