NEWS RELEASE: Harper Government Supports Increased Global Competitiveness for Canadian Companies

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN–(Marketwired – May 27, 2014) – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA) will promote Saskatchewan solutions for the global resource industry thanks to support from the Harper Government.

The Harper Government, through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), is investing $20,000 to help SIMSA upgrade interactive features on its website, including adding a searchable member database that will provide information on equipment types, services, and company certifications, as well as an online membership registration tool, and an events section.

These upgrades will mean that companies are better connected to new opportunities in the global marketplace, which will contribute to the strength and continued growth of the economy.

Quick Facts

SIMSA’s eight founding members contributed a total of $40,000 to set up and expand the Association.
SIMSA currently has a diverse membership of 30 companies, representing more than 1800 employees with combined sales of over $1 billion annually.
Saskatchewan’s natural resources include clay, coal, copper, diamonds, gold, kaolin, potash, rare earth elements, salt, silica sand, sodium sulfate, uranium and zinc.
The province’s mining sector creates 20,000 direct and indirect jobs and contributes over $8 billion annually to Saskatchewan’s GDP.
Quotes

“Our Government is helping Saskatchewan’s small businesses and manufacturers connect with opportunities in the mining industry. This investment will lead to increased exports and job creation in our resource sector.”

– The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

“SIMSA is very appreciative of the support and encouragement we have received from WD. It is helping us reach out to new members as well as attract the interest of companies that are looking to invest in Saskatchewan’s resource industries. We are able to promote to those companies that Saskatchewan has a strong and viable supply chain to support their investment.”

– Tom Foster, Chair, Saskatchewan Industrial & Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA)

Additional Links

– Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association: www.simsa.ca

– Saskatchewan Mining Association: www.saskmining.ca

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Emily Goucher
Office of the Minister
Western Economic Diversification
613-954-8097
[email protected]

Tom Foster
Chair
Saskatchewan Industrial &
Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA)
306-221-8899
[email protected]

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Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca.

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