Minister Fast Celebrates Canadian Companies’ Successes Since 2012 Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia

Photo (left to right): Daniel Shiels, Branch Manager for Manitoba Hydro International’s operations in Saudi Arabia; Tom MacDonald, Canada’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Ryan Wiley, Vice-President of SHI Consulting Inc.; Hadi Alajmi, President and General Manager for SNC-Lavalin in Saudi Arabia; Minister Fast; Khalid Abokhodair, Vice-President for Business Development of Al Mashura Health Group (local partner of Accreditation Canada International); Mohammed Sarfraaz Ali, Chief Country Representative for Bombardier Transportation; Mariam Hasan, Regional Manager for the Saudi Region at InterHealth Canada

August 28, 2013 - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, meets with representatives of Canadian companies that accompanied him on the October 2012 trade mission to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to hear about their successes since the trade mission ended.

Minister Fast is on a five-day visit to Kuwait, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to advance the interests of Canadian businesses in those countries.

For more information, please consult Minister Fast Visits Middle East and Turkey.

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Accreditation Canada International is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that offers health-care quality improvement services worldwide. In October 2012, Minister Fast applauded Saudi Arabia's Specialized Medical Center Hospital for achieving accreditation during his three-day trade mission to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Bombardier has an important presence in Saudi Arabia for both its rail and aerospace technologies. In October 2012, Minister Fast visited the site of Bombardier’s installation of a US$241-million INNOVA Monorail 300 system in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Bombardier has also won a US$96-million contract for the supply of an INNOVIA APM 300 automated people mover to the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, as well as a contract to supply MITRAC 300 propulsion equipment and FLEXX Speed bogies on the Haramain high-speed rail project connecting Mecca and Medina. Minister Fast’s most recent visit coincided with Bombardier holding a demonstration of its Q400 aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force.

InterHealth Canada engages with government and private-sector partners in Saudi Arabia on strategic health initiatives. Recently more than 20 subject-matter experts have joined InterHealth for projects in the country, coming from top Canadian organizations such as the Canadian Medical Protective Association, the Canadian Patient Safety Institution, McMaster Children’s Hospital and the British Columbia Patient Safety & Learning System.

Manitoba Hydro International is one of the largest and longest-standing electric power and gas utilities in Canada. MHI signed an agreement with National Grid, the Saudi Transmission company, worth about $5.5 million. The two-year agreement will provide additional specialists in maintenance and other areas. This follows a previous contract that was announced during Minister Fast’s trade mission to Saudi Arabia in October 2012.

SHI Consulting Inc. has continued working with the Saudi Food and Drug Authority since participating in the October 2012 trade mission to Saudi Arabia. The company is working on the implementation of a system for the regulation and management of medical devices in the Kingdom.

SNC-Lavalin has been active in Saudi Arabia for over 20 years. In 2012, Minister Fast met with representatives of SNC-Lavalin and the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), as well as visiting a $151-million SNC-Lavalin–installed district cooling project for the King Abdullah Financial District.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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