Minister Fast Welcomes Visual Effects Company Investment in Vancouver

Photo (left to right): Lynwen Brennan, President of ILM; Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm Ltd.; John Knoll, Chief Creative Officer and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor of ILM; Naomi Yamamoto, British Columbia’s Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business; and Minister Fast

March 17, 2014 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, attends the official opening of Industrial Light & Magic’s new visual effects facility in Vancouver. Once again, Canada’s welcoming, low-tax business environment and excellent standard of living have attracted job-creating investment to Canada.

Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, in cooperation with the Government of British Columbia, played a key role in supporting and encouraging this investment, which is expected to create close to 200 new jobs, mostly in production and visual effects. Industrial Light & Magic is an Academy Award-winning visual effects company that employs 1,500 people worldwide.

For more information, please see Canada Chosen Again for Job-Creating Investment.

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Shannon Gutoskie
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
613-995-1874
media@international.gc.ca
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