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June 24, 2009 (2:00 p.m. EDT)
No. 176

Minister Day Opens SNC-Lavalin’s New Office in Sochi, Russia

The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today celebrated the opening of SNC-Lavalin’s new office in Sochi, Russia, home of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

“Based on Canada’s experience in hosting Olympic Games in 1988 and soon in 2010, Canada has a great deal to offer, and that’s why I am leading this trade mission here in Russia. I want to help Canadian companies secure contracts by showcasing their expertise,” said Minister Day. “SNC-Lavalin is a great example of a Canadian company that is taking advantage of opportunities in Russia, and I want to commend it for demonstrating such outstanding leadership.”

While in Sochi, Minister Day also witnessed the signing of an agreement between SNC-Lavalin and Russian Railways to manage the construction and maintenance of transportation facilities for the 2014 Games, as well as the railway expansion of the Olympic coastline.

Located in downtown Sochi, SNC-Lavalin’s new office will house the joint project management team overseeing the work. Currently, 12 Canadians are working on the team, with up to 8 additional people scheduled to join by the end of the year.

“SNC-Lavalin is proud to partner with Russian Railways and the Russian Olympic Organizing Committee on this important project. We also very much appreciate the valuable support we have received for this contract from the Minister of International Trade, and from our Embassy in Moscow,” said Ronald Denom, President of SNC-Lavalin International.

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading groups of engineering and construction companies in the world, a major player in the ownership of infrastructure and in operations and maintenance services. The company has been active internationally for 50 years, establishing a multicultural network spanning every continent. SNC-Lavalin has offices across Canada and in over 35 other countries worldwide, and currently works in some 100 countries.

More details about Minister Day’s visit to Russia can be found at: Minister Day leads trade mission to Russia.

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Mélisa Leclerc
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific

Trade Media Relations Office
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