Aug 24, 2009 - Wind Energy Symposium Promises to Bring Together Component Manufacturers, Government and Municipal Representatives, and Renewable Energy Expert in an Open Forum
Aug 24, 2009 - (Waterloo, ON) - The Manufacturing Innovation Network (www.waterloomin.com), an innovative online community that connects over 1,000 manufacturers in the Waterloo Region, is pleased to announce the Wind Energy Symposium on August 26, 2009. As part of a broader initiative spearheaded by the London Economic Development Corporation, the event promises to help promote the region's capabilities in the Wind Energy Sector.
"Waterloo Region and Southwestern Ontario provide fertile locations along with a skilled and talented workforce in advanced manufacturing for this growing and dynamic cluster, with the introduction of the Province of Ontario's Green Energy Act including lucrative Feed In Tariffs (FIT), we are in an excellent position to attract partnerships and collaboration with global suppliers in the Wind Energy value chain." - John Jung, CEO - Canada's Technology Triangle Inc.
The Symposium will take place at Conestoga College's Doon Campus, in Kitchener. Speakers will be webcast live from London and other locations across Southwestern Ontario. Featured speakers include Ontario Renewable Energy Expert, Helge Wittholz, along with representatives from the MIN, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and CanWEA. Speakers will present on advances made in the Wind Energy Sector, with key statistics supporting potential for economic development and growth. A detailed agenda and event details has been posted at www.waterloomin.com/windenergysymposium.
"The City of Kitchener and MIN are thrilled to support the Southwestern Ontario Wind Energy Symposium and help local manufacturers explore opportunities in the rapidly growing wind power sector. We see many opportunities for manufacturers to diversify and participate in the North American Wind Energy Supply Chain and utilize their production capacity and manufacturing expertise. MIN is pleased to be a sponsor of this exciting event, we are looking forward to making a presentation at the event on August 26th at the Conestoga College Doon campus." - Valerie Bradford MIN Advisory Board Chair and City of Kitchener Economic Development Business Development Officer
According to recent statistics, the Canadian Wind Energy Sector grew at an unprecedented rate of 51% between 2000 and 2006 and holds great potential for a growing manufacturing sector in Southwestern Ontario. The Region's overriding objective is to consolidate a cluster of manufacturing organizations qualified for wind energy activities in an online directory of suppliers and provide these organizations with support for business development in the Wind Energy Sector.
Hosted locally online for Waterloo Region manufacturers in the MIN, the survey process involved input from the Economic Development organizations in London, Sarnia-Lambton, Chatham-Kent, Huron County and Canada's Technology Triangle Inc. The initiative was made possible by support from the Invest Canada - Community Initiatives (ICCI) pillar of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade's Global Commerce Support Program.
The Symposium is sponsored by Canada's Technology Triangle Inc in partnership with the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph and the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich and The Waterloo Region Manufacturing Innovation Network.
About the MIN
The Waterloo Region Manufacturing Innovation Network (MIN) is an innovative online community that connects over 1,000 manufacturers in the Waterloo Region. The goal of the community is to create a more responsive and globally competitive manufacturing community through improved networking, collaboration and knowledge sharing. The MIN community offers its members free access to three key online services:
- Marketplace - Job Board, Career Center, Company and Directories, Classified Ads, Advertising, Sponsorship Program, Event Calendar
- Professional Network - Personal Profiles, Member Directory, Peer-to-Peer Messaging, Contacts
- Knowledge Exchange - Resource Centre, Expert Blogger Program, Peer Groups, Best Practices, Whitepapers, News, Educational Videos
For more information, visit www.waterloomin.com
About Canada's Technology Triangle Inc (CTT Inc)
Canada's Technology Triangle Inc is the not-for-profit, public-private regional economic development partnership marketing Waterloo Region and the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo to the world. Its mandate is to attract new businesses, investment and talent, while promoting regional economic growth.
The organization works closely with the Economic Development Departments of its partner municipalities, member-based business organizations and the four post-secondary educational institutions. The area known as Canada's Technology Triangle includes Waterloo Region, the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.
For more information, visit www.techtriangle.com