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US Ambassador sits down with Island businesses
(L-R): Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce President Quentin Bevan; United States Consul General Richard H. Riley; Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach; and United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce A. Heyman.

A successful business roundtable with Honourable Bruce A. Heyman, United States Ambassador to Canada, US Consul General Richard H. Riley and staff was held in Charlottetown recently. The United States is Canada’s leading trade partner and accounts for the majority of Island exports at $635 million.

Carta Worldwide to open payment processing centre on PEI
Carta Worldwide
(L-R): Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach; Carta Worldwide Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer Rui Mendes; and Carta Worldwide Director of Information Technology Geoff Smith.

Carta Worldwide, a leader in payment processing, will set up a data site at the Atlantic Technology Centre in Charlottetown with assistance from Innovation PEI, creating up to 17 positions over the next two years.

Improving international market access
(L-R): Chinese Ambassador to Canada Luo Zhaohui and Premier Robert Ghiz.

Premier Robert Ghiz will lead a trade mission of Canada's Premiers to China in October. In 2013, Canada-China exports were valued at $20.5 billion and imports were valued at $52.7 billion.

Canada Job Grant launched
(L-R): Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allen Roach, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Holland College Director of Programs David Beaton discuss the new Canada Job Grant.

The Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island have signed the Canada Jobs Fund agreement which includes the launch of the Canada Job Grant. The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs.

Province welcomes opening of Deep Roots Distillery

Deep Roots Distillery is a new business developing value-added products from its family owned and operated organic orchard in Warren Grove. The company has received support to grow its business from Innovation PEI and the Growing Forward program, a joint partnership of Agriculture Canada and the Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

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