Look to expand to Alberta, says Jamaican High Commissioner to Canada

Sunday, May 06, 2018

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THE Jamaican High Commissioner to Canada, Janice Miller, says government agencies and corporate companies in Jamaica should look to expand their footprint in Alberta, one of the fastest growing provinces in Canada.

Miller was welcoming guests and some 40 exhibitors during a reception ahead of the second Annual Jamaica National Expo. The expo was held over two days at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton on April 28, and at the Ruby Foo Hotel in Montreal on April 30 under the theme “Connect, Learn and Grow”.

She stated that the major growth centre for Canada will be in the west, as recent labour figures and age demographics indicate that Alberta will grow by some 17 per cent, while Ontario will only grow by some 3.8 per cent by 2030.

“Therefore, I guess I'm putting in a plug to say that maybe when you think about spreading your wings, Alberta could be an area of focus,” she recommended.

The high commissioner further pointed out that Canada was in a good place at this time...with the right business environment. She also advised that a recent census indicated that some 340,000 Jamaicans were residing in Canada.

Earl Samuels, chief development financing officer of The Jamaica National Group, in his opening remarks at the expo, said that last year's inaugural expo held in Brampton, Toronto, was informative.

“It raised our consciousness about the need among Jamaicans in Canada for more information about goods and services available from Jamaica,” he stated.

Samuels said that the success of 2017 expo, which drew more than 6,000 attendees, made it imperative that the event be staged for a second year, and expanded.

“This will ensure that we reach more persons and provide greater opportunities for investment and development,” he pointed out, noting that, “The restructuring of the Jamaica National Group with its holding companies for financial and non-financial services is now better poised to serve our members locally and in the Diaspora.”

Harrington Stephenson, manager of the JN Representative Office, said that the success of last year's expo is an indicator of the existing hunger for information and opportunities to link with Jamaica that exist among people in Canada.

Along with the JN Representative Office in Canada, JN Group member companies at the expo included JN Bank, JN Life Insurance and JN Money Services.

Government agencies and corporate entities participating in the expo included the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency and the Registrar General's Department.

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