VANCOUVER, BC – Governor Brian Sandoval and the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Steve Hill, yesterday met with the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark, and the Canadian Ambassador to the United States to discuss Nevada’s new approach to economic development during the Governor’s Trade Mission to Canada.
While in Vancouver, the Governor met with the Honorable John Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology. At the meeting, the Governor and Yap discussed ways in which the Nevada System of Higher Education can partner with British Columbia Higher Education. The group also discussed workforce development and renewable energy.
“Canada ranked second among Nevada’s trade partners in 2011,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “I am confident that this trade mission will strengthen our relationships in Canada and open new avenues for higher education and economic development in Nevada.”
Governor Sandoval and Director Hill met with Vancouver-headquartered Western Lithium to hear an overview of mining projects and investments in Nevada. The Governor and Director Hill also met with leadership from the Association for Mineral Exploration of British Columbia to discuss opportunities for more partnerships and projects in Nevada.
The Governor also met with U.S. Consul General Anne Callaghan and met with representatives from Partnerships BC to discuss Partnerships BC’s innovative approach to capital projects.
ABOUT PREMIER CHRISTY CLARK
Christy Clark currently serves as the 35th Premier of British Columbia and was sworn in on March 14, 2011. She is the second, and longest serving, woman to serve as Premier.
Ann Callaghan assumed responsibility as the United States’ Consul General to Canada on August 25, 2011. Before her assignment as Consul General in Vancouver, she was posted in southeastern Iraq, overseeing the Maysan Provincial Reconstruction Team in its last year of operation.
Western Lithium is developing its Kings Valley, Nevada lithium deposit into potentially one of the world’s largest strategic, scalable and reliable sources of high quality lithium carbonate. The company’s corporate office is in Vancouver, British Columbia.
ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION FOR MINERAL EXPORATION BRITISH COLUMBIA
AME BC is the predominant voice of mineral exploration and development in British Columbia. Established in 1912, AME BC represents thousands of members including geoscientists, prospectors, engineers, entrepreneurs, exploration companies, suppliers, mineral producers, and associations who are engaged in mineral exploration and development in BC and throughout the world. Through leadership, advocacy, and partnerships, AME BC promotes a healthy environment and business climate for the mineral exploration industry.
Partnerships BC serves British Columbians through the planning, delivery and oversight of major infrastructure projects. As a company registered under the Business Corporations Act, Partnerships BC is wholly owned by the Province of British Columbia and reports to its shareholder the Minister of Finance. The mission at Partnerships BC is to structure and implement partnership solutions which serve the public interest. It is committed to transparent operations and achieving wide recognition for our innovation, leadership and expertise in public procurement.
The Governor’s Trade Mission to Canada, organized by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, is focused on strengthening the businesses and economic ties between Nevada and companies within our state and Canada. The Trade Mission is also focused on identifying ways in which Nevada can leverage existing relationships to increase exports and create opportunities to partner with Higher Education.