Chamber urges federal government to establish national strategy on bioindustry

Letter sent to Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development following Canadian Chamber AGM

The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce has reached out to the Federal Government asking for continued leadership in creating a national strategy to support the development of bioindustry, a sector that is particularly important to our area.

In a letter addressed to Hon. Navdeep Singh Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Chamber’s Charles Fisher, board chair; and Shirley de Silva, president and CEO, pointed out that such a strategy was supported by delegates to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM, which was held recently in Thunder Bay.

Such a national strategy being advocated would develop value chains, increase international connectivity and investment, advance research, target funding, attract investment and jobs, and establish a national voice.

The letter also acknowledged Federal support that included the $12 million funding in 2016 Bioindustrial Innovation Canada’s COMM SCI project, which has national benefits.

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