Governor Eric Holcomb’s fourth international trade mission is complete. The Indiana delegation wrapped up the three-day trip to Canada by meeting with officials from the province of Quebec in an effort to advance international partnerships in logistics and business.
Holcomb and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger met with Quebec Minister for Maritime Affairs Jean D’Amour in an effort to, according to governor’s office, reinforce each region’s commitment to economic development, research and innovation, specifically through their maritime connections.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Indiana and Quebec share "robust maritime economies and trade connections."
"As the gateway to the St. Lawrence Seaway, Quebec is a critical maritime partner of Indiana," Holcomb said in a news release. "The opportunity to explore increased investment and job opportunities with Quebec businesses and government leaders was the perfect capstone to our first economic development mission to Canada."
The delegation, which included Ports of Indiana Chief Executive Officer Rich Cooper, met with Paul Pathy, CEO of Montreal-based Fednav. The company is the largest dry-bulk shipping company in Canada and the parent of Federal Marine Terminals, the general cargo terminal operator at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor and the Port of Indiana’s largest customer.
The group also met with officials from the Port of Montreal, which is the last port of call before ocean vessels travel to Indiana.
The stop in Quebec ended the trade mission, which included meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft on Monday. The second day of the trip featured the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to strengthen the economic relationship between Indiana and the province.
You can learn more about Indiana’s connections to Canada in the document below: