It’s a great pleasure to join you all today.
I would first like to thank Édouard Aubé and the team at AESP Group for their warm welcome. I’m here today on behalf of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, who is responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED). You will no doubt be happy with the news he asked me to share with you. The Minister also sends his greetings.
The Government of Canada is determined to foster a growing and innovative economy. Indeed, it is the innovation and increased productivity promised by the project that has brought us here today that will provide economic benefits to Saint-Eustache and Greater Montreal.
I am delighted to announce that a repayable contribution of $200,000 will be made to AESP Group. The funding provided by CED will enable the company to further expand its operations by acquiring leading-edge, fully robotic equipment to process steel beams.
I will leave it to Mr. Aubé to tell you more about this new equipment and its importance to the company. The funding was provided under CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program.
One of the Government of Canada’s priorities is to ensure that communities can thrive. That is why it supports companies that are trying to increase productivity, develop new products or improve existing products and services.
The strength of the economy depends on innovation and the creation of value-added products and efficient processes. However, none of this possible without the determined and daring businessmen and women who decide to shake up their routines and do things differently.
The rapid growth of your company says it all, Mr. Aubé. Thanks to a truly dedicated team, you have been able to turn your vision into reality. I’m proud of the Government of Canada’s support for innovative projects that translate into success for the entrepreneur and growth for the economy.
To conclude, I would like to wish all the best to Mr. Aubé and his team. I’m certain that your expertise and creativity will help you break into new markets at home and abroad.
Thank you and have a great day!