More than 700 senior Canadian business and government representatives are expected to attend the fifth Annual Meeting and Convention of the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada in Halifax, October 1-3.

Key features of the Convention include:

- Ford Canada President Bobbie Gaunt who will speak at the opening
plenary session on Monday, Oct. 2;
- "An Exchange with the Ambassadors" session with Gordon Giffin, U.S.
Ambassador to Canada, and Michael Kergin, Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. on Monday morning;
- Dr. John Hamm, the Premier of Nova Scotia, will be the keynote luncheon speaker on Monday;
- Hubert de Pesquidoux, CEO, Alcatel Canada, will address delegates at
the Tuesday, Oct. 3, plenary; and
- Perrin Beatty, Alliance president, will present the Canadian Innovation Award, recognizing demonstrated excellence in the development of new or improved products or process.

The theme of this year's meeting, being held at the World Trade and
Convention Centre, is "Setting Sail for the Future" and the business sessions will focus on innovation, investment and productivity. A special highlight of the meeting will be the presentation of the Canada Export Awards by Minister for International Trade, Pierre S. Pettigrew, at a gala event Monday evening.

The convention offers delegates outstanding networking opportunities as well as access to top government officials and international representatives, and an agenda full of how-to sessions focussed on trade and new technology such as lean manufacturing and e-business.

The Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada is Canada's leading
business network, representing 75 per cent of all manufacturing output and 90% of merchandise exports. It has its national office in Ottawa, corporate office in Mississauga and active divisional offices in all 10 provinces.