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Manitoba Premier Doer to Discuss Regional Tech Cooperation at October 15 WIN-Madison Meeting

October 2, 2009

Premier Gary Doer, who has been designated as the next Canadian ambassador to the United States, will address opportunities for a Wisconsin-Manitoba collaboration under a newly signed memorandum of understanding at the Thursday, October 15 luncheon meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN) in Madison.

The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m., Premier Doer will speak at 12:10 p.m., and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for WIN members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for students and individuals with WIN corporate memberships.  Please register online.

Premier Doer will discuss the trade and economic ties between Manitoba and Wisconsin, and the province’s role in extending the Midwest’s I-Q Corridor, which extends from Chicago to the Twin Cities.  The premier will also speak on Manitoba’s focus to promote innovation, a strategy which has enabled the province to become home to one of the fastest-growing biotech industries in Canada. Wisconsin is No. 1 trade partner is Canada.

Doer is the longest-serving premier in Canada, having led his party to three straight, increased majority governments. He was recently named Canada’s ambassador-designate to the United States and soon will take up residence in Washington, D.C. This is his last official mission as premier, although he expects to return to the region as ambassador.

“This is part of an emerging collaboration between Manitoba, Wisconsin, and Minnesota,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council and WIN. “Premier Doer has been a strong advocate for what he describes as the ‘Knowledge Corridor,’ and the province’s technology footprint matches up well with what can be found in Wisconsin and Minnesota.”

The event is sponsored by the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

WIN is the membership arm of the Tech Council, the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature. It has chapters in Milwaukee, Madison, Northeast Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin, the Lake Superior region, and Western Wisconsin.

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