CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – July 3, 2012) – The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today met with industry stakeholders from Alberta. The roundtable was an opportunity to discuss how to effectively engage small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and how to improve and leverage procurement to benefit Canadian industry and the Canadian economy.
“The Harper Government is committed to improving procurement, in consultation with Canadian industries, so that we can maximize job creation, support Canadian innovation and bolster economic growth across Canada,” Minister Ambrose told industry leaders. “Our Government is changing the way it does business by trying to drive innovation and investment in the Canadian economy.”
Recognizing the importance of SMEs to the Canadian economy and the opportunity that federal procurement provides to stimulate the growth of Canadian small businesses, Minister Ambrose engaged stakeholders on strengthening procurement within the federal government.
Minister Ambrose is responsible for the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME), which focuses on reducing procurement barriers; simplifying the contracting process; providing advice to SMEs wishing to do business with the government; collaborating with SMEs to improve procurement policies and best practices; and working with SMEs to ensure their concerns are brought forward and heard.
The Government of Canada is taking action to create jobs, encourage economic growth and position Canada for a secure and prosperous future.