MPP Fullerton Facilitating “Kanata North Day” at Queen’s Park

Published on February 26, 2020

KNBA is scheduled to meet four Ontario Ministers today 

The Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) is at Queen’s Park today to meet with Ontario Cabinet Ministers on priority issues for the local high tech sector and the Kanata North community.  Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton is facilitating the “Kanata North Day” visit and hosting meetings with her cabinet colleagues and government officials.

Representing the association will be KNBA Chair Vicki Coughey, President Jamie Petten and a number of business representatives from the community. The delegation will view Question Period and then meet with MPP Fullerton for a series of four meetings with Ontario Ministers:  

  • Infrastructure Minister Laurie Scott
  • Finance Minister Rod Phillips
  • Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney
  • Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Minister Vic Fedeli

“Over the past two years, the Premier and numerous ministers have visited Kanata North and have been repeatedly briefed by the Association,” says MPP Fullerton. “The research and technology businesses in Kanata are vitally important to our community’s economy. They have a direct impact on the financial well-being of Ontario and Finance Minister Phillips and Economic Development Minister Fedeli – as are all my Cabinet colleagues – are keenly aware of the contributions made by Kanata North businesses.”

The local MPP adds, “It is great to have the KNBA here at Queen’s Park as it is a respected voice in the provincial government and their presence helps bring into clearer focus the issues before our local high tech and business community.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to brief the ministers on Kanata North’s unique footprint and to discuss necessary investment in infrastructure and development that will ensure the Research and Technology Park will reach its full potential over the next 20 years,” says KNBA President Jamie Petten.

Ms. Petten adds, “With growth expected to continue at a rapid pace over the next decade, we can expect to see more companies, people, cars and congestion – all driving the need for space, mobility and transportation. In collaboration with the Province of Ontario, we have an amazing opportunity to develop the Kanata North Technology Park into a world-class model for innovation, technology, infrastructure and economic development.”

MPP Fullerton’s Local Business Objectives  

In March 2019, MPP Merrilee Fullerton published a paper on local sustainability and growth issues that sets out four key areas of business development: 1) Profiling the Kanata-North Footprint; 2) Attracting Venture Capital; 3) Strengthening Networks with Education Community; and, 4) Extending Broadband, Internet and Cell Services.  This paper can be accessed on the MPP’s website:  “Kanata-Carleton High Tech and Business Initiative.

 

Media Contact for Merrilee Fullerton, MPP:

Tiffany Lepack                           613-599-3000

Constituency Assistant            merrilee.fullerton@pc.ola.org