MPP Fullerton Releases Update to High Tech & Business Initiative

Published on November 20, 2019

MPP advancing interests of Kanata-Carleton business community  

November 20, 2019 – Local MPP Merrilee Fullerton released a six-month report updating constituents about the progress being made on her “Kanata-Carleton’s High Tech and Business Initiative.” In March 2019, Dr. Fullerton published a series of strategic objectives for the MPP’s work with the Kanata-Carleton business community.  

Dr. Fullerton has identified four pillars of sustainability and growth to advance the interests of the high tech sector and greater business community in Kanata and West Carleton:  1) Profiling the Kanata-North Footprint; 2) Attracting Venture Capital; 3) Strengthening Networks with the Education Community; 4) Extending Broadband, Internet and Cell Services.  

The MPP’s six-month report is to provide an update of the business and economic activities being pursued in Kanata-Carleton. Dr. Fullerton explains, “I set out to actively promote and support local business. We live in a very competitive world and it will take a collaborative effort by private sector, government and local residents pulling together to tackle challenges and bring about prosperity for a community. This initiative provides a framework for collaboration and I hope my office can advance the interests of our local businesses and high tech sector.”

Dr. Fullerton adds, “Our Government is focused on providing a sense of certainty with the Ontario economy that our business community and international investors can trust, and I want to project this same sense of certainty for local, Kanata-Carleton businesses.”

The report can be viewed on-line: Kanata-Carleton’s High Tech and Business Initiative – A Six Month Report.

MPP Fullerton’s original March 2019 document can be found here: Kanata-Carleton’s High Tech and Business Initiative.

The six-month report lists the many Ontario Government Cabinet Ministers who have toured the riding of Kanata-Carleton and been briefed on Kanata North’s high tech sector. One MPP on the list is Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and the Province’s former Finance Minister. In a few visits to the Kanata-Carleton riding in the last six months, Minister Fedeli toured Youi.TV and the autonomous vehicle facilities at QNX Software Systems and was also briefed on the local high tech business park by the Kanata North Business Association.

Minister Fedeli comments on Kanata-Carleton’s MPP and her business initiative, “MPP Fullerton never misses a chance to raise the profile of Kanata North and the significance of Ottawa’s high tech sector.  Our tour of Kanata-Carleton earlier this year was very informative.  She is very effective in showcasing local interests and her plan is evidence that she knows what it takes to create the conditions necessary to grow a successful business,” says the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

In the report, Dr. Fullerton mentions the close working relationships she has established with local business groups. One such group is the Kanata North Business Association. Jamie Petten, Executive Director of the KNBA says, “The Kanata North Business Association is appreciative of the many opportunities MPP Merrilee Fullerton has provided for productive discussions with Premier Ford and the several Ontario Ministers who have visited our technology park. Opportunities such as these enable Kanata North Business Association to showcase the technology, talent and impact within our 500-plus member companies.”

Ms. Petten adds, “MPP Fullerton is a key partner in our collective efforts to advance the economic and growth agenda of Kanata North as Canada’s largest technology park. We look forward to continuing to work closely with her to achieve our shared objectives.”

The local MPP explains she will publish regular updates on her business activities. “I will continue to release updates for two reasons. One is to inform residents of how local business concerns and interests are being addressed. I am actively consulting many business owners and executives and I look forward to hearing from others. Together, we can raise our collective voices on for what is needed for success in business in West Carleton and in Kanata.”

“Two is to provide my colleagues at Queen’s Park with the latest information about our local businesses and, in some cases, I am following up with Cabinet colleagues who have visited our constituency. Evolving issues such as Kanata’s traffic congestion and reliable Internet services in West Carleton require constant attention. So, this report helps to focus a discussion on what is required for success in our local retail and small business community and in advancing the interests of Kanata North’s high tech hub,” says Dr. Fullerton.

 

Media Contact for Merrilee Fullerton, MPP:

Tiffany Lepack                           613-599-3000

Constituency Assistant            merrilee.fullerton@pc.ola.org