When the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Roger Melanson, Treasury Board President and minister responsible for trade policy, visited Mariner Partners headquarters on Tuesday, they applauded the organization as being one that exemplifies the kind of growth and innovation needed to maintain a strong and modern economy.
In a message that lauded the importance of strong pan-Atlantic collaboration between the federal and provincial governments, the ministers unveiled a new Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy, a key action item of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. As part of this approach, the federal and provincial governments will coordinate resources and activities to support companies across the region looking to grow by selling their products and services in markets around the world. Over the next five years, the federal and provincial governments will also jointly invest $20 million to provide Atlantic firms with competitive intelligence and market analysis, training and skills development, and in-market engagement activities.
“New Brunswick has the most export driven economy in Canada with exports reaching over $12 billion dollars in 2016. This investment and further collaboration with our partners at the federal government, and across Atlantic Canada, will help our companies become more productive, innovative and competitive, leading to new jobs and economic growth in the region,” said the Honourable Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick.
The Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy aims to double the number of exporters in the Atlantic region by 2025, raise the value of exports, increase the number of exporters selling to more than one market, and attract more foreign investment to the region.
A privately-held and employee owned company with a commitment to R&D and re-investment, Mariner Partners is comprised of five distinct lines of business, all focused on technology, analytics and automation. Headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick, the organization is responsible for creating +1500 direct, new IT jobs in Atlantic Canada. At the centre of most of the region’s successful technology companies and start-ups, Mariner Partners was founded by the region’s most senior and experienced information and communications technology (ICT) professionals, many of whom have found themselves at the centre of a number of successful and significant ICT start-ups including iMagicTV, Q1 Labs, Brovada Technologies, Radian6, Shift Energy and Cirrus9.