We are developing and implementing a biochemical manufacturing strategy for the St. Lawrence Corridor region – a plan that will increase our global competitiveness and create quality jobs in the science and engineering sector. Today, we met with Energy Minster Greg Rickford – we appreciate his time, enthusiasm, deep understanding of the energy environment and moreover; the importance of contemporary STEM jobs for this part of the province. The round-table he hosted is a great format to share ideas and cross germinate possible solutions to challenging problems. With 40% of the country’s total biochemical production, Ontario is at the centre of Canada’s chemical manufacturing industry. The sector exports just over $13 billion worth of goods and produces almost $19 billion in shipments. Most of the activity takes place in three key regions: Sarnia-Lambton, Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Eastern Ontario. Eastern Ontario’s bio-hybrid chemicals cluster is quickly evolving and we have a number of emerging firms considering locating in the region. Moreover, our industrial biotechnology value chain comprises agriculture and forestry biomass supply, grain, corn and soybean mills, midstream biorefineries and biofuel processors; as well as biomaterial manufacturers – all creating a rich environment for new manufacturers looking for a competitive area to launch their products and services from. We will continue to work towards creating an environment that emerges as a global leader in bio-hybrid chemical manufacturing and are looking forward to collaborating with the province of Ontario to advance this critical economic strategy.