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Canadian Secretary of State Leads a Delegation on a Trade Mission to Russia

On May 9, 2000, Dr. Gilbert Normand, Canadian Secretary of State (Science,
Research and Development) left for Russia leading a delegation of Canadian
telecommunications company representatives.

The delegation will attend the Sviaz/Epocom conference in Moscow, discussing
the telecommunications sector in Russia. On May 10, Dr. Normand will be the
guest speaker at a Canadian Business Association of Russia luncheon.

On the second day of the conference, Dr. Normand will attend Canada Day at
the Sviaz/Expocom, where he will co-chair a seminar on the
telecommunications market in Russia with Minister Leonid D. Reiman of the
Russian Ministry of Communications.

Dr Normand will also meet with Minister Mikhail Kirpitchnikov of the Russian
Ministry of Science and Technology Policies.

On May 12, Dr. Normand will visit Moscow based telecommunications companies
Svyazinvest, Rostelecom, Vimplecom and MTCS. He will also participate in a
conference designed to build stronger links between Canadians and Russians
interested in disability issues.

Dr. Normand and his delegation will then move on to St. Petersburg. While
there, his delegation will meet with local experts to discuss business
strategies and experiences in the telecommunications sector in Russia. He
will also visit major St. Petersburg-based telecommunications companies
Telecominvest and PeterStar.

On the delegation’s final full day in St Petersburg, the group will attend a
seminar for local clients conducted by the Canadian companies on the
mission. Dr. Normand will deliver the keynote address.

Eight Canadian companies will participate in this mission: Advantech, Exfo
Inc, GN Nettest, Mitel, Nortel, NSI Communications, SR Telecom, and

Photo by Janusz J.

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