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Newleef bringing together experts, decision makers, and stakeholders to explore green economy growth in Newfoundland & Labrador

For Immediate Release
October 9, 2014

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Newleef, the province’s green economy conference, starts this morning at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s. Organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA), Newleef is a two day event.

“Newleef is an opportunity for our province’s environmental industry stakeholders, both in the private and public sectors, ‎‎to learn from one another and collaborate to grow the green economy,” says Ted Lomond, NEIA’s Executive Director. “Our objective each year is to build the sector’s capacity and consensus on how to collectively work towards green economy growth here in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

This year’s conference features presentations by the province’s new Premier Paul Davis;‎ Opposition Leader Dwight Ball; leader of the NDP Lorraine Michael; and a keynote address from Hon. Bob Rae.

“We also have presentations, panel discussions, and professional development workshops delivered by experts working on our province’s biggest projects,” says Lomond. “That includes Muskrat Falls, our oil and gas sector, mining in Labrador, and our emerging clean energy industry.”

Friday’s agenda includes a research matching business session, which aims to promote innovation through connecting academic and private research with local business interests.

A full conference program can be found on the conference’s website at www.newleef.ca.

“NEIA’s members are active in all areas of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy, from green building, to waste management, to resource management” says Lomond. “‎What binds them is their belief that economic development and environmental health are not mutually exclusive values.”

Newleef takes place on October 9th and 10th at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s, NL.

NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. The organization offers a diverse range of expert knowledge and support services for members working to grow economic opportunity while respecting the natural environment. NEIA is The Business of the Environment, and has over 160 members.

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Media Contact:
Kieran Hanley
kieran@neia.org

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