Montreal convention addresses environmental concerns

Montreal convention addresses environmental concerns

A conference aimed at addressing environmental issues kicked off in Montreal on Tuesday.

Americana 2007, which features Prime Minister Stephen Harper as honorary president, will run until March 22.

"This is the first year we have had a prime minister as honorary president," says Josée Méthot, general director of Montreal-based Réseau Environment, which is organizing the conference and trade show.

Méthot says about 10,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event, which is being held in Montreal. The conference has been held every two years since 1995.

Americana 2007 will address such issues as air and climate change, contaminated soil, solid waste management and biofuel development.

Méthot says a major point stressed at the conference will be the relationship between environment and industry and looking at ways the two can work together. The conference's theme is "Environment Fuelling the Economic Engine."

"We think that they both go hand in hand."

Méthot explains that environmental issues can set in motion thriving industry by using economic development to advance the cause of a cleaner, eco-friendly environment.

"The environment forces the industry to innovate and find sustainable solutions for environmental problems," she says.

Méthot says a new addition to this year's conference will be
representatives from the financial sector.

"We will talk about finding and investing in clean technology," she says. "This is new this year. We will not only have Environment) professionals, we will have bankers on the table, as well."

For more information, visit the Americana 2007 website at
http://www.americana.org.

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