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Northern Ontario construction rep named to provincial investment board

Jamie Wallace will help advise government as member of Invest Ontario

A Northern Ontario construction industry stalwart will lend his expertise to a new provincial economic development advisory board.

Jamie Wallace is one of 11 appointees to the board of Invest Ontario, a new provincial agency focused on promoting the province as a key investment destination.

Advising the government on opportunities to boost Ontario's economic recovery and growth, the panel will report directly to Vic Fedeli, the provincial minister of economic development, job creation and trade.

“Now more than ever, it's critical to position Ontario as a top-tier destination for investment, domestic growth, and job creation. A key measure to support this objective is the creation of a new investment attraction agency, Invest Ontario," Fedeli said in a March 19 news release.

"Invest Ontario will be supported by a team of business development executives who bring a private-sector approach to attracting large-scale, high-quality investments to help drive our economy forward and cement our position as the economic engine of Canada."

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Wallace brings to the board an extensive range of experience in heavy construction, mining, and finance.

He is owner and president of Sudbury's Pioneer Construction, and has served on the boards of Noranda, Falconbridge, Xstrata, Quadra Norbord, FNX Mining Limited, Rio Algom, CTV, Northstar Aerospace Inc., Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, and Brookfield Renewable Power. 

He's additionally provided expertise to organizations such as the Ontario Road Builders Association, the National Concrete Producers Association, and the Sudbury Construction Association.