EllisDon Wins Contract to Build Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
EllisDon Construction Ltd. has won the contract to design, build and operate the Canada Pavilion and Public Presentation at Expo 2020 Dubai. Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, presented the award to the construction service company.
EllisDon will work with consortium members Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Lord Cultural Resources, Hatch, Kubik, Thornton Tomasetti, NGX and Cisco, to deliver the pavilion and public presentation space.
“As part of our long-term commitment to our operations in the Middle East, EllisDon is honoured to have been named the successful proponent for the delivery of the design, construction and operation of the Canada Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. Together with our team of expert Canadian and Emirati partners, we look forward to delivering a pavilion that will represent all Canadians and of which we can all be proud,” said Jody K. Becker, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice-President, Services, EllisDon.
According to Global Affairs Canada, the World Expo will bring people together from around the globe in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to encourage international collaboration.
“The Canada Pavilion in Dubai will serve as a meeting place for Canadian business and innovators. It’s one more way our government is opening doors for companies to compete in thriving global markets, secure new contracts, attract international investment and create well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians. As one of Canada’s premier building firms, EllisDon Construction Ltd. will bring its world-class construction expertise to Dubai and deliver the Canada Pavilion over the coming months,” said Carr.
With an anticipated 25 million visits, Global Affairs Canada states that Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase Canadian innovation while promoting new business opportunities for Canadian companies.
“Participating in Expo 2020 will help expand on the existing, strong economic, cultural and people-to-people ties between Canada and the UAE, and, more broadly, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. We only need to look at the lasting effects that hosting two world fairs has had on the fabric of our nation to understand the potential this initiative represents for Canada and for Canadians,” said Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Diversification.
From October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai will highlight Canadian leadership in sectors such as advanced technologies, aerospace, artificial intelligence, tourism and education, as well as to promote Canadian values like gender equality and sustainable practices.