Minister Hutchings to meet key stakeholders, attend events in St. John’s October 20, 2023

Media advisory

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador · October 20, 2023 · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), will participate in several stakeholders meetings and events in St. John’s, NL, including an announcement in support of the province’s film industry. Minister Hutchings will be joined by Joanne Thompson, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East.

October 20

10:45 a.m. (NDT)

Minister Hutchings will visit Genesis, meet with Michelle Simms, President and CEO of Genesis, and participate in a tour of Genesis Centre.

Note: Closed to media

2:00 p.m. (NDT)

Minister Hutchings will make an announcement at The Rooms (9 Bonaventure Avenue) regarding the Government of Canada’s continued support for the Newfoundland and Labrador film industry.

Note: Open to media

Members of the media are asked to contact Paul McGrath at to confirm their attendance.

3:30 p.m. (NDT)

Minister Hutchings will meet with Derrick Rowe, CEO of Bluedrop Training and Simulation.

Note: Closed to media.

4:15 p.m. (NDT)

Minister Hutchings will meet with Jaclyn Sullivan, Executive Director, and Sandy Lewis, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council.

Note: Closed to media.

6:00p.m. (NDT)

Minister Hutchings will deliver remarks at the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala at the St. John’s Convention Centre (101 New Gower Street).

Note: Open to media.

Media should contact Krista Hazlie, NLOWE Director of Administration & Special Events, at 709-754-4587 or to arrange their attendance at this event.


Kevin Lemkay

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development and of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Paul McGrath

Director of Communications

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency


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