Public Lecture "Environmental Protection Business in Poland"
On November 14, 1995 Mr. A. Sikorski delivered a public talk at the Polish Combatants' Hall entitled "The Environmental Protection Business in Poland".
In September 1994 Canada and Poland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance the exchange of environmental technology and expertise. The talk promoted business opportunities under this agreement.
Mr. Sikorski introduced the present state of Poland's environment, its environmental policies and priorities, business opportunities, methods of financing and formulae for success.
The event was a success, in spite of bad weather and warnings to stay home because of a major storm, approximately 65 people from Polonia and the professional environmental community attended the talk.
Mr. Sikorski's business association with Poland spans over 25 years. More recently, he was the advisor on East European affairs to Industry Canada and works with the committee that manages the implementation of the MOU. He has organised a number of successful environmental industry missions to Eastern Europe, three of which targeted Poland.
The Polish Embassy supported the event. Present were Mr. Boleslaw Piechucki, First Secretary for Science and Technology at the Polish Embassy and Mr. Bogomil Rataj who came from Polish Commissioner's Office in Montreal.
The Association would like to thank the many individuals and groups within Polonia too numerous to mention who advertised and helped make the event a success.
Special help came from other communities as well. The Ottawa South Community Association placed large advertisement in the environment section of its widely circulated paper, the OSCAR. The Ukrainian Professional and Business Association dedicated an entire page of its newsletter to the event and indicated possible collaboration with the STP in a joint project. Jewish Community Centre also publicised the event for the STP.
The German Embassy helped. A senior Embassy official invited an STP organizer to make an announcement to a meeting of the German-Canadian Business Association.
The only disappointment came from the federal and Ontario governments. Even though they spend large sums of tax money to administer and advertise their own program, they declined to give any non-financial assistance whatsoever to the STP, who, as a public service, gave very wide and free advertisement to this publicly financed government initiative.
Dr William Couch