Canada is the dominant hub for the global resource industry with more than half of the world’s mining companies having their headquarters in Canada.
John Park, RCI Capital Group Chief Executive Officer strategically chose Vancouver for the company headquarters based on its unique position at the intersection of strategic capital from Asia and natural resources from Canada.
RCI’s decision to headquarter its offices in Vancouver, British Columbia is strategic, considering that Vancouver and Western Canada is the epicenter of the resource and energy industry in Canada.
Along the Burrard Inlet, there is a vast network of transportation infrastructure in place to facilitate the movement of commodities like lumber, grain, coal, sulphur, oil and in a few years, liquefied natural gas to markets throughout Asia. The 70-kilometre Roberts Bank Rail Corridor program connects Deltaport Terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta, British Columbia, with North America’s entire rail network.The official opening of the Mufford Crescent overpass marks the completion of all nine Roberts Bank Rail Corridor (RBRC) infrastructure improvement projects in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
According to a September 2014 Port of Metro Vancouver press release, The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) aims to make Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway the best transportation network for facilitating global supply chains between North America and Asia. To date, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $1.4 billion in APGCI infrastructure projects, in partnership with all four western provinces, municipalities and the private sector, for a total project value of approximately $3.5 billion.
“Vancouver has positioned itself brilliantly as the West Coast hub for the vast majority of commodities Canada exports to the Asia Pacific market,” said John Park, RCI Capital Group Chief Executive Officer. “With all the infrastructure provided by the Federal and Provincial governments, we have a very robust transportation network for the efficient movement of our resources. These forward looking investments will improve our competitiveness and attract greater investments, leading to higher production and commanding a larger piece of the global pie. The Roberts Bank Rail Corridor is just the most recent piece of the puzzle. At RCI, our mission is to be at the intersection of strategic capital from Asia and resource investment opportunities from Canada. ”
Along with the enhanced safety of the Lower Mainland’s railway system, the Port of Metro Vancouver recently unveiled new patrol vessels and other operations and security assets that will help maintain the safe, secure, efficient and reliable movement of marine traffic and cargo within Port Metro Vancouver’s jurisdiction.
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest gateway, handling 19% of Canada’s total trade.
To read the full press releases, please click here: http://www.portmetrovancouver.com/en/about/news/2014/09/04/canada’s-gateway-to-asia-pacific-stronger-with-completion-of-roberts-bank-projects