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HELENA - Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced Monday he plans to lead a contingent of business representatives to Edmonton, Alberta, in hopes of persuading their Canadian counterparts to look south of the border for expanded marketing outlets.

Baucus said Tuesday's all-day sessions would be attended by about 40 people from Lincoln and Flathead counties. He described the trip as a joint effort among the Lincoln County Economic Development Corp., Jobs Now, the U.S. Consulate General in Alberta and Edmonton Economic Development.

"The group will meet with a variety of Canadian companies and institutions that could invest in or expand to Montana," he said.

"We're going to show the folks in Edmonton what we have to offer and try to make some connections that will help bring more economic development, jobs and business opportunities to our state," he said.

Among those scheduled to attend the meetings are an official of Canada's third-largest bank, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; the head of the largest biotech company in Alberta, Biomira, Inc.; a representative of the Alberta Research Council; and a representative of the largest engineering company in Alberta, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

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