A consortium led by Canadian company EllisDon Construction has won a contract to design, build and operate the Canada Pavilion and Public Presentation at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

The consortium includes Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Lord Cultural Resources, Hatch, Kubik, Thornton Tomasetti, NGX, and Cisco.

Taking place from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, the 172-day Expo 2020 Dubai will offer complementary programming, including business, investment attraction and cultural components, in the Canada Pavilion.

Around 25 million people are expected to visit the expo.

Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr said: “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 will bring its world-class construction expertise to Dubai and deliver the Canada Pavilion over the coming months.”

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The expo is also expected to provide an opportunity to showcase Canadian leadership in sectors such as advanced technologies, aerospace, artificial intelligence, tourism and education, as well as to promote Canadian values such as gender equality and sustainable practices.

In a statement, Global Affairs Canada said: “Expo 2020 Dubai will be an opportunity for the country to promote new business opportunities for Canadian companies and attract international investment in Canada, which in turn will create jobs for the middle class.”

EllisDon chief strategy officer and senior vice-president of services Jody K Becker said: “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.”