NEW YORK CITY Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Rick Bartolucci, had the honour of ringing the opening bell on April 19 at the American Stock Exchange (AMEX).
In New York City to attend the 2005 Precious and Base Metals Investor Conference, Bartolucci accepted an invitation from AMEX officials to ring the opening bell. “I am extremely honoured to participate in this venerable tradition,” said Bartolucci.
The ceremony of ringing the opening bell is a long-established tradition at the American Stock Exchange, dating back to 1921. Over the years, the honour has been accorded to American presidents, politicians, foreign dignitaries, business and cultural leaders, athletes and celebrities from all walks of life.
“I invite investors in the American Stock Exchange to seriously consider investing in Ontario’s booming mining industry, ” Bartolucci told the crowd. “The value of Ontario’s mineral production has increased from $5.7 billion in 2003 to $7.2 billion in 2004,” he said. “Rising commodity prices and increasing global demand for metals are making Ontario’s vast mineral potential more attractive than ever to investors.”