Involved as the departmental sponsor of CFDCs, the Saguenay-Lac St-Jean office of Canada Economic Development (CED) initially served as the bridge between HRDC and the CFDCs. For CED, the employer phase of the Ambassadeur project provided an excellent opportunity to survey and reach all the businesses in the region and especially make very significant progress in the realm of transactional e-commerce at local enterprises.
A number of government departments and agencies are active in the Saguenay-Lac St-Jean area. The project also aimed to network with them and give them an opportunity to gain publicity through Ambassadeur. The project was therefore presented several times at the regional panel of federal partners. This panel consists of representatives from about ten departments and agencies: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Business Development Bank, Passport Office, Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre, National Defence, Economic Development Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Industry Canada, Le Régiment du Saguenay, Heritage Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Revenue Canada, the Solicitor General, Public Works and HRDC. "The panel is based on uniting our means to provide better service for the public as well as to carry out the mission of each of our departments" (Saguenay-Lac St-Jean HRDC, 1999a).
It is a special forum where the various participants discuss their concerns and projects. Unfortunately, the frequent turnover of some federal department and agency representatives sitting on the panel prevented participants from having a clear understanding of the Ambassadeur project and effectively exploiting all of its potential as well as the showcase it provided.
Finally, it should be noted that in each community the CFDC developed meaningful relations with local partners including school boards, Carrefours emploi-jeunesse, local employment centres, etc.