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March 2, 2017
Mayor Tory to lead Toronto business mission to India and Sri Lanka
Mayor John Tory, Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee, and Councillor Neethan Shan (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River) will join a delegation of Toronto companies and organizations on a business mission to India and Sri Lanka from March 15 to 24.

"We know there are opportunities to establish a bigger market for Toronto exports and attract more Indian companies to Toronto," said Mayor Tory. "Toronto already has an excellent reputation in India as a city that is welcoming to newcomers. Now we need to get out and sell the benefits of doing business here in Toronto."

The mission will focus on the growing Indian film and media, technology, financial and education sectors and will proactively promote Toronto as a preferred North American investment location. Locations visited in India will include Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi, while locations in Sri Lanka that will be visited include Colombo and the Northern Province.

While in India, the Mayor and some delegation members will meet with global companies such as Paytm, IBI group, the Jubilant Bhartia Group, Hero Group, Tata Group and Datawind as well as the T-Hub Incubator and Zone Startups India (a partnership between the Bombay Stock Exchange and Ryerson Futures Inc).

Mayor Tory will be participating in a keynote discussion with Deepa Mehta, Oscar-nominated filmmaker, at the opening of FICCI Frames in Mumbai, which is a three-day global media and entertainment convention. One of the largest events of its kind in Asia, it is attended by more than 40,000 delegates. Toronto will be profiled at this year's convention as a result of the 2015 memorandum of understanding signed by the City of Toronto and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to engage in mutual co-operation and advance their common interests in the creative screen industries in Toronto and India.

India is the world's third largest economy at purchasing power parity and one of the most rapidly growing economies. India was Canada's eighth-largest market for exports and 13th largest for imports in 2016.

According to Statistics Canada data from 2011, the Greater Toronto Area is home to Canada's largest Indian, Sri Lankan and Tamil communities and is home to more than half of Canada's South Asian residents.

"As we shatter new ceilings with production activity coming to Toronto surpassing $2 billion, it is befitting that the leader of the biggest city in Canada goes to India, the country that produces the most films on the planet to keep the momentum going to create even more jobs," said Roger Nair, CEO of Roger Nair Productions and Lionheart Production House and a member of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board. "Given that Toronto and FICCI as well as the province of Maharashtra have signed MOUs, it is clear that Mayor John Tory is taking active steps to promote Toronto's film industry and the jobs that come with it. If we are going to open doors into the Indian film Industry, these trade missions are a must and this visit being the first Toronto Mayoral visit to India will not only send the right message but drive the fact home."

"Toronto's talent can compete with that of any city in the world and we're proud to have Mayor Tory share that message overseas," said Harinder Takhar, CEO of Paytm Labs, an Indian-based company that launched a Toronto office in 2015. "At Paytm Labs, we have experts in the field of big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence who address problems we encounter as we serve upwards of 200 million orders a month. Such scale of problems have little precedent and the raw intellect and passion we found here in this city made Toronto one of the easiest decisions to make for our company."

The full delegation and a detailed itinerary will be provided upon request.

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