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September 20, 2012
Team Toronto business mission to Chicago a great success
  
Mayor Rob Ford returned to Toronto today after leading a two-day Team Toronto business mission to Chicago that marked the beginning of a renewed Partner City relationship. Mayor Ford, along with his Team Toronto Co-Chairs, George Cohon, Founder, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, and Robert Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines, declared the mission a great success.

The Team Toronto business mission was comprised of 62 business delegates along with a number of City councillors including:

Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair, Government Management Committee
Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Executive Committee Member
Councillor Mike Del Grande (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair, Budget Committee
Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North)
Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Pan Am Games Secretariat
Councillor Peter Milczyn (Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Chair, Planning and Growth Management Committee
Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Executive Committee Member
Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair, Economic Development Committee

"The goal of the Team Toronto business mission was to renew the partnership agreement between our two great cities and to identify opportunities to grow investment, enhance the business climate and to stimulate greater job growth in both Toronto and Chicago," said Mayor Ford. He added that he was very pleased with the strength and diversity of Toronto's business delegation. "Now that I have met Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I intend to maintain regular contact with him on areas of mutual interest."

"The Toronto-Chicago Business Mission has been a success by any measure. The energy, connections and opportunities will continue to flow from this event," said Cohon.

"The mission exceeded my expectations. The Chicago business community came out in full force and is very interested in working with Toronto," said Deluce.

"Toronto offers a very compelling value proposition for investors with its strong business sectors, cultural diversity and welcoming attitude. Team Toronto succeeded in sharing this message with our colleagues in Chicago," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of Toronto's Economic Development Committee.

The business mission is a result of recommendations made by business leaders at Mayor Ford's Executive Business Roundtable that was held earlier this year and chaired by Councillor Thompson. The mission included a welcome reception hosted by the Consul General of Canada in Chicago, a private meeting between Mayor Ford and Mayor Emanuel, an official Partnership Agreement signing ceremony, and a series of information and networking sessions with key Chicago business leaders.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Isaac Ransom
Special Assistant - Communications, Office of Mayor Rob Ford
416-873-8515
iransom2@toronto.ca

Jackie DeSouza
Director, Strategic Communications
416-397-5277
jdesouz@toronto.ca

 

 

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