For Immediate Release

July 26th, 2015

Mayor Crombie to Depart for South America Trade Mission

 Mississauga – I welcome the opportunity to strengthen relations with global business leaders and to discuss the unrivalled advantages to invest, expand, and remain ahead of the competition by doing business in Mississauga, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said.

“During my campaign, I committed to continuing former mayor Hazel McCallion’s practice of participating in trade missions to countries in target markets to attract new business ventures to our City.”

“I look forward to telling Mississauga’s success story – one that includes our Triple-A Credit Rating; world-class post-secondary institutions, University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College’s Pilon School of Business; and our extensive highway, rail and public transit networks – plugged into Pearson International – Canada’s largest airport,” Mayor Crombie added.

Mayor Crombie made the comments as she prepares to depart today for a 12-day trade mission in South America that will include working meetings with private and public-sector leaders in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. Crombie, who is embarking on her first trade mission since becoming mayor, will be joined by representatives from the City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office and the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance.

“Generating new foreign-direct investments will help strengthen Mississauga’s tax base and better position Council to fund local priorities including public transit and infrastructure, community centres, and libraries,” Mayor Crombie added.

Leading stakeholder opportunities from the trade mission will include, among many others, networking engagements with the Canadian Consul General and Ontario Commercial Consul in São Paulo, along with business seminars about Mississauga with The Chilean Federation of Industries and The Colombian Association of Industries and Entrepreneurs, respectively.

“I am committed to leveraging Mississauga’s diversity to access new markets to grow our international reach,” Mayor Crombie added. “Attracting foreign-direct investment opportunities have been a leading priority of mine since being sworn in as mayor.” In that time, Mayor Crombie has:

  • Launched and serves as Honourary Chair of the Mississauga International Partnership Program Committee (MIPP) – MIPP focuses on creating new and existing connections with cultural business associations to help attract foreign-direct investment, generate economic development opportunities, and improve the City’s international competitiveness.
  • Participated in the 2015 BIO International Convention – an international life sciences conference. Mississauga is home to Canada’s second largest life science cluster in Canada, with more than 380 life science companies that employ more than 25,000 people.
  • Held meetings with Mr. Xue Bing, the Consul General of China, and met with Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, the new Indian Consul General to the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Regularly hosts and meets with international delegations of business and public sector representatives to Mississauga.

This past week Mayor Crombie also met with the leadership of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), including new ICCC President, Sanjay Makkar.

Mayor Crombie concluded “I look forward to achieving real, positive and lasting results from the work undertaken in South America during this trade mission.”

Throughout the trade mission, Mayor Crombie will be actively tweeting progress and updates on her @BonnieCrombie Twitter account. Residents are encouraged to follow Mayor Crombie for ongoing updates.