The Canadian and Ontario Pavilions.

The Canadian and Ontario Pavilions (previous BIO Conference).

I’m in Philadelphia for the first half of this week attending with senior leadership from Mississauga’s Economic Development Office. More than 15,000 delegates are expected to attend the life-science conference, the largest in the world.

We will be meeting and networking with industry experts, investors, stakeholders and partners to strengthen relationships, leveraging Mississauga’s competitive advantage in the life science sector.

Mississauga is the second largest life sciences cluster in Canada. Our Pill Hill community is a thriving hub of global life science businesses. We are currently home to more than 380 life science companies that employ more than 25,000 people.

The University of Toronto at Mississauga, home to the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, undertakes important life science research and graduates a wealth of human capital in the fields of commerce, healthcare, and medicine.

This is Mississauga’s success story and the 2015 BIO International Convention will be an opportunity to tell industry professionals about the competitive advantages to invest, do business, and achieve success in Mississauga.

During our first day, we will attend the Gold Leaf Awards, which celebrate Canadian innovation and recognize companies and individuals who have made significant achievements in the Life Sciences field

Our Mississauga delegation will later participate in the opening ceremonies of the Canadian pavilion. I’m also looking forward speaking during the opening of the Ontario pavilion, which will feature nine exhibiting life science partners

For ongoing conference updates, follow: @BonnieCrombie; @BIOConvention; @MississaugaEDO; and search hashtag #BIO2015.