The Investment Mission was part of the “Global Business Leaders Series: Focus on Canada” organized by Invest in Canada. It was executed as a lead up to the 2015 PanAm games being held in Toronto. The series features investment missions to select countries throughout the world to highlight the advantages of investing in Canada and to showcase specific opportunities. The mission included seminars on investing in Canada, one-on-one meetings between CCCA member cities and local investors and visits to companies. This mission particularly highlighted Canada’s investment opportunities in Information and Communications Technology and Life Sciences. CCCA’s members including Invest Toronto, Invest Ottawa and Quebec International attended this event. CCCA had B2B meetings for cities not on the mission.

The Miami event (February 24, 2015) attracted 40 companies.  According to the Canadian Consulate, Canada is not only a top Florida trading partner but also the second largest foreign investor in the state (Source: Miami Herald. Canadian investment road tour comes to Miami.)

The stops in Brazil included São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, featuring seminars on a variety of Canada’s industry sectors and investment advantages.

In total, participating members from CCCA had 70 meetings with potential investors, generating 26 leads and prospects and 19 New FDI Contacts.

 
 
 

Highlights of the program

Miami, Florida (February 24, 2015)

Miami speakers included:

  • Keynote Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Group
  • Rafal Rohozinski, Principal, The SecDev Group
  • Veronika Litinski, Advisor, Life Sciences and Healthcare, MaRS; President, Konona Health
  • Louis Guay, R&D Tax Credit Manager, Kaufman, Rossin & Co.

B2B session with participating CCCA members.

São Paulo, Brazil (February 26, 2015) 

São Paulo – Speakers include:

  • Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Group
  • John Longbottom, Smart Cities Leader, IBM Canada Ltd.
  • André Roberto Leitão, Executive Director, Global Corporate Development, Votorantim Cimentos
  • Mike Darch, President, Consider Canada City Alliance

B2B session with participating CCCA members.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2, 2015)

Rio de Janeiro – Speakers include:

  • Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Group
  • John Longbottom, Smart Cities Leader, IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Marcio Senne de Moraes, Director, External Affairs, Vale
  • Mike Darch, President, Consider Canada City Alliance

B2B session with participating CCCA members.