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Toronto, Ontario and Canada are Making a Come Back – Stronger Than Ever

Toronto Global and the International Economic Forum of the Americas are today co-hosting a global business summit to celebrate the re-opening of the Canadian and global economies.

Representing the fastest growing urban metropolitan region and tech hub in North America, Toronto Global and its partners are committed to continuing that pace of growth and investment – not only to get back to where the Toronto Region was before the pandemic, but to go beyond what has been achieved already. The primary goal is to ensure that the Toronto Region leads the country’s recovery and cements its place as the best location for investment in North America. This come back celebration will be staged live in-person at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto and virtually around the world. With over 1,000 registrants from around the globe, this will be one of the largest virtual events held in Toronto throughout the course of the pandemic.

Toronto Global CEO, Stephen Lund, will be announcing that, since inception in 2017 to-date, Toronto Global has facilitated over 150 new investments made in the Toronto Region representing over 8,575 new jobs and $1.6 billion in capital expenditures. These investments include major global companies, including Infosys, HCL, Reddit, Cloudflare, DoorDash, and Twitter. The event will feature some of these leaders, speaking about their confidence in and reasons for investing in the Toronto Region.

The theme for the event, Stronger Than Ever, is a celebration of the team at Toronto Global and all the partners in the region, in the province and in the country, that are working together to reimagine how to emerge from this pandemic even stronger. Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory will kick off the summit by showcasing how the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, and Canada are safely re-opening the economy, safely re-opening business, re-igniting business investment and creating new, diverse and inclusive jobs.

This session will be followed by a series of discussions with domestic and global business leaders. The following are appearing in-person or virtually today:

– Mike Ableson, CEO, Arrival Automotive
– Afsaneh Beschloss, Chief Executive Officer, RockCreek
– Mark Cohon, Chair of the Board of Directors, Toronto Global
– Jan De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
– Erin Elofson, Head of Canada & APAC, Pinterest
– Sabrina Geremia, VP & Country Director, Google
– Ravi Kumar S., President, Infosys
– Kathleen McLaughlin, EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart
– Patrick Pichette, Inovia Partner and Chairman of the Board, Twitter
– Douglas Porter, Chief Economist, BMO
– C. Vijayakumar, CEO and Managing Director, HCL Technologies
– Geoffrey Wilson, CEO, PortsToronto
– Jen Wong, Chief Operating Officer, Reddit

Other domestic and global leaders are attending virtually to interact with the speakers and hold their own private meetings on business growth opportunities. Business people, students, civil society and the general public are invited to attend. There is no cost. Further information about the Summit, including registration, can be found at

About Toronto Global

Toronto Global’s team of experienced business advisors works to help international companies access the most dynamic and innovative region in the world. We actively seek global companies interested in expanding to the Toronto Region and connect investors with the right opportunities that will facilitate the successful growth of their business.

As an arms-length organization representing the Cities of Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto, and the Regional Municipalities of Durham, York, and Halton, we work with our partners in the Ontario and Canadian governments to provide a comprehensive, customized service that allows for a smooth transition for international companies wishing to do business here. Toronto Global is dedicated to understanding our clients’ business needs and delivering tailored, innovative solutions that will set the stage for their success in the Toronto Region.

About IEFA

The International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) was established in 1994 with the mission of promoting an exchange of views and perspectives on pressing economic issues of our times among world leaders, renowned experts and business executives. The IEFA brings together members of the private, public and academic sectors to facilitate agreements, offer business opportunities and provide access to unique insights from leading specialists. In its 27 year history the IEFA has grown to become a landmark organization bringing together more than 17,000 participants and over 540 speakers combined under the auspices of four annual conferences: the Conference of Montreal, the Toronto Global Forum, the World Strategic Forum and the Conference of Paris. For more information:

For Further Information:

Toronto Global Contact
Erika Lewis
Senior Communications Specialist, Toronto Global
[email protected]

IEFA Contact
Taylor Jantzi
Global Public Affairs
Phone: 416-575-5366
[email protected]

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