ONTARIO Premier Kathleen Wynne will travel to Colorado, California and China this fall to promote Ontario’s attractiveness as a trading partner and as a centre for investment. Wynne made the announcement on Wednesday during a speech to government and business leaders at the Toronto Global Forum — Pan American Edition.
Wynne’s first stop will be in Colorado Springs on October 30 and 31 for the first-ever Summit of North American Governors and Premiers. Joined by counterparts from across Canada, the summit will be a chance for Wynne to build political relationships and advance economic development and trade with the U.S. and Mexico — two of Ontario’s most important export markets.
Following the summit, Wynne will visit Los Angeles and San Francisco from November 1 to 4. While in San Francisco, she will promote Ontario’s strengths as a partner in information and communications technology. During her visit to L.A., Premier Wynne will explore opportunities for collaboration in the creative industries.
On November 4, Wynne will travel to China on a trade mission, where she will be joined by several Ontario business delegations. From November 5 to 14, Wynne will travel to Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, highlighting Ontario’s expertise in the science, clean technology, construction, engineering and agriculture sectors, as well as promoting partnership opportunities in health care and education. This mission will build on the success of Premier Wynne’s first mission to China in the fall of 2014 that saw Ontario secure 11 investment projects valued at $966 million.
Showcasing Ontario’s strengths in priority international markets is part of the government’s four-part economic plan for Ontario. The plan includes building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.