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Concurrent Sessions – LEARNING LABS (45 minutes)

  • Union Station West: Toronto Pearson’s Planned New Regional Transit and Passenger Centre (Grand East)
    This learning lab will be devoted to discussing Toronto Pearson’s plans for a Regional Transit and Passenger Processing Centre, a facility that could serve as a second major ground transit hub for the region. Come hear about Toronto Pearson’s vision to support airport growth and regional connectivity, while providing significant economic and social benefits to the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe.
    Moderator: James Lynn, Senior Investment Consultant, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
    Presenters:

    • Eileen Waechter – Director, Corporate Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
    • Michael Mendel – Manager, Government Affairs and Stakeholder Relations, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

    Presented by Greater Toronto Airports Authority

  • Turbocharge your Economic Development Data to Drive FDI (Grand Centre)
    Effective use of economic development data to turbocharge your community’s investment attraction requires a big picture perspective. How well do you understand your current value proposition? Where do you want to take it? Are you tracking crossborder greenfield investments, capital investment, job creation, and tracking investor signals? Do you have a solid handle on important investment trends in order to best craft your economic development strategy? And what kinds of data can you offer to potential investors who come to your website to search and analyze their key criteria for site selection? This learning lab offers a practical overview of the ways data can be used internally and for outreach to develop and put into practice a powerful, multifaceted investment promotion strategy for your community.
    Presenter:

    • Alissa Sklar, Ph.D., Vice-President, Marketing, GIS Planning

    Co-presented by GIS Planning Inc. and fDi Intelligence

  • Power-Up to New International Markets with Canada-Ontario Export Forum Partners (Grand West)
    Taking a business global is intimidating. The Canada-Ontario Export Forum (COEF) is a network of partners providing programs and services to Ontario businesses looking to build capacity to grow and sell internationally. Discover the resources available to economic developers and Ontario SMEs from 22 government and non-governmental organizations focused on helping Ontario businesses succeed in the global market. Come hear about the programs and services available from COEF partners to help bring Ontario to the world.
    Moderator: Krystyn Sobolewski, Senior Export Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT)
    Presenters:

    • Bill Macheras, InfoCentre Manager & Trade Commissioner, Ontario Region, Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
    • Stephen Callaghan, Regional Vice-President, Ontario Region, Economic Development Canada (EDC)
    • Suzanne Drisdelle, Manager, Partnerships Unit, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT)

    Presented by Canada-Ontario Export Forum

January 31 @ 13:30
13:30 — 14:15 (45′)