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Mississauga’s growing relationship with Japan

Being in Japan this past week with Mayor Bonnie Crombie was different than our previous investment missions.  This economic development mission was focused on business retention and expansion. Building relationships with these Japanese companies is important if Mississauga hopes...
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Mississauga’s French Connection

I recently spoke at a Toronto French Business Network (TFBN) event. It reminded me that France is Canada’s third largest trading partner, accounting for CAD $8.1 billion total trade in 2014. Of course, not all companies that originate from French speaking countries are from...
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Mississauga’s global impact on Aerospace

While I was meeting with MHI, here in Japan this past week, MHI made world headlines when it conducted the first flight test aircraft for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), their next-generation regional jet. Few people know that the MRJ test flight was made possible with the...
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Greetings from Tokyo!

While meeting with companies in Tokyo, over the past two weeks, it struck me that Japan has always been good at engineering.  When it comes to transportation, for instance, whether it’s trains, ships or, of course automobiles, Japan is a powerhouse.  Knowledge intensive...
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Japanese FDI in Mississauga

There are approximately 220 Japanese companies in Ontario. The City of Mississauga has benefited from a disproportionate amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) from Japan. It is estimated that approximately 80 Japanese-based companies have operations in Mississauga and most...
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Back From The Sweets and Snacks Expo

How would you like to eat a warhead? No?  How about a dumb-dumb? Not sure? Would you be willing to try bacon infused chewing gum? I’m not making this stuff up. I’ve just come back from the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. Did you know that over 3,000 new candy and snacks...
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Industrial Automation and Robotics

After recently attending a conference in Nuremburg, Germany and after being soundly defeated by an autonomous robot at air hockey, it dawned on me how far automation has come in helping companies improve their manufacturing capabilities. Companies that use the cloud to help...
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Foreign Direct Investment Mission to Brazil

Mayor McCallion, City of Mississauga staff along with representatives from other Greater Toronto Area (GTA) municipalities, the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA) and their private sector partners completed a foreign direct investment mission to Brazil recently. Over the...
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Wrapping up a Successful FDI Mission to Japan

Before returning from Japan, Ambassador Clugston hosted a reception in honour of Mayor McCallion, at his residence in Tokyo.  Executives from 50 different companies attended. The Mayor met with each one.  This final event brought the Mayor’s travel to Japan to a close. We would...
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Mississauga Goes Big in Japan – Making Global Connections

Mayor McCallion and I arrived in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday, April 2.  Ambassador Clugston and Embassy personnel along with Minister Paul Thoppil, Commercial & Senior Trade Commissioner at Embassy of Canada provided an overview of the issues and opportunities in attracting...
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