This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Annual Life Sciences Policy Forum hosted by Life Science Ontario where many thought leaders from industry, academia and government explored a coordinated life sciences growth strategy for Ontario. At this year’s policy forum, many panelists and speakers concentrated on exploring a coordinated life sciences growth strategy for Ontario which included: sector perspectives in medical technologies, industrial technology, agriculture-food, key regional perspectives on geographic clusters across Ontario, global best practices and discussions around implementation.
Susan Amring, Director of Economic Development at the City of Mississauga was a panelist for the Regional Perspectives section. She highlighted the significant cluster that exists in the City of Mississauga citing that the city currently has over 390 companies employing 25,000 employees in the life sciences sector. Susan also mentioned the city’s current partnerships with the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and Sheridan College, and how they provide significant benefits including a large talent pool of new graduates and existing highly educated talent that exists within the City.
Since my recent hire as Mississauga’s new Life Sciences Business Consultant, it has become clear that the City of Mississauga is committed to supporting and growing the life sciences cluster through its engagement with the businesses as well as the development of a new 5-year life sciences strategy that is currently being developed.
To learn more about Life Science Ontario, click here to visit their website.
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