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 Japanese companies to Canada, Ontario and Mississauga.
Over the past week, the Mayor enthusiastically thanked a number of Japanese companies who had made significant investment into the City of Mississauga. Mayor McCallion reminded some of the Japanese Fortune 500 CEOs and Presidents that some Japanese multinationals like Sumitomo Group had established three separate divisions and subsidiaries in Mississauga and encouraged them to consider doing the same.
Japanese executives often cited Mississauga’s labour talent, productivity and government support as reasons for their continued investment in the city.
Meetings we also held with Japanese companies showed an interest in expanding their Canadian operations. After meeting with these companies, commitments were made to work together and to assist them in reaching their business objectives in North America.
Over the next week, the Mayor and I will continue to work with Matt Fraser, Consul General and Trade Commissioner in Nagoya and Robert Ulmer, Counsellor (Commercial – Ontario) at Embassy of Canada in Japan to retain, expand and grow Japanese investment and jobs in Mississauga.