Consider Canada City Alliance Applauds Announcement of Inaugural Chair and CEO of Invest in Canada

Cities welcome the opportunity to partner with new organization to support investment attraction OTTAWA – March 12, 2018 – The Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) and its members, thirteen of Canada’s largest and most innovative cities, applaud the Federal government’s commitment to move Canada forward in the global competition to attract investment. Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, launched Invest in Canada, a new federal organization dedicated to attracting global investment and simplifying the process for global businesses to make Canada their new home, creating jobs that come with their investments. As part of its launch, Minister Champagne introduced Mitch Garber as its inaugural chairperson of the board and Ian McKay as its inaugural chief executive officer (CEO). McKay, who has extensive investment and trade experience nationally and internationally, was the CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission and chair of the CCCA. “For the CCCA and its members, today’s announcement creates a significant opportunity to more closely align our activity to that of the federal government,” said Hubert Bolduc, interim CCCA Chair and President and CEO of Montreal International. “On behalf of the CCCA, I would like to offer my congratulations to Mitch Garber and Ian McKay on their new appointments, having worked with both, I am confident that Invest in Canada and the CCCA will work together to provide responsive investor services that will make Canada a premier competitor for FDI dollars.” “In today’s rapidly changing geopolitical environment, the Canada brand has never been stronger,” said CCCA spokesperson Blair Patacairk. “We look forward to working with Invest in Canada to develop tools and resources that recognize and build upon the strengths of the partners selling Canada as an investment location and advance our global leadership position for economic growth and prosperity.”

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About the Consider Canada City Alliance The thirteen members of Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) include the city regions of Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, Hamilton, London, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The economic zones of the members of the CCCA represent 59.6% of Canada’s population, produce 65.1% of its GDP and accounted for 83.4% of Canada’s GDP growth in the five years ending last quarter. As a united front, the Consider Canada City Alliance helps international companies determine the best strategies for business expansion and continually improve Canada’s ability to attract new investment and trade opportunities.

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