Spotlight on Toronto’s Tech & Innovation Ecosystem
Jodi Kovitz / CEO - #movethedial
Frank Scarpitti / Mayor - City of Markham
Allyson Hewitt / VP, Impact - MaRS Discovery District
Dairis Zarins / Director of Operations and Business Development - Printful
As Canada’s largest and most multicultural metropolis, Toronto ranks among the great cities of the world to live, work and do business. It’s financial sector is the second biggest in North America, drawing industry heavyweights and multinational corporations from across the globe. But what else makes this business ecosystem so attractive to foreign investors?
In this Spotlight, TheFutureEconomy.ca interviews four leaders—from tech, ecommerce, government and innovation—to discover Toronto’s greatest strengths, weaknesses, and the conditions that make the city an attractive place for foreign investment.
- Toronto has a diverse and educated workforce streaming from its renowned colleges and universities who bring different lived experiences together to tackle complex challenges.
- The Greater Toronto Area’s startup and innovation accelerators, combined with major investments, have created a thriving, dynamic tech ecosystem that is now North America’s third largest.
- Toronto’s business ecosystem and regional economic development agency welcomes foreign investors and improves the ease of doing business in Canada.
- Toronto’s location and proximity to the US border makes it a logical destination for foreign investment.
Watch or Read the Experts' Full Interviews
Toronto's Thriving Talent-Rich Tech Ecosystem Jodi Kovitz CEO - #movethedial “I am really excited about the overall technology and innovation space.” Markham's Tech and Innovation Ecosystem Frank Scarpitti Mayor - City of Markham “We have over 400 corporate multinational headquarters here.” Innovating Solutions for the World Allyson Hewitt VP, Impact - MaRS Discovery District “The cultural diversity of the people in Toronto is a real attractor.” Toronto Business Ease and Local Resources Dairis Zarins Director of Operations and Business Development - Printful “From a recruitment perspective, we have been very happy.”
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