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Consider Canada City Alliance Meets in Halifax

The Greater Halifax Partnership is hosting representatives from 11 of Canada’s large cities who are in Halifax this week for the Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) AGM.

United under the CCCA, Canada’s large cities - Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Québec City, Winnipeg, Waterloo Region and Saskatoon - work together to rapidly guide international companies to Canada’s best trade and investment opportunities. The 11 member cities represent 54% of Canada’s population and accounted for 72% of GDP growth and 90% of the country’s jobs growth between 2007 and 2012.

“Canada’s major cities punch above their economic weight in terms of attracting foreign direct investment to Canada,” says Paul Kent, President and CEO of Greater Halifax Partnership. “CCCA’s united approach to attract global investment is an effective and important component in creating jobs and economic growth across Canada.”

Representatives from CCCA member cities are meeting September 23-24 to discuss 2012-13 results and plans for upcoming trade and investment missions. During yesterday’s AGM, Greater Halifax Partnership President and CEO Paul Kent was elected incoming chair of CCCA, replacing Bruce Graham, President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development who will assume the role of past chair for the organization.

“In 2012-13, CCCA undertook two missions to China which resulted in over 250 meetings with Chinese companies and government organizations eager to invest and expand in Canada, as well as the signing of working agreements with the Chinese agency responsible for outward bound Chinese foreign investment,” says outgoing chair Bruce Graham. “Our Chinese hosts very much appreciated our ability to quickly identify and connect them to the Canadian city or cities best suited to particular sectors and investment objectives. This city-to-city approach has proven successful in establishing trade and investment relationships with the world’s megacities.”

Two additional missions are planned for 2013.  The first will see Italian executives come to Canada to learn more about opportunities in Canada. In November a trade mission to Europe will take place as a direct result of negotiations occurring between Canada and the European Union in regards to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. This will help lay the foundation for increased investment between Canada and countries represented by the European Union. 

For more information about the Consider Canada City Alliance visit: www.considercanada.com

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About the Greater Halifax Partnership

The Greater Halifax Partnership is the lead economic development organization for Halifax. The Partnership works to keep and grow business, attract new investment, strengthen the community and help people succeed. More than 130 businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership to support economic growth in Halifax.   www.greaterhalifax.com   

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 Greater Halifax Partnership
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