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C-11 Consider Canada Coalition Heads to San Francisco for Financial Times Global Investment Series

John Jung, CEO, CTT Inc.

Canada’s Technology Triangle recently participated as part of the C-11 Consider Canada coalition in the Financial Times Global Investment Series: Focus on Canada event, held in San Francisco.

The C-11 Consider Canada coalition includes the top 11 cities in Canada that are often referred to as Canada’s Economic Power-houses, namely, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Halifax, Saskatoon and Canada’s Technology Triangle, representing the Waterloo Region. These cities are working together to promote Canada as a whole, but also our respective communities by raising critical awareness of ourselves and the competitive advantages that we can offer potential investors looking to expand or locate new investments.
Working together under the Consider Canada brand helps give the world rapid access to trade and investment opportunities in Canada and to the communities involved. The C-11 cities also help international companies determine the best synergies for business expansion by building city-to-city linkages around the globe.

While in San Francisco, the group met to address the growth and governance of the C-11 membership and provided an opportunity to discuss potential collaborative projects in China and at the London Olympics in 2012. It also gave our membership an opportunity to meet with the Canadian Consulate in San Francisco as well as meet with like-minded investment promotion organizations from Nevada, Arizona and California.

The C-11 group also took the time to visit RocketSpace, a unique all inclusive shared office space for technology and new media companies in the heart of San Francisco’s SOHO district. Here, the C-11 members met with representatives of C100 – a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, including executives of leading technology companies, experienced start-up entrepreneurs and venture capital investors.

The Financial Times Global Investment event brought together senior policy-makers and business leaders from the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area with Canadian thought-leaders, C-11 partners and guests. Speakers provided insight on the key opportunities and challenges for businesses looking to establish or expand their operations in Canada.

The unified presence of the C-11 Consider Canada coalition helped raise awareness about our key sectors, strengths and business capabilities. What was most striking to our US guests and others event attendees was the fact that one of key competitive advantages is our collaborative business environment.

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