GOVERNOR BRINGS TRADE MESSAGE TO CANADA'S ECONOMIC HUB
Promotes Trade, Business Relationships with Arizona
Governor Janet Napolitano continued her tour of Canada today, traveling to
Toronto, the heart of Canada's national economy, to promote innovative trade and business relationships with Arizona.
Governor Napolitano rang the opening bell this morning at the Toronto Stock Exchange, the largest stock market in Canada and the sixth largest in the world. "This is a great opportunity to promote Arizona to our second-largest trading partner. Arizona's economic relationship with Canada only looks to grow," Governor Napolitano said. "Several companies with significant
operations in Arizona are traded here, and Arizona will need to grow more international links to be competitive in the 21st century."
During her time in Toronto, Governor Napolitano also met with business, government and nonprofit leaders to discuss innovation and economic development. The Governor paid a visit to the MaRS Centre, which builds relationships and fosters collaboration between science, business and
capital institutions in Toronto. Meeting with MaRS CEO Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, Governor Napolitano discussed how the MaRS Centre's approach fits into Arizona's innovation strategy, and how the state Department of Commerce and Science Foundation Arizona will work together to create a similar model in Arizona.
The Governor also met with Dr. Alistair Glass, deputy minister of Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation. The two discussed the province of Ontario's heavy investment in bringing together the best and brightest minds in innovation, and possible ways that Arizona institutions, such as Science Foundation Arizona, could collaborate with Ontario's aggressive research and
Speaking later to the Economic Club of Toronto, Governor Napolitano emphasized the importance of collaborative, innovative partnerships to build mutually beneficial economic relationships across borders. "Developing partnerships is beneficial to our individual and collective success,
enabling us to offer more when we work together," the Governor said.
The Governor will return to Arizona tonight.