Governor Deval Patrick today announced he will lead a delegation of the Commonwealth's government leaders on a Massachusetts -- Canada Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state's partnership with Canada and expand opportunities between the two for economic development and job creation in the clean-tech, innovation, digital health, financial services, digital gaming, life sciences and academic sectors.
"Canada and Massachusetts are already significant trading partners and there is much more we can mutually gain," said Governor Patrick. "This trip is about capitalizing on our strengths in clean tech, life sciences, digital health, gaming, and other innovative industries."
"I am delighted that Governor Patrick is leading a trade mission to Canada, where he and the members of the Massachusetts delegation will see first-hand some of the innovative research and technology development that is happening across the border in the areas of life sciences, clean tech, IT and beyond," said Canadian Consul General to New England Pat Binns. "Canada and Massachusetts not only share an important relationship based on longstanding commercial, cultural and academic ties, but also a belief in education and innovation as essential catalysts for economic growth. This mission will help consolidate valuable relationships between companies and agencies on both sides of the border that will no doubt result in business and economic growth in both jurisdictions."
From October 8-11th, the Massachusetts-Canada Innovation Partnership Mission will include stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. During the mission, Governor Patrick will participate in several business roundtables and meet with top business leaders in the innovation economy sectors to foster opportunities for collaboration between Massachusetts and Canadian businesses. Governor Patrick will also deliver the keynote address at the Canada Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) conference to promote the Commonwealth's growing clean energy sector as a market open for business. In Toronto, the Governor will participate in a tourism industry event sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism; and in Montreal, the Governor will address a group of top Canadian business and academic leaders at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations to discuss opportunities for mutual partnership and growth in key sectors between Massachusetts and Canada. The Governor will also meet with the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, while in country.