A delegation of 30 business and political leaders from the Dallas Region is slated to depart for Canada in June, to share the region’s success story, while discussing the challenges of managing rapid population growth.
As they did in their recent outreach trip to Asia in November, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will lead the mission, which will include meetings with Canadian business and political leaders, facility tours, networking events, and panel discussions.
Topics broached during the June 11-17 trip to Montreal and Toronto will most likely center on urban innovation, smart cities initiatives, and efforts aimed at making transportation more sustainable, efficient, and enjoyable in growing communities.
“We are excited to tell the story of Dallas as a great market for business, innovation, and international economic development,” said Dallas Regional Chamber President and CEO Dale Petroskey, who will be part of the delegation. “Like the Dallas Region, Toronto and Montreal have seen tremendous growth in recent years. We look forward to sharing what we’re doing to strategically manage our growth, and discussing ways to strengthen business ties and create new opportunities between the Dallas Region and Canada.”
Between 2010 and 2015, the Dallas Region has seen a population increase of more than 650,000 people. Between 2011 and 2016, the population of metropolitan Toronto increased by nearly 345,000.
The delegation’s trip will also include several private meetings with Canadian business leaders, to build and expand trade ties between the Dallas Region, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as panel discussions.
Aside from the region’s work in smart cities technology, urban planning, and transportation, the mission will promote Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s expanding air service, the potential benefits of establishing corporate operations in North Texas, and the Dallas Region as a tourist destination.
Highlights of the delegation’s public meetings will include:
Prior to the June 16 panel, representatives from the City of Montreal will host the Dallas Region’s delegation on a tour of Montreal’s smart cities district. Montreal, with its focus on the electrification of public service vehicles such as buses and police cars, is a leader in such urban innovation initiatives.
In addition to Petroskey, Rawlings, and Price, others slated to join the delegation include: Jones Day Partner-in-Charge Hilda Galvan; Uber General Manager Leandre Johns; Texas Central Partners CEO Tim Keith; Bell Nunnally & Martin Partner Sonja McGill; Axxess Founder and CEO John Olajide; Dallas Innovation Alliance Executive Director Jennifer Sanders; NEC Corporation of North America CEO Shinsuke Takahashi; DRC Senior Vice President of Economic Development Mike Rosa; and DRC Manager for International Economic Development Melissa Maguire.
The upcoming trade mission to Canada supports the Dallas Regional Chamber’s strategic plan for economic development by informing potential international partners of the benefits of doing business in the Dallas Region.
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