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U.S. Consul General Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Brampton Civic and Business Leaders


​BRAMPTON, ON: United States Consul General, Mr. Juan Alsace met with Mayor Linda Jeffrey and other civic and business leaders yesterday in Brampton for a roundtable discussion on strengthening and broadening Brampton-U.S. business relationships.

Talks ranged from longer-term and strategic alliance opportunities in the human and health sciences and advanced manufacturing sectors, to deepening relationships and opportunities related to Brampton’s strong local economy and infrastructure, as well as the Canada-U.S. trade corridor.

Brampton has long-standing business and trade ties with the U.S. that continue to this day. These existing connections, combined with compatible business practice and culture, and close geographic proximity, make the United States a clear strategic market to promote Brampton and Brampton businesses for international economic development.



U.S. Consul General Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Brampton Civic and Business Leaders at Alderlea in Brampton, ON  (April 14, 2016).

From left: Hillary Marshall (GTAA), Sonya Favretto (IBM Canada), Farzad Rayegani (Sheridan College), Andrea Gorog (US Consultate-General), Councillor Jeff Bowman, Councillor Doug Whillans, US Consul General Mr. Juan Alsace, Mayor Linda Jeffrey, Badar Shamin (Brampton Board of Trade), Todd Letts (Brampton Board of Trade), Faiz Faizi (SMT Direct), Ron Soreanu (Coca-Cola) Tina Larsen (PCMF), Councillor Martin Medeiros, Krista Scaldwell (Coca-Cola), Cassandra Baccardax (City of Brampton), Filiz Ozmisir (Zgemi Inc.)

Quotes

“I am pleased to be here in Brampton – a city that exemplifies diversity and business creating opportunities for numerous U.S. companies.  Ongoing discussions such as the roundtable with civic and business leaders led by the City of Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey today allow us to exchange some thoughts on the extraordinary U.S.-Canada relationship, the important role that cities like Brampton play in a vibrant U.S. – Canadian economy, and ways to advance growth and development in our economies and communities”.
- United States Consul General Juan Alsace

“Brampton is poised for significant growth in several sectors, and in particular, we have made great strides in the human and health sciences sector. Roundtable discussions and events like this are very helpful and set the stage indicating Brampton is open for business and that we are a City that is focused on growth through expanded business partnerships and relationships that foster a healthy, robust local economy.”
- City of Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey


Roundtable Participants

• Juan Alsace, Consul General of the United States of America
• Linda Jeffrey, Mayor, City of Brampton
• Jeff Bowman, City Councillor and Chair, Brampton Economic Development Committee
• Doug Whillans, City Councillor and Vice Chair, Brampton Economic Development Committee
• Martin Medeiros, Regional Councillor
• Badar Shamin, Chair, Brampton Board of Trade, and roundtable moderator
• Representatives from Brampton businesses and organizations

Brampton-U.S. Economic Highlights

• Almost 700 Brampton companies export to over 90 countries around the world, and 74% per cent of these companies export to the U.S.A., the highest indicated country of export.
• According to the 2015 Employment Census, more than 158 Brampton companies indicated they have a head office within the U.S.
• In 2015, American film and television production accounted for the majority of almost $1.2 million in direct economic impact in Brampton.


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MEDIA CONTACTS

Madina Turdieva
Media Specialist
U.S. Consulate General Toronto
416.595.1700 ext.220 | TurdievaM@state.gov


Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
905.874.3654 |  natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca