As a City, we are committed to economic, social and cultural growth for our residents and businesses. An important part of our strategy is to pursue opportunities that serve to strengthen the City’s global reach.
Our recent Business Mission to Israel offered significant opportunities for growth and expansion. It allowed us to build strategic relationships with leading Israeli companies and gain perspective into Israel’s rapidly developing industrial, financial and high-tech service sectors. As a growing city, it’s vital that we maintain a competitive advantage in today’s global economy.
The new partnerships created in Israel will give our City the chance to be at the forefront when it comes to innovation and opportunity.
The City of Vaughan is poised for great success. By bringing our message to a global audience we are showing that Vaughan is a premier destination for business.
Our goal is to become a world-class city and forming new partnerships will drive the economic agenda forward and allow Vaughan to become a city known for its economic leadership.
- Israel is a country with a strong and vibrant economy that is respected for its ability to lead and innovate.
- Israel is a global high-tech powerhouse with more than 3,000 high-tech companies.
- The country is a leader in innovation with more than 250 research and development centres.
I am proud to share with you some of the highlights of the Vaughan Business Mission to Israel:
- The mission included 23 participants representing 21 different companies. The delegates participated in more than 150 business meetings.
- More than 90 Israeli businesses attended the Jerusalem Business Networking Forum (JBNF), an event that promotes business networking among primarily English-speaking professionals in business, high-tech and investment fields in Jerusalem.
- The City of Vaughan and Centennial College announced a collaborative effort to establish a Trade Development Office in Israel.
- An innovative Israeli automated parking solution company will make a presentation to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) committee in November, presenting technology and discussing the opportunities for the VMC and how they will partner with local Vaughan-based companies.
- Centennial College signed five Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with various leading academic institutions — plus two more are in the works — to formally acknowledge agreements to enter into strategic partnerships.
- I was pleased to welcome Udi Gat, the Mayor of Eilot, Israel to Vaughan on Oct. 16. We had the pleasure of visiting him in Israel during the mission along with representatives of the Renewable Energy Initiative.
Click here for more information about the City of Vaughan’s International Business Development Program.
If you are a small business in Vaughan looking to grow and expand, take advantage of the resources, networking events and seminars taking place during Small Business Week from Oct. 21 to 25.
Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C.