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Premier Departs on First Business Mission to the Middle East

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Premier Departs on First Business Mission to the Middle East

Mission to Focus on Life Sciences and Innovation Sectors

Office of the Premier

Premier Kathleen Wynne will lead a business delegation to the Middle East from May 15 to 20 to promote the exchange of information and knowledge, seek opportunities for collaboration and sign new business agreements.

Premier Wynne will leave tomorrow and travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa in Israel, and Ramallah and Bethlehem in the West Bank, to promote Ontario's expertise in key economic sectors, including innovation and life sciences.

The mission will build on Ontario's existing relationships, create new partnerships and attract investment to the province. Ontario and Israel share many of the same priorities -- both regions are focused on developing strong, competitive business environments that support innovation and growth. The Premier and delegates will meet with Israeli political, business and innovation leaders to exchange knowledge and sign agreements.

Several leaders from Ontario institutions will accompany the Premier to the West Bank, where they will look for opportunities to collaborate with Palestinian partners on innovation and education initiatives.

Minister of Research and Innovation and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Reza Moridi, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade Monte Kwinter will join the Premier on the mission.

Building new relationships and helping businesses compete globally are part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • In September 2015, Ontario established a new Chief Health Innovation Strategist, William Charnetski, to promote the province’s health technology innovation sector and help new products get to market.
  • Ontario has a large and active Jewish community that includes more than 175,000 people. The community plays an important role in the province’s successful economic, cultural and educational sectors.
  • According to the 2011 National Household Survey, Ontario’s Palestinian community is the largest in Canada — more than 20,000 people in Ontario reported Palestinian ethnic origins.
  • Follow the Premier’s Middle Eastern mission on Twitter, Flickr and the mission Google Map.

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“Growing the economy and creating jobs in Ontario is my number-one priority. My mission to the Middle East will support collaboration in innovation, attract new investments, create partnerships and generate jobs in our province. Working together on research and innovation projects, especially in the life sciences sector, will help build a more sustainable and prosperous future for both regions.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario



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