Premier Wynne Welcomes The King and The Queen of The Belgians
Visit an Opportunity to Strengthen Trade and Tech Partnerships
Their Majesties The King and The Queen of the Belgians are in Toronto today as part of the first state visit to Canada by a Belgian Royal Couple in over 40 years. The visit is an opportunity to showcase the province and explore new ways Belgium and Ontario can collaborate across sectors.
Their day in Toronto began with a visit to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, where they met with Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, as well as the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Premier Kathleen Wynne.
This afternoon, Their Majesties will tour the MaRS Venture Showcase, highlighting some of the most exciting social ventures in Canada. Hosted by Mr. Yung Wu, Chief Executive Officer of MaRS, and the Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, the showcase will include demonstrations by several successful Ontario start-up companies. Included are InteraXon (Muse), developers of a brain-sensing headband that teaches people to meditate, and eSight, whose electronic glasses help those with low vision experience the world around them.
In honour of Their Majesties' visit, Minister Moridi will also host a luncheon at MaRS Discovery District. Their Majesties will be joined for the luncheon by the Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Minster of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education, and Ms. Deborah Matthews, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.
Their Majesties are accompanied by 193 academic, business and media delegates from a wide range of sectors including health, aerospace and banking.
This evening, Their Majesties will depart Toronto and will finish their state tour of Canada in Montreal.
- Two-way trade between Ontario and Belgium has risen from just over C$1 billion in 2012 to over $2.2 billion in 2017.
- Ontario is home to almost 58,000 Belgians.
- Belgium has a vibrant ICT market, ranking sixth overall out of 28 EU countries in terms of digital economy development in 2016.
“Much like Belgium, Ontario is a world leader in the field of information and communication technologies. It is an honour to welcome Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians on their first official visit to Toronto, and I look forward to seeing how our regions and businesses can work closer together to foster innovative technologies that will benefit people across the globe.”