Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

April 15, 2009 13:00 ET

Ontario: A Magnet for the World

Chamber Calls on Ontarians to Join Campaign

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is inviting all Ontarians to join in a grassroots movement to shift focus from today's challenges to tomorrow's potential by celebrating the advantages offered in the province.

President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Len Crispino will deliver today a speech to the Canadian Club in Toronto to launch a chamber campaign to build consensus around a vision for Ontario as a "Magnet for the World". The Chamber will be gathering and sharing stories throughout the campaign about people who have made Ontario their home, sometimes as new Ontarians, sometimes as second, third and fourth generation Ontarians, and why they chose Ontario from their many global options.

"We should all be excited about the real opportunities Ontario offers to people here in the province, and around the world, while being mindful of the challenges we're facing today," explains Crispino, "People make Ontario their home in order to build their dreams; to raise a family in a society that welcomes all religions and races; to develop a career in a place of equal opportunity and accessibility; to unleash their business and investment ideas; and to tap into the abundance of resources here in Ontario, whether they be cultural, educational, human, or natural. We may not always live up to all of these expectations, but we must focus on tomorrow's potential while all sectors of the economy work together to address today's concerns."

Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo came to Ontario after his release from his native Iran's Evin prison where he was held but never charged. As a visiting professor at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, Jahanbegloo is able to openly express his opinions about diversity and non-violence. "Toronto is a global city because it represents a peaceful home for those who are in search of sharing their differences with others," says Jahanbegloo.

The OCC will also ask businesses, communities and organizations to share how they are a "Magnet for the World". "Each one of us in our own way can be a 'Magnet for the World,' whether it's a business that is attracting talent from overseas; a school whose research puts us on the global stage; or a community that twins one beyond our borders. Even an individual becomes an ambassador for Ontario in his or her daily activities and travels," says Crispino.

The OCC is gathering stories and videos in Toronto and at subsequent events elsewhere in the province in conjunction with today's launch. All Ontarians are welcome to submit stories, photos and videos at the Magnet for the World website which is offering for a limited time a contest to win an overnight package at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. The campaign can be accessed at www.dreambigOntario.ca.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is a federation of 160 local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in the Province of Ontario, representing 60,000 businesses of all sizes, in all economic sectors and from every area of the province. In its mandate to advocate strong policies on issues affecting its members, the OCC is currently focused on economic renewal and business competitiveness. Its over-arching goal is to make Ontario the most competitive jurisdiction in North America.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
    Amy Terrill
    (416) 482-5222, ext. 241 or Cell: (416) 605-8205
    amyterrill@occ.on.ca

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