Message from the Mayor

It gives me great pleasure to extend greetings and a warm welcome to everyone attending the International Economic Development Council's 2017 Annual Conference.

As Canada's largest city with a population of more than 2.8 million, Toronto is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is dedicated to being a model of sustainable development.



A Personal Message from the Premier

On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to extend warm wishes to all the delegates of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference.

Ontario is a place where the world meets - to do business, to launch new ideas and to find opportunities. We are leaders in the knowledge economy, with a highly skilled and educated workforce, and have a large and globally connected investor community.


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Help Your Community Leaders See the Benefits of a Trip to the Annual Conference

Your trip to Toronto, Ontario, Canada is the perfect opportunity to learn about new priorities in the profession and how to address them. It also offers ample networking sessions and practical examples of success stories, including educational tours through the host community.


With the emergence of new global markets, communities need to work together to encourage competition and advance economic growth. This must-attend event for economic developers - IEDC's first annual conference outside of the United States - will focus on how to Connect, Collaborate, and Create at the global level to contribute to the transformation of local, state, and regional economies.

Toronto and its surrounding region are consistently ranked at the top of international indexes for competitiveness, innovation, and liveability. Few cities in the world can offer such multi-sector strength or depth of talent. The region prides itself on an environment that is committed to nurturing and supporting businesses.

You'll be in good company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Most recently, the New York Times listed Canada first on its list of "52 Places to Go in 2017". As the second-largest country in the world by area, Canada has so much to explore, and with Toronto being the second largest city in North America, you'll be amazed by the richness of economic development examples around the city. Additionally, 2017 is Canada's 150th anniversary of its confederation, meaning plenty of celebrations in Toronto and other provinces. You'll find dozens of opportunities to network and explore this diverse international city.



  • City of Toronto
  • Accrisoft
  • Chmura Economics & Analytics
  • DCI
  • EMSI
  • ESRI
  • ICSC
  • OCO Global
  • StateBook
  • ACT
  • Bay Park Centre
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
  • BNSF Railway
  • Toronto Port Lands Company
  • Business Facilities
  • Convergent Nonprofit Solutions
  • GIS WebTech
  • National Community Development Services
  • Ohio University
  • RCI
  • ROI Research on Investment
  • USDM
  • Regional Municipality of York
  • American Express
  • Implan
  • Resource Development Group
  • TIP Strategies
  • City of Markham
  • Trade & Industry Development
  • HQ Vancouver
  • City of Welland
  • Windsor Essex EDC
  • American City & County
  • Expansion Solutions
  • fDi Intelligence
  • The Place Brand Observer
  • Site Selection Magazine