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Mayor's Annual Business Address & Luncheon: The Markham Mix

Friday, May 3, 2019

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MARKHAM, ON - May 3, 2019 - Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti welcomed Premier Doug Ford to the Mayor’s Annual Business Address & Luncheon on Thursday, hosted by the Markham Board of Trade. The Premier surprised a sold-out crowd of business leaders and investors by joining Mayor Scarpitti on stage as he delivered his keynote address.

Markham, much like Ontario, is a place to grow. In his address, Mayor Scarpitti touched on the diversity, talent and innovation that is driving Markham's economic prosperity.

“Markham has experienced incredible growth, and is home to a strong and diverse business community, just a couple of the ingredients in what we like to call the Markham Mix,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Markham has mastered the perfect mix for success. Success comes when the right people from different backgrounds connect and create. Markham is not only evolving in step with the digital economy, we are leading it. We have a healthy mix of local and international companies and startups, and we have a reputation for moving at the speed of the private sector, meeting the needs of our businesses.”

Mayor Scarpitti presented Premier Ford with his own shovel, recognizing the Province's commitment to build a world-class regional rapid transit system that includes the critical Yonge Subway Extension.

Markham is at the centre of Canada’s largest innovation hub and is home to GM Canada’s Canadian Technical Centre, which is expected to employ up to 1,000 engineers, focused on developing software for the next generation of autonomous vehicles.
“We are excited to be a part of the Markham community and its rich ecosystem of engineering talent and innovation that will help us lead in the transformation of our industry with electric, self-driving, connected vehicles and shared mobility services,” says Travis Hester, President and Managing Director of GM Canada, who joined Mayor Scarpitti on stage.

Markham has a healthy mix of local and international companies and a diversity in industry that includes technology, healthcare, finance, film and television production and cosmetics.

Kristen Vajda, Director of Research and Development at Estee Lauder was a guest speaker at the Mayor’s Annual Business Address & Luncheon. Estee Lauder’s Canadian Innovation Centre, located in Markham, demonstrates the company’s commitment to research, product development and manufacturing in Canada.

First Studio City located in Markham Movieland is expected to become one of the largest film, television and digital sound stage of its kind in North America. Upon completion, First Studios will be more than 400,000 sq. ft. built on approximately 15 acres of land and will have capacity to accommodate two Hollywood productions simultaneously, in addition to several mid-sized features.
Keith Wallace, General Manager of the Collision Conference, also joined Mayor Frank Scarpitti on stage to announce Markham’s presence at North America’s fastest growing tech conference in Toronto from May 20 to 23, 2019.

The City of Markham proclaimed the second annual ‘Innovation Week in the City of Markham’ from May 6 – 12, 2019, celebrating tech giants like AMD, IBM, Huawei, and GM Canada. The week will commence with a flag raising at the Markham Civic Centre on Monday, May 6.


PHOTO:

Mayor Frank Scarpitti presented Premier Doug Ford with his own shovel on stage, recognizing the Province's commitment to build a world-class regional rapid transit system that includes the critical Yonge Subway Extension.


VIDEO: Watch the Mayor's Business Address & Luncheon 2019


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards. 


MARKHAM, ON - May 3, 2019 - Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti welcomed Premier Doug Ford to the Mayor’s Annual Business Address & Luncheon on Thursday, hosted by the Markham Board of Trade. The Premier surprised a sold-out crowd of business leaders and investors by joining Mayor Scarpitti on stage as he delivered his keynote address.

Markham, much like Ontario, is a place to grow. In his address, Mayor Scarpitti touched on the diversity, talent and innovation that is driving Markham's economic prosperity.

“Markham has experienced incredible growth, and is home to a strong and diverse business community, just a couple of the ingredients in what we like to call the Markham Mix,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Markham has mastered the perfect mix for success. Success comes when the right people from different backgrounds connect and create. Markham is not only evolving in step with the digital economy, we are leading it. We have a healthy mix of local and international companies and startups, and we have a reputation for moving at the speed of the private sector, meeting the needs of our businesses.”

Mayor Scarpitti presented Premier Ford with his own shovel, recognizing the Province's commitment to build a world-class regional rapid transit system that includes the critical Yonge Subway Extension.

Markham is at the centre of Canada’s largest innovation hub and is home to GM Canada’s Canadian Technical Centre, which is expected to employ up to 1,000 engineers, focused on developing software for the next generation of autonomous vehicles.
“We are excited to be a part of the Markham community and its rich ecosystem of engineering talent and innovation that will help us lead in the transformation of our industry with electric, self-driving, connected vehicles and shared mobility services,” says Travis Hester, President and Managing Director of GM Canada, who joined Mayor Scarpitti on stage.

Markham has a healthy mix of local and international companies and a diversity in industry that includes technology, healthcare, finance, film and television production and cosmetics.

Kristen Vajda, Director of Research and Development at Estee Lauder was a guest speaker at the Mayor’s Annual Business Address & Luncheon. Estee Lauder’s Canadian Innovation Centre, located in Markham, demonstrates the company’s commitment to research, product development and manufacturing in Canada.

First Studio City located in Markham Movieland is expected to become one of the largest film, television and digital sound stage of its kind in North America. Upon completion, First Studios will be more than 400,000 sq. ft. built on approximately 15 acres of land and will have capacity to accommodate two Hollywood productions simultaneously, in addition to several mid-sized features.
Keith Wallace, General Manager of the Collision Conference, also joined Mayor Frank Scarpitti on stage to announce Markham’s presence at North America’s fastest growing tech conference in Toronto from May 20 to 23, 2019.

The City of Markham proclaimed the second annual ‘Innovation Week in the City of Markham’ from May 6 – 12, 2019, celebrating tech giants like AMD, IBM, Huawei, and GM Canada. The week will commence with a flag raising at the Markham Civic Centre on Monday, May 6.


PHOTO:

Mayor Frank Scarpitti presented Premier Doug Ford with his own shovel on stage, recognizing the Province's commitment to build a world-class regional rapid transit system that includes the critical Yonge Subway Extension.


VIDEO: Watch the Mayor's Business Address & Luncheon 2019


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.