Kathleen Wynne will begin a week-long trade mission to the Middle East on Sunday. (Photo: CP)"Together we will promote the exchange of information and knowledge, seek new opportunities for collaboration and sign new business agreements that will create economic growth and jobs in both regions."
Blackberry, Scotiabank, TSX part of missionDelegates include Jewish-focused businesses and organizations looking to strengthen existing ties to Israel, universities and research institutes such as the University of Toronto and the Ontario Brain Institute, and life science companies. Travelling with the mission are representatives from medical device companies hoping to expand or collaborate on research, pharmaceutical companies, an addiction treatment facility, a research chemical manufacturer and other life science companies. BlackBerry, Roots Canada, IBM Canada Ltd., Scotiabank, Thomson Reuters and the Toronto Stock Exchange are also part of the trade mission. BlackBerry hopes to "raise (its) profile as a software company," Roots is looking for new business opportunities and Thomson Reuters is looking to learn about the start-up ecosystem and models of financial technology accelerators, according to the mission's delegate directory. Wynne will also be accompanied by Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Reza Moridi, Health Minister Eric Hoskins and MPP Monte Kwinter, who is the parliamentary assistant to the minister of citizenship, immigration and international trade. As premier, Wynne has led two trade missions to China, which she has said generated about $3.5 billion in investments and created thousands of jobs. Wynne also went to India earlier this year — a mission she said generated agreements valued at more than $240 million.