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WTC Toronto Takes Smart Cities Convo To London

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TORONTO, CANADA — Toronto Region Board of Trade’s World Trade Centre Toronto franchise, in partnership with the City of Toronto, is taking Toronto based smart cities businesses to London Tech Week beginning on June 11.

The seven-day trade mission, part of WTC-T’s initiative to strengthen global access for the Toronto region’s business community, will continue the discussion on how to make Toronto a smarter city, started at the Board’s Smart Cities Summit on May 10. It is also an opportunity for Toronto area businesses who offer smart cities solutions to build connections, establish partnerships, showcase their technologies and learn about emerging trends at a global gathering of experts with hundreds of tech events and delegates from more than 50 countries.

“We have already made significant progress determining the kind of city we want to be—the next step is to accelerate our efforts to make Toronto a world leader in smart solutions,” said Leigh Smout, Executive Director, World Trade Centre Toronto. “Working with our partners we are curating an experience that will expose Toronto region businesses to new ideas and contacts while showcasing their business expertise.”

A recent report by Arup says that the London smart city market could reach approximately $13.4 billion by 2020. Excel London reports that London hosts Europe’s largest tech sector—34,400 digital technology businesses—which has experienced 700 per cent growth.

“From smart technology to energy, transportation, infrastructure, healthcare and security, this mission is ideal for companies with a smart cities focus,” said Mr. Smout. “This trade mission is a tremendous opportunity for businesses with products and services with a strong competitive advantage who are looking to diversify their export markets.”

In addition to the City of Toronto, WTC-T is partnering with the UK Department of International Trade, the High Commission of Canada in London, London and Partners (the Mayor’s Promotional Agency) on this trade mission. 

Companies interested to learn more can visit bot.com/Advocacy/Programs/TradeMissions.aspx or contact Katherine Gee at kgee@bot.com.

About World Trade Centre Toronto
The World Trade Centre Toronto (WTC-T) is the trade services arm for the Toronto Region Board of Trade. As a member of the World Trade Centre Association, WTC-T creates unparalleled global access for the Toronto region’s business community with 328 branded properties and trade services associations in 92 countries. WTC-T provides targeted international trade advisory services and expertise through comprehensive research, essential trade education, strategy building workshops and valuable connections to experts and networks via trade missions, trade shows and a variety of other services. WTC-T has created three programs to provide end-to-end knowledge and support for businesses interested in expanding their global reach: International Trade 101, Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) and a Market Activation Program (MAP).

For further information:
Matthew Kofsky
Toronto Region Board of Trade
416-862-4558
mkofsky@bot.com