The Path Towards a More Competitive, Globally Connected Ontario

The Path Towards a More Competitive, Globally Connected Ontario An interview with Josh Hjartarson (HJ), Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC). Following the recent release of the Emerging Stronger 2013 report, the Ontario Business Report (OBR) interviewed Josh Hjartarson via telephone to discuss policies aimed at transforming Ontario’s

Addressing Ontario’s Needs of Tomorrow, Today

The global economy is undergoing a major shift. As the U.S. and Europe – Ontario’s two traditional trade partners – struggle through the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, developing economies race ahead. And as they push the boundaries of global competition, Ontario must adapt. With this in mind, last June, the

On reconnaît les efforts : le président de la CCIC Satish Thakkar accepte le prestigieux Prix Pravasi-Samman des mains de la présidente de l’Inde Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil à Jaipur. Le prix reconnaît les nombreuses contributions de la CCIC à l’amélioration des relations Canada-Inde.

Promoting a new passage to India

Ontario’s ties to India have grown stronger in the past year, mainly as the result of behind-the-scenes work in the trade and investment communities.This reinforced relationship can only benefit both economies, with Ontario SMEs particularly well-poised to benefit. Satish Thakkar, president of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce,  sums it up succinctly: “Business happens once you

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London calling: Ontario’s long-time business partner offers new opportunities

While emerging markets get a lot of media attention, the United Kingdom remains one of Ontario’s key export and investment partners.  The U.K. is Ontario’s second largest export market after the United States, with $14.5 billion in exported goods, comprising over nine per cent of the province’s total in 2011. Among Ontario’s investors, U.K. companies


Good chemistry = good business for Ontario

With shipments of $20.5 billion in 2010, chemistry is Ontario’s third largest manufacturing sector. That’s not surprising when you consider that chemicals account for about 10 per cent of the cost of every new car and home we buy.


NOVA Chemicals looks to the future

Two years ago NOVA Chemicals had doubts its sprawling Sarnia complex would still be in operation at the end of the decade, succumbing to rising oil prices…


Ring of Fire lights up Northern Ontario’s mining industry

They went looking for diamonds in the rough, but found something perhaps even more valuable. In 2002 DeBeers, the world’s leading diamond miner and trader, ventured into Ontario’s far north muskeg near Hudson’s Bay seeking the precious stones. What it discovered instead was copper and zinc.       But that was enough to spark


New Global Site for Pharmaceutical Development Creates Cascade of Benefits

Few products are developed with as much care, carry as much hope or are subject to higher standards than medicines. Medicines help us fight disease, live longer and better lives, often save our lives. Roche Canada, a division of Swiss giant Hoffmann-La Roche, is at the centre of some of the world’s most innovative diagnostic


Ontario’s new diamond industry

A year ago, a glittering Toronto International Film Festival party at Birks Jeweler’s flagship store on Bloor Street’s Mile of Mink launched (de facto, at least) one of Canada’s most glamorous and coveted products: diamonds. Not just any diamonds, but diamonds from De Beers Canada’s Victor mine in the James Bay Lowlands of northern Ontario.


Ontario’s Historic Mace Sparkles with Ontario’s First Diamonds

In 2009, Toronto-based jewelry designer Reena Ahluwalia was invited by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and De Beers Canada to design a unique setting for the very first diamonds taken from Ontario’s first diamond mine – the company’s Victor Mine. These diamonds have been set in the historic Mace of Ontario. The ceremonial mace –