Global Business Leaders Series - Zurich
Canada Investment and Innovation Forum
Invest in Canada, in partnership with the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland, brought together business leaders, senior policy makers and key local industry representatives from the Zurich region in Switzerland and Canada for an informative discussion on Canada’s unique investment opportunities in: life sciences (pharmaceuticals, and medical technologies including medical devices, digital healthcare etc.), information and communication technologies (ICT), agrifood processing, and financial services.
The business outreach program reached 25 Swiss companies for a total of 43 participants at the seminar. The one-on-one meeting session resulted in 83 meetings held between Canadian cities’ economic development organizations and 22 Swiss companies.
- Keynote Douglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Bank of Montreal Financial Group
- Christopher Chong, President and CEO, SST Wireless Inc.
- Dr. Joseph Cafazzo, Lead, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation
- Daniel Assandri, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, ABB Inc. (Canada)
The plenary and panel discussion was moderated by John Zimmer, a Swiss-based Canadian professional speaker, trainer and coach.
The event proved to be a success as it created awareness and positive messaging around Canada. With a top performing economy, sound banking system, highly skilled workforce, low taxes, and a commitment to free and open trade, evidenced by NAFTA, and soon the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Canada is an excellent location for investors.