Premier Doug Ford surprised a sold-out crowd of business leaders and investors by joining Mayor Scarpitti on stage as he delivered his keynote address on May 2 for this year’s Mayor’s Annual Business Address & Luncheon.
Markham, much like Ontario, is a place to grow. In his address, 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.”
Scarpitti presented 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.
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 annual 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.
Photo: Markham 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.