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Mayor Hazel McCallion speaks at BIO Delegation in Washington, D.C.

Jun 28, 2011

Today, Mayor Hazel McCallion addressed biotech representatives at the BIO Delegation Breakfast in Washington, D.C. during the BIO International Convention.

"The aging population is a global issue that affects us all," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "As leaders we need to work together to address the opportunities and challenges of an aging world."

Joined by the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation and Suzanne Boyd, editor-in-chief of Zoomer Magazine, Mayor Hazel McCallion kicked off the breakfast by speaking about Ontario’s theme 'Innovations in Healthy Aging.' The convention is the world's largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the globe.

"As Mayor of a City with the third largest life sciences sector, I have supported BIO and Ontario’s participation at BIO over the years," said Mayor McCallion. "Today I am proud of the 400 plus life sciences companies employing 25,000 people in Mississauga alone."

At the BIO convention, close to 20 Mississauga-based life sciences companies were represented including: GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen, Takeda, AstraZeneca, EMD Serono, Novo Nordisk and Baxter.

"Mississauga’s participation with Ontario provides an opportunity to support the best and brightest ideas towards creating novel solutions in technologies, research, devices and healthcare delivery," said Larry Petovello, director of Economic Development Office.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

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