Mississauga, Ontario (November 18, 2013) - Business and community leaders gathered at the Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn by Hilton Toronto Airport Corporate Centre on November 15, 2013 to meet and honour local MPs, MPPs, City Councillors and school board trustees during Mississauga Board of Trade's annual Politicians Appreciation event.
The event, which kicked off at 4:00 p.m., offered Mississauga's business community the opportunity to meet and establish relationships with local political figures.
MBOT Chair, Karen Ras, Enersource, opened the event by welcoming all guests, also stating the motivation for MBOT hosting such a unique event.
"While policy advocacy is an important function of the Board of Trade, strong government relations, business working with government, is an important ingredient to building a better city and better business climate to grow businesses, generate jobs and prosperity, and improved quality of life," said Ras.
"We value our relationship with and appreciate the work of our elected and government officials in our community, and while we interact with them frequently, we are pleased to host many for today's event."
Ras mentioned regrets were received from some politicians who wanted to attend, but the date conflicted with other personal and business commitments.
"To our political and government representatives, thank you for joining us today and meeting with our members. We look forward to continuing to develop a stronger and more mutually beneficial relationship with each and every one of you and your respective governments."
Politicians in attendance:
The Hon. Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga
Stella Ambler, MP, Mississauga-South
Brad Butt, MP, Mississauga-Streetsville
Bob Dechert, MP, Mississauga-Erindale
Bob Delaney, MPP, Mississauga-Streetsville
Jim Tovey, City Councillor, Ward 1
Chris Fonseca, City Councillor, Ward 3
As the voice of business since 1976, Mississauga Board of Trade is a private-sector, not-for-profit business organization representing approximately 1,500 businesses, employing 65,000 people in Mississauga. MBOT is well positioned to meet the needs of business by using its considerable influence at all levels of government. As the forum for business, MBOT works together to influence public policy and promote a better understanding of the marketplace among policy makers, media and the general public.
Bonnie Crombie, City Councillor, Ward 5
Ron Starr, City Councillor, Ward 6
MBOT would like to thank its event sponsor, Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn by Hilton Toronto Airport Corporate Centre.
To view photos from the event, visit MBOT's Picasa Web Album
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