Ontario: A Magnet for the World - Chamber calls on Ontarians to join campaign

    TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is inviting all
Ontarians to join in a grassroots movement to shift focus from today's
challenges to tomorrow's potential by celebrating the advantages offered in
the province.
    President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Len Crispino will
deliver today a speech to the Canadian Club in Toronto to launch a chamber
campaign to build consensus around a vision for Ontario as a "Magnet for the
World". The Chamber will be gathering and sharing stories throughout the
campaign about people who have made Ontario their home, sometimes as new
Ontarians, sometimes as second, third and fourth generation Ontarians, and why
they chose Ontario from their many global options.
    "We should all be excited about the real opportunities Ontario offers to
people here in the province, and around the world, while being mindful of the
challenges we're facing today," explains Crispino. "People make Ontario their
home in order to build their dreams; to raise a family in a society that
welcomes all religions and races; to develop a career in a place of equal
opportunity and accessibility; to unleash their business and investment ideas;
and to tap into the abundance of resources here in Ontario, whether they be
cultural, educational, human, or natural. We may not always live up to all of
these expectations, but we must focus on tomorrow's potential while all
sectors of the economy work together to address today's concerns."
    Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo came to Ontario after his release from his
native Iran's Evin prison where he was held but never charged. As a visiting
professor at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, Jahanbegloo
is able to openly express his opinions about diversity and non-violence.
"Toronto is a global city because it represents a peaceful home for those who
are in search of sharing their differences with others," says Jahanbegloo.
    The OCC will also ask businesses, communities and organizations to share
how they are a "Magnet for the World". "Each one of us in our own way can be a
'Magnet for the World,' whether it's a business that is attracting talent from
overseas; a school whose research puts us on the global stage; or a community
that twins one beyond our borders. Even an individual becomes an ambassador
for Ontario in his or her daily activities and travels," says Crispino.
    The OCC is gathering stories and videos in Toronto and at subsequent
events elsewhere in the province in conjunction with today's launch. All
Ontarians are welcome to submit stories, photos and videos at the Magnet for
the World website which is offering for a limited time a contest to win an
overnight package at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. The campaign can be
accessed at www.dreambigOntario.ca.

    The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is a federation of 160 local
chambers of commerce and boards of trade in the Province of Ontario,
representing 60,000 businesses of all sizes, in all economic sectors and from
every area of the province. In its mandate to advocate strong policies on
issues affecting its members, the OCC is currently focused on economic renewal
and business competitiveness. Its over-arching goal is to make Ontario the
most competitive jurisdiction in North America.

For further information:

For further information: Amy Terrill, amyterrill@occ.on.ca, W: (416)
482-5222, ext. 241, C: (416) 605-8205

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