Mayor Frank Scarpitti hosted the local business community and industry leaders at his annual luncheon at the  Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa May 8th.

The theme of the event, “Markham drives innovation. Talent lives here.” was prevalent as the event kicked off Innovation Week in the City of Markham running May 7 – 13.

With over 1,500 hundred high-tech and life sciences companies offering over 37, 000 jobs, Markham stands ahead of Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa.

“Markham drives innovation. Innovation powers the Markham economy,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Companies in Markham like IBM, AMD, GM and Huawei are at the core of our changing world. At the heart of my agenda is the vision to make Markham a magnet for global talent by creating a new talent hub, the Centre for International Talent.”

The Centre will foster hands-on collaborative learning, encouraging connections between innovators and the industry to develope technologies.

“Innovation is fueled by talent. Talent requires a great place to live and work, and that is exactly what we are creating in Markham Centre. It will be home to 40,000 residents and 40,000 jobs, including the new York University campus set to open in 2021, which will build on Markham’s strong and diverse talent pool,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti.

(Pictured: Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham; Chris Bratty, President, Land Development & Investments, Remington Group; and Dr. Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice Chancellor, York University)