Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation to Sponsor ITRA Global’s “Doing Business in the Americas” Symposium in London

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ITRA Global Symposium offers corporate decision makers access to the expertise they need to find the right locations for expansion and growth in the Americas.

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This Symposium is a distinctive occasion for European executives considering expansion or relocation in the Americas to learn more about the commercial real estate climate and simply how to do business on this side of the pond.

ITRA Global, one of the largest real estate organizations devoted to the representation of corporate tenants and occupiers of commercial real estate worldwide, has announced that the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation will sponsor the ITRA Global 2012 Corporate Real Estate Symposium on September 12, 2012 at the Park Plaza Victoria London, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, in London, England. Jean-Noel Mermet, International Business Development Representative for the Ministry, will be a featured panellist.

Brad Goegan, President and Managing Principal of ITRA / Nidea Realties Corporation Limited, Brokerage in Toronto, says the insights of Jean-Noel Mermet about doing business in Canada will be an extremely valuable resource for Symposium attendees. “European corporate executives face possible obstacles both physically and culturally,” he explains. “This Symposium is a distinctive occasion for European executives considering expansion or relocation in the Americas to learn more about the commercial real estate climate and simply how to do business on this side of the pond. They will learn how conflict-free site selection maximizes profits in a world where volatility has become the norm.”

Jean-Noel Mermet says the Symposium also presents a unique opportunity for Ontario to meet a large number of European corporate executives and build successful relationships. “With European companies looking now more than ever to capitalize on reliable and expanding North American opportunities,” he explains, “the ITRA Global Corporate Real Estate Symposium offers corporate decision makers access to the expertise they need to find the right locations for expansion and growth.

“The information and assistance available at the event to help globally expanding companies navigate the myriad of government and market complexities will be invaluable to ensure the implementation of successful and profitable entry strategies,” he adds. “Knowledge-based industries need access to a large pool of educated, skilled and reliable workers. They find those workers in Ontario. Companies in every sector leverage Ontario’s R&D advantage to develop breakthrough products, services and technologies. Market access also is a key advantage as people and goods move quickly and seamlessly in and out of Ontario.”

Ontario, Canada has become a leading destination for global investment and business growth. In 2010, the editors of Site Selection Online, a magazine focused on corporate real estate strategy and area economic development, chose Ontario as the recipient of the Canadian Competitiveness Award for province-level economic development activity. The award further solidified Ontario's reputation as one of the most competitive jurisdictions in the industrialized world for new investment.

Divided into two sessions, “Doing Business in the Americas” is a premier all-day event featuring top corporate executives and economic development officials from around the world. One session will include Ontario’s Jean-Noel Mermet and economic development executives from government agencies in the Americas, who will address issues ranging from labor availability and costs, to transportation capabilities, taxes and much more for companies moving into their regions, along with other facility and location factors. The other panel, comprised of top corporate executives, will help European companies understand how to increase their competitive advantage and profits with corporate real estate and obtain a better understanding of facility availability, build-to-suit and leasing vs. ownership options in the Americas.

ITRA Global is an organization of corporate real estate advisors specializing in representing companies in the leasing, acquisition and disposition of office, industrial and retail facilities. With coverage in over 80 major markets around the world, ITRA Global is one of the largest organizations dedicated to representing tenants and occupiers of commercial real estate. Clients benefit by having experienced professionals as their trusted advisors, providing conflict-free representation with total objectivity.

To register for the Symposium, inquire about sponsorship opportunities, or to learn more about panel discussions at this event, contact Beth Wade, ITRA Global Executive Director, in the United States at 1.706.654.3201 or email bwade@itraglobal.com. To learn more about conflict-free representation and the worldwide representatives of ITRA Global, please visit http://www.itraglobal.com.

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