Why Canadian metropolitan regions are the new economic drivers

Why must Canadian metropolitan region’s work together to be successful in a global market? How do we leverage our resources to attract businesses, investment and people to our Region?

We looked for these answers at the Collaborate to Compete event in Niagara Falls, Ontario in May 2014.

Metropolitan region’s across Western Canada listened and learned from other North American regions who have been successful in acquiring talent and attracting business to their communities.

The event was the third annual gathering of an emerging Network of Canadian Metropolitan Regions.

Through the leadership of the Calgary Regional Partnership, Capital Region Board and Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region, the event was successful in showing how metropolitan regions can be successful economic drivers both for their communities and across the country.

Our guests included:

  • Kenny McDonald, Chief Economic Officer, Columbus Region
  • John O’Grady, Franklin County Commissioner, Columbus Region
  • Tiffany Melvin, Executive Director, North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO)
  • Tom Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
  • Allan Wallis, Associate Professior, University of Colorado Denver

Speaker presentations

Watch the presentation and their slides from our guests who describe how their regions collaborate:

Kenny McDonald – Columbus Region

Tom Clark – Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation


Tiffany Melvin – NASCO

Panel discussion

Watch the panel discussion on the benefits of regional collaboration, lessons learned and how regions can “collaborate to compete.”



Watch Alan Wallis’ luncheon keynote:

In the afternoon, attendees participated in developing actionable next steps to continue the momentum of the event.

Some key outcomes were:


So what happens next?

The 2015 Collaborate to Compete event (Transporting our Regions Forward) will be held at the Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton Alberta from June 3-4th, 2014. That’s two days before the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Annual Trade Show and Conference.

The outcomes of the this year’s event will set the foundation as we prepare for next year’s Collaborate to Compete event. We will be inviting all participating region’s from this year’s event and looking to bring out other Canadian regions.

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If you are interested in attending or want to know more about next year’s Collaborate to Compete event please register.


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