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

Never heard of logistics and supply chain? It affects you more than you know

By Suzanne Wilton, Content Contributor

Why are logistics and supply chain important?Distribution Centre

It’s the third morning in a row the school bus hasn’t shown up and Gerald’s had to drive his daughter to Grade 1.

It’s not only an inconvenience, it could cost him his job as a financial analyst in the city, which is already an hour-long commute from the bedroom community where he lives with his wife and two kids.

Now, the school is talking about cutting bus service altogether, partly because the service can’t find enough drivers, but also because it’s just becoming too expensive.

The community’s tax base can no longer support it.

Everyone is moving to the city to find jobs and Gerald wonders whether he’ll be forced to as well.

Gerald’s story is fictitious but the scenario is all too real for some Calgary-area communities because of a looming shortage in the logistics and supply chain sector.