Sudbury sees spike in international delegations: Mining innovation drawing business travellers to community – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – January 15, 2019)

The City of Greater Sudbury’s long history in mining is starting to have an effect on travel numbers, according to the city’s development corporation.

Over the past year more delegates have been coming to the city to not just meet and speak with companies and executives, but look at how the region has tackled mining as a whole, from prospecting and technology, to remediation and knowledge gathering.

“The numbers are increasing because Sudbury has a global reputation for being a mining innovation centre,” said Scott Rennie, project manager for Northern Ontario exports, Greater Sudbury Development Corporation in an interview.

It’s not unusual for groups and delegates to arrange meetings with companies, but the number that are interested in seeing the city as a whole is increasing. Because of that, the city, colleges, universities, other institutions and private companies are collaborating to offer a broader perspective to delegations.

In 2018, the development corporation hosted delegates from France, Chile, Russia and the Czech Republic. There are many ways these groups make their way to the region. Some are due to the development corporation reaching out, some are through partnerships with entities like Global Affairs Canada, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Export Development Canada and other trade organizations.

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