In partnership with the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vaughan is undertaking a trade mission to Israel from Nov. 22 to Nov. 30. The mandate is to encourage job-creating trade, build alliances, pursue investments, support the growth of local companies and globally-recognized institutions taking part in this effort, and strengthen relations with Jewish and Israeli communities.
The City’s delegation is led by Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua who is joined by Local and Regional Councillor Linda Jackson, Ward 4 Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco, Ward 5 Councillor Alan Shefman and City staff. Also joining the delegation are thought leaders from the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct project representing York University, Mackenzie Health and ventureLAB. Niagara University, which expanded to Vaughan in January 2019, is also taking part.
In October, Mayor Bevilacqua signed a memorandum of understanding between the City, ventureLAB, York University and Mackenzie Health to identify opportunities to maximize the best use of lands surrounding the site of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital through a feasibility study. The goal of this collaboration is for the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct to leverage resources to bring healthcare, innovation and jobs to the community.
The delegation is expected to hold meetings with government, business and community leaders in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Ramla. The City’s efforts will focus on promoting transformational city-building initiatives that benefit both Israel and Vaughan. This includes the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre; Smart City technologies to deliver quality public services that safeguard and elevate the quality of life for citizens; and the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct.