Kathleen Wynne - Premier of Ontario

Kathleen Wynne

We are working to build Ontario up

and create more opportunity

and security for everyone.

-Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

About Premier Wynne

Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier and the first woman to serve in the role. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West and became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013. Her extensive political career includes serving as Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Education and Minister of Agriculture and Food.

Premier Wynne has three adult children, Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and three grandchildren, Olivia, Claire and Hugh. She and her partner Jane have lived in North Toronto for more than 25 years. A former public school trustee, Premier Wynne has a long history of serving her community by participating in citizens’ groups and grassroots community projects.

Premier Wynne’s Plan to Build Ontario Up

Premier Wynne’s four-part plan to build Ontario up includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Ontario Trade Missions

Premier Wynne travelled to California and China in the fall of 2015 to promote Ontario’s attractiveness as a trading partner and a centre for investment.

The Premier showcased Ontario’s leadership in information and communications technology, film and TV production, cleantech and combatting climate change during her first mission to California. She met with leaders and investors in San Francisco and Los Angeles to make the case for why more companies should invest in Ontario.

The Premier then travelled to China, where she highlighted Ontario’s expertise in the science, cleantech, construction, engineering and agricultural sectors during stops in Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. Ontario delegates signed more than 100 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding during the mission. The agreements have an estimated total value of $2.5 billion, and are expected to create 1,700 jobs in Ontario.

From January 27 to February 6, 2016, Premier Wynne will lead her first mission to India. The mission is expected to yield new agreements that will increase exports and draw on Ontario’s expertise in sustainable development and urban infrastructure. It will also help lay the foundations for future business deals and strengthen cultural ties between India and Ontario. The trip includes stops in New Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Mumbai to meet with key business leaders, investors and government officials. These meetings will be an opportunity for Ontario businesses to promote the province’s expertise, forge new partnerships and create a strong foothold in this important market.

In the spring of 2016, the Premier will lead a business delegation to Israel to meet with Israeli business and government leaders to build on current joint research and development initiatives and to discuss new opportunities for collaboration and investment.

The Premier’s trade missions build on Ontario’s success in building international partnerships and attracting foreign investment. In 2014, fDi Intelligence named Ontario as North America’s leader in attracting foreign capital investment for the second straight year.

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