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Monday, September 17 2018
Mirexus launches operations in Hanlon Creek Business Park

Photo caption: Mirexus Ribbon Cutting Line (from left: Mayor Cam Guthrie, Malcolm Campbell, MP Lloyd Longfield, Trevor Jones).

Guelph, Ontario, CN — Local business Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. has moved into their newly built headquarters in the Hanlon Creek Business Park at the corner of Downey Road and Hanlon Creek Boulevard. Mirexus adds to the strong and diverse businesses that already operate in the business park.

Following the purchase of the 1.75–hectare (4.3–acre) parcel of land in July 2017, Mirexus broke ground on their development in September 2017 and completed construction this past July.

Mirexus was launched in Guelph in 2008 and has seen positive growth over their 10 years. From their beginnings at the University of Guelph to their new location and staff complement of 27, Mirexus has thrived as part of Guelph’s business community and all the support that comes with that.

“Guelph is renowned as Ontario’s agri-innovation cluster attracting both local and international companies,” says Barbara Maly, manager of Economic Development for the City of Guelph. “We’re happy that Mirexus continues to invest in Guelph, and that they play an important role in growing our community of innovative and progressive thinkers.”

Mirexus chose to stay and further invest in Guelph because of the community’s desirable location in the centre of Canada’s Innovation Corridor, access to research and talent provided by the close proximity to multiple post-secondary institutions, and great quality of life for employees.

“Our current location provides us with access to a group of top post-secondary institutions for research needs as well as the opportunity for future expansion of our facility,” says Phil Whiting, President and Chief Executive Officer at Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. “Our employees also enjoy living here which makes Guelph the perfect place for our operation.”

The new Mirexus headquarters is 1,115 square metres (12,000–square feet) with room to grow in the future. Cutting-edge design features make Mirexus’ building an attractive entryway to the Hanlon Creek Business Park at Downey Road.

About Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc.
Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. is a safe and natural biomaterials company based in Guelph, Ontario that is commercializing a novel nanotechnology, PhytoSpherix®. As a multifunctional additive, PhytoSpherix® can be used in a wide variety of markets ranging from cosmetics to nutraceuticals to biomedical applications in animal and human health. This technology was originally developed at the University of Guelph by Professor John Dutcher.

About Invest in Guelph
Invest in Guelph represents the business development outcomes identified in the City of Guelph’s economic development strategy, Prosperity 2020. Its purpose is to position and promote Guelph as an ideal place to do business.

For more information
Barbara Maly, Manager, Economic Development
Business Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2822

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Friday, September 07 2018
Groundbreaking ceremony welcomes Pfaff Subaru to Guelph

Photo Caption: Pfaff Subaru Groundbreaking ceremony at 12 Wilbert Street

Guelph, Ontario, CN — Pfaff Subaru broke ground on their new 2,050–square metre (22,000–square foot) dealership during a ceremony attended by Mayor Cam Guthrie, Pfaff Automotive Partners, Subaru and other community partners.

Guelph’s newest dealership will be built in the north end of the city at 12 Wilbert Street near Woodlawn and Elmira Roads. Pfaff Subaru will add to the existing strength and diversity of automotive dealerships already located in the area, providing new options for Guelph residents.

“I am thrilled to welcome Pfaff Subaru,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “This new dealership brings investment, jobs, and more consumer choice to our city. It’s a great addition to Guelph.”

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Tuesday, March 20 2018

Guelph, Ontario, CN — The Conference Board of Canada, a national, independent research organization, has projected economic growth in the Guelph region at 2.2 percent in real gross domestic product (GDP). The Guelph region includes the City of Guelph, and Guelph/Eramosa and Puslinch Townships.

The Winter 2018 Outlook report states that Guelph’s economy has performed strongly in recent years and is expected to continue to grow above the provincial pace for both 2018 and 2019. Guelph’s expected real GDP growth in 2018 is the ninth highest in Canada and is one of only three Ontario cities in the top 10, along with Toronto and Oshawa.

“We expect Guelph to enjoy continued albeit slower growth in the next two years, with GDP advances of 2.2 percent and 2.1 percent in the cards for 2018 and 2019 respectively,” the report states. “Both these figures will slightly exceed the provincial pace [2.0 percent for both years].”

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Monday, December 11 2017

Guelph, Ontario, CN — International engineering firm Control Systems International (CSI) is celebrating the opening of their third satellite office, their first in Guelph.

CSI provides engineering design solutions for clients. Their new office will lead the design of robot systems used in client manufacturing processes. The Guelph office will also provide servicing and troubleshooting services to clients, and the company has plans to hire electrical apprentices, robot technicians and engineers in the near future.

Guelph is ideally located with access to educated talent developed at the University of Guelph and Conestoga College. Guelph’s proximity to the Toronto-Guelph-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, the second largest cluster of technology innovators in North America, also makes the city an ideal choice for new businesses to set up, or for existing businesses to expand. CSI’s new Guelph office provides them with a unique opportunity to research and operate new projects, while having easy access to their client’s needs on a day-to-day basis.

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Thursday, April 20 2017

Pickering, Ontario, Canada — The City of Pickering has been recognized as one of the 2017/2018 American Cities of the Future by fDi magazine. Pickering was ranked in the top 10 among micro cities – placing fourth for connectivity and sixth for business friendliness. 

fDi magazine is published bi-monthly by the Financial Times Ltd. and is the world’s premier publication for the business of globalization.  fDi shortlisted over 421 locations across North and South America in five categories: economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost-effectiveness, and connectivity. 

The City of Pickering was also recently named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum. Coupled with the fDi distinction, Pickering is garnering international recognition as a preferred destination for the next generation of knowledge-based business and industry.

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Tuesday, April 19 2016

Winnipeg, MB, Canada -- Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dayna Spiring as the corporation’s new president and CEO. Spiring brings over a decade of progressive business and community leadership to the role and is a passionate advocate for Winnipeg.

Most recently an executive at the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), serving as its chief strategy officer and general counsel, Spiring was selected from an outstanding group of candidates to lead Winnipeg’s foremost economic development agency as it continues to promote Winnipeg to the world through the parent organization, its YES! Winnipeg initiative and its Tourism Winnipeg division.

“We were very fortunate to have attracted such strong interest in this position, and I’m completely confident Dayna is the right person to chart EDW’s future course,” said Mike Scatliff, principal of Scatliff + Miller + Murray and co-chair of EDW’s board of directors. “Dayna’s dynamic leadership style, warm and engaging personality, and extensive expertise spanning professional and volunteer realms coalesce in someone who is well-equipped to articulate and meet EDW’s challenges and opportunities in the years ahead.”   

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Tuesday, April 19 2016

Vancouver, B.C., Canada --  HQ Vancouver congratulates Valhalla Game Studio International Ltd. on the announcement that it is transferring its global headquarters to Vancouver, British Columbia. Valhalla established its gaming studio in Tokyo, Japan in 2008.

Among the main reasons for moving its global headquarters to Vancouver, the company cited access to talent and the presence of a gaming industry cluster.  Noting that creative talent is drawn to Vancouver from all over the world, Valhalla plans to create games for the North American market and beyond.

In announcing the move, Valhalla President, Chief Technology Officer and Director Tomonobu Itagaki stated, “It is better to set a development base in Western countries than Japan in order to gather talented creators scattered from all over the world and I have made a judgment that Vancouver is the most appropriate place for this.”

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Tuesday, December 01 2015

Hundreds to be hired as manufacturer adds second city plant

Winnipeg, CN -- Canada Goose has opened a second manufacturing plant in Winnipeg that will add about 300 new jobs by the end of 2017.

With 450 employees who work at its five-year-old Bannatyne Avenue plant, the company has the potential to grow its Winnipeg workforce to 1,000.

Canada Goose sewing operator, Alelie Sanvictores works on sewing jackets with rows of other operators at their new facility on Mountain Ave. Tuesday.

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