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Durham Regional Chair Shares Vision for Economic Growth with Ajax and Pickering Business Leaders

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AJAX, March 5, 2019 – Regional Chair John Henry celebrated Durham Region’s economic growth and its incredible potential during his address to Ajax and Pickering business leaders. Chair Henry addressed the crowd of more than 170 at the annual Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade’s (APBOT) Regional Chair’s Luncheon, held Thursday, February 28, at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility.

“Growing the businesses that are already here; strengthening our economic base; building our talent pool; marketing Durham to new domestic and foreign investors,” suggested Chair Henry as several ways to ensure Durham Region’s future economic success. Henry went on to boast, “our economic development story over the past year is healthy. Durham has more than 12,000 businesses providing 196,000 jobs, occupying 1-million square feet of floor space.”

Businesses that Chair Henry highlighted for driving economic development included several APBOT members, such as Gordon Food Services, for bringing their 300,000 square foot food distribution centre and 300 jobs to Ajax in 2019, G Centre, whose downtown Ajax co-working office spaces are operating at full capacity, and the Durham Live development, which has begun work on a casino on Church Street in Pickering.  Also celebrated were the incredible educational opportunities available on Durham’s doorstep through proud APBOT members Durham College, Trent University, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Chair Henry also boasted the new Durham Region broadband strategy, and shared his continued advocacy for the release of employment lands along the 407, and against tolling on Highways 412 and 418. He also shared his hope for the development of an airport on the Pickering Federal Lands saying, “if there was no other time to build an airport it is now. With the closing of General Motors, the jobs that could be created if it was half the size of Pearson Airport would be equated to 20,000 direct jobs.”

Donations were collected on behalf of one of our not-for-profit members, as is the practice at Board of Trade events, and in support of the social infrastructure of our community. Herizon House was the recipient of a more than $1,700 donation.

APBOT events would not be possible without the generous participation of our sponsors, including our Annual Title Sponsors, Michael Boyer Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, Durham College, Durham Live, Hubbell Canada, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Ontario Power Generation, TD Business Banking, Trent University Durham GTA, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, U-Pak Group of Companies, UHY McGovern Hurley LLP, Veridian Connections Inc., and our Community Partner Casino Ajax. This particular event was sponsored by Bell, Safran, Durham Radio Inc., Ajax-Pickering News Advertiser, and Jacquelynn Tanner, sales representative with Sutton Group Heritage Realty Inc., Brokerage.

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Established in 1955, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) is the voice of business in Ajax and Pickering, ON. With more than 600 members, APBOT represents an array of business sectors and small to large organizations. APBOT is part of the nation-wide network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, as well as the Joint Chambers of Durham. For more information regarding the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, visit:

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Samantha Paterson, Communications & Policy Specialist, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

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