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LONDON

Come for Business Stay for Life

Nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario

London offers a great lifestyle for young professionals, families and empty nesters alike. With a small-town charm and big-city appeal, London is attracting leading companies, investments and talent.

With a rapidly growing job market from the digital creative sector to education, the benefits of living in this bustling ‘Forest City’ continue to shine. For those looking for activities further afield, London’s international airport, train and bus stations as well as access to Highways 401, 402 and 403 provide quick and easy access for weekend trips, travel, business and leisure. No matter where your interests lie, from outdoor activities, music, food or work life, you’re sure to discover exactly why more and more people choose to call London home.

Festivals

Affectionately known as festival season, summers in London are transformed into an outdoor haven for culture, music and food. More than 15 festivals and events happen in downtown London every summer, including Sunfest, the second largest outdoor festival in Canada, attracting over 200,000 visitors to Victoria Park.

Sports

London is home to some of the best semi-professional sports teams in the country including London Knights Hockey, London Lightning Basketball , the Forest City London Soccer Club and the London Majors Baseball Team.

Downtown London London Knights

London restaurant patio

Arts & Culture

Daytime entertainment is easily found at London’s many art galleries, historical landmarks and museums.

London’s rich history will inspire and delight those who are exposed to London's cultural diversity.

Live Entertainment

From performances by Janet Jackson, Pearl Jam, Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd, and Cirque du Soleil, there’s always something playing!

Food & Restaurants

A growing number of award-winning and world class restaurants offering everything from homegrown favourites to international cuisine are scattered throughout the city of London.

Outdoor Recreation

London offers picturesque parks, hiking trails and a plethora of outdoor activities for everyone from the adventure seeker to the nature lover.

Springbank Park, Fanshawe Conservation Area and Storybook Gardens are just three of the 40 plus spacious parks that contribute to the over 100 kilometres of walking and hiking trails throughout the city of London.

With 21 private, semi-private and public golf courses there’s always a fairway ready to play.

The Thames River is a local heritage landmark that runs through the heart of London.

Cool Vibes Under the City Lights

Host to iconic events such as the Canadian Country Music Awards and the World Figure Skating Championships, London is known as a premiere entertainment hotspot.

Tunes to jam to

Thanks to excellent entertainment venues like Budweiser Gardens, London has hosted popular artists ranging from Ed Sheeran to Elton John. Aeolian Hall, a historic music facility recently awarded Best Live Venue and considered one of the Top 10 Halls in Canada, is another renowned live entertainment destination. These venues do more than attract world-class talent. They inspire local artists and complement pieces of the city that make up a thriving cultural mosaic.

Celebrate our heritage

London is known for appreciating and preserving its unique history. Enjoy a stroll through designated heritage conservation areas, take in the sights at Museum London or catch a live show at the majestic Grand Theatre. Or you can explore Fanshawe Pioneer Village, an interactive museum which preserves the past and engages the community through living history experiences.

Family Favourites

Keeping the kids busy and entertained has never been easier with family venues such as The Children’s Museum, Storybook Gardens, Springbank Park, Fleetway and East Park. Local sports teams include London Knights Hockey, London Lightning Basketball and London Majors Baseball and provide countless hours of spectator fun and community events all year.

Economic impact

Every year, the arts, entertainment and culture industry attracts and contributes millions of dollars to the city’s economy. With more than 1,200 arts and culture businesses thriving in the City of London, over 7,700 workers are employed in this sector.

Whether it is the scent of fresh food in the Covent Garden Market, the texture of the 19th-century fieldstone verandas in Wortley Village or the effervescent energy of Richmond Row, London is a city that is rich in culture.

Museum London

London Children's Museum
Western Fair
The Grand Theatre

Budweiser Gardens

Storybook Gardens
BATLE Axe
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ANNUAL VOLUMES IN 2015:
The Original Cakerie employs 1,300 cows annually
14,388,000 L of milk
67,000 kg of sour cream
1,111,000 kg of whipping cream


The Original Cakerie employs 56,000 birds annually
743,000 kg of whole egg
23,000 kg of egg yolk
22,000 of albumen


It is a strong and emergic trend and we see a lot of mentorship taking place. This industry of specialty beverages is one to watch. It's starting to explode

Each London Brewing Co-operative beer is made in small batches using ingredients as local and as organic as possible.
Fire Roasted Coffee
London Brewing Co-Operative Beer
Fire Roasted Coffee, one of Ontario’s finest Specialty Roasters, has over 50 types of coffee, 95% of which are Fairtrade certified.
Forked River’s two flagship beers, as well as seasonal offerings, are sold around the province.
Forked River Beer
Black Fly Spirit Beverages
Ontario’s first micro-distillery, Black Fly Beverage Company, offers a wide range of Canadian, craft-produced not-too-sweet spirit beverages.
London’s newest microbrewery Tobaggon Brewery Co. offers 13 delicious and original brews from lagers to ciders.
Toboggan Brewery Co. Beer
Pulp & Press Juice
Created using an industrial grade, hydraulic cold press juicer, each raw Pulp & Press juice contains 3-4 pounds of fresh, organic produce in every bottle.
 London farmlands

London’s proximity to rich farmland provides Cargill with access to the best ingredients.

Every Chicken McNugget in McDonalds’ Restaurants across the country is made in London Ontario.

“The strong farming community in this region makes it a vital food processing centre for business and commerce.” - Derek Schoonbaert, Managing Director, Cargill Canada

Schoonbaert also cites access to a diverse workforce as another important advantage that has helped the company remain innovative and competitive.

Over the past few years, the food industry has witnessed significant changes. Consumers have become more knowledgeable and interested in their food choices and as a result, they now demand more options.

“From engineering, finance and food safety, we don’t have to look too far afield to find talent in all those areas.”

As consumers have become increasingly interested in their food choices, companies like Cargill are taking a more nimble approach that allows them to respond to the needs of their consumers. An Innovation and Sensory Centre within the London facility provides the company with the opportunity to test products and better understand consumer choices.

From sauces to buns, the centre is used to gauge consumer reactions to adjustments such as reducing or removing ingredients and determine how that might affect experiences like taste and texture.

“Agility is very important – we need to be able to respond and provide our customers with different products,” says Schoonbaert.


Quick Fact: London's Cargill provides McDonald's with 50 million pounds of chicken annually

ADVANTAGE
LONDON:

City assets are the driving force behind a vibrant business climate.

London’s prime location fits the needs of any industry: access to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) facilities within two hours for automotive suppliers; proximity to raw material suppliers for food and beverage processors; and excellent connectivity to the transport corridor via a 24-hour Air Cargo terminal and highways.

With over 200 acres of shovel-ready, master-planned lands in varying sizes, the City of London has a successful track record of developing industrial parks to attract global investors.

Leading companies such as Hanwha Surfaces and Brose Canada have affirmed the quality of the infrastructure in London’s industrial parks. The lands are free of industrial development charges and have earned London the honour of offering Ontario’s first certified investment-ready site.

The city has also been chosen by food processing giants such as Dr. Oetker and Natra for their first North American sites. This has further solidified London’s status as a prime location in Ontario along the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) superhighway.

Local businesses utilize the airport’s cargo terminal, with its 24-hour Canada Customs and air cargo services. The Airport is also home to Skyway Industrial Park, a 300-acre property that contains available land in a variety of sizes for both long-term lease and purchase.

London’s transportation sector also includes extensive rail services, with 14 trains per day offering regular connections to Toronto, Sarnia, and Windsor. The Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway provide efficient freight transportation services over a 14,000 mile network in Canada and the United States.

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London buildings

Situated midway between Detroit and Toronto, London is currently the 11th largest city in Canada.As a safe and secure community, along with an abundance of recreational facilities, these are just a few qualities that families enjoy about the city. London presents exciting job opportunities in a number of sectors, good neighbourhoods, excellent education, renowned health care facilities, and plenty to do in your leisure time.

300+ tech companies employing 9,000
Diverse Workforce
150 million consumers within a one-day drive of London
Lower than average child care costs in Ontario
60% of Londoners volunteer compared to the national average of 48%
Ontario offers some of the world's most competitive Research & Development cost incentives
64% of Ontario's workers have a post secondary education (highest percentage in the G7)
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Trade
Health Care &
Social Assistance
Manufacturing
Educational Services
Finance, Insurance,
Real Estate & Leasing
Professional, Scientific
& Technical Service

DEEP-SEATED
INNOVATION

As the first and only Brose plant in Canada, this facility is a Tier 2 supplier of seating systems including seat adjusters and metal frames to automotive manufacturers in North America and Asia.

Brose Canada plant

With a workforce of 750 and investments totalling $170 million, Brose Canada, the international auto parts maker based in Germany, is one of London’s largest players in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Since 2005, the company has stamped more than 180 million seat frames and 22.5 million seat adjusters between its two London plants. They boast Brose’s largest high tech infrastructure and second largest employee base in North America. Much of this success is credited to a deep-seated commitment to innovative processes and talent development in an industry that constantly evolves to meet the needs of its global customers.

“Brose is a leading example of the type of innovative, high-tech manufacturing that keeps companies and our region competitive. They have set a world-class standard for London’s advanced manufacturing sector that gets attention and attracts others.” - Kapil Lakhotia, President and CEO, LEDC.

“I’m very proud of the engagement and motivation of our team. They all have a common goal to be successful and it’s exciting to see that passion.” - Steve Wilkins, General Manager, Brose Canada

Access to a highly skilled workforce and the ability to collaborate with educational institutions are key business advantages to being located in London.

More than 200 of Brose 750 employees have been at the plant for over five years – a testament to the company’s commitment to bring a workplace of choice.

“London’s overall business support has been instrumental to what we have been able to accomplish here,” says Wilkins.

In turn, Brose has helped keep London’s advanced manufacturing sector in top form. Almost 25% of the plants suppliers are in Ontario, with 10% coming from the London region.


Steve Wilkins, General Manager, Brose Canada

LONDON’S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SECTOR QUICK FACTS:

  • Employs 15,800 in direct automotive assembly and parts jobs.
  • Automotive manufacturers in London have access to 14 Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) facilities within a two-hour trucking distance.
  • The Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources at Western University promotes environmental protection by research focused on renewable fuels and chemicals and sustainable technologies.
  • London and Regional Manufacturers Council and Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) offer platforms for manufacturers to come together and collaborate to make the sector grow and become more competitive.


Shaping Structures
Around the Globe

From windows to doors and everything in between, London is home to an innovative and growing building products sector that shapes industrial, commercial and residential structures all over the world. This growing cluster is a key indicator of the strength and diversity of the city’s advanced manufacturing sector.

Owners at Hanwha

A leading name in developing and delivering innovative building materials, Hanwha opened its first Canadian plant in London six years ago.

“A huge benefit of being located in London is that we can easily access raw materials at a reasonable cost.” - Michael Kim, Chief Executive Officer at Hanwha.

As a global Fortune 500 company and the fifth largest conglomerate in Korea, the company is poised to grow its London footprint.

“We are very proud of our presence here. We want to hire more, produce more and bring some of the technologies we’ve developed in Korea to this London plant,” - Michael Kim, Chief Executive Officer at Hanwha.



Hanwha plant

MADE IN
LONDON

From baking dog donut treats to building rowing sculls for elite athletes, London is at the manufacturing forefront of world renowned products. Around the world, pizza crusts rise, high-tech cameras capture aerospace engineers in flight, and White House doors provide solid security to the President of the United States.

We are proud of these products made right here, in London, Ontario.



The White House

A Door of Opportunity

Harring Doors does so much more than provide the White House, Western University, Harvard and Yale with stile and rail wood doors; they provide a sustainable solution. In business for more than 25 years, this company is proud to be certified with the Rainforest Alliance.

Drone

Drone Take Over

In missions where vehicles aren’t safe enough to have a pilot, U.S. defense giant Northrup Grumman looks to London. Collaborating with local business Diamond Aircraft, Northrup produces unmanned surveillance aircrafts, or as they are more commonly known, drones. This defense partnership puts London on the map as a premiere defence manufacturing centre.

London’s Slice of the Pie

Sourcing many ingredients from Southwestern Ontario producers, Dr. Oetker’s first North American facility produces over 77,000 frozen pizzas a day right here in London, Ontario.


Dr. Oetker Pizza

Full Shutter Speed

What does the International Space Station, 2014 Sochi Olympics and the discovery of the Titanic all have in common? IO Industries of London, Ontario made the hightech cameras that filmed these monumental moments. Specializing in digital video cameras and recorders, this company improves the quality of footage in defense, medical, scientific, broadcast and cinema applications.


Titanic and Cameraz


DRIVING GLOBAL MARKETS

AUTODATA SOLUTIONS


Autodata Solutions website
Employee at Autodata Solutions
Employee at Autodata Solutions
Employee at Autodata Solutions

Countless times each day, someone in North America is looking at automobiles online. As they scroll through pictures and videos, colours, options and accessories, compare factory rebates and financing opportunities, they are likely using technology powered by one of London’s most advanced software companies – Autodata Solutions Inc.




90% of the largest fleet companies in North America use Autodata content
17,000 dealerships count on Autodata to help them sell new and used vehicles
10,000 websites are powered by Autodata's solutions
1,000 financial institutions use Autodata's solutions to drive vehicle loans

More than 10 million consumers interact with Autodata’s digital solutions every month as they consider vehicle options, compare brands and price shop.

Autodata provides technology solutions to an impressive roster of clients including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Volvo, and Jaguar. These solutions range from enabling dealer-to-manufacturer vehicle ordering to consumer-focused interactive marketing initiatives such as brand websites, dealer websites, dealership sales tools and mobile solutions.

Leadership and excellence

“London is the hub of our innovation. This is where we design new solutions and create new ideas for our customers. Our technical leadership and centre of excellence for our company is here in London.” - Greg Perrier, President and CEO, Autodata Solutions.

Autodata draws heavily from Fanshawe College and Western University for interns and co-op students in computer science, engineering and digital design, with Autodata being the largest single employer of Western’s Computer Science interns.

Greg Perrier, President and CEO, Autodata Solutions

An anchor to growth

London’s digital creative sector has been built on innovative, local start-up ventures who are finding a niche market and growing into successful Canadian and global players like Autodata, Info-Tech Research Group and Big Blue Bubble to name a few.

“Autodata has one of the biggest IT footprints in this city and it’s exciting to see this level of leadership and innovation being created here. It bodes extremely well for continued growth and development in this sector.” - Kapil Lakhotia, LEDC President and CEO.

Infrastructure such as affordable downtown office space, including many heritage buildings, fibre optic coverage, certified data centre sites, and great entertainment venues are among the reasons why an increasing number of technology companies are choosing London.

“London continues to evolve as a digital creative hub. It’s becoming known as a serious destination for talent, education and entrepreneurs.” - Carmi Levy, Tech Journalist, London, Ontario.

Quick facts:
London's digital creative sector

  • London’s technology companies focus on interactive game development, manufacturing plant floor software, financial services, asset management, content management middleware and the creative content sectors.
  • Western University has programs in Computer Science (including a minor in game development) and Computer and Software Engineering.
  • Fanshawe College has programs in Information Technology (programming and networking) as well as Contemporary Media (digital media, games, 3D animation, web development).

HQ

LONDON

COOL OFFICES


The Cube
Dubbed “The Cube” this new home to digital marketing firm Arcane, features a 100-seat auditorium, café, rooftop patio, games room and underground parking, to name just a few. This 30,000 sq. ft. collaborative and open workspace is located on Talbot Street and dates back to the 1930s as a former industrial building.

The Cube


The Power PLant

The Power Plant
Split level staircases, 20-foot ceilings, polished concrete floors and numerous large windows has restored what was once a power plant for the London Street Railway Company. Today, this newly repurposed 5,800 sq. ft. space situated along the Thames River, is home to document management software maker iCONECT.


The London Roundhouse
Built in 1887 as a Michigan Central Railroad steam locomotive repair shop, this revitalized heritage building sets the standard for innovative renovations to commercial office spaces. Home to two major tech companies, Ellipsis Digital and Engine SevenFour, the 5,200 sq. ft. space features wood beam ceilings and exposed brick, providing a modern open concept that honours the building’s original history.


The Roundhouse

Burridge Block

Burridge Block
Located just steps away from city landmarks such as Budweiser Gardens and the Covent Garden Market, Digital Echidna and Lashbrook Marketing and Public Relations share 12,000 sq. ft. on all four floors of heritage space that has deep London roots. Established in 1881, Burridge Block was designed by London architect William A. Joanes and was once home to a saddle maker.



With a 309% increase in revenue growth from 2011 to 2014, London’s Big Blue Bubble recently ranked 30th on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 List.

Just one of a rapidly expanding cluster of digital gaming businesses in the city, the company is on a growth trajectory that shows no sign of slowing down.

“London’s business ecosystem of infrastructure, real estate, education and talent is very strong and supportive of companies, CEOs and entrepreneurs,” - Vikas Gupta CEO, Big Blue Bubble

Vikas Gupta, CEO, Big Blue Bubble

The company’s growth matches that of the digital gaming industry overall – a sector that is taking both London and the province by storm. More than 500 employees work at an impressive list of London-based video game development companies including Big Viking Games, Digital Extremes, Hyper Pad, Sky Orchard Studio, Tiny Titan Studios, Play Puddle, Tactic Studios and Big Blue Bubble.

“London has emerged as a hotbed for creating video games. Our niche companies are developing content, animation, video and sound production, coding and all the other elements involved in creating awesome digital interactive games,” - Kapil Lakhotia, President and CEO at the London Economic Development Corporation,

London stands apart as a city with a growing cluster of companies that support each other and encourages entrepreneurship.

Big Blue Bubble game character
Employee at Big Blue Bubble designing game character

“The collaboration, support and access to an engaged and talented pool of people allows us to truly do work with global impact that is typically found in larger centres,” says Gupta.

Expansion plans are well underway at Big Blue Bubble, with the company set to move into new and much larger space this year.

“We are developing a world class headquarters that will accommodate the company’s growth for years to come and showcase the best that London has to offer,” says Gupta.


Diply


Going Global

Diply.com has been dubbed the fastest growing website in internet history.



As one the fastest growing websites in the world, Diply.com boasts over 100 million unique visitors a month and has over 25 million social media followers.

Launched just over two years ago, Diply.com and its parent company GoViral, embody the unprecedented growth of London’s digital creative sector and strong entrepreneurial culture.

Diply.com generates and shares content designed to attract readers, develop relationships and ultimately sell advertising to companies looking to connect with target audiences.

“Housed in the heart of downtown London, GoViral is home to a busy hive of writers, editors, video producers, designers and programmers. Not surprisingly, they represent their target market—young, mobile millennials with an unquenchable thirst for news, information, entertainment and virtually anything that can be accessed online.

“We’ve been growing very quickly and we continue to invest in technology and products that help our employees navigate and change with that growth,” - Taylor Ablitt, GoViral co-founder and CEO

With plans to open sales offices in New York, Los Angeles and Europe, Diply.com is going global. Yet, the company is committed to keeping its headquarters in London and nurturing its talent.

“There is a very strong network of entrepreneurs and technology start-ups here in London,” says Ablitt, “There is a sense of community, a life style and a pool of talent that doesn’t exist anywhere else.”



Founders of GoViral
All the right packages

ALL THE RIGHT
PACKAGES

From smart labels to blister packs, Jones Packaging revolutionizes innovation and product development.

Be it a box of candy, a blister pack of cold medicine or a bottle of vitamins, Jones Packaging has found its way into millions of homes worldwide. At some point in our lives, many of us have touched one of their products.

Founded in 1882, Jones is a London Ontario success story of generational entrepreneurship, responsive innovation and global leadership.

Over the past century, the packaging industry has evolved to be more sophisticated, client-driven and competitive, but London continues to provide unique business advantages that cannot be found elsewhere.



Owners of Jones Packaging

More than just boxes

A growing focus on health care packaging, together with industry demands for more security, patient safety and consumer information has led to remarkable new product developments and global partnerships.

Smart pharmaceutical packaging is an example that is taking the company and its clients into a new realm.

Using near-field communications or invisible conductive inks, the packaging allows users with a smartphone to access information on everything from side effects and dosage to product tampering and company recalls.

Jones recently partnered with Thin Film Electronics, a Norwegian global leader in printed electronics to develop a physical package that connects with today’s virtual world of information and communications.

The end result is intelligent packaging that can let the user know whether it has been previously opened and deliver up-to-date information about side effects, expiration dates and dosage – all via an Internet link.



Jones Packaging factory

London’s competitive advantages

“Jones is an excellent example of how access to industry partnerships, responsiveness to global trends and product innovation converge into sustainable success, says Kapil Lakhotia, President and CEO at London Economic Development Corporation.

“Jones brings a very unique perspective. They play a significant role in advanced manufacturing, in health care and in digital technologies,” says Lakhotia, “They are a remarkable London success story and it has been fascinating to watch them continue to build and diversify.”

According to owner Christine Jones Harris, this success lies in a number of London advantages that do not exist in other cities.

Partnerships with institutes like the NRC and educational resources at Fanshawe College and Ivey School of Business have also allowed the company to respond and be nimble to an ever-evolving industry. Clients are more global in scope, contracts are larger and more comprehensive and health care has become more consumer-driven.

“Our clients want things faster, they want more added value adds and they are looking for ways that will bring more attention on the shelves,” says Jones Harris. “It’s exciting but it means we are always looking ahead. London’s pool of talent, education and business support gives us that competitive edge.”



1882

Founders Henry Jones and Frank Lawson create Lawson and Jones Incorporated

1889

Imported from New York, the first litho press in Canada west of Toronto

1913

Imported from Europe the first mechanical carton folder in Canada

1920

Henry Jones establishes Jones Box and Label to focus on the pharmaceutical market

1970s

Introduced the first child safety vial to the Canadian pharmacy market

1980s

Co-developed a blister card for multi medication regimes

1995

Designed first dual web laser prescription label for Canadian market

1999

New head office, printing and converting facility

2006

First and only North American member of Europe-based PharmaPact

2009

First in the world to acquire a uniquely configured advanced 13-station, nine colour Komori press

2013

New state-of-the-art contract pacing facility opens its doors

2015

Forged two partnerships, one with Norwegian company ThinFilm Electronics to develop smart packaging solutions and the other with the National Research Council of Canada to create a medication packing app.

Science
for life

London’s robust healthcare ecosystem of teaching hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation and research institutes makes it a prime location for one of the most innovative suppliers of medical products — 3M Health Care.

“In London, we are able to access health care clinicians and expertise that helps us develop new products and understand how they work in the health care environment,” - Matthew Pepe, Vice President, Health Care Business at 3M Canada

Matthew Pepe, Vice President, Health Care Business at 3M Canada

London is behind many of the 3M sterilization and infection prevention products used in hospitals across the country and around the world.

“Health care is one of our fastest growing product lines. The research and development, product design and business planning for many of 3M’s health care products are developed right here in London,” says Pepe.

A key example is the Attest biological monitoring system; a core component of quality assurance programs in steam sterilization of surgical tools and equipment. The system has enabled hospitals to dramatically improve efficiencies and provide faster and more reliable sterilization results of instruments, implants and other supplies. Fast biological indicator results will accelerate the turnaround time of instruments to be back in the operating room and ready to be reused.


The Attest biological monitoring system from 3M enables hospitals to dramatically improve infection prevention processes.
SoluPrep skin preparation products from 3M offer a wide range of configuration and delivery system to meet all our customer skin antiseptic needs.

3M Health Care’s location in a mid-sized urban centre like London allows the company to be more nimble and responsive to the needs of the health care sector than it would in a larger city.

“London’s legacy of excellence in teaching, research and care delivery makes us uniquely positioned to be a centre for medical innovation and commercialization.” - Dr. Michael Strong, Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University

More than 21,000 people are currently employed at London hospitals and research institutions, including over 2,000 researchers.

Areas of expertise include biomedical, biotechnology, medical devices, clinical trials, medical imaging and advanced robotic surgery.

As health care and medical innovation takes a front seat in the city of London’s economic roadmap, this sector is expected to continue to attract global attention and investment.

21,000+ people are currently employed at London hospital and reseearch institutions. 2,000+ researchers alone

A Hub of MEDICAL
INNOVATION

London is a Key Player in Health and Life Sciences

London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is one of Canada’s largest acute-care teaching hospitals. Home to many historical medical firsts and breakthroughs, LHSC provides care to more than one-million patients annually.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London

St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a major patient care, teaching and research centre caring for more than 400,000 patients annually has a historic legacy dating back over 140 years. St. Joseph's key areas include acute/ambulatory care; complex care and veterans care; long term care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and specialized mental health care. Facilities include St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Institute, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care and 12 team and service locations across the region.

Lawson Health Research Institute

Lawson is the research institute of London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), and St. Joseph’s Health Care London (St. Joseph’s). With more than 1,200 employees and an annual budget of over $50 million in research funding, it is one of the largest hospital-based research institutes in Canada.

Robarts Research Institute at Western University

Established in 1986, Robarts is a medical research facility with more than 600 people working to investigate some of the most debilitating diseases of our time, from heart disease and stroke to Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Key strengths include advanced medical imaging, cellular and molecular biology, genomics, immunology and stem cell biology.

Brain scan Microscope Operation

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is one of Canada’s pre-eminent medical and dental schools. For more than 130 years, the school has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a passion for scientific discovery.

Stiller Centre for Technology Commercialization

Located in Western Research Park, The Stiller Centre is designed for start up technology-based companies placing a particular focus on commercializing ‘wet-science’. It provides temporary lab spaces and services, including fully equipped wet and dry laboratory space, flexible leasing options, in addition to a variety of shared services aimed at lowering the hurdles for startup and small technology based ventures.

Western University Brain and Mind Institute

The Brain and Mind Institute is the leading Canadian Centre for advanced imaging technology. It houses neuroimaging, neurophysiology and behavioural testing resources that provide advanced capabilities for scanning and interpreting the brain.

Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR)

CSTAR (at London Health Sciences Centre) is a leading centre for the research, development, testing and delivery of simulation training for minimally invasive surgical technologies and techniques. The centre has three primary focuses: Surgical Technology, Simulation/Education and Research.



THE
NEW FACE
OF FINANCE

London’s financial sector breaks away from tradition with new technologies and innovative approaches to client services.



THE
NEW FACE
OF FINANCE

London’s financial sector breaks away from tradition with new technologies and innovative approaches to client services.

London Life
TD Canada Trust
Libro

Cutting edge technologies, innovative new products and a dynamic team of creative minds is fuelling a new digital services division at London Life Insurance Company – a business icon that has been a part of London’s economic landscape for over 100 years.

According to Dave Johnston, President and Chief Operating Officer, the company’s recent $90 million investment in upgrades to its head office buildings reflects it continued strong commitment to London and its employees. Together with sister companies, Great-West Life and Canada Life, the company offers a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions to more than 12 million people across Canada.

The company recently expanded its digital services team in response to the explosion of consumer use of technology to access financial services.

London’s growing digital creative sector will be instrumental in developing this key area of expertise.

“We are in the midst of some very interesting innovation across our various business units,” says Johnston.

“Our digital services team in London will be a key part of the national digital ecosystem we are developing to support our business.”

With similar long-standing roots, TD Canada Trust also recognizes London’s supportive entrepreneurial spirit. It is the largest private sector employer in London, with over 3,500 people. Anna Iacobelli, Senior Vice President, Western Ontario Region, describes London as having all the benefits of a big city but the advantages of a tight knit business community.

“Strong employees and diverse community engagement means strong business results,” says Iacobelli.

London has also been a key driver of innovation for the company that recently celebrated 150 years of service in the city. Initiatives such as TD’s first net-zero green energy branch, specialized technology for the hearing impaired and the development of EasyWeb and EasyLine, are key examples of home grown innovation.

As the third largest credit union in Ontario and the 12th largest in Canada, Libro Credit Union is changing the traditional perception of financial institutions. It has doubled in size both in employees and in owners (i.e customers) over the past three years. Founded in 1951, Libro is owned by its more than 100,000 customers/owners across 31 branches in Southwestern Ontario.

As a regional cooperative, Libro supports more than 10,000 small to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs, making it a significant contributor to London’s economy.

Bolton predicts that as London’s economy continues to diversify and grow, the Libro brand will become more well known across Southwestern Ontario.

“People are starting to think very differently about their financial institutions. We are proving we can be the best in world and compete with everyone else right here from London Ontario,” says Bolton.