• Global Business Opportunities

  • CHAIR:                                              Robert Harold

    VICE CHAIR:                                     Grant Hopcroft

    DIRECTOR LIAISONS:                      Bill Boyce, Randy DeCoutere, Vijai Lakmikantha

    VICE-PRESIDENT:                            Andrew Schiestel

    STAFF LIAISON:                               Kristen Duever, Gerry Macartney

    MEETINGS:                                       Third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 a.m.


    To facilitate export and foreign investment opportunities for local and regional businesses, and to encourage foreign direct investment in the City of London and region. These objectives will be achieved primarily by:


    1. Maintaining a diverse Committee membership representing a broad cross-section of local and regional, private and public sector stakeholders;

    2. Creating and maintaining local, regional, provincial, national, and foreign partner contacts and relationships.


      The following program plan items are in alignment with LCOC Strategic Objectives 2 and 4)


    Program Plan:

    1. Execute on London GBOC and Sarnia/Lambton GBOC 2nd MOU. Once we have been able to demonstrate measured success against the GBOC mandate and the specific objectives of the Strategic Plan, assign a Task Force to develop a short-term and long-term plan to incorporate/engage smaller communities within our region on an incremental basis to participate in an expanded GBOC process (start with Stratford, followed by St. Tillsonburg, St. Thomas, Ingersoll, Woodstock and Strathroy).


    1. Continue to foster our relationship with Western University (specifically Richard Ivey Business School and King’s University College), Fanshawe, EDC, Global Affairs Canada, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Schulich School of Medicine, and World Discoveries. In particular, continue to participate and support Fanshawe’s initiative of holding periodic “Trade Ready Roundtable” meetings with local and regional exporters to discuss best practices and opportunities and continue to engage EDC, Global Affairs and related Ontario Ministries in such meetings and discussions.


    1. Take a lead role in spearheading a Team London trip to Nanjing for the 20th anniversary of the Sister City relationship. Assign a LGBOC task force to spearhead this initiative and to produce a work plan for discussion at September 2016 meeting.


    1. Launch and manage LinkedIn Group communications platform in collaboration with SLGBOC. This platform will “link in” all members and partners. Operate under the terms of reference as previously submitted and in keeping with the Chamber’s policies on “Confidentiality” and “Spokesperson” as per LCOC by-laws.


    1. More closely align GBOC’s strategic geographic direction on international partnerships with the LEDC’s strategic direction for FDI attraction and industry growth promotion.Liaise with the LEDC’s assigned member to GBOC to ensure the two strategies are closely aligned.


    1. Continue to pursue collaboration and investment opportunities with foreign stakeholders through R&D and/or University collaboration or direct investment.


    1. Invite outside parties to present to GBOC on topics related to its mandate. Objective is to have at least four different outside parties present to GBOC during the fiscal period commencing in September 2016.


    1. While the specific sub-committees of GBOC, namely ABOC, HBOC, and BBOC will cease to operate as specific sub-committees, the individuals involved may be called upon to act as a task force from time to time to re-engage with existing partners or other opportunities that may arise from or through existing MOU relationships. Such task forces will not be limited to these three geographic areas and new ones may be commissioned depending on the scale of the opportunity.