Maria Britto, past Chair of Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and of Brampton Board of Trade, was passionate about Brampton’s positive future as she moderated a six-member expert panel at a symposium on building Brampton’s unique health cluster.
The event, in which the Brampton Board of Trade participated along with a number of our members, included panel discussions and an interactive networking session with businesses and organizations, designed to provide valuable insights and connections into Brampton’s growing Health and Life Sciences sector.
Brampton is experiencing incredible momentum in new developments, business and growth in the Health and Life Sciences sector. A recently released study highlights the opportunities and a core strategy for developing a preventive care focused health cluster around the recently opened Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
The study recommends building this cluster with a focus on preventive care. This niche within the health sector complements the service focus at Peel Memorial, takes advantage of growing trends, and would differentiate Brampton from health sectors across the GTA. This type of cluster will attract businesses involved with big data, health apps, population-based research and personalized medicine.
The City’s Economic Development and Culture Office kicked off 2017 with a new focus on four key sectors, including Health and Life Science. Martin Bohl recently joined the City as Sector Manager for Health and Life Science to provide dedicated, expert leadership in attracting jobs and innovation in this area.
The City’s Strategic Health Partnerships initiative is strongly connected to its economic development efforts in this sector. The Health Partnerships initiative is led by Bob Darling, Director, Economic Development and Culture, and focused on building connections with healthcare and business to drive innovation, growth, jobs and investment and improve quality of life for Brampton residents.
The Brampton Board of Trade is playing its part by ensuring the private sector and local business community is actively involved in the development of the health cluster.
“Brampton is poised for greatness. Collaboration of both the public and private sectors in creating innovative jobs for this sector is very important. The Board of Trade continues to be a key partner for city staff in bringing new opportunities to town,” says Todd Letts, Board of Trade CEO.