Kingston delegation visits sister city Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss strategic collaboration

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson and Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega. Photo via Kingston Economic Development.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of sister-city relations, a delegation from Kingston visited Scottsdale, Arizona to celebrate the long-standing bond between the two cities and discuss new opportunities for strategic collaboration.

According to a release from Kingston Economic Development, over the past 30 years, Kingston and Scottsdale have fostered a relationship built on mutual respect, cultural exchange and collaborative efforts to address common challenges. This visit was an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of this partnership while looking at opportunities to collaborate on opportunities to advance the health innovation sector.

“Our sister city relationship has historically been on fostering cultural exchange. As we commemorated this milestone, we focussed on exploring avenues for economic development and reinforcing the ties that bind our business and health communities. This visit signifies our commitment to innovation and growth, paving the way for a future of continued partnerships and mutual success,” said Donna Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Economic Development.

Since 2020, École secondaire publique Mille-Îles has been participating in sister city activities with Arcadia High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, but this visit marks the first time Kingston officials have visited Scottsdale.

“As sister cities, both Kingston and Scottsdale have a shared focus on health care innovation and research. This trip helped set the foundation for some exciting economic development opportunities as we work to establish Kingston as a leader in health care innovation,” said Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson.

From February 2 to 6, 2024, the delegation participated in the Parada del Sol with Sister Cities Association and had tours and meetings with Canada Arizona Business Council, Mayo Clinic, Cure Corridor, Choose Scottsdale Economic Development Office, Phoenix Economic Development Council, and Arizona State University and businesses in the health innovation industry.

Also, during the visit, Mayor Paterson spoke on a panel focused on Sister City relations at the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.

According to Kingston Economic Development, the delegation was made of up:

  • Mayor Bryan Paterson
  • Donna Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer for Kingston Economic Development
  • Ben McIlquham,Investment Manager – Health Innovation for Kingston Economic Development
  • Wendy Bellamy, President of the Kingston Scottsdale Sister City Committee
  • Brent Bellamy, Committee Member of that Kingston Scottsdale Sister City Committee
  • Stacey Wolfrom, Director of Operations for Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO)
  • Allison Philpot, Executive Director – Medical Affairs, Patient Flow & Research at Providence Care
Members of the Kingston delegation are joined by some of their hosts in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a meeting with representatives of the Mayo Clinic. Photo via Kingston Economic Development.

The delegation members engaged in a series of events and activities highlighting the rich cultural exchange that has defined the Kingston-Scottsdale relationship, according to the release.

“I’ve been inspired by the enthusiasm of the Scottsdale community and their commitment to collaboration to help forge the future of healthcare. I look forward to strengthening our strategic relationships with Kingston Economic Development and our sister-city to enhance innovation and medical care in our communities,” stated Wolfrom.

According to the release, both cities recognize the potential for significant advancements in the health innovation sector and are committed to leveraging their collective expertise and resources to drive progress. The delegation engaged in strategic discussions, site visits and collaborative sessions with key stakeholders in Scottsdale’s renowned health innovation ecosystem. Building off Scottsdale’s successful program, Kingston is looking to establish itself as the Cure Corridor North.

“What Scottsdale has demonstrated is that passionate people can make things happen. At Providence Care, we are passionate about growing our research department. I’ve seen in real time in Scottsdale how the cross-pollination of ideas can accelerate research and technology integration to improve patient care. I’m so excited about what’s ahead for research in Kingston, in part because of what we experienced in our Sister City, Scottsdale Arizona,” Philpott expressed.

For more information or to become involved in the Scottsdale Sister City Committee, contact Nour Mazloum at Kingston Economic Development.

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