Canadian cities dominated multiple lists of "Cities of the Future" in a North American category.
In FDI's American Cities of the Future 2013/14 ranking, Toronto is ranked second behind only New York for "Overall North American Cities of the Future," followed by Montreal in third and Vancouver in fourth.
Ottawa was a competitive underdog in the awards: competing in the Large City division, Ottawa was awarded the top spot for Best FDI Strategy and finished in the top 10 of four other categories-Economic Potential, Infrastructure, Business Friendliness and Large Cities Overall.
The awards were presented at the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference held in Philadelphia, October 6 to 9.
"Over the past two years Invest Ottawa has worked with industry, academia and all levels of government to create the winning conditions to attract foreign direct investment and grow existing businesses," said Mayor Watson. "International competition for investment is fierce and by being steadfast in our efforts to collaborate, innovate and work at the speed of our companies, we have secured our site selection position on the world stage."
"Two years ago the City of Ottawa embarked on a journey with Invest Ottawa to showcase our region as the best place to work, play and grow," said Bruce Lazenby, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa. "Recognition of this kind, from an internationally renowned FDI centre, demonstrates to the world that we should be the next location for any company looking to expand."