London, Ontario

Known as “The Forest City” for its abundance of mature trees and green space, London is named after its’ older sibling, London, England. Nestled along the banks of their own Thames River, London is a city with a proud tradition of enterprise, innovation and creativity.

Named one of the fastest growing economies in Canada, London is poised for continued growth and success. It boasts a diverse, skilled and highly educated workforce. London’s economy is dominated by medical research, locomotive production, insurance, and information technology. The London Life insurance company was founded there, and Electro-Motive Diesels, Inc. now builds most of its locomotives in London. General Dynamics Land Systems also builds armoured personnel carriers in the city. London is a source of life sciences and biotechnology-related research; much of this is spurred by the University of Western Ontario. The university adds about C$1.5 billion to the London economy annually. The headquarters of the Canadian division of 3M are located in London, and both the Labatt and Carling breweries were founded there.

London’s focus on economic growth is reflected in the increasing flow of investment dollars, commitment to development resources such as industrial land and the support of both new and old economy business sectors. “The Forest City” boasts a desirable quality of life – minimal commutes, affordable housing, excellent education and health care facilities and an abundance of recreational and cultural facilities. London was recently ranked in the top 5 quality of small cities in North America by Foreign Direct Investment’s North American Top Cities of the future.

Culturally, London is alive and thriving being home to many differing types of festivals. Musically it boasts the London orchestra, the London Youth Symphony as well as many choirs. Art galleries of all varieties and sizes are also located throughout downtown London.

From an educational viewpoint, London is well represented by the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College. The University of Western Ontario was founded in 1878, has about 3500 full time faculty and almost 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Richard Ivey School of Business, part of the university, was formed in 1922 and ranked among the best business schools in the country by the Financial Times in 2009.