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Toby Lennox

Toronto Global
President & CEO
BeSmart Executive Forum - Panel 4
Insight: The competition among countries and municipalities for foreign direct investment is becoming increasingly more intense. Toby Lennox will present the experience of municipalities in the Toronto Region on the advantages of municipalities working together from a regional perspective to increase the opportunities for attracting FDI. Using the example of the Toronto Region’s bid for Amazon HQ2 as a case study, Toby will discuss the lessons learned and what can work for municipalities.

Toby is the President and CEO of Toronto Global, the investment promotion agency for the Toronto Region. Leading a team of client services, marketing, communications and research professionals, he oversees all aspects of Toronto Global’s foreign direct investment attraction efforts. Prior to assuming this role, Toby spent 18 years at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, working in various capacities. Most recently, Toby held the title of Vice President, Strategy Development and Stakeholder Relations, and was responsible for developing and implementing issues management, reputation and political risk management programs.

A lawyer by trade, Toby served as Senior Legal Counsel with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, after spending nearly five years practising law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto. Toby holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Dalhousie University, a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from Trent University.