U.S Consulate General in Toronto and WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation Partner to Foster Cross-Border Mobility and Collaboration

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Media Advisory




The U.S Consulate General in Toronto and the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WE EDC) are pleased to form a cross-border mobility partnership. Supported by the U.S. Mission to Canada’s Virtual Speaker Series Program, the partnership will spur greater discussion and collaboration on addressing the underrepresentation of women in technology and the importance of innovation in both countries.

On September 25th-27th, WE EDC, in coordination with the Consulate and Major League Hacking, will host a cross-border mobility hackathon. The 36-hour, online event will give more than 400 students from the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, and Wayne State University, among others, the chance to create their greatest innovation. Areas of focus include cross-border mobility issues such as smart infrastructure, healthcare, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, and more.

Industry experts from local and global organizations on both sides of the border will be on hand to offer mentorship and workshops to develop new skills and give contestants a taste of entrepreneurship and the work environment they will soon find themselves in. Solutions will be evaluated by a qualified panel of judges from industry and academia.

Media are invited to cover the event via the broadcast. Details are below:

WHAT: A Cross-border Mobility Hackathon

WHEN: Opening Ceremony, Friday September 25, 6pm – 8pm; Saturday, September 26, 4:45pm – 6:00pm, and/or Closing & Award Ceremony, Sunday, September 27, 2pm – 3pm 

WHERE: https://www.twitch.tv/borderhacks (link is for media ONLY -  for specified times above)

Attendees who wish to join the entire event must register first at: https://borderhacks.typeform.com/to/KzpQgfRJ

Opening remarks will be delivered by Acting U.S. Consul General Sonya Tsiros and Stephen MacKenzie, President and CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation.

In addition, through the cross-border mobility initiative, the Consulate will support the first-ever cross-border Women in Mobility Speaker Series through RISE WindsorEssex. The series will kick off at the hackathon. RISE WindsorEssex is a network of regional organizations supporting women entrepreneurs and women in STEM developed through WE EDC’s Small Business Centre. Through this Women in Mobility Speaker Series, RISE will partner with various organizations, such as Women in Mobility Detroit, WEtech Alliance, the University of Windsor, the WindsorEssex Chamber of Commerce, and more, to deliver one event per month. Each event will include a virtual expert speaker from the United States, followed by a virtual networking session for women in attendance.

Focusing on women in mobility, the annual RISE Summit will welcome diverse female guests from Canada and the United States to hear from major players within the female-led mobility sectors in both countries. The event will be held in February 2021 to coincide with the region’s Tech Week. Registration is open at https://womenmobility.eventbrite.ca/.




“A cross-border mobility partnership between the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto and WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation will boost women’s participation in technology and showcase the importance of innovation. It is a testament to our countries’ ability to work together towards a technologically advanced and integrated future despite the challenges of the current pandemic,” said Acting U.S. Consul General Sonya Tsiros. “This grant will have long-term positive impact by tackling cross-border mobility issues such as smart infrastructure, healthcare, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship.”

“In this COVID-19 driven environment, opportunities for networking and creating linkages to foster innovation, particularly for students and women, are increasingly difficult to find. We are thrilled to be able to work with the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto on empowering these groups in our bi-national mobility cluster. Participants of both initiatives will have the opportunity to grow their networks, find mentors, and make meaningful connections as we work together to change the face of automobility and encourage our community to make international industry inroads in high-demand fields, thanks to support from the Consulate”, Stephen MacKenzie, President and CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Noah Campbell, Tech Community Program Manager for WEtech Alliance | WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, at ncampbell@iblscanada.com

Madina Turdieva, Media Specialist for U.S. Consulate General Toronto, at TurdievaM@state.gov.