How to Develop a City Brand Strategy – Example Mississauga (Canada)

“Focus on the Future” – City Branding of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada. Case study by David Ferreira, Jeannette Hanna and Malcolm Allan on how to develop a city brand strategy.

David Ferreira is the Brand Manager for the City of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada; Jeannette Hanna is the strategy Director for trajectory, a brand strategy and design agency based in Toronto, who led the consulting team that developed the city’s brand strategy; Malcolm Allan is the founder and managing director of Placematters, a UK place brand strategy consultancy, based in London, who provided advice on city branding strategy and practice.

Learn about:

  • How Mississauga, Canada’s sixth largest city, is reshaping its image beyond the shadow of nearby Toronto;
  • Mississauga’s strategy to attract international talent and investment;
  • The lessons from Mississauga’s approach to initiating, creating and implementing a place brand proposition;
  • Initial challenges of the city branding initiative and how they were overcome;
  • The research phase;
  • The implementation – bringing the Mississauga brand alive;
  • Key learnings and city brand strategy advice.

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