INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence will travel to Toronto on Wednesday for an international trade mission promoting the state's ties to Canada and encouraging Canadian companies to locate U.S. operations in Indiana.

"Canada is already the destination for billions of dollars worth of Hoosier-built products," Pence said. "This trip will be dedicated to boosting bonds with existing partners in Toronto and supporting new relationships as we pursue every opportunity to win more Hoosier jobs."

The governor and a 15-member delegation of mostly state economic development and business leaders, including NIPSCO's Don Babcock, will host site selectors and officials from companies considering doing business in Indiana at the season opener of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.

During the one-day trip they also will talk with a venture capital firm evaluating Indiana investment opportunities, as well as Ontario Prime Minister Kathleen Wynne, U.S. Consul General Jim Dickmeyer and Canadian Consul General Douglas George.

First Lady Karen Pence will meet with students and teachers at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, the first art therapy training program in Canada, and tour Toronto's Gardiner Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Canada is the state's largest export market, purchasing $11.8 billion in Indiana-made products last year.

According to the state's commerce agency, more than 14,800 Hoosiers work for Canadian-owned companies and some 193,500 Indiana jobs are dependent on trade and investment with Canada.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.