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September 11, 2017
City of Toronto's new Civic Innovation Office to announce first project at Elevate Toronto technology festival
Mayor John Tory and Councillor Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Advocate for the Innovation Economy, will appear at the Elevate Toronto Festival, a technology festival that celebrates the best of Canadian innovation, along with Paula Kwan, Director of the City of Toronto's newly formed Civic Innovation Office (CIO).

Mayor Tory will speak about Toronto’s growing technology sector, and Kwan will announce the first challenge theme and debut project of the Civic Innovation Office.

Date: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 3 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E.

The establishment of the City's Civic Innovation Office was announced in March 2017. The CIO was created in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global Innovation Teams Program. Now working in 24 cities across four countries, the Innovation Teams Program helps cities solve problems in new ways to deliver better results for residents. Bloomberg Philanthropies awards cities multi-year grants to create in-house innovation teams, or “i-teams,” which offer cities a different set of tools and techniques to innovate more effectively and tackle critical challenges—from reducing violent crime to revitalizing neighborhoods and strengthening the environment for small businesses. The CIO will help introduce new solutions for City residents by creating a bridge between City divisions and Toronto’s growing innovation and technology communities.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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