Mayor Lastman and co-chairs launch City Summit Week at University of Toronto|
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Mayor Mel Lastman today kicked off the launch of Toronto City Summit Week as he
toured one of the principal capital projects under construction at the
University of Toronto's St. George campus. Mayor Lastman was joined by summit
co-chairs John Tory, Elyse Allan, Frances Lankin and David Crombie. The
university's Sheldon Levy, Vice-President, Institutional and Government
Relations, and Ron Ventor, Vice Provost, Facilities and Planning, were also on
hand for the event.
"Canadian cities are in a crisis -- and while no one is expecting all of the
challenges we face to be resolved over the next seven days, City Summit will
make the challenges clear and give us a forum to explore solutions," said Mayor
Mel Lastman. "Perhaps most important of all, City Summit will give us a map of
where we need to be in the future -- and the framework of a plan to get us
The press conference was followed by a walking tour highlighting the
university's eight capital projects, which were shown at the Bahen Centre for
Information Technology, a new state-of-the-art facility for computer science
and information technology research. In partnership with governments and the
private sector, the University of Toronto has begun a construction program
totalling half a billion dollars over the next five years. The changing face of
the campus reflects the impact of increased participation in higher education
and the impending double cohort.
"The U of T is embarking on the largest building campaign since the 1960s and
we are excited about this opportunity to highlight our projects," said
President Robert Birgeneau. "A number of projects on the St. George campus are
part of the Discovery District, which is evolving into one of the largest
medical-academic hubs in the world outside of Boston and San Francisco. As the
city moves forward to reflect its changing identity, so does the University of
Toronto. We're proud to be a partner in this great city."
The Toronto City Summit -- Leadership and Solutions for the Future will bring
together leaders from all sectors of the community to assess the city's
strengths, identify its key challenges, and shape an agenda to move Toronto
forward over the next 10 years.
"Ultimately, the City Summit is about the citizens of Toronto and the future of
Toronto," said summit co-chair John Tory. "So, through events like today's tour
of the Bahen Centre, we will raise awareness and understanding of Toronto's
strengths, opportunities and challenges. The City Summit is an exciting
initiative in the life of our city."
The University of Toronto will host the City Summit at the Rotman School of
Management on June 26. Today's campus tour is the first in a series of
pre-summit events highlighting Toronto's many strengths as well as the issues
facing it in the future.
The Toronto City Summit will:
· provide an opportunity for city leaders to enhance and share their knowledge
about the issues facing Toronto;
· assess where Toronto stands in vital areas, such as economic development,
social equity, infrastructure and transportation;
· work to shape the city's agenda for the next decade.
Note: The Toronto City Summit will be broadcast live on Rogers Cable and Web
cast at http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/city_summit.