Mayor Launches City Summit to Focus on Solutions for Toronto|
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Mayor Mel Lastman today announced plans for the Toronto City Summit - a
conference of leaders in vital sectors of the community to assess the city's
strengths and its challenges, and shape an agenda to move Toronto forward over
the next 5-10 years.
"We're bringing together many of the people who make Toronto great, to make
sure it becomes even greater," Mayor Lastman said. "We're calling a meeting of
the minds; we'll come out with a consensus on key priorities to drive Toronto
forward on a number of fronts."
The Toronto City Summit: Leadership and Solutions for the Future will be held
at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, June 25-26. It will
bring together a representative sample of city leaders - more than 150 leaders
in government, business, labour, academia, culture, media, and religious and
community groups. Both the federal and provincial governments have been invited
to send senior representatives, as will surrounding regions in the Greater
"The census numbers add up to a country that depends on the future of its
cities," Lastman said. "Eighty per cent of the people of Canada live in urban
areas. We have to make sure our cities have a bright future - and Toronto must
lead the way"
The Summit will be co-chaired by Elyse Allan, President and CEO of The Toronto
Board of Trade; Hon. David Crombie, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban
Institute; Frances Lankin, President and CEO of the United Way; and John Tory,
President and CEO of Rogers Cable.
"One of Toronto's greatest strengths is the fact that it is home to some of the
most dynamic and creative people in the world," Mayor Lastman said. "We're
bringing dozens of them together to look at the state of the city, and plan for
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, which will include economic
development, social equity, infrastructure and transportation.
· Work to continue to shape the city's agenda for the next decade.
The Mayor and Co-Chairs will be announcing a list of speakers for the
conference next week.
"Our city is facing critical issues that will determine our quality of life,
our ability to contribute to Canada's future, and our place among the great
cities of the world," Mayor Lastman said. "We are summoning leaders of this
city, from all sectors, to help provide leadership for the future and shape a
vision we can work toward."
The Toronto City Summit: Leadership and Solutions for the Future
· The Toronto City Summit will bring together a representative sample of over
150 leaders of government, business, labour, academia, the arts, sports and
recreation, media, and religious and community groups to focus on an agenda to
move Toronto forward over the next 5-10 years on a variety of fronts.
· Senior representatives from all three levels of government have been invited,
including participants from all three political parties. Municipal
representatives from the surrounding GTA regions have also been invited to
· The one-and-a-half day summit will get underway on Tuesday, June 25th and
Wednesday, June 26th at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.
· The ultimate goal of the City Summit, the first held in Toronto, is to
develop a broad consensus for city leaders to advance a common agenda on key
priorities. Toward that end, city leaders will get the opportunity to enhance
their familiarity with issues facing the city, assess where it stands in vital
areas, and examine ways and means of ensuring sustainable long-term funding.
Ideas will be solicited, presented and discussed, ultimately shaping a broad
consensus among city leaders on key priorities.
· Topics will include civic leadership, economic development, social equity,
infrastructure and transportation. Participants will work to define which of
these factors have contributed to Toronto's success - and which need
· The summit will be co-chaired by: Elyse Allan, President and CEO of The
Toronto Board of Trade; Hon. David Crombie, President and CEO of the Canadian
Urban Institute; Frances Lankin, President and CEO of the United Way; and John
Tory, President and CEO of Rogers Cable.
· The summit underscores the growing importance of Canada's urban centres,
which according to the last census represents 80 per cent of Canada's
· The concept of a summit was raised by a variety of business and community
leaders, council members, provincial MPPs, and other stakeholders. The timing
is especially appropriate given the current focus on urban issues and the needs
of the city.
· A list of speakers for the conference will be announced by the Mayor and the
co-chairs next week.
· The summit will be financed entirely by funds raised in the private sector.
Courtney Pratt, President and CEO of Toronto Hydro Corporation, is heading the
fund-raising effort. Broad corporate support is anticipated over the next
couple of weeks.
· Examples of the spectrum of city leaders who are being invited include:
· Labour leaders such as John Cartwright, President, Toronto-York Regional
Labour Council; Tony Dionisio, Business Manager, Labourers' International Union
of North America, Local 183; and Winnie Ng, Regional Director, Canadian Labour
· Media and cultural leaders such as Robert Lantos, Serendipity Point Films;
Isabel Bassett, CEO, TVOntario; Frank Alvarez, President and CEO, CIRV Radio
FM; Moses Znaimer, CITY TV; and Dan Ianuzzi, Publisher, Town Crier Community
Newspaper; John Honderich, Publisher, The Toronto Star.
· Business leaders such as Robert Fung, Deputy Chairman, Yorkton Securities
Inc.; Belinda Stronach, President and CEO, Magna International Inc.; Charles
Baillie, CEO, Toronto Dominion Financial Group; Michelle DiEmanuele, Vice
President, Brookfield Properties; Steve Hudson, Executive Chairman, Borealis
Capital; Mary Anne Chambers, Senior Vice President Electronic Banking,
· Social and community leaders such as Susan Piggott, St. Christopher House;
Mario Calla, Executive Director, COSTI; Paddy Ramsingh, Executive Director,
Community Cares - East York; and Susan Cox, Director, The Daily Bread Food
· Sports and Recreation leaders such as Ken Dryden, President, Toronto Maple
Leafs; Paul Godfrey, President, President, Toronto Blue Jays; Michael Clemons,
President, Toronto Argonauts; and Marnie McBean, Olympic Gold Medalist.
· Other city leaders such as Joe Berridge, Partner in Urban Strategies Inc.;
Dr. Lorna Marsden, President of York University; Bruce Kidd, Dean, Faculty of
Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto; Henry Pankratz, Chair,
Toronto Port Authority; Gordon Chong, Chair, GO Transit; Julian Fantino, Chief,
Toronto Police; Canadian Federation of Municipalities President and City
Councillor Jack Layton; and James Villeneuve, Chair, TEDCO..
· Senior City management, including Shirley Hoy, CAO, and Joe Halstead,
Commissioner of Economic Development.
The full list of participants will be released prior to the summit, based on
confirmation of attendance.