Team Toronto Business Mission to Chicago - September 18 and 19
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Mayor Rob Ford will lead a two-day business mission to Chicago from Tuesday, September 18 through Wednesday, September 19. The mayor's goal for the mission is to renew a partnership agreement between the two cities and to identify opportunities to grow investment, enhance the business climate and stimulate greater job growth.
"We are taking an all-star team from Toronto's business community with us to Chicago," said Mayor Ford. "Their talents, experience and insight will help us to maximize the opportunities and relationships we will be creating and building upon this week."
The two Co-Chairs of this Team Toronto initiative are George Cohon, Founder of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada, and Robert Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines.
“The mission is important to solidify growing relationships and inspire new opportunities. I’m proud and excited to be a part of it,” said Cohon.
"I'm very pleased with the response from the business community to this mission. This is a real opportunity to build relationships that will ultimately benefit both cities," said Deluce.
City officials joining Mayor Ford as part of the official delegation include:
Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair, Government Management Committee
Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Executive Committee Member
Councillor Mike Del Grande (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair, Budget Committee
Councillor Doug Ford, Ward 2 Etobicoke North
Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Pan Am Games Secretariat
Councillor Peter Milczyn (Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Chair, Planning and Growth Management Committee
Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Executive Committee Member
Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair, Economic Development Committee
Michael Williams, General Manager, Economic Development and Culture
George Spezza, Director, Business Services, Economic Development and Culture
To date, there are 62 business delegates registered to attend, including former Ontario Premiers Ernie Eves and Mike Harris. Also attending is the Honourable Michael H. Wilson, former federal Cabinet Minister and Canadian Ambassador to the United States. Other delegates include Renato Discenza, President and CEO of Invest Toronto; Janet Ecker, President and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance; and Carol Wilding, President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade. A complete list is appended to this release.
Most delegates will fly to Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. The two-day itinerary includes a Welcome Networking Reception Dinner on Tuesday evening at the Chicago Cultural Center. A full-day schedule of networking on Wednesday includes an official partnership agreement signing ceremony with Mayor Ford and Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Return flights are booked for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
All delegates have been given a Team Toronto Business Mission to Chicago booklet to assist in representing Toronto and the mission for those they meet in Chicago. A copy of the booklet is available at http://www.toronto.ca/newsroom/pdf/chicago-mission-delegates-bklt.pdf. Printed copies of the booklet will be provided to media onsite in Chicago.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Quotes from Team Toronto delegates:
"The renewal of the Partnership Agreement between Toronto and Chicago will mean the continuation of a friendship that has mutually benefited each city's economic development strategy and various economic sectors."
- Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair, Economic Development Committee
"Over the past 120 years, Chicago has created a strong legacy of excellence in urban design, planning, architecture, waterfront development, and most recently green design. The Burnham Plan of 1909 laid the groundwork for Chicago's waterfront development, and architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Skidmore Owings Merrill made Chicago prominent on the international scene. This Mission to Chicago will provide Toronto with valuable insight and ideas, learned from Chicago's Waterfront, Architectural Preservation, creative park building, and their leadership in sustainable governance."
- Councillor Peter Milczyn (Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Chair, Planning and Growth Management Committee
"I'm excited to see Chicago's world class waterfront first-hand and to learn best practices in waterfront design and planning, including the use of parks, from a recognized world-leader."
- Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Executive Committee Member
"On behalf of MasterCard Canada, I am excited to participate in this mission to build long lasting connections between our two priceless sister cities - Toronto and Chicago. We - have a great opportunity to further grow the economic ties, especially tourism, since Chicagoans go to Toronto more than any other international city."
- Betty K. DeVita, President of MasterCard Canada
Team Toronto - Business Delegates
George Cohon, Founder, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada - Mission Co-Chair
Robert Deluce, President, Porter Airlines - Mission Co-Chair
Wayne Barwise, Executive Vice President, Development, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation
Jamie Besner, Principal, Sussex Strategy Group
Courtney Betty, Attorney, Miller Canfield Law Firm
William Brereton, Managing Director, Newport Private Wealth Inc
Paul Brown, Chairman of the Board, Enwave
Richard Byers, Executive Vice President, Borealis Infrastructure
Judi Cohen, Director Business Development and Marketing, Metrolinx
Clare Copeland, Chairman, Toronto Hydro
Matthew Corrin, Founder and CEO, Freshii
Emlyn David, Managing Partner, Clean Energy Developments
Paul Deegan, Vice-President, Government & Public Relations, BMO Financial Group
Betty K. DeVita, President, MasterCard
Renato Discenza, President and CEO, Invest Toronto
Nick Di Donato, President and CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group
Clifford Eby, President, Americas Transportation, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Janet Ecker, President and CEO, Toronto Financial Services Alliance
Tania Ensor, Senior Vice-President, Golin Harris
Ernest Eves, Former Premier of Ontario, Natel Strategies International Inc
Keith Ford, Account Executive, Electronic Recycling Services
Jim Ginou, President, Art Printing Co.
Murray Goldman, President and Chairman, The Goldman Group
Mike Harris, Former Premier of Ontario, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Elizabeth Geleff, Principal, Phillips Properties
Mary Gendron, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Celestica
David Gerofsky, President and CEO, First Gulf Corporation
Rob Godfrey, Executive Vice President, Qwatro Corporation
Paul A. Golini, Chairman of the Board, Empire Communities
Graham Henderson, President, Music Canada
E. M. Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO, Oxford Properties Group
Mike Kessel, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic Canada
Thomas Kloet, CEO, TMX Group
Michael Kraljevic, President and CEO, Toronto Portlands Company
Stephen Kuhr, Principal Consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff
David Kusturin, COO, Waterfront Toronto
Tony Lamantia, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation
Ralph Lean, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Barry Leon, Head, International Arbitration Group, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
John Paul Macdonald, Senior Vice President, HR and Public Affairs, Bombardier Inc
Ian MacEachern, Vice President, Government and Stakeholder Relations, OMERS Administration Corporation
John Mandarino, Director, LIUNA Canadian Tri-Fund
Gaurav Marwaha, Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions and Public Sector, Citibank Canada
Shaun McKaigue, Vice President, Fer-Pal Construction Ltd.
Mark McQueen, President and CEO, Wellington Financial LP
Blair Murdoch, President, Allvision Canada
Terry Nemeth, Vice President, Telus
Anthony Primerano, Director of Government Relations, LIUNA Canadian Tri-Fund
Jeffrey Remedios, Co-Founder, Arts & Crafts Productions
Mark Romoff, President and CEO, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
John Rothschild, President and CEO, Prime Restaurants Inc
Lorne Saltman, Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Kevin Smith, Senior Partner, Vigorate Digital
Kashmiri Sood, President and CEO, Ranka Group
Kimberly Stewart, CEO, Arbitration Place Inc
Alain Sutton, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Toronto Congress Centre
Bryan Tuckey, President and CEO, Building Industry and Land Development Association
Brad Watson, Partner, KPMG LLP
Andrew Weir, Vice President, Communications, Tourism Toronto
Carol Wilding, President and CEO, Toronto Board of Trade
Geoffrey Wilson, President and CEO, Toronto Port Authority
Hon. Michael H. Wilson, Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada
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