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September 10, 2004
City hosts Better Transportation Expo, a first-of-its-kind alternative transportation summit
  
The Energy Efficiency Office, in co-operation with Fleet Services of the
Corporate Services Department and the Economic Development, Culture and Tourism
Department, is hosting the Better Transportation Expo from September 13 to 15
in the heart of Toronto's financial district. The opening ceremony will take
place on Monday, September 13 at 12:30 p.m. on the ground level lobby of First
Canadian Place (Bay and King Streets).

The Better Transportation Expo will be an exhibition of new and emerging
transportation technologies, allowing commercial/institutional vehicle buyers
and individual consumers the opportunity to view the latest in clean vehicle
technology and aide in their purchasing decisions. The event will also feature
displays and information sessions presented by the corporate sponsors.

"The City of Toronto is committed to sustainability initiatives that address
the challenges of global climate change," said Toronto Mayor David Miller.
"While serving as an exciting opportunity to educate participants in seeking
out more environmentally responsible transportation, this event will also
demonstrate the significant reductions that can be made in production of
harmful emissions that cause climate change and smog, by greening our
transportation systems."

The participation of major car manufacturers, fleet-based corporations and
service providers, utility companies, environmental agencies, as well as
various municipalities and the federal government, all testify to the fact that
searching out, developing and implementing clean transportation systems is a
growing priority. "Getting from here to there shouldn't cost us the earth.
Clean and efficient transportation is a vital part of a sustainable future,"
says Dr. David Suzuki, environmentalist and chair of the David Suzuki
Foundation. Suzuki will be a keynote speaker at the Expo's opening ceremony.

Many new and emerging transportation technologies will be featured at the
Better Transportation Expo, including alternative fuel, low emission and
hybrid-electric vehicles. As well many corporations and government agencies
will demonstrate current and future initiatives to "green" their fleets.

Please see attached list for a detailed list of participants. For more
information about this event including location and activity details, please
contact Nestor Uhera at 416-392-1453, Jacqueline Swaby at 416-392-7706 or Nancy
Ruscica at 416-338-5832.

Better Transportation Exposition Participants

Locations (Venue Providers)
Commerce Court (GWL Realty Advisors)
First Canadian Place (O&Y Enterprise Real Estate Services)
Toronto-Dominion Centre (Cadillac Fairview)

Participants
City of Toronto:
Better Transportation Partnership
Better Buildings Partnership
Toronto Atmospheric Fund
20/20 The Way to Clean Air/Clean Air Partnership
Toronto Transit Commission

Enbridge Gas Distribution
General Motors of Canada Limited
Purolator Courier Limited
Toyota Canada

Azure Dynamics
Bio-Diesel Canada Inc.
Electrovaya
Hydrogenics
Natural Resources Canada, Office of Energy Efficiency
smart - Mercedes-Benz
Toronto Hydro Corporation

Astris Energi Inc.
City of Hamilton
Pollution Probe
Region of Peel
Topia

Caterers
Café Supreme
Dangerous Dan's Diner
Las Brias Restaurant
Pumpernickel
Soup Nutsy
Timothy's World Coffee

Featured Speakers and Presenters
Mark Dailey, CityTV personality (MC for opening ceremony)
Philip Reichmann, CEO, O&Y Properties Inc.
Bob Smith, Chief, Fleet Vehicle Program, Natural Resources Canada
John Finch, Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
Michael Grimaldi, President, General Motors Canada Limited
Robert Johnson, President/CEO, Purolator Courier Limited
David Suzuki, Chair, David Suzuki Foundation
Richard Parfett, Senior Manager, FleetSmart Program, Natural Resources Canada
Gerry MacDonald, Director, NGV Business Development, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Brian Maher, Manager, NGV Sales, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Dawn Soulis, Manager, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, Toyota
Canada Inc.
Bill Bradford, Director, Sales and Market Development, Hydrogenics Corporation
Dr. Sankar Das Gutpa, CEO, Electrovaya
Robert Boutilier, Deputy General Manager, Toronto Transit Commission
Sharon Donnelly, Canadian Olympian Triathlete
Diane Clemons, Media personality and entertainer

Entertainment
Shannon Butcher Jazz Trio
Daniela Nardi Jazz Trio

Media contact:
Richard Morris, Manager, Energy Efficiency Office,
416-392-1452



 

 

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