Guillaume Lavoie invited to Chicago for program on sustainable cities

MONTREAL, April 30, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Montreal city councillor Guillaume Lavoie has been selected by the US Embassy in Canada to participate in a study tour entitled "Chicago: Sustainable City". This high-level program of visits and meetings will take place in Chicago from May 13th to 16th.

"In recent years, Chicago has positioned itself as a city at the forefront of sustainability, urban design, economic development. Innovation has been a key factor in the city's public policies. Montreal could benefit from following Chicago's example", said Guillaume Lavoie. "Chicago: Sustainable City" focuses on embracing urban sustainability through public policies that increase entrepreneurship and economic prosperity, such as its waterfront revitalization and renewable energy initiatives.

The intensive program will include meetings with key Chicago leaders and organisations, such as the City of Chicago (Sustainable Chicago Initiative); the Harris School of Public Policy (Lakeside Development Project); the Chicago Council of Global Affairs; the Energy Coalition (co-op of tech start-ups); and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. In addition, participants will have meetings with the Canadian Consulate-General and with former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Mr. David Jacobson.

Financed and selected by the U.S. Embassy in Canada, the delegation is composed of five young Canadian leaders chosen amongst Action Canada Fellows, of which Mr. Lavoie is a member since 2005. Action Canada is Canada's premier leadership development program.

Guillaume Lavoie is the Montreal City Councillor for the Marie-Victorin district in Rosemont—La-Petite-Patrie and the Official Opposition critic for finance, government relations and international relations. He is also Vice-President of the Finance and Administration Committee at City Hall.

 

SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Opposition officielle à l'Hôtel de Ville de Montréal

For further information: Marie-Eve Gagnon, Press Attachée, Cabinet of the Official Opposition, 514 872-0247 / 514 516-3120, marie-eve.gagnon@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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