National Transit Conference Opens in Whistler, British Columbia - Media Advisory



    WHISTLER, BC, June 5 /CNW/ - Transit professionals from across Canada
will meet in Whistler, British Columbia for the Canadian Urban Transit
Association's Annual Conference from 6-10 June. More than 300 transit
professionals will be attending the meetings and events under the theme
"Partnering for Success". The conference is hosted locally by BC Transit and
the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). Some joint events will be held in
conjunction with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Annual
Meeting in Whistler from 5 - 8 June.

    
    Date:   6 - 10 June, 2009
    Place:  The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler,
            British Columbia

    Events open to the media:

    Monday, 8 June
    --------------
    8:00am - 9:40am    Host Breakfast with Welcoming Remarks by Whistler
                       Mayor Ken Melamed, FCM President-Elect Basil Stewart,
                       CUTA Chair Steve New, and President & CEO of BC
                       Transit Manuel Achadinha.
                       -  Macdonald A, B & C, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

    12:00pm - 1:00pm   Joint FCM CUTA Plenary with keynote address by the
                       Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
                       John Baird
                       -  Sea to Sky Ballroom, Telus Whistler Conference
                          Centre
                       -  John Baird's remarks begin at 12:00pm followed by
                          the launch of the CUTA Vision 2040 project

    Tuesday, 9 June
    ---------------
    8:00am - 10:30am   Sustainable Communities Breakfast with a keynote
                       address by Mike Harcourt on the Urban Century
                       -  Macdonald A, B & C, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
                       -  Remarks begin at 8:30am

    12:15pm - 2:00pm   CUTA's Corporate Recognition Awards Lunch
                       The National Public Transit Awards for Innovation and
                       Exceptional Performance or Outstanding Achievement
                       will be presented
                       -  Macdonald A, B & C, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
                       -  Ceremony begins at 1:00pm

    For full program details and association information, visit
http://www.cutaactu.ca/en/cuta_annual_conference_2009_whistler_british_columbi
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    FCM program details may be found at www.fcm.ca
    

    CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems,
suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related
organizations in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Maureen Shuell, Director of Communications,
Media Relations, CUTA, Cell: (416) 898-5600 (on site in Whistler from 5 - 10
June 2009), Tel: (416) 365-9800 ext. 105 (office/voice mail); Joanna Morton,
Media Relations, BC Transit, Tel: (250) 995-5720; Julia Waring, Communications
Officer, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tel: (604) 935-8138, Cell: (778)
928-7943

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