Toronto Mayor John Tory to Deliver Keynote Address at CCPPP Annual Conference

TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships is pleased to announce John Tory, the 65th Mayor of Toronto, as the first of our distinguished keynote speakers for the 23rd Annual CCPPP National Conference on Public-Private Partnerships, which will be held on November 2 and 3, 2015 in Toronto. Mayor Tory will join more than 1,200 senior public and private sector participants at the world's largest and most prestigious annual P3 event.

Mayor Tory was recently awarded the Order of Ontario for being a "consummate champion for the Greater Toronto Region." A strong voice for improving transportation and reducing commute times in Canada's largest city, Mayor Tory's top priorities include tackling Toronto's traffic congestion and transit crisis by building the Scarborough subway and beginning work on the SmartTrack, a surface subway line that would provide all day, two-way service across the city and bring needed relief to the congested Yonge subway.

This year's National Conference theme is Ground Breaking Partnerships. "The CCPPP's Annual Conference remains the premier forum for a wide range of decision makers and leaders in the P3 space to network and share their views on how P3s can help address the infrastructure deficit and drive economic competitiveness through innovative approaches to public service delivery," said Mark Romoff, President and CEO of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. "We are thrilled that Mayor Tory has agreed to join the conversation and share his bold vision for infrastructure renewal for the City of Toronto with this important audience."

BACKGROUNDER

About the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships:
Established in 1993, CCPPP is a national, non-partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. The Council is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices, and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships.

About the Annual CCPPP National Conference:
The annual CCPPP National Conference is now recognized as the premier event on public-private partnerships (P3) in the world. It began in 1992 and has since grown to include 1,200 senior public and private sector participants, making it the largest annual gathering of P3 decision-makers. The conference reflects the significant contribution that P3s are making to address the infrastructure deficit as well as how they are driving the economic competitiveness of countries around the world through an innovative approach to public service delivery.

The 23rd Annual CCPPP National Conference on Public-Private Partnerships and 18th National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships will be held on November 2nd and 3rd, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

About Mayor John Tory:
First elected to office in 2014, John H. Tory is the 65th mayor of Toronto. A businessman and lawyer, Tory previously led the provincial Progressive Conservative party and served as Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Cable. Prior to the mayoral election, Tory chaired the local advocacy group CivicAction and hosted a popular talk show on Newstalk 1010. Tory's top policy priority as Mayor of Toronto is transportation and traffic. The centerpiece of his bold plan for transit is SmartTrack, a 53-kilometre, $8-billion, 22-stop rail line that would provide all day, two-way service across the city and bring needed relief to the congested Yonge subway. Immediately after taking office, Tory introduced six policies to address traffic congestion. He has also vowed to address Toronto Community Housing and the city's housing challenges more generally.

SOURCE Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

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For further information:

For Media Enquiries:
Katherine Ward
Director, Communications and Media Relations
The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships Tel: (416) 861-0605, ext. 210
Email: kward@pppcouncil.ca

For more information about the 23rd Annual CCPPP National Conference on Public-Private Partnerships:
Registration is now open. For more information, go to www.p3-2015.ca or register now.
Tel: 416-861-0500
Email: partners@pppcouncil.ca


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