2009 OGRA/ROMA Combined Conference to Feature Premier Dalton McGuinty, Provincial Ministers and Municipal Leaders

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - More than 1300 delegates from municipalities
across Ontario will attend the 2009 OGRA/ROMA Combined Conference, February 22
to 25 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The Honourable Dalton
McGuinty, two provincial party leaders and as many as ten Provincial Ministers
and Parliamentary Assistants will participate.
    With over 50 speakers participating in the plenary sessions, workshops
and information rooms as well as the three-day Public Works and Municipal
Services Show, the annual OGRA/ROMA Combined Conference is one of Canada's
largest Municipal conferences. This year's conference theme, What's Coming
Down the Road..., features workshops on Northern Ontario Growth Plan, Moving
Forward with Asset Management, Accessibility: Clearing the Path to
Implementation, Municipal Drains - A Plug for the Environment, Detecting and
Preventing Bid-rigging, Savoring Success - Marketing Ontario's Food, Buried
Treasurers - Underground Utilities, and many more.
    In addition to our workshops and information rooms, Provincial Ministers
will attend the Ministers' Forum on Tuesday, February 24 at 3:45 p.m. in the
Canadian Room on the Convention Floor to take questions from the delegates.

    Scheduled Plenary Sessions:

    Monday, February 23rd

    -   9:00 a.m.   Provincial Premier, The Honourable Dalton McGuinty
    -   11:30 a.m.  The Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation
    -   3:00 p.m.   Len Crispino, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of

    Tuesday, February 24th

    -   8:30 a.m.   The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture,
                    Food and Rural Affairs
    -   9:00 a.m.   Dr. Patrick Moore, Chair and Chief Scientist, Greenspirit
                    Strategies Environmental Consulting Firm, Keynote Speaker
    -   10:00 a.m.  The Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs
                    and Housing
    -   2:30 p.m.   John Tory, Leader, Ontario PC Party
    -   3:00 p.m.   Howard Hampton, Leader, Ontario New Democratic Party

    Wednesday, February 25th

    -   9:30 a.m.   Peter Hume, President, Association of Municipalities of
                    Ontario (AMO)
    -   10:00 a.m.  The Honourable George Smitherman, Minister of Energy and

    All media are required to register as a VIP in Salon A on the Conference
Floor at the Fairmont Royal York upon arrival.

    Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) represents the transportation and
public works-related concerns of 444 municipalities and many First Nation
communities of Ontario. The Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) is the
rural municipal voice of the Province. ROMA is an integral part of the
Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

For further information:

For further information: Colette Caruso, Communications and Marketing
Coordinator, Ontario Good Roads Association, (905) 795-2555 (b), (905)
541-7988 c, colette@ogra.org

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