Media Advisory - Maytree and Toronto City Summit Alliance announce partners in DiverseCity

    Senior business and other civic leaders working together to take Toronto
    region from "diversity deficit" to "diversity dividend"

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:    DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project Partnership
             Launch at the Canadian Club of Toronto

             The Toronto City Summit Alliance (Alliance) and Maytree will
             announce 100+ multi-sectoral partners supporting a plan to
             increase leadership diversity and accelerate prosperity in the
             Greater Toronto Area. Close to 600 business, non-profit and
             government leaders will come together at a Canadian Club
             luncheon to celebrate DiverseCity, a three-year project to
             transform the GTA's leadership landscape. Special guest Cameron
             Bailey will moderate a conversation between DiverseCity Co-
             Chairs David Pecaut and Ratna Omidvar on the social and economic
             benefits of diverse leadership and DiverseCity's strategies to
             support and promote diverse leaders.

    WHY:     The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is the most ethnically and
             racially mixed city region in the world yet there is a striking
             lack of diversity represented at the top of its public, private
             and nonprofit organizations. DiverseCity and its partners are
             committed to changing this and to achieving greater social and
             economic prosperity in the GTA.

    WHO:     Helen Burstyn, President, Canadian Club of Toronto
             Ratna Omidvar, President, Maytree
             David Pecaut, Chair, Toronto City Summit Alliance, and Senior
              Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
             Cameron Bailey, Co-Director, Toronto International Film Festival
             Head table of 15 GTA business and community leaders including
             Minister Michael Chan (Province of Ontario), Robin Cardozo
             (Ontario Trillium Foundation), Ed Clark (TD Bank Financial
             Group), Anne Golden (Conference Board of Canada), Karim Lalani
             (Whirlpool Canada), Frances Lankin (United Way Toronto), Gordon
             Nixon (RBC Financial Group), and others

    WHEN:    Monday, January 26, 2009
             11:15 - reception
             12 noon - lunch
             1:00 p.m. - official announcement and conversation

    WHERE:   Fairmont Royal York Hotel
             Concert Hall
             100 Front Street West
             Toronto, ON

    About Maytree: Maytree is a private foundation that promotes equity and
prosperity through its policy insights, grants and programs. In particular, it
focuses on creating diversity in the workplace, in the boardroom and in public
office, changing the face of leadership in the Greater Toronto Area and

    About TCSA: Since its inception in 2002, the Toronto City Summit Alliance
has involved over 6000 multi-sectoral leaders in developing and supporting
initiatives addressing issues critical to the future health and wealth of the
Toronto region. DiverseCity was created in response to a call from over 600
GTA leaders attending the 2007 Toronto Summit for a collective effort to
diversify leadership in the Toronto region.

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For further information: Media: Please RSVP to Emma Jowett at or (416) 961-5898 x 217

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