Media Advisory: More than 140 Mayors and 1,000 Delegates in Montreal - Major Cities in Action Facing International Challenges

MONTREAL, June 15, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The world's major cities are called upon to play a key role in pinpointing solutions to the complex challenges of the 21st century. These include: climate change, safety and living together, improved mobility and urban leadership. It is within this context that more than 140 mayors and 1,000 local and international delegates—elected officials, experts, urban planners, business people, public and private businesses, international NGOs and academics—will come together at the Palais des congrès from June 19 to 22 to discuss the greatest challenges facing the world today and how major cities can address them.

Notable among the many mayors of major cities taking part in the Congess are:

  • Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris;
  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and former Chief of Staff under Barack Obama;
  • Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin;
  • Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico;
  • Helen Fernandez, Mayor of Caracas;
  • Zekra Alwach, Mayor of Bagdad;
  • Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Surabaya;
  • Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv;
  • Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, Mayor of Libreville;
  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires;
  • and, of course, Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal and President of Metropolis.

This vital international gathering promises a rich and diverse program, with 200 nationally- and internationally-renowned presenters, including:

  • Jonathan Woetzel and Jaana Remes, McKinsey & Company;
  • Peter White, Chief Operating Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development;
  • Louis Zacharilla, Co-Founder of the Intelligent Community Forum;
  • Laura Pérez Castaño, Barcelona City Councillor for Feminist and LGBTI Issues and President of Metropolis Women;
  • Raphaël Domjan, Eco-explorer and pilot at Solar Stratos;
  • Alexandre Taillefer, Managing Partner at XPND Capital and Founder of Téo Taxi.

Many of these elected officials and renowned experts will also be available for interviews in the coming days as well as throughout the Congress.

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About Metropolis
Founded in Montreal in 1985, Metropolis comprises around 140 member cities and provides a framework for exchange on matters of governance and innovation, as well as on the implementation of sustainable environmental, economic, social and cultural development projects in metropolises. For further information on the XII Metropolis World Congress and its program, visit


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