Toronto Forum for Global Cities hosts first-ever symposium

    Toronto Mayor, David Miller, and Former Prime Minister of France and
    Mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppé, speakers for The Infrastructure Challenge

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - The Toronto Forum for Global Cities, a non-profit
organization created to help provide Canadian business and political leaders
with an arena to discuss global issues and their effects on local economies,
is hosting the first-ever Toronto conference at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
on November 5, 2007. The Conference titled, The Infrastructure Challenge has
attracted a number of leading international speakers and is aimed at providing
a platform to exchange issues regarding the economic role of global cities in
the context of Infrastructure, Financial Services and Energy.
    Toronto Mayor, David Miller, will lead the opening session accompanied by
the Minister of Public Works and Government Services of Canada, the Hon.
Michael Fortier, and the former Prime Minister of France and current Mayor of
Bordeaux, Alain Juppé, to discuss how Global Cities are the new engines of
economic growth. Mayor Miller, Minister Fortier and Mayor Juppé will share
issues around Infrastructure in their regions as well as address how various
levels of government and the private sector can use strategic partnerships to
create and manage Infrastructure projects which are essential for cities to
meet the ever-growing demand for public services.
    Included in the panel of more than 15 renowned speakers and moderators
are Mortimer Downey, Former Secretary of State for Transportation, U.S.A.;
Bill Owens, Vice-Chairman RBS Greenwich Capital and Former Governor of
Colorado; Saad Rafi, National Infrastructure Advisory and Project Finance
Leader for Deloitte; and Michael Carrick, Managing Director and Head of Global
Infrastructure Investments at Merrill Lynch.
    There are five sessions in the day-long conference that will address
various challenges with respect to Infrastructure and building a global city
including financing; partnerships between private sector and government
agencies; governance; and the environment. A global city is one in which the
various political, economic and cultural forces that bind the city, also have
a direct influence on global affairs. There is interconnectedness within the
city itself as well as with other world locales.
    "In this era of high economic volatility, investors are rushing to invest
in Infrastructure and that makes people wonder whether or not they should
applaud or be nervous. We found, that in forums such as this one, where ideas
and experiences are shared, that solutions to problems are found and future
challenges are avoided. We are very excited to assemble this great group of
specialists to help today's business and political leaders create cities that
have a strong Infrastructure and are truly globally connected," said Nicholas
Rémillard, COO, Toronto Forum for Global Cities.
    The Toronto Forum for Global Cities is working in collaboration with the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to host this
event which has attracted major sponsors including Via Rail, the City of
Toronto, and the National Post. The intent is to make this an annual event to
provide business organizations, financial institutions and government groups
with ongoing opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences on the
development of global cities.
    An estimated 500 business and political leaders are expected to attend
the inaugural conference. Tickets are available by visiting Tables of 10 are available for $5,000 plus taxes
and individual tickets are $600 plus taxes.

    The Toronto Forum for Global Cities is affiliated with the International
Economic Forum for the Americas, which was established in 1995, and is now
recognized as one of the most important private business conferences in the

For further information:

For further information: Christina Batty, at Christina Batty &
Associates, (905) 952-2099/(416) 721-6331,

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