April 2016

Investing in the 905: The Vaughan Advantage

11:30am-1:30pm | Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel - 525 Bay Street, Toronto

Cities are the economic engines of our province and magnets for investment, growth and job creation. As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, the City of Vaughan has experienced significant transformational change in the last 25 years. With a well-educated population, strong business community, location in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, and a new downtown core, Vaughan is rising. The Province of Ontario recognizes these opportunities and has made substantial investments in the City. Vaughan is the first municipality that will connect to Toronto through the York Spadina subway, Highway 427 is being extended, construction is beginning later this year on the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, and the next phase of the York Viva rapid transit system is underway.

On April 18, the Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of the City of Vaughan, will discuss the unique opportunities available in Vaughan as well as the important role intergovernmental affairs and governance play in city-building. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca will speak about the significant investments made in Vaughan, and the transit and transportation strategies that are helping to get people moving around the City and beyond. As focus is placed on intensification, Vaughan is a case study for how a suburban municipality is joining the ranks of world-class cities.

This event will be moderated by Patricia McCarney.

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- Lunch will be served -

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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to peters@economicclub.ca 48 hours in advance of event.

** Should you have a question you would like addressed by either of the speakers, please forward it to peters@economicclub.ca **

Patricia McCarney

President and CEO of the World Council on City Data (WCCD), Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto

Patricia McCarney

Before joining the University of Toronto, Professor McCarney received her Ph.D. from M.I.T., and worked as a professional staff member in a number of international agencies, including the World Bank in Washington, and the United Nations – HABITAT in Nairobi.

Soon after joining the University of Toronto, she served as Associate Vice President, International Research and Development. Over the past decade, she has founded the Global Cities Institute and the World Council on City Data.

Patricia McCarney is now leading a working group of 25 voting countries within ISO, the International Organization for Standardization in Geneva. Here, she leads the development of standards for globally comparable city data, and published ISO 37120, the first International Standard for Cities. Currently her ISO work focusses on drafting a family of three international standards for city data on: sustainable cities, resilient cities and smart cities.

As President and CEO of the World Council on City Data, Patricia McCarney is building an ISO certified data base for cities worldwide for evidence based decision-making and city to city learning for innovation. As host of this new knowledge platform, the WCCD is positioned as the leading global city data base with standardized, verified, comparable and open city data.

The Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C.

Mayor of Vaughan

The Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C.

The Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C. is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Vaughan. Prior to becoming mayor he was a member of Parliament for 22 years and served in several roles including Minister of State for Finance, Minister of State for Science, Research and Development, as well as chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. He is presently the chair of PowerStream Inc. and vice-chair of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation.

Mayor Bevilacqua holds the record for most votes ever received by a candidate in Canadian political history as well as most votes ever received by a municipal candidate in the history of the City of Vaughan. He is the recipient of numerous awards including “Premio Italiani nel Mondo” awarded by the Italian Government to individuals of Italian heritage who have served as outstanding role models; The State of Israel Bonds Canada, for his contribution to improving labour-management relations; and in recognition of his work advancing Canada/US relations, he was presented with the Key to the City of Dallas.

On October 27, 2014, Mayor Bevilacqua was re-elected in a record-setting victory that garnered eight out of every ten votes. As mayor, he implemented the historic Vaughan Accord, a 12-point document which commits Vaughan Council to the values of mutual respect and cooperation in governance, as well as Program Review, a line-by-line analysis of City programs and expenditures to ensure their responsible and efficient management. He has also introduced the Public Service Renewal program focused on providing excellence in the administration of the City, and in his second term successfully worked to bring professional sports to Vaughan with the TFCII USL Pro League soccer team. As a strong supporter of local charities and community groups, through his fundraising initiatives he has helped more than 100 organizations continue to deliver their important services. His vision of Vaughan as a world-class city has set new standards in city-building and redefined the political landscape in Vaughan.

The Honourable Steven Del Duca, MPP

Minister of Transportation
MPP Vaughan

The Honourable Steven Del Duca, MPP

Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca has a proven track record of outstanding community involvement and a clear dedication to public service. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 2012 in a provincial byelection.
In less than two years, he secured approval of the Highway 427 extension and delivered $49.7 million towards the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and $49 million for four new schools in Vaughan. Del Duca was re-elected in June 2014 and appointed Ontario’s Minister of Transportation in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet.

Prior to his election as MPP, he was the fundraising chair for the 2008 Annual Vaughan Hospital Fundraising Gala, which raised over $1 million for the project. In 2008, he authored an op-ed in the Toronto Star calling for a regional economic summit to help Vaughan and surrounding areas deal with the global economic crisis. He worked with all levels of government, community leaders and organizations to establish the Greater Toronto Region Economic Summit, which took place in May 2009.
Del Duca obtained a bachelor of laws from Osgoode Hall law school in 2007. Previously, he studied political science and Canadian history at the University of Toronto and Carleton University.

He first moved to Vaughan in 1987 when his family settled in Kleinburg. Today, he and his wife, together with their two daughters, live in Woodbridge.

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