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Speakers Series To Inspire Great Ideas For Mississauga's Future

Oct 03, 2007

The public is encouraged to hear what these visionaries have to say about the City, and then share their own ideas for Mississauga’s future.

This event is the beginning of the City’s campaign, "A Conversation with Mississauga about Building a City for the 21st Century," and is intended to encourage Mississauga citizens to participate in the conversation about the City’s future.  The goal of this initiative is to get all residents involved as the 40-year strategic plan is developed.

"Mississauga is one of the largest and most diverse cities in Canada. So if we are going to plan the future of our City, we need our talented citizens to provide us with their thoughts and ideas. We want everyone to come out and listen to this great line-up of speakers and then get involved in the conversation," says Mayor Hazel McCallion.

The campaign has been designed to strategically gather creative thoughts and unique ideas from residents by providing inspiration through the speaker series, informing residents about the topics and then encouraging the community to interact. An interactive website and community charette (community visioning session) are two other components of the campaign that will engage the community and gather their input.

Speakers Schedule:

October 16 Stephen Lewis and Glen Murray
October 23 Dr. Roberta Bondar and Tim Jones
November 6 Justin Trudeau and Larry Beasley
November 13 Jan Gehl and Ken Greenberg

Living Arts Centre
Hammerson Hall
4141 Living Arts Drive

Ticket Information:
Tickets are free of charge and available by going online to or by calling the "21st Century Conversation" hotline at 905-615-3200 ext. 2100.

Internationally renowned humanitarian Stephen Lewis will kick off the series by talking about social diversity, going green, inspiration and visioning, and quality of life. His presentation will focus on how these topics affect Mississauga today and in the future. Residents will get a unique view of their City through the eyes of this impressive leader.

Mr. Lewis will be sharing the speakers platform with Glen Murray, an urban strategist best known for his vision of cities as economic engines that must be built on a foundation of culture, creativity and quality of place.  As the former mayor of the City of Winnipeg and chair of the Big City Mayors' Caucus, Murray led the charge for a "New Deal for Cities" and today chairs the National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy.

The four-evening Speakers Series will be moderated by Suhana Meharchand, award-winning CBC news anchor and host of Saturday Report and Newsworld Primetime.  Meharchand has been named Journalist of the Year by the South African Women for Women and also received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary Club International.

"We've chosen speakers who understand world issues so we know that their theories can help us build a better city," says Bruce Carr, director Strategic Planning and Business Services, Planning and Building Department. "Each presentation will provide residents with ‘food for thought’ so they can develop their own concepts. Every idea is important and every idea has the power to make a tremendous impact on our city."

The following eight themes for discussion have been developed:

  • Getting around in Mississauga;
  • Going “green” in 905;
  • Creating wealth in our community;
  • Embracing our social diversity;
  • Positively influencing our quality of life;
  • Investing in creativity and knowledge;
  • Creating a vibrant downtown; and,
  • Realizing the opportunities of being part of the Golden Horseshoe.

All Mississauga residents are invited to attend the speaker series, volunteer for the community charette (a community visioning session) or go to the "21st Century Conversation" website to participate in a discussion group, or complete surveys posted throughout the campaign. 

Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000.  With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.  Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse, and progressive municipality known for its economic strength and for being Canada's safest city.

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Related Links:
   Ken Greenberg Bio
   Stephen Lewis Bio
   Justin Trudeau Bio
   Larry Beasley Bio
   Tim Jones Bio
   Roberta Bondar Bio
   Glen Murray Bio
   Jan Gehl Bio

Media Contact:
Dolores Bartl-Hofmann
Senior Communications Advisor, Community Services
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5051
TTY:    905-896-5151