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
"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.
||Stephen Lewis and Glen Murray
||Dr. Roberta Bondar and Tim Jones
||Justin Trudeau and Larry Beasley
||Jan Gehl and Ken Greenberg
Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
Tickets are free of charge and available by going online to www.conversation21.ca 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 www.conversation21.ca 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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Senior Communications Advisor, Community Services
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5051