Parc Downsview Park Inc.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.

January 31, 2007 17:11 ET

Parc Downsview Park Inc. Welcomes Two New Members to its Board of Directors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2007) - Parc Downsview Park Inc (PDP) is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors. The Government of Canada appointed Mr. Rob Lowry to serve a term of two years and Mr. James W. Ramsay to serve a term of three years as Directors of PDP effective January 2007.

PDP's President and CEO, Tony Genco, welcomed the appointments as a further step towards the fulfillment of the mandate of the corporation.

"With the addition of these new talents to our Board, the government has signalled its continued support for the mandate of the corporation-a unique urban recreational greenspace for Canadians to enjoy in all seasons-and it has strengthened the organization with the talents required to achieve that ambition," Mr.Genco says. "The skills and experience that these new members bring to our team will help to provide the momentum required to build a 21st century park that we have all been waiting for."

Mr. Rob Lowry holds a bachelor of architecture and a master of business administration from the University of Toronto. He currently serves as the general manager, Ontario, for Property One Consulting, and has spent the last 35 years in facility planning and property development. Mr. Lowry has held the post of executive director, design and construction, and assistant deputy minister for the Management Board Secretariat, Ontario. During his 18 years in the Ontario public service Mr. Lowry held various posts including director, planning branch, and manager, accommodation planning section. Mr. Lowry is a current member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a retired member of the Ontario Association of Architects and a volunteer board member for programs at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

"After 18 years in the Ontario Public Service finding innovative ways to leverage government resources to achieve broader public objectives, Downsview Park provides a another special opportunity to use that experience creatively for the greater good," says Mr. Lowry. "I look forward to collaborating with the other members of the team on this very exciting project. It will be fun."

James W. Ramsay is a senior executive with a proven record of achievement in both Government and the private sector. He has served as Chief of Staff to former Minister of Finance the Honourable Michael Wilson and to former Minister of Energy mines and Resources the Honourable Marcel Masse. Mr. Ramsay has also served the Ontario Government as Deputy Minister for the Secretariat for Seniors, Youth and the Disabled and Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Culture.

"Downsview Park is a very exciting project and I am honoured with the appointment," said Mr. Ramsay, who as Vice-President at Genstar played a pivotal role in the development of Glen Abbey-home of the Canadian Open. He was also instrumental in the development of Ontario Place. "Downsview Park is a truly unique opportunity and I look forward to contributing to its success."

PDP has already made significant progress in implementing the internationally acclaimed design of the park with the planting of the Canada Forest-a 40-acre urban forest designed to help improve the quality of the air in the city. PDP is also engaging in a consultation process to gain public input on an Urban Development Plan and Sustainable Community Development Guidelines that will guide the social, environmental and economic aspects of the park's evolution. Professor Thomas Symons, founding president and Vanier Professor Emeritus of Trent University and Past Chairman of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, has assumed the role of Acting Chair until the government appoints a new Chair of the Board.

"PDP has made tremendous progress in recent years and these accomplishments were due in large measure to the hard work and dedication of all our board members-including our former Chair Dr. David Bell, our Acting Chair Reginald Lewis and John Bailey," said Professor Symons, acknowledging recent departures from the board. "These members of the PDP team have distinguished themselves as true contributors to the vision and their work will always be celebrated as part of the legacy of Downsview Park."

Downsview Park consists of nearly 600 acres on one of the most significant elevations of land in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Formerly a military base (CFB Downsview) the site was designated by the Government of Canada in 1994 to be developed as "a unique urban recreational greenspace for the enjoyment of future generations." Plans and designs for building the park have been steadily in development since then. Today, the site is home to numerous enterprises including the Toronto Aerospace Museum, Downsview Parks Grand Prix The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, ReWorks Inc., DYN Recyling Inc., The Toronto Wildlife Centre, Area 51 Paintball and The Hangar Sports Complex. The Hangar attracts more than 400,000 visits per year to indoor soccer, and beach volleyball. Downsview Park also hosts seasonal special events-notably Canada Day celebrations which has attracted up to 80,000 people-and a roster of community and school programs year-round to create a vibrant resource for the local community while the plans for the National Urban Park are taking shape. All these attractions and a host of other business relationships and opportunities help to set the stage for the future development of an internationally significant sustainable community at Downsview Park.

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    Garth Hardie
    Communications Co-ordinator
    (416) 952-2229