Toronto Board of Trade

Toronto Board of Trade

February 20, 2005 15:00 ET

Business, Community Leaders Join Board of Trade Task Force

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 20, 2005) - The Toronto Board of Trade announced today that some of Toronto's top business and community leaders have joined the Board's Task Force on the new City of Toronto Act (see attached backgrounder).

"We're thrilled with the calibre of the leaders who have volunteered to serve on this vital project," said Board Vice-Chair Bob Hutchison, who is heading up the Task Force, which will provide input and advice to the city and provincial officials working to re-write the key provincial legislation.

The City of Toronto Act has been criticized as too restrictive; denying Toronto the independence and resources it needs. The Board of Trade has welcomed the provincial decision to work with the city on creating a new, more responsive Act.

"Our Task Force will look at four major aspects of that legislation," explained Hutchison, "The city's governance structure; accountability and Council procedures; financial management and service delivery; and revenue sources."

The Board's Task Force will begin work immediately, holding seven meetings before June and consulting with Board of Trade members, a variety of experts and other relevant groups.

"This is one of the Board's top priorities right now," adds Board President Glen Grunwald, "And, as both the Premier and the Mayor said at our Annual Dinner on January 17th, the input of our panel and our more than nine thousand members will be an important part of the process."

BACKGROUNDER

Members of the Toronto Board of Trade's City of Toronto Act Task Force

Robert P. Hutchison (Task Force Chair)
Vice-Chair and Honourary Treasurer, Toronto Board of Trade
Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Peter Barnes
Consultant

Joe Berridge
Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.

Susan Black
President, Catalyst

Betty Carr
Vice President and Regional Publisher, Toronto Region
Metroland Printing, Publishing & Distributing Ltd.

Don Drummond
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

Paul Godfrey
President & CEO, Toronto Blue Jays

Ron Kanter
Counsel, Gardiner Roberts

Paul Massara
President, Canadian Operations
Direct Energy

Rebecca McKinnon
President, Timothy's Coffees of the World Inc.

Dale E. Richmond
Former Chair & President, Toronto Board of Trade

Anne Sado
President, George Brown College

Anne Swarbrick
President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation
IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, POLITICS

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