Parc Downsview Park Inc.

Parc Downsview Park Inc.

October 17, 2007 21:14 ET

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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2007) - Parc Downsview Park Inc. (PDP) is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors. The Government of Canada appointed Mr. Geoff Cape and Ms. Kristin Matthews to each serve a term of four years as Directors of PDP effective October 2007.

Mr. Cape graduated from Queen's University with a bachelor of arts degree and a master's of management from McGill University. He is the founding executive director of Evergreen, a national charity that explores the relationship between nature, culture and community in urban spaces, as well as the founding chair of the Sustainability Network, a member of the Lake Ontario Park Steering Committee. A regular speaker on urban issues, Mr. Cape was recently recognized for his green design leadership with a NAIOP REX Award and is also a past winner of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" Award.

"I am pleased to be appointed to the Board of Parc Downsview Park Inc.," said Mr. Cape. "I'm a believer in PDP's vision of creating and sustaining urban green spaces and look forward to contributing to the successes of Downsview Park."

Ms. Kristin Matthews graduated from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management with a post-graduate diploma in investigative and forensic accounting, and a bachelor's degree in sociology with a focus on criminology from Queen's University. Ms. Matthews is a senior professional at Soberman LLP, where she is a Manager in the Claims Valuation and Litigation Support group, specializing in loss quantification for insurance and litigation claims. Prior to joining Soberman LLP, Ms. Matthews was a senior associate in the practice area of dispute analysis and investigations at a top-four international public accounting firm.

"I am honoured to serve the community as a member of the Board of Parc Downsview Park Inc. and to contribute my experience towards the effective operation and maintenance of this recreational green space" said Ms. Matthews.

PDP continues to make significant progress in the social, environmental and economic aspects of the park's evolution through the Sustainable Community Development Guidelines.

"I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to Mr. Cape and Ms. Matthews," said PDP Chair of the Board of Directors David Soknacki. "Mr. Cape's innovative work in advancing urban green spaces coupled with Ms. Matthews' experience in litigation accounting and strategic consultation is of great value to PDP as we continue to deliver on our mandate for Downsview Park."

Commenting on the appointments, PDP President and CEO Tony Genco said, "Mr. Cape's and Ms. Matthews' expertise and support add dimension to the implementation plan of Downsview Park. I look forward to working with them and welcome them both to the Board."

Downsview Park consists of 572 acres 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 to be developed as "a unique urban recreational green space for the enjoyment of future generations." The Park attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually and is home to numerous enterprises, including the Downsview Park Merchant's Market, Toronto Aerospace Museum, GrandPrix Kartways, The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, The HoopDome, The Toronto Wildlife Centre, Area 51 Paintball and The Hangar, which offers indoor soccer and beach volleyball within the larger Downsview Park Sports Complex. Downsview Park also hosts a roster of community and school programs year-round to create a vibrant resource for the national community. All these attractions and a host of other business relationships and opportunities help set the stage for the future development of an internationally significant sustainable community at Downsview Park. For more information, please visit or call 416-952-2222.

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    Meline Beach
    Director, Public Affairs & Communications
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