TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - This weekend, almost 200 emerging leaders
will converge on the IBM campus in Markham to find ways to address the
region's transportation challenges.
"With a commute time amongst the worst in North America, our
transportation system is not working, and we do not have to accept it
the way that it is," said Andrew Graham, a rising leader in the
financial services industry and volunteer co-chair of CivicAction's
Emerging Leaders Network.
Hosted by CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network, ELNstudio will include
sessions by Bruce McCuaig, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Metrolinx and John Longbottom, Canadian Smarter Cities Strategy Leader
of IBM. It brings together almost 200 managers and early executives
from different sectors who have expressed an interest in improving the
region's transportation system.
"ELNstudio is an important opportunity to address our toughest
transportation challenges," said event co-chair Lianne Hannaway, "And
we're building on a track record of success. Previous ELNstudio events
helped kick start projects like Toronto Homecoming and Project Neutral
which have made a real impact on the city-region."
"This is collective leadership at work," said CivicAction CEO Mitzie
Hunter. "Together, city-builders from different sectors and industries
can strike partnerships that lead to new solutions."
Six transportation themes will be addressed at ELNstudio, including
public-private partnerships and amplifying the impact of CivicAction's
"What would you do with 32?" regional transportation campaign.
Participants will develop and activate new partnerships, projects, and
ELNstudio also caps off a week of celebrations for CivicAction's ten
year anniversary. ELN co-chair Andrew Graham is one of the ten
individuals recognized among the Faces of CivicAction, which recognizes outstanding leadership among the thousands of
individuals who have been involved with the work of the organization
for the last decade.
CivicAction is pleased to acknowledge the support of ELNstudio 2012
sponsors IBM (presenting partner), KPMG, Ryerson University, Metrolinx,
NATIONAL Public Relations, FedEx, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Knightsbridge,
Toronto Homecoming, Drop the Fish Design, Inkblot Media, Greening
Canada Fund, and PwC.
For more information, please visit www.elnonline.ca/elnstudio. More information, including interviews with one of the Faces of CivicAction, is available from the media contact.
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
(CivicAction) has brought together senior and rising leaders from all
sectors to tackle some of our region's toughest social, economic and
environmental challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda,
builds strategic partnerships, and launches campaigns, programs and
organizations that transform our region. CivicAction is led by a Board
of Directors and a 75-leader Steering Committee. For 2012-2013,
CivicAction has three areas of focus: accelerating regional
transportation; enhancing the region's economic performance; and
fostering inclusion and resilience. For more visit: www.civicaction.ca, @CivicActionGTA