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Exploring the Future of Cities with former Toronto Mayor and current Calgary Mayor

TORONTO, February 27, 2014 – Two exciting York University student conferences tomorrow – one with former Toronto Mayor David Miller, the other with current Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi – will explore the future of cities.  Members of the media are invited to attend both conferences.

CONFERENCE ONE: Fri. Feb. 28, Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 475 Yonge St., 8:30am to 2:15pm

“Lex and the City: Urban Issues in Law & Business,” the 17th annual conference of the JD/MBA Students’ Association of York’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, will explore the central questions of “Where is our city headed?” and “How can we ensure a brighter and more sustainable future?” Specific focus will be on the themes of Sustainability and Municipal Governance, Real Estate Development, and Infrastructure and Finance.

Keynote addresses will be given by David Miller, former Toronto Mayor and current President and CEO of World Wildlife Foundation Canada; Karen Stintz, Toronto City Councillor and 2014 mayoral candidate; Joe Pennachetti, Toronto City Manager; and Michael Cooper, President and CEO of DREAM Unlimited Corp.  In addition, Paul Bedford, former Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, and Enid Slack, Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, will participate in the panel discussions.

A full agenda and speakers’ list can be found at www.thejdmba.ca/2014-conference.

CONFERENCE TWO: Fri. Feb. 28, Osgoode Professional Development Centre, 1 Dundas St. W., 26th floor, Room C, 5 to 6:30pm

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will discuss “Building Stronger Cities for a Stronger Canada” as part of the Osgoode Hall Law School Students’ Distinguished Speakers Series.

Nenshi is Calgary’s 36th mayor, and is currently serving his second term.  An accomplished business professional and community leader, he was the lead author on the “Building Up: Making Canada’s Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development” report that tackled issues of density and diversity, and outlined areas of action.

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Media Contact:
Virginia Corner, Communications Manager, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 416-736-5820, vcorner@osgoode.yorku.ca