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CANADA25 ANNOUNCES CALL FOR DELEGATES
FOR NATIONAL FORUM ON THE ROLE OF CITIES IN BUILDING AN
- Policy Organization Challenges Young Canadians to Examine
the Way Our Cities can Attract Talent and Promote Development
Toronto, ON Tuesday April 16, 2002- Canada25, a non-partisan
organization dedicated to engaging the perspectives of
young Canadians in Canada's public policy debates, today
announced a general call for delegates for its upcoming
national forum to be held July 2002, in Victoria, BC.
Canada25 also announced that the topic of this year's
forum is "Canadian catalysts: The role of cities in attracting
talent and promoting development."
In addition to the national forum in Victoria, Canada25
will be hosting a series of regional roundtables on the
same topic in eleven cities across Canada and the United
States, including Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg,
Vancouver, Boston, Washington DC and the San Francisco
Through this process, Canada25 will discuss the interrelations
between Canadian urban economies, social infrastructures,
environmental conditions and professional opportunities
and examine how they influence in which cities or towns,
Canadian or international, young Canadians choose to live.
To research, analyze and develop perspectives and recommendations
on this topic, Canada25 is issuing a general call for
delegates among interested young Canadians between the
ages of 20 and 35 years old. Applications can found on
the Canada25 website, http://www.canada25.com
and are due on May 2, 2002.
"We hope to attract
the participation of a broad cross section of Canadians
of diverse backgrounds, experiences and philosophies,"
said Alison Loat, executive director of Canada25. "Canada25
wants to engage young Canadians who have a strong desire
to participate in national public debate and who are be
willing to undertake extensive research and develop creative
solutions to these policy questions."
Following the forum, Canada25 will issue a report aimed
at the public, private and voluntary sectors, on how Canadian
cities can become catalysts to attract talent, promote
healthy urban spaces, and further drive Canadian innovation.
With this report, Canada25 plans to make a constructive
contribution to the evolving discussion on the important
role cities have in the development of our country.
"There is a new awareness of cities as catalysts
for encouraging creativity and innovation in Canada, and
young people are very much creators of that awareness,"
said Cynthia Mackenzie, a delegate from Canada25's forum
last year and a member of the organizing committee for
this year's effort. "Coming out of the this research,
we hope to further encourage all Canadians to examine
the specific ways the urban environment may contribute,
or detract, from building a highly innovative, forward-thinking
This work will build on the report Canada25 issued last
year entitled "A New Magnetic North: How Canada can Attract
and Retain Young Talent," which covered some of the broad
issues affecting the attraction and retention of Canadian
talent. This report has been widely circulated across
the country, and representatives from Canada25 have been
asked to draw on this research to provide further insight
and recommendations into other, related initiatives.
Canada25 is a non-partisan organization dedicated to engaging
the perspectives of young Canadians living around the
world in Canada's public policy debates.
Founded in May 2000 by six young Canadians, the organizations
is supported by its members, and by a broad range of public
and private partners. Further information about the organization,
including a copy of A New Magnetic North, is available
For more information, please contact:
APEX Public Relations
Tel: 416-924-4442 ext. 221
Tel: 415-365-0222 ext. 379