June 22, 2017

Lead by Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee, nearly 20 community leaders have come together to form the Canada 150 External Advisory Committee (EAC). The Committee is providing invaluable input, advice and support to the City of Toronto regarding plans for the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary throughout 2017.

Committee members represent key stakeholder groups across Toronto and provide expertise in media, heritage, education, business and event planning.

“The collaboration between the City and the members of the External Advisory Committee brings together and leverages a broad array of knowledge and relationships in both the public and private sectors,” said Thompson. “The group’s diversity ensures that celebrations will be inclusive and engage communities across the city.”

Through hard work and dedication, EAC members help to promote the TO Canada with Love program to external groups including business associations, community organizations and not-for-profits as well as encourage the participation of groups, individuals and institutions in City-produced activities developed to mark Canada 150.

The EAC also brings awareness to other initiatives that are taking place in Toronto and identify public/private partnerships that can help enhance sponsorship funding, volunteer resources and in-kind contributions of City-produced Canada 150 initiatives.

Members of the Canada 150 External Advisory Committee include:

  • Councillor Michael Thompson (Chair), City Councillor and Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee
  • Reetu Gupta (Co-Chair), Easton’s Group
  • Christopher Jamroz (Co-Chair), GardaWorld Cash Services
  • Nichole Anderson, Business for the Arts
  • Maxine Bailey, TIFF
  • Iris Nemani, Harbourfront Centre
  • Mervon Mehta, Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Chief Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
  • René Viau, Francophonie en Fête
  • Donald Ainslie, University of Toronto
  • Beth Hanna, Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Don Cranston, Friends of Fort York
  • Judy Matthews, Park People
  • Rene De Santis, Montana Steele
  • Velma Morgan, Government of Ontario
  • Randy VanDerStarren, Open Access Limited
  • Aliya Bhatia, Toronto Youth Cabinet
  • Dany Assaf, Tory’s Law Firm
  • Jennifer Valentyne, Q107

Details on all TO Canada with Love City-produced events and other Canada 150 programs happening in Toronto, including a special Canada 150 event calendar, are available at http://www.toronto.ca/canada150. Toronto events marking Canada’s 150th birthday can be submitted to the calendar at http://www.toronto.ca/eventcalendar.

Social media updates on TO Canada with Love events are available @SpecialEventsTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SpecialEventsTO, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/specialeventsTO, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/specialeventsTO and on Snapchat at https://www.snapchat.com/add/specialeventsto. The event hashtag is #C150TO.

About TO Canada with Love

TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto’s year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada’s 150th birthday. The program is Toronto’s cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/canada150.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

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Media contact: Justine Palinska, Economic Development and Culture, 416-395-7318, justine.palinska@toronto.ca