Welcome!

News Feed Item

Metro Toronto Convention Centre Hosts the American Public Works Association's International Public Works Congress and Exposition August 17 to 20

Toronto's Chief Urban Planner Jennifer Keesmat, Former International Space Station Commander and Astronaut Chris Hadfield, and other leading industry speakers featured

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/15/14 -- Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) will host nearly 6,000 public works professionals from North America and other countries for the American Public Works Association's annual International Public Works Congress and Exposition held August 17 to 20. The APWA Sustainability Congress will be co-located at MTCC, bringing environmental issues to the forefront by covering the latest in sustainability practices. By securing the APWA congress, MTCC is expected to generate more than $17 million for the local economy.

"Toronto was selected for two reasons," said Executive Director Peter B. King of the APWA. "The first was the enthusiastic support we received from the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA), the local chapter of APWA; the second reason was Toronto's reputation as a world class destination known for its diversity and hospitality." Members will be attending from 14 countries including: Australia, Chile, Japan and the United States, and Canadian members are expected to comprise approximately 25 percent of the attendance.

In addition, the MTCC was specifically selected because of its ability to accommodate the 90,000 square feet of exhibit space needed for exhibitors to display the latest public works technology and products from nearly 400 companies. And, with nearly 6,000 people in attendance, MTCC's large, flexible ballroom can also comfortably host the general sessions with keynote speakers each day. Presenters include:


--  August 17: Jennifer Keesmat, Toronto's Chief Urban Planner, will share
    her views about urban livability and resiliency;
--  August 18: Chris Hadfield, Former Commander of the International Space
    Station and University of Waterloo professor, will share his experience
    as an astronaut in the social media era;
--  August 18: Peter Braid, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and
    Communities and Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo, will be the
    keynote presenter at the CPWA Luncheon, highlighting the new 10-Year
    Build Canada Infrastructure Plan and Canada's ability to remain an
    infrastructure leader in an increasingly competitive world;
--  August 19: Ian Hill, Public Sector Advocate and Leadership Development
    Innovator, will speak on the unique perspective of the public works
    sector in the United States and Canada;
--  August 20: Alex Steffen, Planetary Futurist, Best-selling author and TED
    talk presenter has the ability to connect planetary thinking to today's
    most practical concerns. Steffen helps audiences understand the role of
    world-changing ideas and trends.

"Sustainability is an important urban issue, one that is consistent with MTCC's own corporate imperatives," said Barry Smith, president and CEO of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. "We look forward to hosting members of the American Public Works Association and its Canadian and provincial chapters - the CPWA and OPWA - as they advance education and best practices in this area."

About the American Public Works Association

The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,700 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.

About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 30 years, the Centre has hosted over 15,000 events, entertained more than 40 million guests and has added $4.7 billion in direct spending to the community. For further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.

Media enquiries:

Media wishing to attend any of the Congress Keynote or education sessions must complete an APWA Congress press registration form.

To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20140815-mtcc_apwa_pic01_aug15.jpg

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
It is ironic, but perhaps not unexpected, that many organizations who want the benefits of using an Agile approach to deliver software use a waterfall approach to adopting Agile practices: they form plans, they set milestones, and they measure progress by how many teams they have engaged. Old habits die hard, but like most waterfall software projects, most waterfall-style Agile adoption efforts fail to produce the results desired. The problem is that to get the results they want, they have to ch...
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, discussed some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and related how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material was delivered interac...
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. ...
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Doug Vanderweide, an instructor at Linux Academy, discussed why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers wit...
The Internet giants are fully embracing AI. All the services they offer to their customers are aimed at drawing a map of the world with the data they get. The AIs from these companies are used to build disruptive approaches that cannot be used by established enterprises, which are threatened by these disruptions. However, most leaders underestimate the effect this will have on their businesses. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rene Buest, Director Market Research & Technology Evangelism at Ara...
"We are a monitoring company. We work with Salesforce, BBC, and quite a few other big logos. We basically provide monitoring for them, structure for their cloud services and we fit into the DevOps world" explained David Gildeh, Co-founder and CEO of Outlyer, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
When growing capacity and power in the data center, the architectural trade-offs between server scale-up vs. scale-out continue to be debated. Both approaches are valid: scale-out adds multiple, smaller servers running in a distributed computing model, while scale-up adds fewer, more powerful servers that are capable of running larger workloads. It’s worth noting that there are additional, unique advantages that scale-up architectures offer. One big advantage is large memory and compute capacity...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
"Loom is applying artificial intelligence and machine learning into the entire log analysis process, from start to finish and at the end you will get a human touch,” explained Sabo Taylor Diab, Vice President, Marketing at Loom Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), provided an overview of various initiatives to certify the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldwide re...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, pane...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is ...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists examined how DevOps helps to meet the de...