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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 ( 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

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