Friday 10 September 2010

REVISED: Media Alert: Making the business of the Pan/Parapan American Games Diverse


Diversity Business Network Hosts “A World of Opportunity” Conference
Media Briefing/Q&A, Thursday, Sept. 17, 3.30 pm to 4.15
Ian Troop, CEO Toronto 2015, Business leaders, Minister Margarett Best and Olympian Ohenewa Akuffo

What: To prepare diversity owned businesses for the opportunities that the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games represent, the Games Organizing Committee has partnered with the Diversity Business Network to host, “Diversity Business Conference | Pan Am 2015 – A World of Opportunity, presented by Centerplate”. Attendees will receive a road map of opportunities from the Games Organizing Committee and key partners."

Who: Speakers include Ian Troop, CEO Toronto 2015; John Campbell, CEO of Waterfront Toronto; Antonio de Santiago, Executive VP of Infrastructure Ontario; Howie Wong, General Counsel of Toronto Community Housing; Andrew Weir, VP Tourism Toronto and Courtney Betty. CEO of Diversity Business Network ( Olympian Ohenewa Akuffo will be attending the event to inspire diversity business leaders to get involved with the games. Canada’s foremost female wrestler will be available for photographs during the Media Briefing along with the Olympic Torch.

Title Sponsor: Centerplate. Leading hospitality provider to North America's sports stadiums and convention centres (a committed supporter of community /diversity). Other sponsors include the Royal Bank, MNP and Telus.

Where: Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. Queens Quay, Toronto.

When: Media briefing: 3.30 to 3.45 pm ( the actual conference is from 1pm – 6pm). Media briefing includes an opportunity to interview the keynote speakers. Thursday September 16th.

How: Media are requested to register by email or contact Roberta Atkinson, Diversity Business Network, 501 Oakwood Ave, Toronto, Tel: 416-728-8097,

For more information, media please contact: Craigg Slowly 647-775-6659
Stephen Weir

Mayoralty Candidate’s Diversity Debate

Mayoralty Candidate’s Diversity Debate
When: Saturday September 11, 2010 from 6:00 Pm to 8:00 PM
Where: The Ted Rogers School of Management @ Ryerson University
Location: 575 Bay St. (entrance at 55 Dundas St. W)
The Diversity Business Network in cooperation with Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute presents Toronto’s first Mayoral debate focusing on the candidates’ policies and plans for leveraging the diversity of Toronto for economic and social development. The focus of the debate is to explore how each candidates’ plans to build on current policies and to create new policies to promote an inclusive, thriving, global city.
In the past, Toronto City Council has adopted a series of resolutions and initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and eliminating discrimination. Considerable progress has been made but more remains to be done.

For more info Contact: Courtney Betty: 416-968-1181
Cutline: George Smitherman and journalist Ned Blair