Multi-city conference series aimed at developing best ways to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017
A collection of Toronto’s most passionate, engaged and thoughtful figures from a diverse range of pursuits — including the arts, business, activism and academia — will gather at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 26 for an exploratory discussion on how best to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
CBC/Radio-Canada, in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Via Rail Canada, is sparking the national conversation about Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation with the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conference series, in collaboration with other local and national organizations.
CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW is a series of regional conferences taking place across the country from April to June 2013. Developed to inform and inspire, CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW will ignite local, regional and national conversations around what 2017 means, and how we should celebrate Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation. The conferences will be held in both official languages and will bring together citizens and leaders from communities across every region of the country, representing every demographic of our diverse society.
The Toronto event is one of a dozen related conferences being held across the country, aimed at informing, inspiring and incubating local and regional projects and ideas to mark the country’s sesquicentennial, and to develop new ways to connect Canadians to national initiatives. Canadians will have the opportunity to watch the 12 CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conferences via live stream on the interactive digital platform at www.2017startsnow.ca. Additionally, Canadians can participate in the conferences live by submitting questions and comments to @cbclive #Canada150 on Twitter.
Ideas and suggestions generated at the conferences will be compiled and presented at the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW summary event in Ottawa on June 27.
DATE: Friday, April 26
TIME: 9 A.M.
VENUE: CBC BROADCAST CENTRE, TORONTO – 250 Front St. West Entrance
NOTE: the conference LIVE STREAM WILL BE AVAILABLE at www.2017startsnow.ca starting at 9 a.m.
Confirmed participants for the Toronto event include:
For past speaker presentations, additional event information and speaker bios, please visit www.2017startsnow.ca.
For further information or to arrange access/interviews, contact:
Senior publicist, CBC
(416) 205-2053 (office)
(416) 729-7945 (cell)
Regional communications manager
For VIA Rail Canada
Jacques C. Gagnon
Senior manager, Community and Media Relations,
Legal and Corporate Affairs
For Community Foundations of Canada
Vice president, Public Engagement
(613) 236-2664 x 304