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Impressive speaker roster to attract global city leaders to Toronto for inaugural summit

March 24, 2014

TORONTO, ON – The Global City Indicators Facility is proud to present the inaugural Global Cities Summit in Toronto. The Summit will convene global leaders from the world’s cities, businesses, and universities, as well as planning and design professionals, and representatives from the UN and other international agencies on May 15th and 16th in Toronto, Canada.

The Summit will be an opportunity for cities and their partners to learn, share, and exchange experiences across a wide spectrum of big ideas and innovative solutions for cities under the theme: Getting on Track: Sustainable & Inclusive Prosperity for Cities.

A preeminent group of international speakers will convene in Toronto to discuss big ideas and innovations for cities. Speakers will be coming from cities around the world including New York, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Seattle, Chicago, Ottawa, Geneva, Paris, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Eindhoven, Cape Town, Niagara Falls, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Milan, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Makkah, Riyadh and Helsinki.

Plenary and panel sessions will focus on a number of topics including: city data, ISO international standards for cities, smart cities, urban resilience, mobility, competitiveness, governance, and more.

For the full list of speakers and panelists, please see the attached PDF, or visit the Global Cities Summit website.

About the Global City Indicators Facility:

The Global Cities Summit is presented by the Global City Indicators Facility, in partnership with the University of Toronto. Launched in 2008, the Global Cities Indicators Facility (GCIF) responds to the urgent need for a globally standardized set of city indicators. The GCIF hosts a network over 250 member cities across 81 countries and provides a globally standardized system for data collection that allows for comparative knowledge and learning across cities globally.

For more information, contact:

Helen Ng
Program Coordinator
Global City Indicators Facility
Tel: 416-966-2368

Rachel Gilmour
Tel: 416-593-7744