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Tuesday July 17, 2007

Toronto Experts help Milan with 2015 Expo Bid


The City of Milan has announced plans to invite four Toronto experts to assist the city with its 2015 World Expo bid. The four were asked to make recommendations to improve Milan’s proposal to the Paris-based Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), before the November deadline.


The four experts, Lance Alexander, Senior Corporate Management & Policy Consultant, City of Toronto Strategic & Corporate Policy, Susan Black, Principal and Director of Perkins Eastman Black Architects, Carlo Bonanni, Manager of Planning Services of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO), and Steven Staples, Planning & Urban Design Consultant, were all involved in Toronto’s attempt to secure the World Fair.


“This decision is further confirmation of the constructive relationship developing between Toronto and Milan,” said Corrado Paina, Executive Director of ICCT. “As the official liaison for Toronto and Milan, as well as being a member of Toronto’s Expo Committee, the Chamber was perfectly placed to offer the know-how and expertise gained in Toronto to Italy.”


Toronto and Milan signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May of 2007, intended to foster joint planning and the promotion of mutually beneficial economic initiatives, aimed at boosting both cities internationally.


“We have worked diligently to foster closer ties between the two cities, and not just culturally,” said Paina. “Our cities are so much alike – both are the economic engines for their countries – the potential for collaboration is immense.”