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APBOT 2018 Mayors’ Breakfast Address

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Mayors highlight past success and announce new opportunities for the future

AJAX-PICKERING, April 12, 2018 – Mayor Steve Parish of Ajax and Mayor Dave Ryan of Pickering addressed a large assembly of Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) members at the group’s annual Mayors’ Breakfast on Thursday morning. Both mayors highlighted the accomplishments of the past year and exciting projects and challenges that west Durham faces moving forward.

The event took place at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility. The presenting sponsor for the event was the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), while other event sponsors included Bell Canada, BDO Canada LLP, Durham Live by Pickering Developments, Matheis Financial Group, Safran Landing Systems and Wilson Vukelich LLP. The centrepieces where sponsored by Jacquelynn Tanner. Along with OLG, this year’s title sponsors include Boyer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Durham College, Hubbell Canada, Ontario Power Generation, TD, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, U-PAK Group of Companies, UHY McGovern Hurley LLP and Veridian Connections Inc.

Mayor Parish was the first to take the podium and indicated that the coming year would be one of “profound” change, with a provincial election followed this fall by a municipal vote. Parish celebrated the change to bring in fair representation at Durham Regional Council in the upcoming election. He also spoke on the themes of environment, diversity and inclusiveness and economic development. Among the eco-matters highlighted were Ajax’s ban on plastic water bottles at municipal facilities, their Bicycle Friendly Community designation and their commitment to continue to fight for the elimination of phosphorus at the waterfront. Parish also celebrated the development of two key jobs creators with Gordon Food Services to open their doors in 2019 and Grandview Children’s Centre’s new Ajax build.

Mayor Ryan started his remarks by celebrating the announcement of a casino for the Durham Live development. Ryan added that Pickering has offered Durham Region 30 per cent of the casino revenues. While the region will make the final decision on how the funds will be used, Pickering is suggesting the funds would be well spent on social housing. The mayor announced agreements are being finalized to bring to Pickering a hotel and convention centre in Seaton and the Canadian headquarters of Kubota Canada Limited. Ryan said Lakeridge Health would also be opening a 90,000 square foot health and wellness centre in the area of Brock Road and Taunton Road, bringing primary care offices, services for women and children, seniors care and specialist offices. Ryan said he continues to advocate for an airport in north Pickering to help serve the growing community, but with the project still in limbo, planning for and around it is difficult.

The event, as in previous years, was an excellent opportunity for the business community to learn about development in their communities and see the municipal vision for the future.

As is the case at all of APBOT’s signature events, attendees were invited to make donations to a local not-for-profit and $2195 was raised for the Women’s Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre.

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Established in 1955, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) is the voice of business in Ajax and Pickering, ON. With more than 700 members, APBOT represents an array of business sectors and small to large organizations. APBOT is part of the nation-wide network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, as well as the Joint Chambers of Durham. For more information regarding the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, visit:

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Samantha Paterson, Policy & Communications Specialist, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade
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