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Ajax and Pickering mayors share their respective visions at APBOT’s annual breakfast
While thanking the mayors at APBOT’s Mayors’ Breakfast Address, Christine Ashton of event sponsor Wilson Vukelich LLP, referred to Ajax and Pickering as “the jewels in the crown of Durham Region.” As the voice of business in Ajax and Pickering, we couldn’t agree more!
This annual event provides the business community of both municipalities the opportunity to hear from the mayors and to ask them questions in an open forum. The capacity crowd was treated to lively speeches by both mayors this morning.
Mayor Steve Parish of Ajax kicked things off with impassioned pleas for enhanced revenue tools for municipalities like those enjoyed by Toronto, the need to reform the Ontario Municipal Board, the virtues of urban intensification and concluded by repeating his view that the headwaters of Carruthers Creek in Pickering ought to be included in Ontario’s Greenbelt.
Mayor Dave Ryan of Pickering took the opportunity to map out his long-term vision for his city, screening a slick new video promoting investment in Pickering.
“[The video] vividly tells the story of Pickering – who we are, what we have to offer, and most importantly, where we are going as a city.” Said Ryan.
Mayor Ryan discussed, the provincial plan that will see 70,000 new residents and 35,000 new jobs come to Seaton. In order to make plans like this a reality, Pickering has dubbed the Seaton Employment Lands that run parallel to Highway 407 the “Innovation Corridor” and is actively trying to recruit high-tech, knowledge-rich industries to our region.
Ryan also argued that the development of an airport in Pickering would attract the innovative employers of the future and highlighted the city’s recent Smart 21 Community designation.
During the question and answer period, the mayors were asked questions on a variety of topics including affordable housing, downtown development and the Pickering airport.
While the mayors were the stars of the show, this event provided an opportunity to introduce incoming executive director Chrystine Langille to the attendees.
2017 APBOT President Shannon Moore also took a moment to thank outgoing executive director Kathy McKay for her 13 years of exemplary service to the board and the crowd responded with a warm standing ovation.
In keeping with APBOT’s commitment to the social infrastructure of our community, attendees generously donated $1435 to the designated not-for-profit recipient Durham Community Foundation.
Events like the 2017 Mayors’ Annual Breakfast Address would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. As such, acknowledgements were made to presenting sponsor OLG as well as event sponsors Bell; Jacquelynn Tanner, Sales Rep, Sutton Group-Heritage Realty Inc., Brokerage; Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries; Safran Landing Systems; and Wilson Vukelich LLP.