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National Advisory Committee to Help Canada Prepare for World Urban Forum

OTTAWA, Ontario, March 29, 2005 — Thirty-six high-profile Canadians will participate in a National Advisory Committee to shape the direction of Canada's preparations to host the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum in Vancouver in 2006. The Committee will be chaired by the Honourable Michael Harcourt and Ms. Huguette Labelle and will include representatives from the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec, Canada's Aboriginal peoples, labour as well as private, public, municipal and NGO sectors. "The committee will allow creative and passionate people from across Canada to voice their ideas and come together to plan a highly effective and successful event" said Minister Fontana.

The National Advisory Committee was created to provide advice and support to Minister Fontana, the Government of Canada's lead Minister responsible for the preparation of the World Urban Forum (WUF). The Committee will input to Canada's recommendations to UN-HABITAT on themes, program content, and events to support the Forum.

"Vancouver is the place where the United Nations will be looking at the future of cities," said the Honourable Joe Fontana, Minister of Labour and Housing. "As host of the World Urban Forum, Canada will showcase its' successes and influence the direction of international dialogue and action on sustainability, human settlements and issues of rapid urbanization."

The World Urban Forum was first launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in 2002 and was recently held in Barcelona, Spain. The Forum, a biennial event, is becoming a key international event devoted to sharing information on the critical issues of cities and communities, shelter, sustainability, and other issues related to globalization and urbanization.

The World Urban Forum will be held from June 19 – 23, 2006 in Vancouver and is expected to attract over 6,000 delegates from over 150 countries including representatives from least developed countries.

The World Urban Forum in 2006 will also mark the 30th anniversary of the first UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I) which was held in Vancouver in 1976. Habitat I raised international awareness of the importance of human settlement development and sustainability and led to the creation of the Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) by the United Nations General Assembly. UN-HABITAT is devoted to promoting socially and environmentally sustainable cities and communities, with a goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

For further information, please contact:
Grace Thrasher
(613) 748-2375

Peter Graham,
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Fontana
(819) 953-5646

National Advisory Committee to Minister Fontana for Canada's preparations for the World Urban Forum Vancouver, Canada June 19 – 23, 2006

The Honourable Michael Harcourt
National Advisory Committee
Madame Huguette Labelle
National Advisory Committee

Ms. Louise Comeau
Fuel Cells Canada

Mr. Bob Shaw
The Shaw Group

Dr. Milton K. Wong
HSBC (Canada) Limited

Mr. Ron Shishido
Canadian Institute of Planners

Ms. Marnie Tamaki
Representing Women's Groups

Ms. Zuhy Sayeed
Canadian Association of Community Living

Mr. Jean-Guy Soulière
Congress of National Seniors' Organizations

Ms. Joyce Potter
Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

Ms. Mary Lawson
Canadian Home Builders' Association

Mr. Hugh Porteous
Alcan Inc.

Mr. Normand Morin
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Mr. Ken Cameron
Province of British Columbia

Councillor Jim Green
City of Vancouver

Mr. Johnny Carline
Greater Vancouver Regional District

Mr. Ken Georgetti
Canadian Labour Congress

Mr. Jose Kusugak
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Mr. Dwight A. Dorey

Mr. René Daoust
Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

Mr. Barry Pinsky
Rooftops Canada

The Honourable David Crombie
Canadian Urban Institute

Mr. Michael Shapcott
National Housing and Homelessness Network

Ms. Nola-Kate Seymoar
International Centre for Sustainable Cities

Mr. David Hughes
Habitat for Humanity Canada

Ms. Ardath Paxton Mann
Vancouver Working Group

Mr. Pierre Beauchamp
Canadian Real Estate Association

Ms. Nancy Gordon
United Nations Association in Canada

Ms. Beverly Jacobs
Native Women's Association of Canada

Mr. David Chartrand
Métis National Council

Assembly of First Nations
Confirming Official representation name

Mayor Yves Ducharme
Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Madame Hélène Aubé
Province of Québec

Mr. Doug Ragan
Environmental Youth Alliance

Mr. Yves Morency
Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec

Ms. Alberta G. Cefis

News source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)


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