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Next Gen Leaders Gather in Durham to See How the Region Has It Going On

DURHAM REGION, June 28, 2016 – Yesterday, about 30 rising leaders from CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and DiverseCity Fellows program got a behind-the-scenes tour of Durham Region, showcasing the region’s economy, assets, people and lifestyle.

“I am so pleased that CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network visited Durham to learn more about the challenges and opportunities across the region,” said MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes. “This group of dynamic, civic-minded young people are change-makers in the Greater Toronto Area and I am thrilled to see them reaching out in our community to build a more successful and prosperous Durham.”

The event, cohosted by the the Economic Development & Tourism Division of Durham and CivicAction’s ELN, gave the group of diverse, next-gen leaders from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) an interactive tour of some of Durham Region’s most innovative organizations including the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network and the Abilities Centre.

“We were excited to partner with CivicAction to gather the leaders of tomorrow in Durham and show them what we have to offer,” said Kathy Weiss, Director, Economic Development and Tourism. “Yesterday put Durham Region front and centre in the minds of participants which will enable more collaboration across the GTHA”.

Following the tour, the group gathered at the Parkwood Estate where they were joined by dozens of senior leaders, including MPP Lorne Coe, to hear from prominent public, private and non-profit sector leaders in the form of a panel discussion on innovation in Durham Region. Moderated by Dennis Croft, President & CEO of Spark Centre, panelists Pramilla Ramdahani, Executive Director of the Community Innovation Lab ; Jason Easton, Director – Sales, Service & Marketing, Toronto/GTA, General Motors Canada; and Paul Martin, Chief of Police, Durham Regional Police Service, discussed the importance of collaboration and the role rising leaders play in creating a more connected GTHA.

“This event aligns with the transformation the Durham Regional Police Service is currently going through where we are collaborating with our community partners and working in partnership with rising leaders to enhance community well-being,” said Chief Paul Martin, Durham Regional Police Service.


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To see pictures from the day, click here. For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Kathy Weiss
Director, Economic Development and Tourism, Region of Durham
1-905-668-4113 ext. 2602

Sarah Harris
Communications Director, CivicAction
1-416-309-4480 ext.508


About CivicAction: For over a decade, CivicAction has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic partnerships, and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. To find out more visit or follow us on twitter at @CivicActionGTHA.

About CivicAction’s Leadership Programs: CivicAction offers a suite of high-impact programs designed to help emerging leaders develop their networks, grow their minds, and transform their communities. The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) brings together more than 900 emerging civic leaders committed to advancing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The ELN harnesses the power of this emerging talent to create a connected, collaborative region and catalyzes action in the form of high impact, city-building projects. CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows is one of North America’s leading urban fellows programs for rising city-builders. Now in its 7th year, with over 150 graduates, this free year-long leadership program enables Fellows to become better leaders and create change in their communities. Follow ELN @elnonline for updates and join our leadership conversation at #livehereleadhere.

About The Economic Development & Tourism Division of Durham: The Economic Development & Tourism Division acts as a liaison among area municipalities, local businesses and educational institutions to promote Durham Region as an ideal place to grow a successful business and enjoy a high quality of life. Business attraction, retention and expansion remain the highest priority for the department, which works with local and foreign governments and industries to further promote Durham’s strengths, including its emerging creative economy and its reputation as “Ontario’s Energy Capital.” In addition to economic development, a number of key sectors–including innovative technologies, agriculture, tourism and film–are promoted by staff, who develop goal-oriented programs to oversee various studies, develop key partnerships, marketing campaigns and investment inquiries. For more information, visit

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