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Sparking Economic Growth: Emerging Leaders Seek Opportunities for Youth in Peel Region

Mississauga, October 8, 2013CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) will convene
over 60 rising leaders in Mississauga on October 10th to explore ways to spark Peel Region’s
economic growth. Enhancing regional economic performance is one of CivicAction’s three
priorities for action.

Sparking Economic Growth in the Western GTA will begin with remarks from Sheridan College
President and CEO Jeff Zabudsky on how post-secondary institutions are preparing graduates
for employment. Panelists represent the voices of Peel region employers, agencies, and recent

Session participants will bring their insights and perspectives to elnstudio on November 2nd, a
day of discussion and action-oriented collaboration. At elnstudio, more than 140 rising leaders
will pitch ideas and projects that improve jobs and economic opportunities in the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Thursday’s event is organized and hosted by two emerging leaders and former DiverseCity
Noreen Javed, Program Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility at Green Shield
Canada and Joe Henry, Associate Dean of Student Success at Sheridan College.

What: CivicAction’s ELN Session: Sparking Economic Growth in the Western GTA: Rethinking
the Classroom and Boardroom of the Future

When: Thursday, October 10, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Sheridan College, Hazel McCallion Campus, 1st Floor Cafeteria
             4180 Duke of York Blvd.
             Mississauga, ON

Who: Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO, Sheridan College
         Adaoma Patterson, Specialist – Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee, Region of
         Peel, and 2010 DiverseCity Fellow
         Sue Carpenter, Manager, Community Employment Services, Sheridan College
         Mahfuz Chowdhury, Sheridan College graduate
         Michelle Martinez, Manager, Peel Leadership Centre

For more information on the evening, visit

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About CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network
CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) is a diverse network of 700+ rising leaders from
a wide range of sectors across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. ELN plays the role of an
"action incubator" by convening leaders, helping inform and facilitate dialogue, and offering
mentoring and organizational support to groups working collaboratively on challenges facing the
region. Members of ELN meet monthly and have generated innovative city-building projects and
events such as Toronto Homecoming, Project Neutral, Better Ballots, the Pan Am Path, and
ELNstudio. ELN is an initiative of CivicAction.

About CivicAction
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) has brought
together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s
toughest social, economic, and environmental challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan
agenda, builds strategic partnerships with organizations, and launches campaigns, programs
and organizations that transform our region. For more information, visit:,

Media are invited to attend all or part of the evening. To RSVP, or to speak with any of the panelists, please contact Julia Lo at or 416-309-4480 x500.