Source: University of Toronto
UTM-City project major award finalist
October 13, 2006
in contention for prestigious World Leadership Awards
by Ailsa Ferguson (about) (email)
Collaboration is key to getting a lot of things done and itís a lesson the
University of Toronto at Mississauga and the City of Mississauga have
learned well. Through their efforts the City of Mississauga has been
shortlisted for a 2006 World Leadership Award for its Healthy City
Stewardship Centre (HCSC) initiative. Mississauga will compete with Madrid,
Spain, and Lima, Peru, for top spot in the health category.
HCSC is the result of the work completed over the past five years by Mayor
Hazel McCallion and faculty members from UTM. Working together, UTM and the
city developed the Mississauga Model in collaboration with the World Health
Organizationís Kobe Centre Program for Cities and Health. The model is
fundamentally a framework that bridges the gap between research and
policy-making at the municipal level.
"The University of Toronto Mississauga is committed to working together with
our partners to ensure the residents of this city enjoy optimal health and
well-being," said Professor Ian Orchard, vice-president and principal of
UTM. "Promoting wellness in our community and integrating our research
strengths to impact municipal health policies will help us build a healthy
Mississauga and a better economic, social and cultural life for all."
In its submission the city showcased how the Healthy City Stewardship Centre
initiative proposes to improve the health of the people of Mississauga.
Working together, 14 key organizations in the city developed the Healthy
Mississauga 2010 Plan, focusing on nine priority local health issues that
the member organizations will both individually and collectively work
towards, issues such as sedentary lifestyles and safety.
The awards are sponsored by the World Leadership Forum, a not-for-profit
organization that promotes leadership internationally by spotlighting the
work of exceptional leaders and achievers in 15 disciplines from
architecture and civil engineering, culture and the arts, to health, science
and technology. The shortlisted projects will be presented to the judges by
the people who created and managed them in a series of live symposia in
London Dec. 5 and 6. The judges will apply three criteria: the quality of
leadership displayed; the difficulties or obstacles that the city has
overcome; and the degree of inspiration that the city may give to others.
Presented annually, the World Leadership Awards celebrate the very best in
modern city leadership. This yearís winners will be announced at the Royal
Courts of Justice Dec. 6.