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This past summer, Toronto hosted the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, and now the city is mulling a bid to hold another major worldwide event, Expo 2025.

With council’s debate approaching, Urban Land Institute (ULI)’s Toronto chapter is set to explore whether or not the city should throw its hat into the ring and bring the world’s fair here.

To do this, the local branch of ULI, which is a worldwide non-profit urban research and education organization, is hosting a panel discussion at the Toronto Region Board of Trade (77 Adelaide Street West) on May 17th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

“Historically, Toronto’s flirtations with hosting a major world event — something it has rarely done — has been mixed,” ULI Toronto says, highlighting one of the challenges a facing a potential bid.

“Most recently it rejected the opportunity to advance an Olympic bid, and past bids have both united and divided the city,” it adds.

Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction, a non-profit coalition of the city’s civic leaders, will be moderating the discussion, and the panelists backgrounds cover a broad range of disciplines from political to economic.

Panelists include David Peterson, one-time Ontario premier and former chair of Toronto Pan/Para Pan American Games, Barbara Hall, once Toronto’s mayor, Dr. Kwame McKenzie, president and CEO of the Wellesley Institute, an urban-health think tank, and Andrew Grantham, CIBC’s senior economist.

The event follows previous ULI panels, including its recent Meet the Chiefs Gala, which brought together senior planners from municipalities across the GTA, and Startup City, an event looking at what brings burgeoning tech firms to some cities and not others.

To register for the event, call 1 800 321 5011. Admission is $90 for non-ULI members. For a full price scale and further details, visit the event page on ULI’s website.

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