May 13, 2015 – As a member of the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), I have the pleasure to represent Ottawa in addressing many of the challenges large urban centres face, across our province. We have made much progress and in 2014, LUMCO launched several new initiatives including an annual contest and event, the Cities of Tomorrow Challenge and Showcase. Ontario’s Big City Mayors have challenged post secondary students from across Ontario to “think big” and submit their best ideas for solving the challenges faced by Ontario’s cities.

Over 100 teams representing over 400 students from over 20 Colleges and Universities have begun to make submissions. The Cities of Tomorrow initiative culminates with a Showcase event, October 27-29th, 2015, at the Toronto Congress Centre. Preliminary submissions will be accepted until May 31st, and finalists in each of 4 categories will be invited to present their ideas in a live format at the showcase, where winners will be selected by a panel of judges. The contest themes are LUMCO’s 4 key priorities: transportation, finance, affordable housing, and job creation.

The Cities of Tomorrow Showcase will be an ideal venue to interact with students and highlight and promote government initiatives related to each of the four LUMCO priorities – the contest themes. If you have any questions about the Cities of Tomorrow Challenge or the showcase please visit the website at or email our team at

I look forward to seeing all the great innovations and ideas brought to the Showcase and hope you will consider participating.