Salt Lake City, Utah

SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2018

2015: Boston, MA

Posted on Apr 5, 2016

2015: Boston, MA

At the forefront of New England’s economic, cultural and civic innovation, the city of Boston epitomizes positive community change and development. Since its incorporation as a city in 1822, Boston is rich with economic and social history, as well as considered the pioneer of positive change in the Western world. As a result, Boston is home to over 617,000 residents, numerous cultural and business organizations, many of the world’s finest hospitals and world- renown institutions of higher education such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Boston-based jobs have reached nearly 660,000.

More than 12 million visitors from across the country and around the globe come to Boston every year to conduct business, attend cultural or sporting events and discover historical neighborhoods. Tourism is one of New England’s largest industries; as the region’s social and commercial hub, Boston is willing to accommodate and entertain you as few other cities can. This vibrant, thriving city is equally renowned for its champion sports franchises, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history.

While many cities are defined by their skylines, Boston is distinguished by its vibrant neighborhoods. Although each neighborhood has its own personality and distinct appeal, all of the areas demonstrate Boston’s changing face, as this historic capital has become a magnet for all of the world’s citizens. Boston’s strength, diversity and vitality are all rooted in her neighborhoods. These new immigrants have joined native Bostonians and transplants from across the country and the globe to make Boston the world-class city it is today.

SLV Boston Guide (PDF)


Wednesday, September 23

Wed., Sept. 20

1:15 PMLunch Buffet InterContinental Toronto Centre 225 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2X3
1:45 PMWelcome to 2017 Strategic Leadership Visit -Dr. Dan Kaufman - President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber
2:00 PMWelcome to Toronto -Councilor Shelley Carroll, City of Toronto
2:15 PMTrade Overview of Greater Toronto -Hugo Cameron, Director, Ministry of International Trade – U.S. Trade Engagement -Councilor Shelley Carroll, City of Toronto -Louie DePalma, Director, SME Programs & Global Growth Fund, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
3:15 PMThe Views are Different Here: Selling a Diverse Destination -Andrew Weir, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Toronto
4:00 PMHotel Check-In
5:45 PMWelcome Reception InterContinental Toronto Centre, Sapphire Room Sponsored by: Axis Companies
6:45 PMBoard bus and depart for Toula Ristorante
7:00 PMToula Ristorante One Harbour Square - 38th Floor, Toronto, ON Sponsored by: Georgia Power

Thursday, September 24

Thurs., Sept. 21

7:30 AMBreakfast Buffet InterContinental Toronto Centre, Oakville Room 225 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2X3 Sponsored by: Wells Fargo
8:00 AMToronto District School Board: Closing the Opportunity Gap, Raising Achievement -Dr. John Malloy, Director of Education, Toronto District School Board -Helen Fisher, Central Coordinating Principal, Toronto District School Board
8:45 AMWork Integrated Learning -Elaine Fenner, Director, Work-Integrated Learning, Seneca College
9:30 AMTransportation Overview -Chairman Charlotte Nash, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners
9:45 AMWalk to Union Station 65 Front Street West
10:00 AMTake subway from Union Station to Finch Board Viva bus at Finch Station • Stop 1 – Richmond Hill Centre • Stop 2 – Bayview Station in Richmond Hill
NoonArrive at Downtown Markham Presentation Center
12:20 PMWalk to Cineplex Cinemas Markham and VIP 179 Enterprise Blvd., Suite 169, Markham, ON, L6G OE7
12:30 PMLunch Cineplex Cinemas Markham and VIP Sponsored by: Evermore CID, Gwinnett Place CID, Gwinnett Village CID, Lilburn CID, Sugarloaf CID
1:30 PMMarkham City Centre Overview -Richard Kendall, Manager of Development, Central District -Randy Peddigrew, Vice President of Development, The Remington Group Sponsored by: Lose and Associates
2:15 PMWelcome to City of Markham Overview -Hon. Frank Scarpitti, Mayor, City of Markham
2:30 PMBreak
2:45 PMGwinnett County Transit Update -Alan Chapman, Director, Gwinnett DOT
3:00 PMCreating a Transit Network for a Growing Region -Mary-Frances Turner, President, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation -Ann-Marie Carroll, General Manager, York Region Transit -Peter Paz, Manager, Regional Partnerships, Planning and Policy, Metrolinx Sponsored by: Metro Atlanta Chamber
4:00 PMDepart for InterContinental Toronto Centre
5:00 PMArrive at InterContinental Toronto Centre
6:45 PMWalk to Modus Ristorante (10-minute walk)
7:00 PMModus Ristorante 145 King Street West, Toronto, ON Sponsored by: Andersen, Tate and Carr and Jackson EMC

Friday, September 25

Fri., Sept. 22

7:30 AMBreakfast Buffet InterContinental Toronto Centre, Oakville Room
8:30 AMDepart for Ontario Investment and Trade Centre 35th Floor, 250 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 2L7 Seminar Room
9:00 AMToronto Inclusion Best Practices -Moderated by: Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO, CivicAction -Margaret Eaton, Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council -Max FineDay, Co-Executive Director, Canadian Roots Exchange -Nicole Hendrickson, Community Outreach Program Director, Gwinnett County  -Naki Osutei, Director, Partnerships and Engagement, TD Bank
9:45 AMDiverseCity onBoard -Cathy Winter, Program Manager, DiverseCity onBoard at The Chang School, Ryerson University
10:30 AMDebrief Session -Facilitator: Norwood Davis
11:30 AMLunch at Ontario Investment and Trade Centre Sponsored by: Ontario Ministry of International Trade
12:30 PMDepart for Toronto Airport


Norwood Davis 12Stone Church
Brad Carr Andersen Tate & Carr
Cindy Price AT&T
Stephen Causby Atlanta Regional Commission
Anthony Rodriguez Aurora Theatre, Inc
Julie King Brand Mortgage
Tammy Shumate Brand Mortgage
Greg Shumate Brand Mortgage
Judy Johnson City of Lawrenceville
Bucky Johnson City of Norcross
Paul Radford City of Sugar Hill
Dick Goodman City of Suwanee
Raymer Sale E2E Resources
Jim Brooks Evermore CID
Lisa Anders Explore Gwinnett
Lori Buckheister GA Gwinnett College
Renee Byrd Lewis GA Gwinnett College
Ron Garrard Garrard Group
Doug Jenkins Georgia Power
William Edwards Georgia Power
Elissa Dooman Greater Gwinnett Championship
Misty Aguilar Gwinnett Chamber
Vince DeSilva Gwinnett Chamber
Rhea Frendt Gwinnett Chamber
Dan Kaufman Gwinnett Chamber
Alicia Krogh Gwinnett Chamber
Charlotte Nash Gwinnett County
Glenn Stephens Gwinnett County
Jace Brooks Gwinnett County
Alan Chapman Gwinnett County
Lynette Howard Gwinnett County
Bryan Lackey Gwinnett County
Ron Seibenhener Gwinnett County
Carole Boyce Gwinnett County Public Schools
Berney Kirkland Gwinnett County Public Schools
Mary Kay Murphy Gwinnett County Public Schools
Louise Radloff Gwinnett County Public Schools
Frances Davis Gwinnett County Public Schools
Jonathan Patterson Gwinnett County Public Schools
Jeff Mahaffey Gwinnett Development Authority
Steve Cannon Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
Phil Wolfe Gwinnett Medical Center
Randy Meacham Gwinnett Municipal Association
Joe Allen Gwinnett Place CID
Leo Wiener Gwinnett Place CID
Stan Hall Gwinnett Sports Commission
Glen Cannon Gwinnett Tech
Chuck Warbington Gwinnett Village CID
Heather Gibbs Poe IBM
Jim Liley IBM
Randy Dellinger Jackson EMC
Todd Evans Jackson EMC
Chuck Button Jacobs
Trey Ragsdale Kaiser Permamente
Greg Cantrell Living Stone Properties
Jonathan Holmes Mighty 8th Media
Ann Hanlon North Fulton CID
Susan Bacon Pametto Grant Consulting
Nick Masino Partnership Gwinnett
Bill Floyd Pendelton Consulting
Carla Carraway Precision Planning
Bill Russell Russell Landscape
Jon Richards Site ROI, Inc.
Dean Collins T.Y. Lin International
Scott Harris Wells Fargo
Mike Stough Zeriva