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National Society of Black Engineers Selects Toronto to Host First International Conference in 2010 - more than 10,000 visitors expected
TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - Tourism Toronto (the Toronto
Convention and Visitors Association) in conjunction with the Ministry
of Tourism, announced today that the National Society of Black Engineers
(NSBE) has selected Toronto as the host city for its March, 2010
annual conference -- the first time NSBE will convene outside of
the U.S. The 10,000-delegate event is expected to generate more
than $15.9 million in economic benefits to the
NSBE, headquartered in Virginia, is the premiere technical organization for African American engineering students and professionals, with chapters in Jamaica, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, England the Virgin Islands and Canada.
Despite fierce competition in the meetings and convention business in North America, Toronto bested Boston and New York as NSBE's city of choice. Business and political leaders, including Toronto Councillor Michael Thompson, were on hand to congratulate NSBE officials for choosing Toronto.
"This is more good news for Toronto's tourism sector, and follows our recent win to host the Shriners' convention in the summer of 2010," said Bruce MacMillan, President and CEO, Tourism Toronto. "Toronto's story is being heard by important organizations like NSBE, and we are rightly recognized as a place that celebrates diversity and unlimited opportunity."
"The Ontario government welcomes the decision of the National Society of Black Engineers to meet in Toronto. I am certain they will have a great time here -- all 10,000 of them. Conventions are an important sector of the tourism industry that brings prosperity and builds strong communities," said MPP Tim Peterson, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism.
With over 15,000 members, NSBE is the largest student-run organization in the world. For over 30 years, its mission has been to increase the number of black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. This means reaching out on a global level encouraging young people to nurture their interest in the "STEM" fields - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
"Toronto embodies many of the values of our organization: its embrace of diversity, and the economic opportunities that Toronto offers African Americans -- particularly engineering professionals and others in the science and technology fields -- is what allowed NSBE to select Toronto and solidify our commitment to becoming a global organization," said Chancee Lundy, National Chairperson, National Society of Black Engineers.
Montreal native Sharon Jean-Baptiste, International
Chairperson for the National Society of Black Engineers, added "We
look forward to welcoming
"The competition to host major international
conventions like the NSBE is intense. With the introduction of new
self-contained venues and additions to
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