Mayor Robertson is in New York City today to take part in the inaugural CityLab summit, which brings together 300 global city leaders to discuss the urban ideas that are shaping global cities. Mayor Robertson was invited by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and is the only Canadian Mayor attending.
CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges is organized by The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Over the course of two days, the summit will include panels with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, urban studies expert Richard Florida, former Vice President Al Gore, and New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
"Representing Vancouver at CityLab is a great opportunity to both learn from other cities and share the lessons about Vancouver's successes," said Mayor Robertson. "From economic development to affordable housing to rapid transit, CityLab will provide a unique forum for discussing the biggest challenges we face in Vancouver and cities around the world."
Mayor Robertson will also be attending the Mayors' Innovation Studio on Monday. This mayors-only session will be hosted by Mayor Bloomberg and is focused on sharing strategies for fostering civic innovation.
Travel and costs of attendance for Mayor Robertson are paid for by CityLab.