Edmonton Councillor Wants World Expo in 2015

Edmonton Councillor Mike Nickel and groups of business people are examining the idea of applying for the 2015 World Expo in Edmonton, Alberta.

Edmonton, Alberta (PRWEB) May 6, 2005 -- Councillor Mike Nickel and groups of business people are examining the idea of applying for the 2015 World Expo in Edmonton, Alberta.

In this video interview, Councillor Nickel explains the reasons for attracting this world class event. He also presents his innovative ideas on the role and financial power of cities.

The first global exhibition of the 21st century is currently taking place in Aichi, Japan, from March to September 2005. More than 120 countries will be vying for the attention of an estimated 15 million visitors.

When Japan started sending out invitations for participation in EXPO2005, Canada was the first to accept.

The reason is simple, says Louise Blais, counselor for communications and culture at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. “Canada believes that world expos are important for countries to come together and have an open dialogue,” she says. “We are committed at the highest level to making sure that our participation is second to none. We want to make sure that what we bring to Japan and offer visitors is an experience that will be memorable.” says Louise Blais, from the Canadian Embassy.

The first World Expo took place in London in 1851. The most recent global exhibitions have taken place as follows: 1970: Osaka, Japan; 1992: Seville, Spain; 1998: Lisbon, Portugal; 2000: Hanover, Germany; 2005: Aichi, Japan; the next World Expo is due to take place in the Chinese city of Shanghai in 2010.

Why attract World Expo in Edmonton? World Expo will be a must-see destination attracting attendees from around the world. There are many reasons to attract such an event: Increase Exposure to the global Marketplace - This event represents a significant business opportunity for companies wanting to reach out to the world and particularly to the tourism market. In addition to retail exposure, each pavilion provides an attractive venue for major business-to-business opportunities for establishing relationships with visitors. Reinforce a Positive Canadian Image Abroad -- For companies or Canadian government organizations, participation in EXPO 2015 will provide valuable exposure as part of a truly international event—a positive experience to reinforce the global commitment of your organization. Keep the Momentum After Vancouver 2010 Olympics – Canada and participating organizations have the opportunity to keep the momentum and world attention after the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

With the attendance of governmental leaders from more than 125 participating countries, as well as leading figures from the United Nations and other global and regional organizations, EXPO 2015 will provide an ideal venue for meeting the people who influence the global business environment.

Mike Nickel's winning combination of university education and business experience provides him with a strong background for his role as City Councillor.

Prior to his election to Council in 2004, Mike worked at Western MarbleCraft, his family's marble and granite business. He started the company's successful artisan stone and tile works retail division and worked diligently to expand the business.

Mike’s political involvement began early as a political science student at the University of Alberta. In the mid-to-late 1980s, Mike became active in student politics and held positions as President of the U of A Students Union and Vice- President of the Graduate Students Association.
Mike's commitment to his community benefits the citizens of Edmonton. Among his accomplishments, Mike spearheaded the campaign to develop the St. Patrick's Day Parade in 1998, and led the Capital Region LRT Group from 1999 to 2001, as its members planned a 50-year vision for Light Rail Transit in the region.

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