Heads of three major design, planning and landscape architecture organizations are in Montréal to set the stage for the work they will be performing in collaboration with their national and local associations.
Kathryn Moore, President of IFLA World (International Federation of Landscape Architects, U.K), Regitze Marianne Hess, Chief Operating Officer of IFHP (International Federation for Housing and Planning) (DEN) and David Grossman, President-elect of Ico-D (International Council of Design) (Israël) will work in collaboration with their colleagues Raquel Penalosa, CSLA Delegate (Canadian Landscape Society of Landscape Architects) and President of IFLA Americas (CAN), Robert Chicoine, Canadian IFHP Council representative (CAN) and Jovana Milovic, Director General of Ico-D (CAN).
Discussions will also be held with Don Chang, President of the Gwangju-based International Design Congress (IDC), to plan a 2017 Summit preparatory component scheduled to take place in South Korea in October 2015.
The distinguished group has been invited to sign the Montréal Guest Book at City Hall, in the presence of the Honourable Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal and Mrs. Manon Gauthier, the Montréal Executive Committee Member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design, Espace pour la Vie and Status of Women.
The Montréal 2017 World Summit and Congress will present a unique opportunity to express and promote the value of design through the creation of bridges and synergies between the various design disciplines. A global multidisciplinary approach will be utilized to address world issues such as dynamic population evolution, coping with climate change and creating smart and innovative cities, thus advancing the role of design professionals to better serve humanity.