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Toronto Region Board of Trade and TVO Today Live Announce Invitations to Mayoral Debate

Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall lit up at night.

TORONTO, May 17, 2023 – Today, the Toronto Region Board of Trade and TVO Today Live extended invitations to six candidates to participate in the Toronto Mayoral Debate on the evening of May 25th, 2023. The candidates invited are consistently polling as the top six in publicly available polling.

TVO Today Live’s Steve Paikin will moderate this debate to be held at the Isabel Bader Theatre on the campus of the University of Toronto. It will be live on multiple platforms: The Agenda/TVO Today’s YouTube channel, and on TVO’s broadcast channel. The Agenda with Steve Paikin will provide live analysis following the debate.

Invited Candidates: 

  • Ana Bailão
  • Brad Bradford
  • Olivia Chow
  • Mitzie Hunter
  • Josh Matlow
  • Mark Saunders

The debaters will explore issues central to the growth and competitiveness of the Toronto Region at a time when the future of our city is at stake. 

“The Toronto Region Board of Trade debate is a longstanding tradition as one of the critical points in Toronto’s Mayoral election races,” says Jan De Silva, President & CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade. “We are inviting a strong group of candidates to demonstrate that they have the vision and plan this city needs for a prosperous, sustainable future. We trust this debate will be invaluable for voters as they seek to make the right choice this June.” 

“The TVO Today Live series has focused on the challenges to our democracy,” says John Ferri, VP of Programming and Content at TVO. “What better way to highlight that theme than to bring together on the same stage the leading candidates for mayor of Canada's largest city to debate their respective visions for a city at a crucial moment in its history.” 


The Toronto Region Board of Trade is one of the largest and most influential business chambers in North America and is a catalyst for the region’s economic agenda. We pursue policy change to drive the growth and competitiveness of the Toronto region and facilitate market opportunities with programs, partnerships and connections to help our members succeed – domestically and internationally.  

Media contact:

Jeff Lang-Weir
Director of Communications


TVO Media Education Group inspires learning that changes lives and enriches communities. Founded in 1970, we are a globally recognized digital learning organization that engages Ontarians of all ages with inclusive experiences and diverse perspectives. Through video, audio, games, courses, newsletters and articles, we’re investing in the transformative potential of education for everyone. Funded primarily by the Province of Ontario, TVO is a registered charity supported by thousands of sponsors and donors. For more information, visit, and

Media contact:

Andrea MacBeth
Director, Corporate Communications

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