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#UnexpectedSolutions features six weeks of thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, film screenings and live Q&As.

By joining the conversation, you can expect to learn from and engage with the city builders who are breaking down the silos in how we shape our cities

Register today to get access to more than 60 unique events across all seven streams, including thought-provoking sessions, interactive discussions and exclusive performances.

Once inside the event platform, you’ll be able to catch many past sessions on-demand as well as join in on new events as they air. 

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WEEK ONE

Highlights

OCTOBER 20, 10:00 AM

TD Future Cities Speaker Series

In Conversation with Edward Burtynsky and Kate Taylor

Edward Burtynsky, Photographer, and Kate Taylor, Visual Art Critic, The Globe and Mail

In 2018, Edward Burtynsky, noted photographer of industrial landscapes, unveiled a remarkable new project with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier: A museum exhibition, documentary film, book and Canada-wide education program, Anthropocene gave viewers a startling tour of a planet permanently altered by human activity. Join Globe and Mail visual art critic Kate Taylor as she speaks with Burtynsky about environmentalism, urbanization and how the pandemic has changed his art.

OCTOBER 20, 1:00 PM

From the Mayor’s Office: Future of Work

Mayor Dan Mathieson, City of Stratford; Mayor Kathryn McGarry, City of Cambridge; Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, City of Kitchener; and, Dr. Kate Graham, Director of Research, Canadian Urban Institute

This Mayors panel, moderated by Dr. Kate Graham, Director of Research at the Canadian Urban Institute, will dive into the changes and patterns we are seeing in how residents across Ontario’s cities are changing the way they work, both as a result of the current COVID crisis as well as longer term economic trends. Our panelists will examine how this is impacting residents, the resulting ripple effects into our communities and local economies, and the strategies and policies that municipalities should be pursuing to manage these huge changes to the way we do business at a local level. 

OCTOBER 20, 3:00 PM

The Life, Death and Rebirth of Main Street

Dionne Baux, Director of UrbanMain, a program of the National Main Street Center (NMSC); Jay-Ann Gilfoy, CEO of the Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB); Ken Greenberg OC, Principal of Greenberg Consultants; and Mary Rowe, President and CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

Iconic symbols of urban life, our main streets are where we shop, eat, play and support small businesses. Yet the store closures, boarded up buildings and clearance signs hanging in storefront windows indicate the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 has had on our main streets. In this session, we will discuss the importance of our main streets and the economic potential that their revitalization has for reviving and supporting sustainable communities. 

OCTOBER 21, 10:00 AM

Let’s Create an Ethical Smart City!

Join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop to contribute to the development and testing of a series of tools and templates developed by the 2019–20 class at the Institute without Boundaries, School of Design, George Brown College. Small, medium and large sized communities across Canada are integrating smart technologies into the fabric of their communities to address local challenges. In doing so, it is important to understand the values and needs of community members from the initial stages of the planning process to ensure that smart city developments are ethical, intelligent, sustainable and accessible.

During this interactive workshop, you will brainstorm and propose ethical smart city solutions using a series of tools and templates that put the values of community members at the forefront of decision-making. The tools have been specifically designed in alignment with an Ethical Smart City process and framework. This workshop is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Engage Grant and has been developed in partnership with Evergreen. 

OCTOBER 21, 1:00 PM

Healthy Homes for Healthy Cities

Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute; and Julia Deans, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada

Although research and lived experience consistently attest to the connection between good quality, stable and affordable housing and the health of its occupants, deficits in accessible and safe housing options continue to grow in cities across Canada. Join Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute, and Julia Deans, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, for a conversation on the wide ranging and deep impacts this deficit creates in some of Canada’s most marginalized communities, and where cities should go from here to begin alleviating this systemic issue.

OCTOBER 21, 3:00 PM

Beyond COVID-19: Defining the New Normal for Living Cities

Covid-19 continues to reshape cities around the world. It has exposed how fragile and flawed our economic, health and infrastructure systems are. At the same time Covid-19 has showcased how resilient and adaptable our urban spaces can be. By looking to our French and German neighbours, we explore how we can learn from each other to build livable cities for the near and distant future.

OCTOBER 22, 11:00 AM

Efficacious ducks in well-informed rows: Exploring the theory-to-reality of improving multi-party coordination in climate strategy implementation

Christine Tu, Director, Office of Climate Change and Energy Management at the Regional Municipality of Peel; and Stephanie Hawkins

Many key infrastructure investments needed to meet climate objectives require cohesive, coordinated action between multiple actors and jurisdictions. Collective impact approaches advocate the identification and prioritization of shared outcomes and associated targets. The timing, quantity, and match-ability of available funding, however, can strongly influence climate project prioritization and implementation. As can the requirement of many organizations to stay ‘financially whole’ as they consider the deep capital investment, speculative operating costs and new roles or responsibilities that transformational climate action demands. This fireside chat will explore the needs, opportunities, and challenges of advancing large-scale climate projects, the issue of legacy systems, and how the better capture and integration of strategic and financial data within and between organizations might support climate project prioritization and accelerated progress.  

OCTOBER 22, 1:00 PM

From the Mayor’s Office: City Hacks for COVID-19 Resiliency

Mayor Diane Therrien, City of Peterborough;  Mayor Iain Lovatt, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville;  Mayor Dan Carter, City of Oshawa; and, Dr. Kate Graham, Director of Research, Canadian Urban Institute

This Mayors panel, moderated by Dr. Kate Graham, Director of Research at the Canadian Urban Institute, will engage three mayors on their municipalities’ experiences on the front line of COVID-19 response at a local level. Focusing on the municipal response to COVID-19 from a public space, service delivery and civic asset management perspective, this discussion will highlight on the ‘hacks’ that have allowed municipalities to continue supporting their communities, as well as key learnings that can be applied to improve the quality of service residents receive in the post-pandemic future.

OCTOBER 22, 3:30 PM

Fireside Chat on First Nations Placekeeping

Catherine Tammaro, Alan Corbiere, and Ange Loft

This inaugural fireside chat is a filmed dialogue featuring Anishnaabe, Wyandot/Wendat and Haudenosaunee perspectives on land, language, place, governance and storytelling by renowned knowledge-keepers Catherine Tammaro, Alan Corbiere and Ange Loft. They explore how their relationships and practices transform the natural and built landscapes of cities built on occupied Indigenous territories; and inform contemporary practices of placekeeping, land and cultural stewardship, language stewardship, decolonial action, and urban planning. 

OCTOBER 23, 11:45 AM

Housing Supply Challenge – First Round Launch

Evan Siddall, President & CEO, CMHC; Steffan Jones, VP of Innovation, CMHC; and Alina Turner, CEO & Co-Founder, HelpSeeker

Join us and CMHC President & CEO Evan Siddall and CMHC VP of Innovation Steffan Jones as we officially launch the first Round of the Housing Supply Challenge! With $25M in funding up for grabs, the Data Driven Round seeks out data solutions that help improve decision-making on housing supply. Find out how you can participate to bring forward and implement innovative solutions that address the barriers to housing supply.

WEEK 2

Highlights

OCTOBER 27, 9:00 AM

Constitutional Space for Cities

Mary Eberts, Renowned Constitutional Law expert;Alexandra Flynn, Law Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, The University of British Columbia; Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor in Law and Professor of Government, The University of Texas at Austin; and Nathalie Des Rosiers, Principal, Massey College, Constitutional Law Specialist

The growth of our cities has not been matched by the modernisation of their governance. Their powers continue to be defined by other orders of government. What can be done about this? The session explores what are the tools, within the current constitutional framework, that could be used as well as the range of constitutional changes, such as city charters, that could be considered. 

OCTOBER 27, 11:00 AM

The Future of Social Purpose Spaces

Pooran Desai, Author, One Planet Living; Paul Rabinovitch, New Island Capital; Barbara Swartzentruber, City of Guelph; Ashley Salvador, YEGarden Suites; Jonathan Westeinde, Windmill Development Group; and Vinod Rajasekaran, Future of Good

What is the potential of social purpose spaces post-pandemic? What are the new opportunities for communities to support and invest in social purpose spaces?


From daycares and soup kitchens to coworking spaces and community housing, social purpose spaces shape how our communities are designed and built, and they matter for equitable, healthy, and complete communities as well as vibrant local economies.


As communities plan for recovery, this panel, convened by Future of Good, examines the positive impact of social purpose spaces, how social purpose spaces might change, and the opportunity of these spaces in this new reality. 

OCTOBER 27, 1:00 PM

From the Mayor’s Office: Shifting Housing Landscapes

Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie; Mayor Lynn Dollin, Town of Innisfil; Mayor Allan Thompson, City of Caledon; Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, City of Burlington; and Dr. Kate Graham, Director of Research, Canadian Urban Institute

In this panel, moderated by Dr. Kate Graham, Director of Research at the Canadian Urban Institute, we will bring a panel of Ontario Mayors together to dissect the changes and patterns we are seeing in our regional housing sector as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis. This conversation is situated within the context of current and longer-term economic trends. In turn, it will look at how these trends are impacting residents and share the strategies and policies that they are pursuing to ensure fair and affordable access to housing, for all residents.

OCTOBER 28, 2:00 PM

A Roundtable Discussion on Housing Affordability

Kathleen Wynne, Former Premier of Ontario and MPP; Marika Albert, Director of Policy, Non Profit Housing Association of BC; Miia Suokonautio, Executive Director, YWCA Halifax; and Matthew Hickey, Architect, Two Row Architect

What does housing affordability mean? If an increasing number of residents are finding themselves unable to access affordable, safe and reliable housing, why have we not made this a priority? What are the obstacles and how do we overcome them? Our guest panelists will explore these questions and others during our Roundtable discussion. 

OCTOBER 29, 9:00 AM

Collision Day – Atlantic Canada

As part of #UnexpectedSolutions, our 2020 collision day series bring together municipalities and indigenous communities from across their region to discuss the urgent and relevant challenges they are facing with a network of regional tech companies and start-ups. Through matchmaking and group and one-on-one conversations these days offer the chance to build capacity within the field of open smart and data driven community solutions and open the door to municipal-business partnerships to catalyze solution development and support municipalities on their smart cities journey.

 

Brought to you in partnership with Venn Innovation 

OCTOBER 29, 1:00 PM

A Journey in Building a Municipal Foresight Practice through COVID-19

Jessica Thornton, Principal, Creative Futures; Robert Plitt, Executive Lead, Urban Innovation and Future Cities, Evergreen Canada; and Heather Galbraith, Program Lead with Resilience and Infrastructure Calgary

COVID-19 introduced and intensified a range of complex social, economic and political disruptions, creating a heightened level of uncertainty for municipal decision making. Learn how the City of Calgary worked with Future Cities Canada to leverage COVID-19 to advance a municipal strategic foresight approach. 

OCTOBER 29, 3:00 PM

Learning from the Land: A conversation on protocols and Indigenous public art

Dr. Dylan Robinson, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts; Candice Hopkins, Senior Curator, Toronto Biennial of Art; Bonnie Devine, Associate Professor Emerita, Founding Chair Indigenous Visual Culture Program, OCAD University; Catherine Tammaro, Wyandot Artist and Spotted Turtle Clan FaithKeeper; and David Garneau, Professor – Visual Arts

Against the backdrop of Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021, and ongoing land-based art and policy projects in Toronto’s Lower Don River, this panel discussion convenes Indigenous artists and curators from Toronto and across Canada to discuss the need for Indigenous-led protocols for creating public art on the territory of others. In this webinar, Candice Hopkins, Dylan Robinson, Bonnie Devine, Catherine Tammaro and David Garneau share their insights and experiences on ways of approaching land-based practices and around the establishment of protocols for Indigenous public art.

OCTOBER 29, 6:00 PM

Hot Docs Presents: PUSH

D: Fredrik Gertten | 92 mins | 2019 | Sweden

With housing prices soaring past income levels, and families being squeezed out of cities worldwide, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. In this urgent and incisive Hot Docs ‘19 hit, we follow Leilani Farha, a newly appointed UN specialist from Ottawa, in her fight to define affordable housing as a fundamental human right. 

Followed by a Q&A with director Fredrik Gertten and Leilani Farha, Global Director of THE SHIFT

Week 3

Highlights

NOVEMBER 2, 1:00 PM

2020 Cultural Performing Arts Series, generously presented by Bank of America

Dia de los Muertos: A performance by The Mexicans Folk Ballet in partnership with Casa Cultural Mexicana

The Mexicans Folk Ballet

Join us as The Mexicans Folk Ballet takes over Evergreen Brick Works to show us how both life and death are celebrated and respected through a performance that showcases tradition and music.

NOVEMBER 3, 9:30 AM

Up Close: In Conversation with Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton and Doug Saunders, Author and Consultant, The Globe and Mail

NOVEMBER 3, 11:30 AM

Spaces and Places of Exclusion: Rental Housing Disparities for Toronto’s Racialized and Immigrant Communities

Naomi Lightman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Calgary 

Join Professor Naomi Lightman, University of Calgary, as she explores issues of social, racial, and spatial exclusion in rental housing in Toronto using GIS and disaggregated race-based and other social data from the 2016 Census of Population. Professor Lightman will preview findings from a new study with Social Planning Toronto, using visual data to aid in meaningful social policy change.

NOVEMBER 3, 1:30 PM

Data Driven Round Virtual Information Session | Séance d’information à distance concernant le cycle Fondé sur les données

Brigit Knecht, Senior Manager, Innovation, CMHC, and Sarah Button, Senior Specialist, Innovation, CMHC 

Do you have a challenge that needs a solution? Are you looking for potential sector partners to collaborate with? Attend this session to meet other industry experts you can work with to create and package a comprehensive proposal for the Housing Supply Challenge Data Driven Round.

NOVEMBER 4, 10:00 AM

Let’s Create an Ethical Smart City!

Join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop to contribute to the development and testing of a series of tools and templates developed by the 2019–20 class at the Institute without Boundaries, School of Design, George Brown College. Small, medium and large sized communities across Canada are integrating smart technologies into the fabric of their communities to address local challenges. In doing so, it is important to understand the values and needs of community members from the initial stages of the planning process to ensure that smart city developments are ethical, intelligent, sustainable and accessible.

During this interactive workshop, you will brainstorm and propose ethical smart city solutions using a series of tools and templates that put the values of community members at the forefront of decision-making. The tools have been specifically designed in alignment with an Ethical Smart City process and framework. This workshop is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Engage Grant and has been developed in partnership with Evergreen. 

NOVEMBER 4, 10:00 AM

Facing the Floods: Infrastructure Resilience to Face Climate Change

Leland Jackson, Professor, University of Calgary; Madjid Mohseni, Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of British Columbia; Banu Ormeci, Director, Global Water Institute, Carleton University; and Nick Reid, Executive Director, Ryerson Urban Water, Ryerson University.

Climate change has compounded infrastructure challenges faced by urban environments already under intensification pressures. Urban resilience is needed to solve these challenges. Distributed systems for water, energy and waste management, supported by integrated data management systems offer a new pathway to resilience.

NOVEMBER 5, 11:00 AM

Reimagining the Workplace

Hosted at BLOX on the harbour front in Copenhagen, this session brings together experts from across sectors to debate the future of how we will work, the challenges we face and the opportunities for sustainable urban and economic development.

NOVEMBER 5, 1:30 PM

Universal Design for the Accessible City

Orit Sarfaty, Chief Program Officer, Evergreen; David Lepofksy, Lawyer; Lezlie Lowe, Author; and Lanrick Bennett Jr. – Managing Director at 8 80 Cities

Most cities are not design friendly for users with disabilities, but with an estimate of nearly one billion destined to be urban dwellers by 2050 globally, cities will need to undergo a radical shift in their design thinking. This panel will discuss and outline the founding principles of accessible and participatory design thinking, demonstrating how all users of our civic spaces can be engaged in a more equitable and democratic design process, and in turn how an improved accessible design process is to the benefit of all residents. 

NOVEMBER 6, 1:00 PM

Showing Up, a long-form music video by Vivek Shraya and Canadian Stage

Vivek Shraya

Filmed at Evergreen Brick Works, Showing Up is a long-form music video by Vivek Shraya. Based on Shraya’s acclaimed play How To Fail As A Popstar, directed by Brendan Healy and premiered by Canadian Stage in 2020, this work re-imagines the play’s final moments as a short film. Part of Evergreen’s 2020 Cultural Performing Arts Series Presented by Bank of America.

Week 4

Highlights

NOVEMBER 10, 10:00 AM

Virtually Outdoors @ Evergreen

Luke Howie, Senior Program Manager, Evergreen; Leah Silverman, Senior Program Officer, Evergreen; Peter Demakos, Program Coordinator, Evergreen

Outdoor education and play is a source of powerful learning outcomes and is critical for healthy childhood development, health and wellness, and a sense of belonging.

As resilient as they are, this hasn’t been an easy time for students. While schools grapple with how to engage students virtually and re-open in-person learning safely, here at Evergreen Brick Works, we too have been working hard to remain true to the principle tenets guiding our Education practice.

Join us on a Nature Play tour, as we provide a peek at a couple of the types of outdoor education programs that demonstrate a commitment to healthy risk taking, connecting students to nature and cultivating a sense of community.

NOVEMBER 10, 2:00 PM

Up Close: In Conversation with Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria and Doug Saunders, Author and Consultant, The Globe and Mail

NOVEMBER 10, 3:00 PM

Civic-Indigenous Placekeeping Interactive Workshop & Best Practices Guide – Part One

This is the first session of two that focuses on a moderated discussion with invited Indigenous and civic practitioners and thought leaders who lead placekeeping, Indigenous leadership, and reconciliation programming. They will share strategies, learnings, recommendations and best practices on activating and sustaining truth and reconciliation calls to action, and championing Indigenous and intercultural placekeeping approaches. 

NOVEMBER 11, 10:00 AM

Let’s Create an Ethical Smart City!

Join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop to contribute to the development and testing of a series of tools and templates developed by the 2019–20 class at the Institute without Boundaries, School of Design, George Brown College. Small, medium and large sized communities across Canada are integrating smart technologies into the fabric of their communities to address local challenges. In doing so, it is important to understand the values and needs of community members from the initial stages of the planning process to ensure that smart city developments are ethical, intelligent, sustainable and accessible.

During this interactive workshop, you will brainstorm and propose ethical smart city solutions using a series of tools and templates that put the values of community members at the forefront of decision-making. The tools have been specifically designed in alignment with an Ethical Smart City process and framework. This workshop is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Engage Grant and has been developed in partnership with Evergreen. 

NOVEMBER 12, 9:30 AM

Data Governance in the Public Interest: A Foundation for Open Smart Cities

Steve Coutts, Research Analyst, Open North; Arturo Franco, Vice President, Data & Insights, Mastercard; Wojciech Kujawa, Data Governance Manager, City of Edmonton; and Stephen Nachtegaele, IT Project Manager, City of Edmonton

As cities across Canada increasingly turn to the use of data and technology to inform decision-making, improve service delivery, and engage residents, multiple data governance issues have emerged, such as privacy protection, ensuring accountability, and negotiating diverse interests in data collaboration. This webinar will discuss key considerations for governing data in the public interest

NOVEMBER 12, 11:00 AM

Partnering for Greater Societal Impact: Artificial Intelligence for the Resilient City

Geoff Cape, Founder and CEO, Evergreen; Naveen Gattu, Gramener

Evergreen is unveiling a pilot tool, in partnership with Microsoft, that will enable municipalities to better evaluate infrastructure projects, mitigate climate risk and invest effectively. In this session, you will see how AI technology uncovers urban heat islands across the City of Calgary through the innovative use of data visualization and Microsoft technologies.

NOVEMBER 12, 1:00 PM

Dis[connect]: Connect People to Places

Robert Nellams, Director, Seattle Center; Michelle Boone, Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier; and Anita Gaffney, Executive Director, Stratford Festival

Placemaking in third places has been at the centre of building and revitalising urban centres globally, and key to creating the spaces communities need to come together. What happens to these spaces when we need to be apart? Bringing together experts in placemaking and the cultural sector from across North America, this panel will examine how third spaces have changed due to the current pandemic, how placemaking and cultural programming has adapted to face this. In turn, the panel will look at how the sector must continue to change and innovate to maintain and grow the relevance of third spaces as part of diverse and engaging urban landscapes

NOVEMBER 12, 3:00 PM

Innovative Housing Showcase

Matthew Hickey, Architect, Two Row Architect; Abi Bond, Director, Housing Secretariat, City of Toronto; Faiz Abhuani, Director, Brique par brique; Graeme Stewart, Principal, ERA

Join us for the marquee event of the Spotlight: Housing Innovation series in this exciting showcase of some of the biggest initiatives that are changing the future of affordable housing across the country. Featuring Abi Bond (Housing Secretariat, City of Toronto), Graeme Stewart (ERA) and Matthew Hickey (Two Row Architect), this Showcase will demonstrate the possibilities of integrating cross-sectoral, affordable housing strategies at a large scale.


See “Scaling Innovative Housing Workshop” on November 19th and “Innovative Housing Webinar” on November 26th for the full Spotlight: Housing Innovation program.

NOVEMBER 12, 6:00 PM

Hot Docs Presents: The Human Scale

D: Andreas Dalsgaard | 83 minutes | 2012 | Denmark, USA, Bangladesh, China | PG

Large cities are already suffering from overcrowding, and population density is projected to double in major metropolises over the next 40 years. Danish city planner Jan Gehl believes that even the largest of mega cities must be re-thought and re-designed on a small scale: the human scale.

 

A critical look at the swelling population of large cities, this Hot Docs Festival selection from 2013 travels around the world to explore how Gehl’s vision of a human megacity is being implemented in places like New York, Chongqing and Christchurch.

Followed by a Q&A with director Andreas Dalsgaard and Jeff Risom, Chief Innovation Officer for Gehl

NOVEMBER 13, 1:00 PM

The National Ballet of Canada Presents: Expansive Dances

Expansive Dances is created in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada and Evergreen’s Cultural Performing Arts Series presented by Bank of America. This session includes the dances; Lulu, In Between and Lake Maligne.

Lulu by Guillaume Cote: Lulu was created by Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer, Guillaume Côté, featuring his wife and fellow Dancer Heather Ogden. Lulu follows a woman coming to terms with saying goodbye and having the courage to move on and start over. This stunning dance film is directed by Ben Shirinian, produced by Mr. Shirinian and Jared Cook of Lookout and features music by Max Richter and Kevin Lau.

In Between: Featuring Second Soloist Christopher Gerty, In Between adapts an earlier piece of the same name that Choreographic Associate Alysa Pires created for the National Ballet’s Choreographic Workshop. Inspired by the pull between two places, In Between conveys a sense of yearning and restlessness that feels especially prescient in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Shot onsite at Evergreen Brick Works and set to original music by Adam Sakiyama.

Lake Maligne: Choreographic Associate Robert Binet revisited a work he created for Company Wayne McGregor in 2012, this time in the vast outdoor setting of Evergreen Brick Works. Lake Maligne was inspired by the work of Canadian painter Lawren Harris and is deeply connected to nature and the symbolism of the natural world. Performed by First Soloist Spencer Hack, Lake Maligne, set to Arve Henriksen’s Loved One and Smog’s Palimpsest.

Week 5

Highlights

NOVEMBER 17, 9:00 AM

Collision Day – Ontario

As part of #UnexpectedSolutions, our 2020 collision day series bring together municipalities and indigenous communities from across their region to discuss the urgent and relevant challenges they are facing with a network of regional tech companies and start-ups. Through matchmaking and group and one-on-one conversations these days offer the chance to build capacity within the field of open smart and data driven community solutions and open the door to municipal-business partnerships to catalyze solution development and support municipalities on their smart cities journey.

Brought to you in partnership with communitech Ontario

NOVEMBER 17, 10:00 AM

TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Re-Indigenizing Cities

Wanda Dalla Costa, Institute Professor, The Design School, and Associate Professor, School of Construction, Arizona State University; Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America; Selina Martinez, Architectural Designer, Indigenous Design Collaborative, Arizona State University.

A conversation with architect and professor Wanda Dalla Costa and recent M.Arch graduate Selina Martinez, both from the Indigenous Design Collaborative at Arizona State University, on principles of Indigenous design and examples of their application in North American cities. Moderated by Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America and featuring a live Q&A following the conversation.

NOVEMBER 17, 11:00 AM

Up Close: In conversation with Rebecca Alty, Mayor of Yellowknife and Doug Saunders, Author and Consultant, The Globe and Mail

NOVEMBER 17, 1:00 PM

Global City Futures

Joanna Averley, Chief Planner, England; Huhua Cao, Professor of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Ottawa; Nicholas Li, Senior Architect, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore; and Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies. 

Often the keys to our own city’s future can be found in the experience of others. What lessons can we learn, good and bad, from European, Chinese, African and Asian cities, and apply to Canada? The panel assembled includes the UK’s Chief Planner, the Senior Architect for the URA, Singapore and an expert in the planning and development of African and Asian cities. Learn how they are approaching de-carbonization, inequality and discrimination, and the ways to undertake big projects in a post-COVID world.

NOVEMBER 17, 2:00 PM

In conversation with Richard Florida

Richard Florida, Professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, and a Distinguished Fellow at NYU’s Schack School of Real Estate; and, Jamison Steeve, Senior Advisor at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society

Join Jamison Steeve, Senior Advisor at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, in a conversation with one of the world’s leading urbanists Richard Florida as they discuss the current state, and possible future, for post-pandemic cities and what the results of the 2020 U.S. election could mean for the U.S.A’s northern neighbours.

NOVEMBER 17, 3:00 PM

INC.orporating Diversity

Girish Ganesan, Head of Talent & Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, TD Bank Group; Nora Beatty, Director of People Operations, Common Wealth; and Nouman Ashraf, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream within the Organizational Behavior area at the Rotman School of Management, and the Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

The major events of 2020 have helped to mainstream action around structural inequity, and further challenge our country’s legacy of “Canada the Good”. Join our panelists, which feature industry leaders from TD and Deloitte, as they grapple with the challenges and benefits of creating inclusive workplaces, and interrogate how business can make significant contributions to the generation of a more open, diverse and inclusive society.

NOVEMBER 18, 9:30 AM

Lessons Learned with Sidewalk Labs

Steve Diamond, Chair, Waterfront Toronto, and CEO, Diamondcorp; Jim Balsillie, Former co-CEO, Research In Motion; Francesca Bria, President, Italian National Innovation Fund; and Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen

In May 2020, Sidewalk Labs withdrew from Toronto’s Waterfront project, wrapping up a three-year saga that saw Torontonians come face to face with the promise, and perils, associated with the encroachment of big tech in private life. The expansion of big tech companies into cities has been rife with division. How can we balance the needs of people with innovation and the broader agenda of economic development? Join the Chair of Waterfront Toronto, Steve Diamond, in conversation with Jim Balsillie (former co-CEO of Research In Motion), Francesca Bria (President of the Italian National Innovation Fund) and moderator Geoff Cape (CEO of Evergreen) as they unpack how to make projects with big tech work, and what the future holds for Toronto’s Waterfront.

NOVEMBER 18, 1:00 PM

Up Close: In Conversation with Mario Rigby and David Bezmozgis   

David Bezmozgis, Author and Filmmaker; and Mario Rigby, Adventure Explorer, Author, Filmmaker, Former Athlete

Join author/filmmaker David Bezmozgis in a conversation with adventure explorer/author/filmmaker/former athlete, Mario Rigby as they discuss traveling across Africa by foot and kayak, cycling across Canada coast-to-coast, and more. This session will take you on an inspirational journey filled with rugged landscapes and extraordinary people.

NOVEMBER 18, 2:00 PM

Reduce, Reuse, Retrofit: Greening Urban Infrastructure 

Caroline Rauhala, Director, Impact Lending, Vancity Community Investment Bank; Jan Adegeest, Urbanist, Dutch-Canadian Frits Van Dongen, Architect and Planner; Former Chief Government Architect, The Netherlands Pablo van den Bosch, Co-founder and Board Member, Madaster Services Graeme Stewart, Principal, ERA Architects

What are the benefits, challenges and complexities of retrofitting and greening infrastructure? In this session, panelists will dive into this pertinent subject by addressing the physical, environmental, social and economic elements that contribute to making or breaking new infrastructure projects.

NOVEMBER 18, 3:00 PM

Leveraging Transit for Affordable Housing: an Opportunity to Rethink our Silos

Matthew Kelling, Planner, Urban Strategies 

Housing affordability and transit are deeply interconnected, yet their planning and delivery are rarely aligned. With billions of dollars in transit being delivered across Canada, are we appropriately leveraging this public investment? We believe there is an opportunity to rethink the status quo, broadening the impact of infrastructure dollars and generating new affordable housing in our communities. This presentation is based upon the work of the Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Solutions Lab, part of the National Housing Strategy’s Solutions Labs initiative funded by CMHC.

NOVEMBER 19, 10:00 AM

FeminiCITY

Joy Bailey-Bryant, Vice President and Managing Director, U.S., Lord Cultural Resources; Andrea DelZotto, Executive and Director, Tridel; Leslie Woo, CEO, CivicAction; Latoya Nelson-Kamdang, Head of Moody Nolan Architects; and Orit Sarfaty, Chief Program Officer, Evergreen

Cities are made of all kinds of people, but they’re not built for all of us. Overwhelmingly, women’s needs are neglected in the design of our streets, buildings, and public spaces. Our panelists will discuss issues like perceptions of safe streets, the cost of stroller-friendly lobbies, gender-guided transit behaviour, and what the number of public toilets tell us about how equitable our cities really are.

NOVEMBER 19, 11:00 AM

Don’t Touch the Art: New Approaches to Arts Spaces

Stephan Jost, Art Gallery of Ontario | Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO;  Joy Bailey Bryant, Vice President and Managing Director, U.S., Lord Cultural Resources; and Cheryl Blackman, Director of Museums & Heritage Services, Economic Development & Culture, City of Toronto

As museums stand empty and theatre doors remain shut, the viability of the arts is in peril. And yet, its value is more evident now than ever before. We yearn for the enrichment, the enlightenment, and the communion with arts at our most fragile hour. What means exist to bridge the divide? 

NOVEMBER 19, 1:00 PM

In Our Hands: Community-Centered Food System Responses to the Global Pandemic and Beyond

Leslie Campbell, Senior Coordinator, Special Projects, FoodShare Toronto; Melana Roberts, Chair, Food Secure Canada; Arzeena Hamir, Organic Farmer, Amara Farm & Farmers for Climate Solutions; Jane Rabinowicz, Executive Director, SeedChange

The pandemic has brought food systems into sharp focus, in particular that it’s vital for people – producers, sellers, consumers – to have agency to shape food systems to meet personal and community needs. And, for policy to support this community-based leadership. How can we ensure people and communities are central to food systems? What impact will this have on building more resilient cities? Join a conversation with experts Melana Roberts, Arzeena Hamir, Leslie Campbell, and moderator Jane Rabinowicz as we explore prioritizing community agency to build sustainable and equitable food systems in Canada.

NOVEMBER 19, 3:00 PM

Scaling Innovation Housing Workshop

Jason Verreault, VanCity Community Investment Bank, Senior Manager, Lending; Rachel Watson, Housing Action Lab (Australia), Executive Director; Liat Margolis, Daniels Architecture, U of T; André Vashist, Director, Social Innovation, Pillar Nonprofit Network; and Jonah Litofsky, Westbank, Development Manager

Led by experts on housing innovation and “scaling” solutions, this unique workshop will bring together city builders from across the country looking to break down silos and dive deep into a systems-based approach to build unique cross-sectoral connections and opportunities across industries and regions. The workshop will be hands-on and solutions-oriented space that will introduce participants to scaling and design thinking methodologies, and will provide participants with the essential skills, resources and connections to scale through collaborative work and break-out group sessions. The Scaling Innovative Housing Workshop is the second event of the Spotlight: Housing Innovation series.

NOVEMBER 20, 1:00 PM

Artist Showcase: Logan MacDonald

In response to Evergreen’s public call for proposals, this Fall at Evergreen Brick Works, Artists Kristin Li and Logan Macdonald will present their new public art commissions addressing issues of equity in public space. Works will be on display at Evergreen Brick Works this fall.

Kristin and Logan’s projects bring forward important voices and stories that have typically been silenced in Toronto’s public spaces.

Logan MacDonald is an artist, curator, writer, educator and activist who focuses on queer, disability and Indigenous perspectives. He is of European and Mi’kmaq ancestry, and identifies with both his Indigenous and settler roots. Logan’s two part project will draw attention to historical and ongoing restrictions for Indigenous peoples in the area regarding access to traditional lands, trade routes, resources and sustenance. Addressing the history of resource extraction in the Don Valley, Logan aims to “subvert the industrial-colonial reasons that this clay was extracted for bricks in the first place and use them as secondary materials that support the Indigenous approach to creating structures through weaving.” The second part of Macdonald’s work focuses on paw paw trees and the ways in which green spaces are controlled as part of the colonial project. Macdonald addresses the lack of native fruit-bearing trees in Toronto and draws connections to this absence as an erasure of Indigenous culture in public spaces. The project is meant to demark an “anti-colonial monument where planting pawpaw trees will attempt to reclaim this land as an engagement site for Indigenous people by providing plants that offer sustenance, or at the very least symbolically honour a time when this land nourished Indigenous people in Southern Ontario.

NOVEMBER 20, 1:30 PM

Artist Showcase: Kristin Li

In response to Evergreen’s public call for proposals, this Fall at Evergreen Brick Works, Artists Kristin Li and Logan Macdonald will present their new public art commissions addressing issues of equity in public space. Works will be on display at Evergreen Brick Works this fall.

 

Kristin and Logan’s projects bring forward important voices and stories that have typically been silenced in Toronto’s public spaces.

 

Kristin Li is an emerging filmmaker and multimedia artist, born in Chengdu, China, and currently works in Toronto and Montreal. Kirstin creates experimental narratives, animations, documentaries and installations that explore contemporary formations of power. Kristin’s project will engage the voices of and stories from incarcerated people in Ontario, who are invited to share writings and drawings on their daily lived experiences as well as on urgent topics such as recent prison strikes and pandemic responses. Li will present the stories through in the form of a newspaper.

Week 6

Highlights

NOVEMBER 23, 10:00 AM

The Right to Housing

Evan Siddall, President and CEO, CMHC; Leilani Farha, Global Director, The Shift

Join a conversation with Evan Siddall and Leilani Farha as they explore the housing landscape in Canada: housing as a commodity, as a fundamental human right, and as a heart of inclusive, connected communities. Housing strategies are not one size fits all. How can we continue building a national housing strategy that has local relevance and ensures no one is left behind?

NOVEMBER 23, 11:00 AM

Building Our Urban Futures: Report Review

Craig Walter, Partner, National Leader, Infrastructure, Deloitte; Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen; and Ayana Webb, Program Manager, Evergreen

Infrastructure investment is a critical enabler of our collective productivity, competitiveness, and prosperity. Despite significant increases in infrastructure investment over the past decade, significant work remains to ensure that Canada makes adequate infrastructure investments to help Canadians maintain or improve their standard of living over the next several generations. Join Ayana Webb, Program Manager at Evergreen, in conversation with Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen, and Craig Walters, Partner and National Leader, Infrastructure at Deloitte, as they discuss the recent report co-authored by Future Cities Canada and Deloitte, Building Our Urban Futures: Inside Canada’s Infrastructure and Real Estate Needs.

NOVEMBER 23, 1:00 PM

TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Leading Beyond Limits: Creating Inclusive Spaces

Moderator Erinn T. Corbett-Wright, VP, Charitable Foundation, Program Manager, Office of Charitable and Community Giving, TD Charitable Foundation; Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP); and Lanrick Bennett Jr, Managing Director, 8 80 Cities.

Civic assets are the structure of the city, and they guarantee access to it – but access to whom? As we reflect on who public spaces have been built for, we can begin to craft a vision of reconciliation and anti-racism, where spaces are designed as not just epicentres for leisure.

NOVEMBER 24, 11:00 AM

Smart Cities for People

Todd Hofley, Director, Property Relations, Beanfield; Noemi Chanda, Senior Manager, Data Protection and Privacy, Deloitte; Melanie Nutter, Principal, Nutter Consulting (Former Director, San Francisco Department of Environment); and Dr. Josipa Petrunic, President and CEO, Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

The push for smart, connected cities requires investment not only in technology and infrastructure, but in the confidence of citizens. In this discussion, key players in the smart city space will relay stories of how their work and projects have interacted with the currency of trust. Learn from these leaders how designing a smarter city means putting people at the centre of solutions.

NOVEMBER 24, 1:00 PM

2020 CMHC Housing Research Awards

Evan Siddall, President and CEO, CMHC

CMHC President and CEO, Evan Siddall will present this year’s Housing Research Awards. The Awards recognize excellence in world-class housing research and support research teams so that they can expand their work and share their knowledge. This is your chance to meet the successful candidates and find out how their innovative research is making an impact.

NOVEMBER 24, 1:30 PM

Housing Supply Challenge – Networking Session (EN/FR)

Have a great idea to submit, but not sure what industry partners need to be involved? Attend this session to meet other industry experts you can work with to create and package a comprehensive proposal for the Housing Supply Challenge Data Driven Round.

NOVEMBER 24, 3:30 PM

Spaces and Places of Exclusion: Live Q&A

Naomi Lightman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Calgary; Beth Wilson, Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst; and Luann Good Gingrich, York University, Associate Professor and Director of the Global Labour Research Centre; and Amanuel Melles, Executive Director, Network for the Advancement of Black Communities.

In follow-up to our earlier presentation by University of Calgary professor and study author Naomi Lightman, we’re joined by co-authors Luann Good Gingrich, York University, and Beth Wilson, Social Planning Toronto, to dive into how data can help us better understand rental housing inequality in Toronto. Come with your questions ready to this live Q&A session.

NOVEMBER 25, 10:00 AM

Promise Beyond Pandemic

Jeb Brugmann, Founding Principal, Resilient Cities Catalyst; Mary Rowe, President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute; Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University; and Robert Plitt, Executive Lead, Evergreen

As the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the depth of intersecting structural inequities in the United States and Canada, it has further clarified that the epicentre of solutions, innovation and urgent support live at the municipal level. How can we ensure that COVID-19 recovery strategies enable communities to address their vulnerabilities, and come back stronger than before? Join Jeb Brugmann, founding principal of Resilient Cities Catalyst, and Mary Rowe, CEO and President of the Canadian Urban Institute, as they diverge and converge on strategies for economic and social resiliency, from the ground up.

NOVEMBER 25, 11:00 AM

Using Data to Address Wicked Problems

Jean-Noe Landry, Executive Director, Open North; Alex Miller, President, Esri Canada; Duane Nicol, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Selkirk, MB; and Nabeel Ahmed, Senior Program Officer, Open North

Many of the challenges that communities face can be considered to be wicked problems; which are complex problems that are difficult to define and feature differing perspectives, and thus do not lend themselves to a purely technical approach. This webinar will feature a discussion on how data can be used for problem-solving, including a four-step cluster model that can help engage community stakeholders.

NOVEMBER 25, 11:00 AM

Learning Outside at Schools: Future, Fad, or Fantasy?

Brigit Teichmann, Founder, Teichmann Architects; Maia Puccetti, Executive Officer of Facility Services and Planning, Toronto District School Board; Jewel Amoah, Human Rights and Equity Advisor, Halton District School Board; and Cam Collyer, Principal, People and Place Consulting.

A conversation about design, inclusion and investment in green school grounds featuring German landscape architect Birgit Teichmann, human rights and equity advisor, Jewel Amoah and senior facilities executive, Maia Puccetti.

NOVEMBER 25, 1:00 PM

Live Session: Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge: Catching Up with the Winners

Catch up with the winners of the first round of the Smart Cities Challenge and learn from their experiences and insights since being announced winners of the Challenge in May 2019. Join our speakers from Montreal (QC), Guelph and Wellington County (ON), Bridgewater (NS) and the Katinnganiq Makerspace Network (Nunavut) for a 90-minute panel discussion, and take part in an interactive Q&A with the winners. Don’t miss this chance to get an inside look at their exciting Smart Cities journeys!

NOVEMBER 26, 10 AM

A Watershed Moment, Toronto Ravines – Past, Present, Future

David Crombie, Chair, Greenbelt Council; Thomas Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects; Jennifer McKelvie, Toronto City Councillor; and Geoff Cape, CEO & Founder, Evergreen

Toronto is home to one of the largest ravine systems in the world. The city is planning a multi-million-dollar revitalization strategy focused on invasive species management, litter clean ups and an impressive loop trail that would knit together 11,000 hectares of land. In this session we will explore why ravines matter and the bold vision towards preserving and appreciating one of the city’s most distinctive natural attributes.

NOVEMBER 26, 1:00 PM

7 Generations Partnership Gathering: A Welcome Presentation

Welcome to 7 Generations Partnership Gathering 2020-21! This 2nd Annual 7 Generations Partnership Gathering features Coastal First Nations leaders, knowledge-keepers, and young stewards from across the Great Bear Region, and value-aligned regional partners for a virtual dialogue on community-driven solutions to complex issues, digital connectivity, and legacy-building for the next seven generations. The dialogues will be grounded in Elder teachings and the seven fundamental truths, and enable collaborative and creative learning, sharing, and connecting in support of community-driven leadership initiatives such as digital connectivity, clean energy, and the coastal stewardship network.  This keynote presentation will offer a community perspective regarding curated online training to enhance the stewardship and socioeconomic objectives of the Coastal First Nations.

NOVEMBER 26, 1:30 PM

In Conversation with Haida Elder Kii’iljuus Barbara Wilson and Hailzaqv Elder Hilistis Pauline Waterfall

This 2nd Annual 7 Generations Partnership Gathering features Coastal First Nations leaders, knowledge-keepers, and young stewards from across the Great Bear Region, and value-aligned regional partners for a virtual dialogue on community-driven solutions to complex issues, digital connectivity, and legacy-building for the next seven generations. The dialogues will be grounded in Elder teachings and the seven fundamental truths, and enable collaborative and creative learning, sharing, and connecting in support of community-driven leadership initiatives such as digital connectivity, clean energy, and the coastal stewardship network.

In true potlatch form, respected Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers Kii’iljuus and Hilistis will gift us with their teachings of the 7 Fundamental Truths and how the on-going practice of these truths are critical to ensuring that we leave a lasting legacy for the next seven generations. This conversation will be moderated by youth stewardship leader Chantal Pronteau.

NOVEMBER 26, 2:30 PM

Reimagining Smart Cities: Building Digital Capacity and Intergenerational Legacy

This 2nd Annual 7 Generations Partnership Gathering features Coastal First Nations leaders, knowledge-keepers, and young stewards from across the Great Bear Region, and value-aligned regional partners for a virtual dialogue on community-driven solutions to complex issues, digital connectivity, and legacy-building for the next seven generations. The dialogues will be grounded in Elder teachings and the seven fundamental truths, and enable collaborative and creative learning, sharing, and connecting in support of community-driven leadership initiatives such as digital connectivity, clean energy, and the coastal stewardship network.

This live and interactive panel discussion will center on the question: “Where do you see your organization’s biggest opportunities for the digital economies of the future?”; and themes for digital solutions including: Learning & Development, Emerging Technologies, Sustainable Investments, and Data Analytics.

NOVEMBER 26, 3:00 PM

Innovative Housing Webinar

The Innovative Housing Webinar is the third and final event of the Spotlight: Housing Innovation Series. The event will feature participatory discussion around the future of a Scaling Housing Solutions Hub to support wider and deeper impact of affordable housing initiatives across the country.

NOVEMBER 27, 10:00 AM

[Just Announced!] Live Session: Curbing Carbon: Global Economics of a Low Carbon Future

Curtis Probst, Co-CEO, New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation; Tom Delay, Chief Executive, The Carbon Trust; The Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and moderated by Andy Chisholm, Board Director, Evergreen.

Cities across Canada and around the world are taking action to develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase renewable energy production. As cities design action plans, they will need to learn from each other and share best practice related to technology, infrastructure, transportation and design. The session explores the role that cities in Canada and around the world will play in helping realize Net-Zero 2050 targets, and what a vibrant, low carbon future might look like.

NOVEMBER 27, 11:15 AM

[Just Announced!] Live Session: Building Our Urban Futures: Inside Canada’s Infrastructure Strategy

Ayana Webb, Program Manager, Evergreen; Chris Luebkeman, Foresight and Strategy Advisor, ETH Zürich; Jennifer Keesmaat, CEO, The Keesmaat Group; and Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities


Old cities, new cities, smart cities, sustainable cities, resilient cities, big cities, little cities, inclusive cities – they are all growing. Globally, there are now more than 4.8 billion people living in urban areas, and things are changing fast. That we face a profoundly different future, with more complex, fast-moving, and interdependent challenges is no longer in question. How we go about approaching it however, most certainly is. In this session we will explore ideas from around the world: what is working and what is not? These ideas will help shape our ambitions in Canada for the next 50 years and beyond. Join Geoff Cape, in conversation with Chris Luebkeman, Foresight and Strategy Advisor at ETH Zürich  to explore Our Urban Future.

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