2021 Schedule

Join us for The Summit. A space and a place to connect across sectors. Each month, discover new approaches, tools and wisdom you need to adapt and accelerate solutions for your own community.

Join us for monthly sessions from May through October to create space to build, reflect, and adapt to the changing situations in our communities. In October, we will host our final showcase: an interactive convening that dives into the best of city building.

The Summit Schedule

September 22

All schedule times listed in EDT.

10:00 AM
PANEL

Reimagining Outdoor Play and Learning: A Canadian School Ground Story

Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia | Cam Collyer, Senior Advisor, Evergreen

Schoolgrounds are cornerstone public spaces in Canada. Their potential to enhance learning, promote physical and mental health, and address local impacts of climate change are vastly under realized. The session begins with insights from renowned German landscape architect Birgit Teichmann, who designed the new, nature-rich schoolground in Milton, Ontario as part of Evergreen’s Climate-Ready School project in partnership with the Halton District School Board. A live virtual conversation follows with Cam Collyer, Evergreen Senior Advisor, and Dr. Mariana Brussoni, developmental Child Psychologist on why outdoor play is crucial from a mental health and well-being perspective for children and communities and how we can transform schoolgrounds into spaces that serve a deeper social and ecological purpose.

This session will be streamed live, with audience Q&A.

1:00 PM
PANEL

TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Back to School: Future of Learning

Tariq Fancy, CEO & Founder of Rumie [Byte Library] | Diane Roussin, Project Director, Winnipeg Boldness Project | Dave Rawnsley, Principal, Burnaby North Secondary School | Arifah Yusuf, Founder & Executive Director, Lifted by Purpose | Nancy McGee, Senior Manager, Education & Training, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

The acute impacts of social isolation and loss of community are being felt by students of all ages across Canada. As children and youth return to school this fall, we hear from those on the frontlines both inside and outside of schools, on how student-centered approaches to education build resiliency and how generating a sense of community that extends beyond schools can be used as a critical tool to help create effective systems of care and support.

This session will be streamed live, with audience Q&A.

2:00 PM
PANEL

Future of Work

Michele Fischer, National Corporate Real Estate Workplace Lead, Deloitte LLP | Robert Nellams, Director, Seattle Center | Tonya Surman, Founder and CEO, Centre for Social Innovation | Paulette Christophersen, Partner, PLH Arkitekter| Lois Lindsay, Acting Chief Advancement Officer, Evergreen

Housed at Evergreen Brick Works, a unique public space located in downtown Toronto, Evergreen has been advancing work on transforming an abandoned brick factory into a hub for environmental and social innovation for over a decade. Like most organizations in urban centres, Evergreen faces an unprecedented challenge and opportunity: planning a path forward for new ways of working that accommodates changing work culture, evolving public needs and new technologies.

In this session, we will explore how place-based organizations are navigating hybrid work, and the future of collaboration – with a lens towards enhancement, embracing new tools and technologies, and creating new opportunities to create community at these unique workplaces and “third places”.

This session will be streamed live, with audience Q&A.

October

October sessions to be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Looking Back

May 19

10:00 AM
INTRODUCTION

Welcome & Opening Ceremony

Wyandot Elder Taǫmęˀšreˀ/Catherine Tàmmaro, Geoff Cape, Founder and CEO, Evergreen, and Helen Burstyn, C.M., Board Chair, Evergreen

Future Cities Canada: The Summit is a monthly virtual event series. From affordable housing to our civic commons, the Summit will explore how resilient cities interact and connect with each other.

Join us for this special launch event featuring opening remarks from the founder and CEO of Evergreen, Geoff Cape, and an opening ceremony offered by Elder Catherine Tàmmaro, Taomesre, Wyandot Small Turtle Clan FaithKeeper. This launch event will offer insights into what’s to come, and it will ground our series in gratitude and open-heartedness. 

PANEL

Canada in 2050: Infrastructure Planning for a Green & Inclusive Future

In this session, we’ll explore the implications and promise of – as well as possible approaches to — the Canadian Government’s recently-announced National Infrastructure Assessment. This once-in-a-generation undertaking aims to identify Canada’s evolving infrastructure needs and priorities, and use an evidence-based approach to plan for an inclusive, net-zero future. 

1:00 PM
PANEL

CMHC Logo

Housing Supply Challenge Second Round Pre-Launch

A conversation with CMHC President & CEO, Romy Bowers, CMHC VP Innovation, Steffan Jones, and Brigit Knecht, Senior Manager Innovation at CMHC

Join CMHC’s new President & CEO Romy Bowers in a conversation with VP of Innovation Steffan Jones and Senior Manager Brigit Knecht, as they discuss the Housing Supply Challenge and its second round, Getting Started: Pre-development Processes. 

With up to $40M in funding available, the Getting Started round seeks solutions that will address barriers to housing supply by improving pre-development processes for housing that is affordable. Following the conversation, there will be a detailed presentation about the round, as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Register now to find out how you can participate to bring forward and implement innovative solutions that address the barriers to housing supply. 

June 23

10:00 AM
LIVE NETWORKING EVENT (FRENCH)

CMHC-SCHL

A World Café: Improving Pre-Development Processes

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a virtual World Café as part of the Housing Supply Challenge’s (HSC) Getting Started round. This event will include a series of short group discussions focused on the barriers and potential solutions to improve pre-development processes of housing that is affordable.

The World Café is one of many activities offered through the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program led by Evergreen. Join for an opportunity to share information, build awareness, network and collaborate. This is a not-to-miss event for those interested in applying to the next round of the Housing Supply Challenge. Limited space is available.

Meeting Registration – Zoom

11:30 AM
PANEL

(Re)claiming Our Common Grounds: Indigenous Placekeeping in Public Spaces

Terence Radford, Principal, Trophic Design | Selina Young, Director, Indigenous Affairs Office, City of Toronto | Ange Loft, Interdisciplinary Performing Artist and Initiator | Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook, Director of Research, Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology

Across Canada, municipalities and civic organizations are being called to engage with Indigenous partners through reflexive, equitable and reciprocal relationships and partnerships. Join Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook (author of the upcoming Civic-Indigenous Placekeeping & Partnership Building Toolkit) as she brings Toronto-based civic and Indigenous practitioners together to discuss their experience and efforts to do parks planning differently. Through the case studies of Toronto Island Park’s Master Plan process and The Don River Valley Park, they will explore the need for city builders to work in step with Indigenous partners and cultural protocols.

1:00 PM
PANEL

TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Transforming Spaces into Inclusive Places

Will Kwan, Artist and Associate Professor, Department of Arts, Culture and Media, University of Toronto Scarborough | Dr. Julie Nagam, Associate Professor, History of Art, University of Winnipeg, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media, Director of Aabijijiwan New Media Lab, Inaugural Artistic Director for 2020 and 2021 for Nuit Blanche Toronto | Sean Lee, Director of Programming, Tangled Art + Disability | Joy Bailey Bryant, President, US, Lord Cultural Resources

Cities are made of all kinds of people, but they’re not built for all of us. ​The proposed focus for this Talk is on issues stemming from inequality in arts, culture and how we design and build our cities and public spaces. ​

Speakers will explore untold stories and awaken a new perspective. The talk will shed light on the challenges and benefits of what it means to be inclusive and what it will really take to make significant contributions to the generation of a more open, diverse and inclusive society.​

1:00 PM
LIVE NETWORKING EVENT (ENGLISH)

CMHC-SCHL

A World Café: Improving Pre-Development Processes

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a virtual World Café as part of the Housing Supply Challenge’s (HSC) Getting Started round. This event will include a series of short group discussions focused on the barriers and potential solutions to improve pre-development processes of housing that is affordable.

The World Café is one of many activities offered through the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program led by Evergreen. Join for an opportunity to share information, build awareness, network and collaborate. This is a not-to-miss event for those interested in applying to the next round of the Housing Supply Challenge. Limited space is available.

Meeting Registration – Zoom

July 21

10:00 AM
PANEL

Creative Disruption

Edward Burtynsky, Photographer | Catherine Tàmmaro, Evergreen’s Elder in Residence, Spotted Turtle Clan Faithkeeper, Wyandot of Anderdon Nation – Wendat Confederacy | Umbereen Inayet, Programming Supervisor (Curator, Artistic Producer), City Cultural Events & Toronto History Museums, City of Toronto

Disruption and internal process may be critical to making art more accessible, potentially eradicating outdated systems and supporting social change. In this session, Wyandot Elder and multidisciplinary artist Catherine Tàmmaro, photographer Edward Burtynsky and artistic producer Umbereen Inayet will share their stories and experiences with art as catharsis and will discuss the future of public art. Investigating the spiritual, social and emotional narratives motivating their work, they will explore how art can depict the impact of our actions – and potentially stimulate a process of deep healing.

11:00 AM
PANEL

Changing Tides: Design Solutions and Art as a Catalyst

Jason van Bruggen, Photographer and Filmmaker | Matthew Hickey, Architect, Two Row Architect | Netami Stuart, Senior Project Manager, Parks, Waterfront Toronto

Climate change is having a resounding impact on our waterways across the globe. Rising sea levels, flooding, erosion and drought are but a few examples of impact felt across the planet. How can art and design help catalyze change and offer creative solutions to these global shifts? A conversation moderated by Charlene K. Lau with Matthew Hickey from Two Row Architects, artist and filmmaker Jason van Bruggen, and Netami Stuart from Waterfront Toronto explores local and international examples of naturalized and engineered landscapes and the ways in which they can protect our water systems.

1:00 PM
PANEL

Connecting Canada: Missing Pieces in Broadband Equity

Ken Sanderson, Executive Director, Teach for Canada | Gerald Thunderbird-Sky, IT Manager, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and DakotaNET | Joe Moses, Principal, JM Development Solutions | Amedeo Bernardi, Founder, Canada’s Rural and Remote Broadband Community (CRRBC)

High speed internet is essential across all sectors and increasingly crucial for quality of life, yet Canada’s geography shows clear gaps in equitable access. From remote, northern and Indigenous communities to small towns and rural areas, many areas of Canada face challenges related to connectivity that have been exacerbated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts in broadband connectivity and community leaders come together to explore how awareness, capacity, and partnerships can be built around launching and financing broadband networks in rural areas. What barriers do smaller communities face in contrast to urban centres and established providers? This session offers a Q&A as an opportunity for communities to ask questions and share stories, while panelists discuss solutions.

1:00 PM
PANEL (ENGLISH)

CMHC Logo

Writing Successful Proposals: The Housing Supply Challenge

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a Proposal Writing Session as part of the Housing Supply Challenge’s (HSC) Getting Started round. Join Evergreen staff as they demystify the proposal writing process. Learn about the common pitfalls to avoid, tips for writing top notch proposals, and most importantly, how to submit a strong proposal for the Getting Started Round. Short-listed applicants from the previous Housing Supply Challenge round will also share their experiences from the application process. This event is one of many activities offered through the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program led by Evergreen. Register today and get a jump start on your application for the Housing Supply Challenge.

2:30 PM
PANEL (FRENCH)

CMHC Logo

Writing Successful Proposals: The Housing Supply Challenge

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a Proposal Writing Session as part of the Housing Supply Challenge’s (HSC) Getting Started round. Join Evergreen staff as they demystify the proposal writing process. Learn about the common pitfalls to avoid, tips for writing top notch proposals, and most importantly, how to submit a strong proposal for the Getting Started Round. Short-listed applicants from the previous Housing Supply Challenge round will also share their experiences from the application process. This event is one of many activities offered through the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program led by Evergreen. Register today and get a jump start on your application for the Housing Supply Challenge.

August 18

10:00 AM
PANEL

Rethinking Capital: New Approaches to Building Supportive Cities

Michelle German, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, WoodGreen Community Services | Isabel Cascante, Director of Research, Public Policy and Evaluation, United Way Greater Toronto | Heela Omarkhail, Vice President, Social Impact, The Daniels Corporation | Christopher Makris, Senior Associate, Smart Cities, MaRS Partner Solutions Group

In today’s rapidly changing world, how can we support community well-being across Canada and move towards a collective vision of resilience? Rethinking capital, and how we invest in cities, offers a tangible path forward. Featuring conversations with WoodGreen Community Services and Daniels Corporation about the new affordable housing project EVOLV, and with United Way Greater Toronto about the importance of building social capital in our communities, this session dives into innovative perspectives about how we can grow appreciation and investment in our civic assets and cultivate greater levels of social trust – for the benefit of all.

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