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

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Since #UnexpectedSolutions began on October 20, we’ve heard from an exceptional line-up so far. See the full six-week schedule.

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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

[Just Announced!] 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; amanuel melles, Executive Director, Network for the Advancement of Black Communities; Caryl Arundel, Interim Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto

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 26, 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

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, 9:45 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, 11:00 AM

[Just announced!] 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. 

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