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Realizing Our Potential: Future Cities Canada Summit

Inaugural gathering of 500-plus tackles challenges facing cities – Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, November 7-9, 2018

(TORONTO, ON – September 24, 2018) Future Cities Canada, a new nation-wide city-building initiative, hosts its inaugural gathering of international and national urban leaders at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Ontario on November 7 to 9, 2018. Realizing Our Potential: Future Cities Canada Summit, convened by Evergreen and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), brings together city leaders, urban innovators from the private sector, and municipal practitioners to address shared challenges and explore potential solutions to creating more inclusive, resilient and smarter cities.

“Cities around the world are experiencing transformative change full of new ideas, new technologies and new opportunities for public participation. This is Canada’s big urban moment,” said Geoff Cape, Evergreen CEO. “The Future Cities Canada Summit is the first cross-sectoral convening of Canada’s great urban innovators to help co-create the important and necessary work of investing in our urban future. With our local, national and international partners, we can set a global example of how cities must be built not just for today, but for the future.”

Cities are changing at a rapid rate due to disruptive forces such as climate change, demographic shifts and technology. At a time of unprecedented change, Evergreen is bringing together more than 500 of the leading minds in city building to create a new urban agenda. Summit attendees will hear from over 50 leaders at the forefront of shaping future cities and communities on topics ranging from data governance and infrastructure resilience to finance and collaboration. Through more than 25 sessions – including keynote, plenary presentations and hands-on workshops and tours – the Summit provides a unique opportunity for participants to obtain tools and skills to identify opportunities for scaling innovations and build new relationships to realize the potential of cities together.

Future Cities Canada Summit Highlights:

DAY 1 - Wednesday, November 7: A one-day tour-focused symposium exploring innovation in the Greater Toronto Area presented in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute and Evergreen. Opening keynote by Richard Florida, Author of The New Urban Crisis, University of Toronto.

DAY 2 Thursday, November 8: Alicia Glen, New York City’s Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development, as part of the first TD Future Cities Speaker Series. Plenary moderated by Doug Saunders international affairs columnist from The Globe and Mail and author of Arrival City on responding to the Biggest Challenges Facing our Cities.

DAY 3 Friday, November 9: A special showcase on municipal innovation in American and Canadian cities hosted in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge program. Participation to also include members of the Office and Finalists of the Smart Cities Challenge.

The Summit takes place at the Future Cities Canada Centre, the site of the redeveloped kiln building that has been recently transformed into a dynamic year-round global demonstration hub where urban thought leaders and citizen city builders from across sectors can gather to co-create, test and prototype solutions for building inclusive low carbon cities. 

For more details on the program, its sessions and speakers and to register, visit: https://futurecitiescanada.ca/events/summit/

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For media information, please contact:

Renee Tratch | Sr. Manager, Public Relations| Evergreen | 416-596-1495 X 273 

Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3X8

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Future Cities Canada is a national cross-sector initiative with the mission to accelerate innovation to transform cities for the benefit of all. Led by four founding partners – Evergreen, Community Foundations of Canada, The McConnell Foundation and Maison de l’innovation sociale -- with a growing network of partners, Future Cities Canada collectively strives to address the challenges facing cities and city-dwellers to reimagine cities that are equitable, regenerative and prosperous.

Evergreen is dedicated to making cities flourish. Since 1991, the national not-for-profit has been hard at work transforming spaces into great places so that communities can thrive. We believe that by connecting people, natural and built worlds, we can enable Canadians to do great things that will shape our cities for the better.

Urban Land Institute: ULI is the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world. ULI is its members. Through our members' dedication to the mission and their shared expertise, the Institute has been able to set standards of excellence in development practice.

Realizing Our Potential: Future Cities Canada Summit

Convened by:

Evergreen, Urban Land Institute

Lead Sponsors: 

TD Bank Group, McConnell Foundation, WSP

Media Partner:

The Globe and Mail

Content Partners:

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Century Initiative, Centre for International Governance Innovation, City Hive, City Inclusive, Community Foundations of Canada, openDemocracy, OpenNorth, Tamarack Institute, The Atmospheric Fund, United Way, Urban Minds, Youthful Cities


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