Future Cities Canada to Host Second Annual Gathering

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On November 7 and 8, 2019, Future Cities Canada is hosting its second annual gathering of international and national urban leaders at Evergreen Brick Works.

Catalyzing Community Solutions, convened by Evergreen, is bringing together urban leaders and city builders from across sectors to scale innovations, collaborate, brainstorm, and reimagine their communities’ futures.

“Faced with continued population growth and accelerating climate change, it is more important than ever for communities to rethink how we build, manage, and use our urban spaces,” said Geoff Cape, Evergreen CEO.

The two-day event will pair main stage programming with concurrent workshops, learning sessions, and networking opportunities.

Keynote speakers include Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, and Bruce Katz, Founding Director of Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University and co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution and The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism.

As part of the new Community Solutions Network, municipal and community leaders will discuss what it takes to get technology and data-focused community solutions to work for the benefit of everyone.

“The Future Cities Canada Summit showcases the hard work being done at the community level into solutions participants can adapt to fit their specific needs and local issues. It’s all about collaboration, problem solving, and learning from others,” said Cape.

Future Cities Canada Summit 2019 Highlights:  

Community Solutions for Future Cities: Innovation is key to survival as communities are squeezed between other levels of government who are downloading costs and the rising expectations of residents who are demanding to live in smarter, greener and more prosperous communities. Gabriella Gomez-Mont kicks off the Summit with her international perspective and rich experience running Mexico City’s Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the award-winning experimental arm of the Mexico City government. She will challenge local government and decision-makers to be agents of change by taking leadership in multi-stakeholder collaboration and bold experimentation.

Cities: Catalyst or Catastrophe? A Debate: Cities are more important than ever, but do they solve more problems than they create? Following a keynote by Bruce Katz, a diverse group of high-profile urban leaders will take to the stage for a lively debate that asks the questions: are we on the right path for sustainable, inclusive, prosperous urban future?

The Sandbox: Risk, Failure and Experimentation: The Sandbox is the Future Cities Canada Summit’s space to play, get messy, and think big. Participants and leading change-makers, led by Stephen Huddart, President & CEO of The McConnell Foundation and Ashley Good, CEO and Founder of Fail Forward, re-cast a past failing in a positive, growth-centered light and to share their story of failure and learning.

Who owns the city? A conversation: As land and its use become more and more contested in dense urban areas, who is making the decisions about how our cities develop? What are the appropriate roles for the development industry, new technology companies, the three levels of government, communities and resident groups? The answer depends on who you ask – a passionate panel of urban leaders come together to discuss “who owns the city?”

For more information visit futurecitiescanada.ca/events/summit

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