Future Cities Canada and our partners are leading events across the country that will bring people from different sectors together to connect, re-imagine our cities and accelerate innovation.
Future Cities Canada Summit
Cities are leading the way.
Join us from November 7-8, 2019 for Catalyzing Community Solutions: Future Cities Canada Summit. This two-day event translates the hard work being done at the community level into solutions participants can adapt to fit their specific needs and their local issues. Save 15% off the cost of your ticket with early-bird pricing! Available until September 18.
TD Future Cities Speaker Series
Featuring Eric Klinenberg and Tamika Butler.
Turning Spaces into Places will explore the role public assets play in building opportunity within cities and the mechanisms available to build, enhance, and protect these spaces. Register today for this free event.
The Civic Commons Catalyst is a new initiative of Future Cities Canada which will offer an array of programming to support and scale existing civic initiatives, prototype new participatory models and support resident-led activities. Learn more about the Civic Commons Catalyst.
August 13, 12-1pm
Join us in a conversation with the Winnipeg Boldness Project and Vivo for Healthier Generations around participatory places. Learn more about their approaches to enabling collective decision-making, creating places for resident empowerment, and building participatory cultures in their cities. This webinar will be hosted and moderated by Michelle German.
Urban and Suburban Places
September 17, 12-1pm
On September 11th, the TD Speaker Series conversation will explore the role public assets play in building opportunities for resident participation and belonging within cities and the mechanisms available to build, enhance, and protect these spaces. Join the Centre for Connected Communities as we showcase and unpack clips from Eric Klinenberg’s talk to frame a conversation about how we create places for people to flourish. This webinar will be hosted and moderated by Michelle German.
Adaptive Reuse with Integrity in the Civic Commons
October 15, 12-1pm
With aging building stocks, growing populations, and booming real estate markets, adaptive reuse projects have grown in relevance and popularity. Join us in a conversation with Entremise Montreal and New Dawn Enterprises as we explore participatory models for restoring and repurposing underutilized public infrastructure with and for community. This webinar will be hosted and moderated by Michelle German.
From Consultation to Co-creation - Accelerating Innovation in Participatory Practices
November 19, 12-1pm
There is tremendous variance in the levels of enthusiasm and proficiency with which civic engagement is carried out across different communities (and even between different departments within municipalities), and just as much divergence in its actual effect on policy- and decision-making. Join Synapcity and BetaCityYEG as they discuss the role of civic commons in advancing civic participation and empowering residents in influencing and shaping city building decisions. This webinar will be hosted and moderated by Michelle German.
Inclusive Public Celebrations in the Civic Commons
December 17, 12-1pm
For cities, holidays and cultural celebrations drive transformation in community atmospheres. Suddenly streets change colours, decorations hung, and festivals turn sleepy downtown cores into large-scale parties for locals and tourists alike. Festivals have countless benefits; they bring diverse people together, increase economic opportunities, celebrate food and culture and increase a sense of belonging. However, more often than not, community or multicultural groups encounter barriers to hosting their celebrations in public spaces. Even worse, cultural festivals can result in cultural appropriation and commercialization by other groups. Join Sabina Ali and Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in a conversation about the importance of saying YES to cultural celebrations in public spaces and why these events need to be led by the community they represent. This webinar will be hosted and moderated by Michelle German.
A series of regional events that brings together mid- and senior- level municipal staff and Indigenous leaders to build capacity in the areas of open data, governance and public engagement.
Through expert training, peer-to-peer learning, and applying concepts to local case studies, participants learn about emerging trends, issues and approaches in open smart cities, as well as best practices and lessons learned. Participants will leave with toolkits and practical concepts to advance work locally.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Ottawa, ON
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Calgary, AB
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - Montreal, QC
Wednesay, October 16, 2019 - Mount Pearl, NL
- Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - Victoria, BC
Collision Days are match-making events in six big or mid-sized cities that connect emerging technology companies with community leaders.
Mid- and senior-level municipal staff and Indigenous leaders have the chance to preview technologies under development that may help to address community-specific challenges and serve the needs of their residents. Start-ups and small- to medium-sized enterprises will receive the valuable feedback that is critical in the early development stages.
Thursday, May 23, 2019: Smart Cities Panel and Collision Day in Vancouver (in English)
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Moncton, NB
Thursday, October 17 2019 - Winnipeg, MB
Monday, November 4, 2019 - Waterloo, ON
The Community Solutions Network will be hosting invite-only events for municipal staff and Indigenous leaders to gather and share solutions at roundtables across Canada.
Roundtable events take place in six Indigenous, rural, remote, or northern regions across the country.
Participants exchange key learnings and best practices about emerging trends, issues, and approaches in open smart cities, and create important connections with their peers in similar-sized communities.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Windsor-Essex, ON
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 in Olds, AB
Friday, October 25, 2019 - Kelowna, BC
Monday, October 28, 2019 - Cape Breton, NS
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - Sherbrooke, QC