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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.

TD Future Cities Speaker Series

Hear from leading minds in urban innovation and city building, and leave inspired to reimagine our urban futures, together.

Hosted in the TD Future Cities Centre at Evergreen Brick Works, the Speaker Series is an opportunity to hear about the solutions creating more equitable, regenerative and prosperous cities for all.

These events are free and open to the public, so all have the opportunity to hear from great international speakers. Stay tuned for the 2020 lineup.

Past Speakers

Turning Spaces into Places with Eric Klinenberg, author of 'Palaces for the People' and Tamika Butler, Toole Design’s Director of Planning for California. Watch the video.

Douglas Cardinal, award-winning architect. Watch the video.

Anthony Townsend, Author, SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia. Watch the video.

Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, New York City – Mega Trends for Mega Cities. Watch the video.

Civic Commons Catalyst webinars

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.

Libraries Reimagined

Tuesday, February 25 at 12 p.m. EST

In the first webinar of 2020, we’ll explore a unique twist on a Civic Commons classic – the library. Often referred to as a “third space” for many people, libraries have been diversifying their offerings in recent decades, including multi-media content, tech-forward resources, language courses, social programs and “alternative” lending, such as libraries and sharing depots for tools, music, and even kitchen items. As they work to transform their offerings in a changing context, we’ll be discussing the protection of libraries as expanded spaces for learning, gathering and mobilizing. Register for this free webinar here.

Community Solutions Network Events

Idea Camp


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.

Collision Days

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.

Community Roundtables

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.