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Let's realize our potential, together. Join more than 50 international and national leaders in city building and innovation at the Future Cities Canada Summit.

 
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TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, New York City

As New York's Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, Alicia Glen leads the efforts to grow and diversify New York City's economy, invest in emerging industries across the 5 boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs that can support a family.

Session: TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Mega Trends for Mega Cities

 
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The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Senator for Ontario, The Senate of Canada

Ratna Omidvar was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2016 as an Independent Senator for Ontario. She holds leadership positions in the Senate, as the Scroll Manager for the Independent Senators Group and as the Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. She is the founding Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Senator Omidvar is a Member of the Order of Canada and appointee to the Order of Ontario.

Session: Closing Plenary: We Are Cities

 
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Mayor Madeleine Redfern, City of Iqaluit

Madeleine Redfern, LLB, was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut (formerly, Frobisher Bay, NWT). She is currently the Mayor of the City of Iqaluit for her second term. Madeleine has a strong commitment to her community, and she strives to be accessible, responsive and accountable. Madeleine has 30 years of experience working in business and governance, on issues related to economic development, housing, education, employment and training, justice, community services, preschool child care, and health care.

Sessions: Constitution 2.0: Time for Cities to Grow Up, Canada at 100,000,000

 
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Tanya Talaga, author and journalist

Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and First Nation Communities Read: Young Adult/Adult. For more than twenty years she has been a journalist at the Toronto Star, and has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation.

Session: Closing Plenary: We Are Cities

 
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Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton

Since his election as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has led Edmonton’s transformation into a more uplifting, resilient and globally competitive city.

 Harnessing a new confidence among Edmontonians, he is focused on the priorities of growing an opportunity economy, building a more family friendly city, accelerating our leadership on energy and climate, and planning for a million people – all while strengthening integrity and performance at City Hall.

Session: Constitution 2.0: Time for Cities to Grow Up

 
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Barbara Gray, City of Toronto

Barbara Gray took on the position of General Manager, Transportation Services with Toronto in December 2016. She assumed this role after 19 years with the City of Seattle where she has held a series of senior positions involved in transportation and land use planning and design, culminating in her 2014 appointment as Deputy Director of the Department of Transportation. Barbara also has had extensive experience in the private sector as an urban design and transportation planning consultant providing services to federal, state and local agencies and community groups.

Session: Lunch Talk: Let's Get Moving

 
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Phyllis Yaffe, Canada's Consul General in New York

Phyllis Yaffe was announced as Canada's Consul General in New York in July 2016. She has had a distinguished career in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. Yaffe has served as chair of the board of Cineplex Entertainment, lead director of Torstar Corporation and as a member of the boards of Lionsgate Entertainment and Blue Ant Media. Ms. Yaffe is a recipient of the Order of Canada, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television.

Session: TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Mega Trends for Mega Cities


 
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Rachel Abrams, Arup NY

Rachel Abrams is an Associate Principal in Foresight, Research and Innovation at Arup NY, leading design strategy. She has also been a graphic facilitator to the United Nations 70th General Assembly’s Sustainable Development Summit, Amnesty International’s Human Rights Education conference in Senegal, Municipal Arts Society’s urban resilience conference at Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, the Museum of Modern Art, Cornell University, Comics and Medicine conferences and others.

Role: Graphic Facilitator

 
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Patience Adamu, Crosslinx Transit Solutions

Patience Adamu has been leading the implementation of Ontario’s first construction project contractually-obligated to deliver community benefits in her role as Community Investments Lead at Crosslinx Transit Solutions.

Session: Strategies for Inclusive Economies

 
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Rohit T. Aggarwala, Sidewalk Labs

Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is Head of Urban Systems at Sidewalk Labs. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and recently chaired the Regional Plan Association’s five-year effort to develop a Fourth Regional Plan for the New York metropolitan area.

Session: Let's Get Moving

 
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Nasma Ahmed, Digital Justice Lab

Nasma Ahmed is a technologist and community organizer that works within the intersections of social justice, technology and policy. She is currently Director of the Digital Justice Lab, an organization that focuses on building a more just and equitable digital future.

Session: Smart Cities for Smart People

 
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Alireza Anvari, Evergreen

Alireza oversees Evergreen Brick Work’s 42-acre campus, ensuring that the site’s LEED Platinum and heritage buildings operate smoothly and efficiently. He works to keep EBW a physically resilient space that demonstrates the best of urban sustainability and green design.

Session: Tour: Evergreen Brick Works as a Low-Carbon Site

 
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Christine Arthurs, City of Calgary

Christine (“Chris”) brings 23 years of experience across many business units and departments at The City of Calgary. As the Director of Resilience & Infrastructure Calgary, and the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Chris envisions the delivery of a long-term investment and value strategy for a resilient Calgary.

Session: Realizing the Resilient City

 
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Shari Austin, Century Initiative 

Shari Austin is the CEO of Century Initiative, a non-partisan organization focused on Canada’s long-term prosperity. She has 30 years of experience in public policy, law, environmental affairs and philanthropy. Shari had a 20-year career with RBC, with the last 8 years as RBC’s first Vice President of Corporate Citizenship.

Session: Canada at 100,000,000

 
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Bassem Awad, CIGI

Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property (IP) law and innovation with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Bassem leads number of research projects on the governance of IP rights; preferential trade agreements; and IP and disruptive technologies such as AI and big data.

Session: Urban Data Done Right

 
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Brad Badelt, City of Vancouver

Brad Badelt is Assistant Director of Sustainability with the City of Vancouver. His portfolio includes overseeing the City’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the Corporate Green Operations Plan, and leading the City’s efforts to reduce its ecological footprint.

Session: Civic Innovation from the Outside In

 
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Derek Ballantyne, CMHC

Derek Ballantyne brings extensive experience in the development and management of housing, as well as the development of financial models for housing development and operations and innovative approaches to attract new sources of capital to housing. Derek was Chief Operating Officer of Build Toronto and also served as Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Community Housing.

Session: Housing Us All

 
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Ger Baron, City of Amsterdam

Ger Baron is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. 

Sessions: Urban Data Done Right, Housing Us All

 
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Andrea Cohen Barrack, TD Bank Group

Andrea Cohen Barrack is the Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship at TD Bank Group. Barrack worked in healthcare administration for more than a decade, most recently as the chief executive officer for Unison Health and Community Services in Toronto during an organizational merger.

Session: TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Mega Trends for Mega Cities

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Doug Bennet, City of Toronto

Bennet is a Business Development Officer in the General Manager's Office at Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. His work focuses on third-party partnerships and collaborative governance projects that engage community groups, non-profits, foundations and corporations in creating new funding streams and service delivery models.

Sessions: Urban Territories I: Places for PeopleUrban Territories III: Building a Regenerative Practice Field

 
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JP Bervoets, Community Foundations of Canada

For the past decade, JP has worked to foster collaboration and build partnerships across sectors to advance community wellbeing and sustainable development. As Vice President at Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), JP works to connect Canada’s 191 community foundations with partners from the public sector, private sector and civil society.

Session: Doing More, Together

 
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Tamara Rae Biebrich, Winnipeg Arts Council

Tamara Rae Biebrich is Senior Public Art Project Manager for the Winnipeg Arts Council. She works with City administration, artists and communities to integrate art in Winnipeg’s public spaces.

Session: Innovation Showcase from North and South

 
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Chris Boivin, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Chris Boivin is the Managing Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund (GMF), a $625 million endowment from the Government of Canada, created to drive sustainable innovation in the municipal sector.

Session: Who's Gonna Pay? Financing the Great Transition

 
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Andrew Bowerbank, WSP Canada

Bowerbank is the national vice president, sustainability and energy, at WSP, one of the largest engineering consulting fims in the world. Among his past professional accomplishments, Bowerbank has taken on a number of leadership roles across the industry including head of sustainability at EllisDon Corporation, council member at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and member representative at the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

Session: We Are Cities

 
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Sheila Botting, Deloitte

SheilaBotting is a Senior Partner & Canadian Real Estate Leader, member of Deloitte's Global Real Estate Executive and President of Deloitte Real Estate Inc. Sheila is responsible for Deloitte's full service offering to the real estate industry, and real estate services for other clients.

Session: Future-Planning: Infrastructure & Investment

 
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Maxim Bragoli, La Pépinière I Espaces Collectifs

Maxim is a social entrepreneur. He has a masters in business with a major in finance. He started his career in banking, software and business development but his passion for the city brought him to start with Jerome Glad La Pépinière I Espaces Collectifs, a Montreal-based non-profit dedicated to help local communities develop innovative collective urban projects.

Sessions: We Are Cities

 
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Tessy Britton, Participatory City Foundation

Founding CEO of Participatory City Foundation which is building a large urban Demonstration Neighbourhood as a model of equality, wellbeing and sustainability in a borough of London, England.

Sessions: Plenary: Realizing Our Potential, Urban Territories I: Places for People

 
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Jeb Brugmann, 100 Resilient Cities

As Vice President for Solutions Development at 100 Resilient Cities, Jeb oversees the organization’s more than 100 corporate and institutional partnerships that support the resilience building efforts in the 100 cities.

Session: Realizing the Resilient City

 
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Tabatha Bull, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Tabatha Bull is currently the COO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in Toronto. Tabatha is Anishinaabe and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Ontario. An electrical engineer from the University of Waterloo, Tabatha spent the first 2 decades of her career in the electrical consulting and energy industry.

Session: Plenary: Realizing Our Potential

 
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Mara Bullock, WSP

Mara Bullock, P.Eng specializes in the application of technology to transportation and the use of alternative procurement approaches to project delivery. She is the Manager, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) & Technology Planning and chairs WSP’s Smart City Task Force.

Sessions: Future-Planning: Smart Cities & Mobility

 
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Veronika Bylicki, CityHive

Co-Founder & Co-Director, CityHive. A lifelong Vancouverite, she is passionate about creating more sustainable, liveable cities and amplifying the meaningful engagement of citizens, particularly youth, in addressing urban challenges.

Session: From Disengaged to Decision Maker

 
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Norie Campbell, TD Bank Group

As a member of the senior executive team, Norie is Group Head, Customer and Colleague Experience, TD Bank Group and leads the teams responsible for Human Resources, Marketing, Corporate & Public Affairs, Financial Crimes and Fraud Management, and Enterprise Projects..

Session: Welcome, Day 2

 
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Geoff Cape, Evergreen

Geoff Cape is the founder and CEO of Evergreen. Since being founded in 1991, Evergreen has evolved into a national organization focused on integrating people, natural and built worlds, turning spaces into great places. Selected in 1999 as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” by The Globe and Mail Report on Business magazine, Geoff has also been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and invested into the Order of Canada in 2018.

Session: Welcome, Day 2

 
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Elliott Cappell, City of Toronto

Elliott is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Toronto. In this role he is leading the development of Toronto’s Resilience Strategy and the City’s participation in the global 100 Resilient Cities network.

Session: Realizing the Resilient City

 
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Fang-Jui Chang, PDIS

Fang is a Service Designer/Consultant at PDIS. She leads workshops and meetings to tackle diverse social issues across departments as well as organisations and private sectors. The aim of this is to deal with cross-government issues and enhance a better organisational culture from inside to outside of the government.

Session: New Rules for New Ways

 
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Joe Christo, City of Boston

Joe Christo is a Program Director with the City of Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, the city's civic innovation team. He leads programs in the areas of community resilience, economic mobility, and equitable infrastructure.

Session: Innovation Showcase from North and South

 
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Desmond Cole, journalist and activist

Desmond Cole is an award-winning journalist, an activist and an author. He has written for numerous publications including the National Observer, Toronto Star, NOW magazine, VICE, Ethnic Aisle, Walrus and Toronto Life. Desmond was awarded the 2017 PEN Canada Ken Filkow Prize for freedom of expression in Canada. His first book, entitled "The Skin We're In" will be published in 2019.

Session: Plenary: Realizing Our Potential

 
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Chris Cowperthwaite, Open Democracy Project

Chris is Co-Chair of Open Democracy Project, a not-for-profit working to empower everyday citizens to drive change through civic and political action. Chris is Associate Principal at Navigator Limited and is Vice-President of TRUE Collective, Navigator's in-house digital and creative public affairs firm.

Session: Doing More, Together

 
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Isaac Crosby, Evergreen

Isaac Crosby comes from a small farming community 30 mins south of Windsor, Ont called Harrow, Ont. He is proud of his Ojibwe/ Black Canadian heritage and looks forward to sharing their histories. He studied Landscape Horticulture Tech at Humber College and is currently the Urban Agriculture lead hand at Evergreen Brickworks. He incorporates his education and traditional farming to grow great crops, to teach others and do his part in saving the earth.

Session: Cookshop: Recipe for Resilient Communities

 
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François Croteau, City of Montreal

François Croteau was first elected as Mayor of the borough Rosemont− La Petite-Patrie in 2009, and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. He is known for his innovative environmental policies, particularly in the areas of urban agriculture, sustainable transportation, urban planning and effective management of public services. He is also a member of the executive committee of the City of Montréal, responsible for information technologies, innovation, the smart city and higher education.

Session: New Rules for New Ways

 
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Michael Denham, BDC

Michael Denham is President and CEO of BDC, Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. A strong advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation, he drives BDC’s positioning as the number one ally of Canadian entrepreneurs.

Session: Plenary: Realizing Our Potential

 
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Jonathan Dewar, First Nations Information Governance Centre

Jonathan Dewar is the Executive Director at the First Nations Information Governance Centre and holds a PhD from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

Session: Smart Cities for Smart People

 
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Adil Dhalla, Centre for Social Innovation

Adil Dhalla is a social entrepreneur, community organizer and the Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation.

Session: Get to Know the Participants of the Future Cities Canada Summit

 
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Lisa Ditschun, Evergreen

Lisa oversees a program portfolio focused on Evergreen’s national children’s programs and the revitalization of greenspaces such as Toronto’s Don River Valley Park. Her work is driven by a belief in evidence-based solutions that respond to identified and understood needs.

Sessions: Urban Territories I: Places for People, Urban Territories III: Building a Regenerative Practice Field

 
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Courtey Doagoo, CIGI

Courtney Doagoo is a post-doctoral fellow in International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Her research focuses on intellectual property, innovation and the governance of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and big data.

Session: Urban Data Done Right

 
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Jeremy Dutcher, artist and activist

Performer, composer, activist, musicologist — these roles are all infused into his art and way of life. A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Jeremy got the chance to work in the Canadian Museum of History archives, transcribing Wolastoq songs from 1907 wax cylinders. Jeremy Dutcher will be performing at the Future Cities Summit this year.

Session: Closing performance

 
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Grant Ervin, City of Pittsburgh

Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant Director for the Department of City Planning for the City of Pittsburgh. Grant oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City services, programs and policy.

Session: Realizing the Resilient City

 
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Rashiq Fataar, Our Future Cities

Rashiq Fataar is an urban strategist and the founder of Our Future Cities, an independent non-profit organisation based in South Africa. He works collaboratively and advises governments, companies and communities on public space, housing and transport projects which contribute to more inclusive, progressive and vibrant cities.

Sessions: Housing Us All, We Are Cities

 
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Drew Fagan, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Drew Fagan is a professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He teaches a course on policy implementation in the school’s graduate program and is involved in numerous other university initiatives.

Session: Canada at 100,000,000

 
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Jo Flatt, Evergreen

Jo leads a number initiatives focused on urban sustainability and resilience at Evergreen. She runs the Mid-Sized Cities Program to enhance the social, economic, and environmental prosperity of Ontario’s mid-sized cities. She spearheaded Evergreen’s consultation and research work to shape Toronto’s laneway suites policy and leads the programming and content for the upcoming Future Cities Summit as part of Future Cities Canada.

 
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Sheila Foster, Georgetown University

Sheila R. Foster is a joint Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University and co-director of the international Laboratory for the Governance of the Commons (LabGov).

Session: Innovation Showcase from North and South

 
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Bojan Francuz, CityInclusive

Co-Founder and Director of CityInclusive and visiting researcher at the Institute for Urban Futures at Concordia University in Montréal.

Session: From Disengaged to Decision Maker

 
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Michelle German, Evergreen

Michelle manages Evergreen’s action labs, blending together research and action to advance solutions. Her work is focused on building partnerships with people from a variety of backgrounds to identify shared challenges.

Session: Urban Data Done Right

 
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Jasmine Gill, Century Initiative

Jasmine Gill joined the Century Initiative as Director (Policy and Programs) in November 2017. Jasmine practiced intellectual property law in the publishing and media industries for several years after graduating from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and Rotman School of Management.

Session: Canada at 100,000,000

 
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Stacey Gillett, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Stacey Gillett leads research and development of new Government Innovation initiatives at Bloomberg Philanthropies. In this role, she has launched multiple programs which include What Works Cities, supporting US cities to better use data and evidence; the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, growing the leadership and management capacity of mayors and city leaders; and the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, helping cities worldwide prepare for this new technology.

Session: Innovation Showcase from North and South

 
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LoriAnn Girvan, Toronto Artscape Inc.

LoriAnn Girvan is an entrepreneurial leader with over 25 years of experience in urban revitalization, affordable housing, community planning and non-profit management in Canada, the United States and Africa. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Toronto Artscape Inc. where she leads all areas of Artscape’s operations to realize the organization’s financial and social impact goals. .

Session: Housing Us All

 
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Stéphane Guidoin, City of Montréal

Stéphane Guidoin is acting director of the Urban Innovation Lab of the City of Montréal. A long-time advocate in the field of open government, he was responsible of the open data program for the City of Montréal, leading among other things the "open by default" policy.

Session: Civic Innovation From the Outside In

 
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Claire Hicks, WSP

Claire Hicks is the Program Manager for Future Ready at WSP Canada. Future Ready is WSPs global innovation program, encouraging staff and clients to see the future more clearly and design for it today. She strives to support teams to deliver resilient, sustainable and people-centreed project solutions that are prepared for tomorrows world.

Session: Future-Planning: Smart Cities & Mobility

 
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Michelle Holliday, author

Michelle Holliday is a consultant, facilitator and author whose work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives and practices based on a view of organizations and communities as dynamic, self-organizing living systems.

Sessions: Urban Territories III: Building a Regenerative Practice Field

 
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Tom Hook, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Tom Hook is Director of Policy & Participation at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham where he leads on strategy, communications, community participation, data and insight. He is also responsible for the Borough’s cultural and heritage offer.

Session: Urban Territories Ⅰ: Places for People, Urban Territories III: Building a Regenerative Practice Field

 
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Kofi Hope, Wellesley Institute

Kofi Hope is a Rhodes Scholar, Doctor of Philosophy in Politics, community activist and youth advocate. He is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Wellesley Institute. He also serves as a Strategic Consultant for the Vice President HR/Equity at the University Toronto and is the current Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning at UofT’s School of Urban Planning. He is the 2017 winner of the Jane Jacobs Prize.

Session: Realizing Our Potential

 
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Stephen Huddart, McConnell Foundation

Stephen Huddart is President and CEO of the McConnell Foundation, a national private foundation based in Montreal, with additional staff in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. The Foundation has played a leading role in developing social innovation and impact investing in Canada as a founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG).

Session: Who's Gonna Pay? Financing the Great Transition

 
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David Hulchanski, University of Toronto

David Hulchanski is a professor of housing and community development at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, where he holds the Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing.

Session: Strategies for Inclusive Economies

 
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Gabriela Ituarte, community worker and restaurateur

Gabriela is a community worker and a restaurateur. Her passion for food and traditional recipes inspire her to start her own restaurant. In 2012 she and business partner opened Maizal, a Mexican restaurant that serves traditional and authentic food that is based in sustainable and more eco-friendly methods.

Session: Cookshop: Recipes for Resilient Communities

 
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Indy Johar, 00 and Dark Matter Labs

Co-founder of 00 and Dark Matter Labs, as well as multiple social ventures in England while working with large global multinationals and institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy.

Sessions: New Rules for New Ways, Who's Gonna Pay? Financing the Great Transition

 
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Jane Hilderman, Samara Canada

Jane Hilderman is the Executive Director of Samara Canada, a nonpartisan charity that works to strengthen Canada’s democracy to better serve Canadians. Jane joined Samara after working on Parliament Hill. She holds degrees from the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto (MPP) and Queen’s University (BAH). Jane is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Session: Constitution 2.0: Time for Cities to Grow Up

 
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Alec Knowles, WSP

As a Senior Consultant within WSP’s Advisory Services team, Alec has broad experience working with both the public and private sectors, collaborating with colleagues and clients across North America, Europe, and Australia to bring international best practices to his work.

Session: Future-Planning: Smart Cities & Mobility

 
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Olivia Labonté, Young Diplomats of Canada

Olivia Labonté is an economist with a passion for global youth advocacy and sustainable cities. She is currently the Executive Director of Young Diplomats of Canada, a national non-profit organization focused on creating spaces for young people to engage at the highest levels of decision-making.

Session: Canada at 100,000,000

 
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Jonathan Lapalme, Les Interstices

Jonathan Lapalme holds a Masters of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and is the head at Les Interstices, a strategic design atelier based in Montréal. He has been working for more than ten years on various types of urban problématiques.

Session: New Rules for New Ways

 
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Jean-Noé Landry*, OpenNorth

Executive Director of Montreal-based OpenNorth, specializing in open data, open government, community engagement and civic tech.

Session: Smart Cities for Smart People

 
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Leah Lawrence, Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Leah Lawrence is a lifelong advocate for engineering, entrepreneurship and the environment and the President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

Session: Plenary: Realizing Our Potential

 

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Ryan Lo, Urban Minds

Ryan Lo is an urban planner, community engagement practitioner, and youth advocate. As Co-Founder of Urban Minds, he bridges the gap between youth and decision makers by developing youth engagement strategies with municipalities and community partners.

Session: From Disengaged to Decision Maker

 
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Sara Lyons, Community Foundations of Canada

Sara Lyons is Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Community Foundations of Canada (CFC). In this role, Sara’s focus is on driving CFC’s strategy, partnerships and execution across a range of key areas of focus such as settlement, youth, reconciliation, and social finance.

Session: Who's Gonna Pay? Financing the Great Transition

 
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Galen MacLusky, Tamarack Institute

Galen is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Innovation Idea Area. He is passionate about working with community organizations to help build and scale new ideas that deepen their impact.

Session: Doing More, Together

 
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Megan Marcoux, CityInclusive

Megan Marcoux is co-founder and director of CityInclusive and Public Leadership Fellow at the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation in Montréal.

Session: From Disengaged to Decision-Maker

 
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Stephen McCullough, Evergreen

Stephen directs Evergreen’s marketing and sales and oversees its social enterprises businesses, including Events and Hospitality, the Evergreen Garden Market, and the Sipping Container. He works to make sure Evergreen’s social enterprise sets a high standard for quality and environmental sustainability while remaining financially sustainable as well.

Session: Tour: Evergreen Brick Works as a Low-Carbon Site

 
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Dr. Alexander Mirescu, Pontarolo Engineering

Alex Mirescu is the Head of the Urban Resilience Business Unit, Pontarolo Engineering and CEO of RESILIÉNT/CITY, a global consulting firm based out of New York City that supports municipal and national governments, the private sector and international organizations on evaluating risk and resilience, crafting policy and actions plans and implementation.

Session: Future-Planning: Infrastructure and Investment

 
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Graham Marshall, Band Council Member in Membertou, Nova Scotia

Graham Marshall is a Band Council Member in Membertou, Nova Scotia. Membertou is one of Canada’s leading economically progressive communities. Building strong business partnerships and creating opportunities for its people, Membertou is home to a development corporation which drives a sustainable business model that has seen immense growth in the last two decades.

Session: Innovation Showcase from North and South

 
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Beth McMahon, Canadian Institute of Planners

With more than twenty years of non-profit experience, Beth McMahon is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

Session: Future-Planning: Infrastructure and Investment

 
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Vicky Mochama, podcaster and columnist

Vicky Mochama is a podcaster and columnist. She was the national columnist for Metro News where she wrote on race, gender and Canadian politics. She has also written columns for the Toronto Star and Flare Magazine. She is a humour writer and a co-author of the best-selling Canadaland Guide to Canada. Her writing has been published in the Globe and Mail, TVO, NOW magazine and CBC.ca.

Session: Doing More, Together

 
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Janet Moore, CityStudio

Dr. Janet Moore is the Co-founder and Strategist at CityStudio as well as Board Chair. She is also a Professor of Professional Practice at SFU Semester in Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. Her interests include transdisciplinary higher education, transformative learning, social entrepreneurship, social innovation and organizational change in higher education.

Session: Civic Innovation from the Outside In

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Colette Murphy, Atkinson Foundation

A Canadian who was raised in the US, Colette Murphy cut her teeth as an activist working alongside refugees who found their way to Toronto in the 90s. As the Executive Director of the 75-year old Atkinson Foundation, Colette focuses on strengthening movements for decent work, shared prosperity and democratic renewal.

Session: Strategies for Inclusive Economies

 
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Lhazin Nedup

A citizen of Bhutan, Lhazin leads national projects that focus on capacity building and bridging the gap between civic engagement and systems change at Evergreen.

Session: Civic Innovation from the Outside In

 
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Hadley Nelles, New Market Funds & New Commons Development

Hadley leads partnerships and business development at New Market Funds – an impact investing platform that develops investment opportunities with lasting community benefit. NMF is focused on housing affordability and community lending, providing capacity and capital to charities, non-profits and co-operatives across Canada.

Session: Housing Us All

 
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Lan Nguyen, City of Toronto

Lan is the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the City of Toronto responsible for a diversified enterprise portfolio to support city program operations and service delivery to Toronto citizen and businesses.

Session: Urban Data Done Right

 
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Mayor Marian Orr, City of Cheyenne

Marian Orr was sworn in as Cheyenne, Wyoming’s first female Mayor on January 3, 2017. Since taking office, Orr has fostered innovation for a growing capital city located along the Rocky Mountain Front Range.

Session: Innovation Showcase from North and South

 
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Gerard Peets, Infrastructure Canada

Gerard Peets is Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Results at Infrastructure Canada. He is a seasoned executive in the Public Service of Canada, with public policy experience spanning cities and communities, manufacturing industry competitiveness, disruptive technology, international trade and the Canada-U.S. border, government agenda-setting, resource development and marketplace framework laws.

Session: Welcome, Day 3

 

Eric Petersen, Metrolinx

At Metrolinx, Eric is Senior Advisor with the Network Planning team and helped develop the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan. He has twenty years of experience in transportation planning and developing multi-modal demand models, including developing several activity-based models for clients in the United States such as the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Session: Future-Planning: Smart Cities & Mobility

 
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Mary Pickering, The Atmospheric Fund

Vice President of Programs and Partnerships for The Atmospheric Fund, a municipal climate agency working in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Session: Doing More, Together

 

Patricia Pledge, Tamarack Institute

Patricia Pledge (BA, Carleton 1991; LLB, University of Ottawa, 1994; LLM, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2010, Certificate in Regulatory Leadership, 2017) is current Special Advisor, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat working with both the Regulatory Affairs Sector and Regulatory Reviews team.

Session: New Rules for New Ways

 
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John Purkis, sustainability expert

John Purkis is a sustainability expert, facilitator and systems change specialist. He works with all orders of government, businesses, non-governmental organizations and multi stakeholder groups to generate and implement bold visions for a sustainable future. John is a Senior Associate at The Natural Step Canada, a national non-profit spearheading the Energy Future’s Lab in Alberta and other Initiatives. 

Session: Future-Planning: Infrastructure & Investment

 
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Eric Rancourt, Statistics Canada

Eric Rancourt is Director General of the Strategic Data Management Branch at Statistics Canada. He is responsible for data stewardship, privacy protection, information management, data integration, standards, geospatial expertise and urban dynamics.

Session: Urban Data Done Right

 
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Bill Reed, Regenesis

A principal in Regenesis – an organization working to lift human activities into full integration and evolution with living systems. An author of technical articles and contributor to many books on green design he is also a co-author of the seminal work, Integrative Design Guide to Green Building.

Sessions: Urban Territories II: The Living City, Urban Territories III: Building a Regenerative Practice Field

 
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Sandra Y. Richter, Soofa, Inc.

Sandra Y. Richter is the co-founder and CEO of Soofa, Inc., a spinout from the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, she worked with municipalities across the globe on smart transportation systems in collaboration with top companies to define smart city strategies and evaluate business models.

Session: Smart Cities for Smart People

 
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Pamela Robinson, Ryerson University

Pamela Robinson is the associate dean, graduate studies and strategic initiatives at the Faculty of Community Services and an associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson. As part of the geothink.ca research team, Robinson's current research and practice focus the challenges and opportunities new technologies present to Canadian cities with a particular focus on open government, smart cities, and artificial intelligence.

Session: Urban Data Done Right

 
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Patrick Robinson, DesignJam

Patrick Robinson (@conferencejunki) is operations lead at DesignJam, where he designs and organizes workshops, assists in the smooth operation of DesignJam services and co-facilitates BigTent events.

Session:  Future-Planning: Infrastructure & Investment

 
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Mary W. Rowe, Evergreen, Future Cities Canada

A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Mary is an impassioned leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors. Mary has led national urban initiatives from Toronto and New York City, and in addition to her current role with Evergreen as Senior Fellow with Future Cities Canada, is Senior Fellow with the Fogo Institute for Community Economics.

Session: Emcee, Future Cities Canada Summit

 
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Andrea Ruckstuhl, Lendlease

Andrea is currently Head of Continental Europe of Lendlease, with a particular focus on large-scale urban regeneration schemes. As part of this activity Andrea will be leading an initiative to explore innovative ways of delivering sustainable urban regeneration, including how to tackle some of the biggest challenges cities are facing such as the provision of social infrastructure.

Session: Who's Gonna Pay? Financing the Great Transition

 
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Alex Ryan, MaRS Solutions Lab

Alex Ryan is VP of Systems Innovation and Program Director of the MaRS Solutions Lab. He most enjoys spending time with his wife Eleanor, and bringing diverse groups of participants together to jointly innovate on society’s most complex and important challenges. Alex Ryan is co-founder of the innovation and collaboration agency Synthetikos Inc. and also co-founded Alberta CoLab, the first provincial government innovation lab in Canada.

Session: New Rules for New Ways

 
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Jai Sahak, Town of Ajax

Jai Sahak is the Diversity and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Town of Ajax where he oversees diversity and community strengthening initiatives. In addition to his role at the Town of Ajax, Jai is also currently an adjunct professor at Seneca College.

Session: Innovation Showcase from North and South

 
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Andrew Salkin, SVP, Global Resilience Practice

Andrew Salkin joined 100 Resilient Cities from New York City’s Department of Finance, where he was the Deputy Commissioner of Operations, managing more than 800 people and responsible for collecting $30 billion annually through real estate, business, and excise taxes, as well as parking summonses.

Session: Realizing the Resilient City

 
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Lisa Salsberg, Metrolinx

Lisa is the Senior Manager of Network Planning at Metrolinx - the Regional Transportation Authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. She has worked extensively on transportation and growth planning initiatives, at the local and regional levels, over the last 25 years. Most recently, she led the team to develop the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan.

Session: Future-Planning: Smart Cities & Mobility

 
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Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail

Doug Saunders is the Globe and Mail’s International-Affairs Columnist and an award-winning author whose work focuses on cities, migration, population and policy.

Sessions: Plenary: Realizing Our Potential, Canada at 100,000,000

 
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Clayton Shirt, Traditional Teacher

Clayton Shirt is a Father and Traditional Teacher. He is from the Wolf Clan of Saddle Lake Alberta, Treaty 6. Clayton had been working as a Traditional Teacher for more than 15+ years in the Native and multi-cultural community in Canada. He was taught in the old way, working for many years with the guidance of a number of Aniishnawbe Elders and other First Nation Elders in Canada and the USA, and was taught to do traditional ceremonies, teachings, circles, one to one work and to help all people to "walk in a good way" though life.

Session: Urban Territories I: Places for People

 
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Shea Sinnott, Civic Hall Toronto

Shea Sinnott is the Program Manager of Civic Hall Toronto, a program of Code for Canada. Shea has worked as a program manager, organizer, and educator with Organize BC, OpenMedia, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

Session: Civic Innovation from the Outside In

 
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Carl Skelton, Gotham Innovation Greenhouse

Carl Skelton, Dr. -Ing. (@Ultratopia) directs Gotham Innovation Greenhouse in New York and Centre for City Ecologies in Toronto, developing new tools and practices to support collaborative participation in urban design, planning and governance.

Session: Future-Planning: Infrastructure and Investment

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Robert Sleeper, York University and University of Toronto

Robert Sleeper is Haudenosaunee form the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. He is Endaayaang Story Cather Research Coordinator for the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York University and at Research Associate at the Waakebiness Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at University of Toronto. His current work focuses on Indigenous health and wellness in the context of Canadian Indigenous reconciliation, with expertise in partnership building, ethics, and healing.

Sessions: Urban Territories I: Places for People, Urban Territories III: Building a Regenerative Practice Field

 
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Kristina Smith, YouthfulCities

Program Manager for YouthfulCities. While living in Vancouver, she was a participant in the 30Network, organized by YouthfulCities and CityHive, and since has worked to launch Empty Nests, a non-profit shared housing platform for youth and seniors.

Session: From Disengaged to Decision Maker

 
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Hugo Steben, Maison de l'innovation sociale

Hugo Steben is Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the Maison de l'innovation sociale (MIS), an organization that supports the emergence and deployment of social innovation initiatives.

Session: Strategies for Inclusive Economies

 
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Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Della Lana School of Public Health

Dr. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation. She is a registered psychologist and Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Della Lana School of Public Health at U of T, where she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Behaviour Health Sciences. 

Sessions: Urban Territories I: Places for People, Urban Territories III: Building a Regenerative Practice Field

 
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Tonya Surman, Centre for Social Innovation

Tonya Surman is a social entrepreneur with a passion for bringing life to world-changing projects. Highlights from her 20-year career include co-founding and leading the Centre for Social Innovation which is a collaborative workspace, a community and a launchpad for over 1000 social enterprises.

Session: Who's Gonna Pay? Financing the Great Transition

 
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Barbara Swartzentruber, City of Guelph

With more than 30 years of experience in the public sector, Barbara Swartzentruber is currently the Executive Director of Strategy, Innovation and Intergovernmental Relations at the City of Guelph.

Session: Smart Cities for Smart People

 
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Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi, Statistics Netherlands

Tjark Tjin-a-Tsoi is the Director-General of Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and in this capacity he is also the Netherlands’ Chief Statistician. He is responsible for the Statistical Program in the Netherlands and the strategy and the general management of CBS.

Under his leadership CBS developed the concept and set-up of regional data centers, such as Urban Data Centers (UDCs) and Provincial Data Centers (PDCs) in order to facilitate evidence based policy making at the local level. Before joining CBS he was the CEO of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), Director at the Antithrust Authority (NMA) and held several positions in the private sector.

Session: Urban Data Done Right

 
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Greg Van Alstyne, OCAD

Greg Van Alstyne (@gregvan) is a designer, teacher, researcher and futurist with more than twenty-five years practice in communications, service design, and strategic foresight. As Director of sLab at OCAD University, Greg is responsible for developing, managing and implementing the lab’s work, leads the Media Futures Research Group and co-supervises the Futures of Social Innovation group.

Session: Future-Planning: Infrastructure & Investment

 
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Mark Wilbert, City of Charleston

Mark Wilbert is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Charleston, SC. As Chief Resilience Officer, his efforts have focused on leading city staff members in developing and implementing a plan for addressing the consequences of flooding and sea level rise in a thriving city of approximately one hundred and fifty thousand residents and almost six million visitors annually.

Session: Innovation Showcase from North and South

 
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Greg Woolner, NouLab

Gregory is currently leading a year-long public engagement process to develop the new Master Plan for the Halifax Common. Lately his work has been split between initiatives that increase civic participation and acting as developmental evaluator on projects with NouLab - NB’s Social and Public Innovation Lab, Canada’s EcoFiscal Commission, and The Donner Canadian Foundation.

Session: Civic Innovation from the Outside In

 
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Daniele Zanotti, United Way

As CEO of United Way York Region, he played a pivotal role in the merger of United Ways across Toronto and York Region in 2015. Under his leadership, the organization continues to apply an increasingly regional lens — in April, joining with Peel Region to form United Way Greater Toronto, the largest United Way in the world and largest funder of social services outside of government.

Session: Strategies for Inclusive Economies

 

Morgan Zigler, Evergreen

Morgan Zigler is from a small town in BC, but now lives and works in Toronto, connecting people with nature in Toronto’s ravines through collaborative arts practice. Morgan has been working for Evergreen as an artist in Toronto for a decade, rethinking ways that people connect to each other, and how we design spaces for children to play and be creative.

Session: Cookshop: Recipe for Resilient Communities

For any questions regarding the Future Cities Canada Summit, please email futurecitiescanada​@evergreen.ca.