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Join us for an upcoming TD Future Cities Speaker Series event. 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.

Title sponsor: The Ready Commitment

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, May 21, 2019; 6-8pm


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


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Petrina Gentile,
Writer for the Globe and Mail, and award-winning automotive journalist

Author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, Anthony Townsend, will break down the modern day myths of driverless vehicles in the second ever TD Future Cities Speaker Series event.

Over the next two decades, advances in vehicle automation are expected to cause a rapid transition from human-driven vehicles to computer-driven ones. Many anticipate this will bring forward benefits such as improved safety, reduced traffic, and increased mobility. But to effectively harness these benefits, it will be crucial to understand and manage the impacts driverless cars will have on our communities – specifically on energy consumption and land use.

It is becoming increasingly clear that automated vehicles offer opportunities for innovation and impact, including the radical transformation of our freight industry, increased innovation in the types of vehicles we create, and the development of new financial instruments and policies.

Join Anthony Townsend as he looks at how these advancements will shape a future that is potentially both more weird and more wonderful than we have yet to imagine. Register for free today.

About the Speaker

Dr. Anthony Townsend is an internationally-recognized expert on urbanization and digital technology. He is the founder of Bits and Atoms, a smart cities strategy consultancy and planning studio that works with industry, government and philanthropy on economic development, digital placemaking, and strategic technology forecasting. He is the author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for A New Utopia (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013).

We will be hosting three more TD Future Cities Speaker Series events in 2019. Be the first to hear about these events and which thought leaders will be joining us by subscribing to our newsletter.

Past Speakers

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

The TD Future Cities Speaker Series is supported by TD through The Ready Commitment.