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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


Wednesday, June 26, 2019; 6-8pm


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Douglas Cardinal,

In conversation with:


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Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer,
Executive Director, Toronto Aboriginal Social Service Association


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Riley Yesno,
Writer, Advocate

Cities aren’t static. Cities are vital, living organisms that should spark belonging and create connection.

This is not the case for many of our cities today. As they exist now, cities tend to treat people like consumers, often at the cost of destroying the natural environment and exploiting their inhabitants.

So how do we improve our cities, turning them into places of community, inclusivity and regeneration?

Douglas Cardinal’s award-winning architecture and design process draws on Indigenous philosophies of creation, respect for all living things, and maintaining balance and harmony with our environment. He believes that in order for future generations to thrive, we must plan for the future of all living beings that share the land with us.

In the age of Truth and Reconciliation, cities need to play a leading role in ensuring that Indigenous residents are part of the visioning process for the future of our cities.

In Indigenizing our Cities, Douglas Cardinal will speak to how we can plan our urban areas to bring people together, transforming them into places where all feel welcome and can truly belong. Together with Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer and Riley Yesno, Cardinal will tackle questions such as:

What does it mean to Indigenize Canadian cities? Are Indigenous residents part of the visioning process for the future of our cities?

What work can be done to ensure the Indigenous experience is part of future city planning to enhance the strength, diversity and inclusivity of cities?

What is the role of city planners and architects to include an Indigenous presence in the development of cities?

In the age of Reconciliation, cities need to play leading role in bridging the divide between Canadian and Indigenous peoples. Are there cities that are leading the way?

Douglas Cardinal is an award-winning architect and Officer of the Order of Canada, whose work has become a forerunner of philosophies of sustainability, green buildings, and ecologically-designed community planning.

Douglas Cardinal’s unique architectural process starts with a Vision Session where he encourages the client to analyze all aspects of the usage of a space by studying the empirical, practical, emotional and spiritual needs of a building. Thus his buildings are designed with a soul, which is found in the intentions and the deepest hopes and desires of all users.

Most recently, Canada Council for the Arts selected Cardinal and a team of Indigenous architects to represent Canada at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Some of his notable projects include the design of the Museum of History in Ottawa and a remarkable list of cultural, health and educational centres across Canada. His most recent project UNCEDED: Voices of the Land currently a feature exhibition at the Museum of History is a celebration of Indigenous architecture that speaks to and from landscapes of resilience, overcoming unforgiving limitations and serving as a register of hope and pride for Indigenous designers across Turtle Island.

After his keynote, Douglas Cardinal will welcome Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer, Executive Director of Toronto Aboriginal Social Services Association and a recipient of the YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Awards, and Riley Yesno, writer, advocate, and storyteller for conversation and reflection.

We will be hosting two 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

  • 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.

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