2021 Schedule

Join us for The Summit. A space and a place to connect across sectors. Each month, discover new approaches, tools and wisdom you need to adapt and accelerate solutions for your own community.

Join us for monthly sessions from May through October to create space to build, reflect, and adapt to the changing situations in our communities. In October, we will host our final showcase: an interactive convening that dives into the best of city building.

The Summit Schedule

October 13

All schedule times listed in EDT.

11:00 AM
PANEL

Beanfield MetroconnectBridging the Digital Divide: Addressing Connectivity Gaps in Toronto and Montreal

Todd Hofley, Director, Property Relations, Beanfield | Alejandro Gonzalez Rendon, Co-chair, Downtown ACORN | Alvar Herrera | Laurie Savard, Montreal Newcomer Integration Office (BINAM), Diversity and Social Inclusion Department | Sam Andry, Director of Policy and Research, Ryerson Leadership Lab

The digital divide describes the gap that exists between people who have affordable internet access and the skills to use connected devices, and those who do not. Conversations about Canada’s digital divide often focus on differences in access between rural and urban areas. However, residents of Canada’s largest cities also face barriers to access that have only been further amplified during the past year. Join us to learn more about the digital divide in Toronto and Montreal, the threat it presents to inclusive citybuilding, and the providers stepping up to fill the gap.

1:00 PM
PANEL

Tricon Residential logo

Breaking Ground on Inclusive Urban Development

Innovative and inclusive rental housing developments are being built in Toronto that integrate market and affordable housing to create thriving complete communities. These projects fit a variety of lifestyles and budgets, and are significantly increasing the supply of affordable rental units that respond to the needs of young people, critical workers, newcomers, racialized communities, single parents, and low-income households. In this session, we’ll explore what the future of human-centered and equitable purpose-built rental housing looks like.

Together, we’ll examine the West Don Lands Rental Masterplan, one of Canada’s largest and most significant residential development projects, and a model for city building. Led by developers Dream Unlimited, Kilmer Group, and Tricon Residential, in partnership with all three-levels of government, over 2,500 purpose-built rental units are being developed, of which 30% are set at affordable rents, and includes Toronto’s first purpose-built Indigenous Hub. Panelists will discuss the project’s inception, the vision for the project, the novel approach to suite integration, and approach to creating Toronto’s most livable community.

2:30 PM
PANEL

TD Future Cities Speaker Series: E-sg: Path to Net Zero

Amy Young, Director of Industry, Microsoft | Melissa Barbosa, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Canada | Mary de Wysocki, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, CISCO | Vivian Chao, Senior Consultant in Advisory Services, Arup

We know that what we do next will determine our future. If humans are the cause of permanent planetary change, then we should be able to identify a viable path towards sustainable solutions? Environmental, social and corporate governance practices (or ESGs) are key tools that corporations can use to make critical impact, and consumers who are dedicated to supporting organizations that align with their values are taking notice. The focus of this discussion will be on the “E” in ESG. Join our panelists from as they break down what this means for corporations, and what ESG solutions we should all be paying attention to.

3:30 PM
PANEL

Indigenous Water Protocols: Water Relations

Ange Loft, Interdisciplinary Performing Artist and Initiator | Bonnie Devine, Associate Professor Emerita, OCAD University | Susan Blight, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts & Science, OCAD University | Lisa Myers, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University | Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Assistant Professor, Queen’s National Scholar, Anishinaabe Knowledge, Language Culture, Queen’s University | Candice Hopkins, Senior Curator, Toronto Biennial of Art; Executive Director, Forge Project

Water Relations is a conversation focused around the creation of protocols for how we might create art—including public art—in relation to the water.

What are Indigenous-led protocols in working with and alongside water?

What are the protocols of water itself?

In collaboration with Evergreen, curator Candice Hopkins will lead a conversation with five participating artists: Susan Blight, Bonnie Devine, Ange Loft, Dolleen Manning, and Lisa Myers, exploring ideas of kinship with waterways. Building upon existing discussions on Indigenous public art in new areas, this talk will consider shared responsibilities on Indigenous territories in relation to ancient lakes, rivers and coastlines, and how this work may differ from other land-based practices.

Water Relations is the first talk for Indigenous Water Protocols, a series of online talks in 2021 and 2022 in partnership with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia. This talk is generously supported by Canada Council for the Arts and ArtworxTO and The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

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October 14

All schedule times listed in EDT.

1:00 PM
PANEL

Community-driven Innovation and the Emerging Disruption

This session will explore how community-driven innovation is reshaping Canada in the COVID era. Alongside municipal leaders and experts in innovation capacity, moderator Martin Canning (Executive Director, Government Innovation at Evergreen) will discuss key themes impacting local governance and government across Canada, including: the emerging disruption ahead, a growing need for innovation capacity within municipal governments to respond to Canada’s new virtual reality, and replicable and scalable examples of communities driving innovation and impact with data and technology solutions.

The Community Solutions Network is a program of Future Cities Canada, led by Evergreen with Open North working alongside communities across Canada to navigate the smart cities landscape, and improve the lives of residents using data and connected technology approaches.

3:00 PM
FIRESIDE CHAT

Back to Earth: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation with NASA

Dr. Christian V. Braneon, Remote Sensing Specialist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies | Dr. Lesley E. Ott, Climate Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

This session explores how satellite data and other cutting-edge programs developed by NASA are helping municipalities and corporations make better on the ground decisions towards climate change adaptation and mitigation. Dr. Christian V. Braneon, Remote Sensing Specialist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Dr. Lesley E. Ott, Climate Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center discuss the new tools and technologies that have been developed over the years, and how they are being used to advance major innovations in climate science.

October 15

All schedule times listed in EDT.

11:00 AM
WORKSHOP

Wayfinding Co-Creation: An Interactive Workshop with Entro

Vedran Dzebic, Head of Research and Development | Cristina Kelly, WELL AP / Associate | Jacqueline Tang, Creative Director

The best public spaces instill a sense of discovery and connection – where visitors’ expectations are met while surprising interactions are fostered. A thoughtfully designed wayfinding program facilitates both navigation and discovery, while creating a sense of place that resonates with the community. But how do we know what visitors need, want, and feel as they move through an environment?

Only through a human-centered, co-creative design process can we unlock wayfinding and placemaking design solutions that place the visitor experience at their core. Join the Entro team for an interactive workshop featuring several co-creation activities that focus on improving the wayfinding experience at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in interactive mapping activities and visioning exercises intended to inform design and wayfinding strategies. Such exercises allow us to consider diverse needs and expectations, creating connections between visitors and place.

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12:00 PM
WORKSHOP

Innovation Workshop: Community energy planning in Northern and Indigenous Communities

Eryn Stewart, Managing Director, Indigenous Clean Energy | Linda Todd, Program Coordinator, Arctic Energy Alliance | Joshua Thomas, Community Energy Planner / Project Coordinator, First Nation Power Authority

Community Solutions Network, in partnership with Quest Canada, is delivering a an innovation workshop on the relationship between data, technology and smart energy.

This workshop is open to Indigenous and northern communities, organizations and councils in Canada seeking to develop and implement Community Energy Plans. Communities in this region are increasingly recognized as leaders in the energy sector and community energy initiatives can create steps towards greater energy independence, local economic development, employment, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other community benefits. The workshop will discuss key barriers Indigenous and northern communities are facing, including community buy-in, developing partnerships and securing funding. The workshop will provide a safe space to explore solutions through peer-to-peer learning and discussion with Indigenous-based organizations, on key energy projects.

Note: Non-Indigenous communities across Canada are welcome to attend, however registration priority will be given to Indigenous, northern communities, organizations & councils.

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1:00 PM
FIRESIDE CHAT

The Civic Commons Catalyst: Supporting Transformative Revitalization in Alberta’s Urban Development Sector

Robert Plitt, Advisor, Regional Lead, Calgary for CUI | Alberto de Salvatierra, Assistant Professor of Urbanism and Data in Architecture, University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Evergreen and the University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) are partnering to support the creation of the Civic Commons Catalyst in Calgary—a creative, shared platform to research, convene, ideate, evaluate, and develop public and private real estate investment opportunities in Alberta’s cities and communities. Beginning with a focus on downtown Calgary, the Catalyst is taking underutilized spatial assets city-wide and catalyzing them into positive assets for the community to spark the region’s revitalization. In this Session, Supporting Transformative Revitalization in Alberta’s Urban Development Sector, Robert Plitt and Alberto de Salvatierra will take us through the Solutions Lab and Project Incubator methodology, partnerships and strategic interventions that have been identified.

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2:30 PM
WORKSHOP

The Infrastructure of Innovation: Moving Civic Innovation from Pilot Projects to Core Operations

Laurie Guthrie, Civic Innovation Strategist / Smart City Project Manager, City of Fredericton | Matthew Claudel, Founder, Field States | Arna Ýr Sævarsdóttir, Head of Service & Transformation, City of Reykjavik | Nigel Jacob, Co-Founder, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Cities have pursued a variety of entrepreneurial strategies in a bid to become ‘smart cities,’ including hackathons, startups-in-residence, and urban tech investment. While many of these are successful in sparking new ideas, it is increasingly clear that sustained transformation depends on several structural aspects of municipal government, such as procurement, public sector capacity-building, regulatory revision, and resident engagement. This session will explore those structural transformations, and how municipal governments can realistically pursue them.

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Looking Back

May 19

10:00 AM
INTRODUCTION

Welcome & Opening Ceremony

Wyandot Elder Taǫmęˀšreˀ/Catherine Tàmmaro, Geoff Cape, Founder and CEO, Evergreen, and Helen Burstyn, C.M., Board Chair, Evergreen

Future Cities Canada: The Summit is a monthly virtual event series. From affordable housing to our civic commons, the Summit will explore how resilient cities interact and connect with each other.

Join us for this special launch event featuring opening remarks from the founder and CEO of Evergreen, Geoff Cape, and an opening ceremony offered by Elder Catherine Tàmmaro, Taomesre, Wyandot Small Turtle Clan FaithKeeper. This launch event will offer insights into what’s to come, and it will ground our series in gratitude and open-heartedness. 

PANEL

Canada in 2050: Infrastructure Planning for a Green & Inclusive Future

In this session, we’ll explore the implications and promise of – as well as possible approaches to — the Canadian Government’s recently-announced National Infrastructure Assessment. This once-in-a-generation undertaking aims to identify Canada’s evolving infrastructure needs and priorities, and use an evidence-based approach to plan for an inclusive, net-zero future. 

1:00 PM
PANEL

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Housing Supply Challenge Second Round Pre-Launch

A conversation with CMHC President & CEO, Romy Bowers, CMHC VP Innovation, Steffan Jones, and Brigit Knecht, Senior Manager Innovation at CMHC

Join CMHC’s new President & CEO Romy Bowers in a conversation with VP of Innovation Steffan Jones and Senior Manager Brigit Knecht, as they discuss the Housing Supply Challenge and its second round, Getting Started: Pre-development Processes. 

With up to $40M in funding available, the Getting Started round seeks solutions that will address barriers to housing supply by improving pre-development processes for housing that is affordable. Following the conversation, there will be a detailed presentation about the round, as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Register now to find out how you can participate to bring forward and implement innovative solutions that address the barriers to housing supply. 

June 23

10:00 AM
LIVE NETWORKING EVENT (FRENCH)

CMHC-SCHL

A World Café: Improving Pre-Development Processes

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a virtual World Café as part of the Housing Supply Challenge’s (HSC) Getting Started round. This event will include a series of short group discussions focused on the barriers and potential solutions to improve pre-development processes of housing that is affordable.

The World Café is one of many activities offered through the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program led by Evergreen. Join for an opportunity to share information, build awareness, network and collaborate. This is a not-to-miss event for those interested in applying to the next round of the Housing Supply Challenge. Limited space is available.

Meeting Registration – Zoom

11:30 AM
PANEL

(Re)claiming Our Common Grounds: Indigenous Placekeeping in Public Spaces

Terence Radford, Principal, Trophic Design | Selina Young, Director, Indigenous Affairs Office, City of Toronto | Ange Loft, Interdisciplinary Performing Artist and Initiator | Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook, Director of Research, Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology

Across Canada, municipalities and civic organizations are being called to engage with Indigenous partners through reflexive, equitable and reciprocal relationships and partnerships. Join Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook (author of the upcoming Civic-Indigenous Placekeeping & Partnership Building Toolkit) as she brings Toronto-based civic and Indigenous practitioners together to discuss their experience and efforts to do parks planning differently. Through the case studies of Toronto Island Park’s Master Plan process and The Don River Valley Park, they will explore the need for city builders to work in step with Indigenous partners and cultural protocols.

1:00 PM
PANEL

TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Transforming Spaces into Inclusive Places

Will Kwan, Artist and Associate Professor, Department of Arts, Culture and Media, University of Toronto Scarborough | Dr. Julie Nagam, Associate Professor, History of Art, University of Winnipeg, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media, Director of Aabijijiwan New Media Lab, Inaugural Artistic Director for 2020 and 2021 for Nuit Blanche Toronto | Sean Lee, Director of Programming, Tangled Art + Disability | Joy Bailey Bryant, President, US, Lord Cultural Resources

Cities are made of all kinds of people, but they’re not built for all of us. ​The proposed focus for this Talk is on issues stemming from inequality in arts, culture and how we design and build our cities and public spaces. ​

Speakers will explore untold stories and awaken a new perspective. The talk will shed light on the challenges and benefits of what it means to be inclusive and what it will really take to make significant contributions to the generation of a more open, diverse and inclusive society.​

1:00 PM
LIVE NETWORKING EVENT (ENGLISH)

CMHC-SCHL

A World Café: Improving Pre-Development Processes

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a virtual World Café as part of the Housing Supply Challenge’s (HSC) Getting Started round. This event will include a series of short group discussions focused on the barriers and potential solutions to improve pre-development processes of housing that is affordable.

The World Café is one of many activities offered through the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program led by Evergreen. Join for an opportunity to share information, build awareness, network and collaborate. This is a not-to-miss event for those interested in applying to the next round of the Housing Supply Challenge. Limited space is available.

Meeting Registration – Zoom

July 21

10:00 AM
PANEL

Creative Disruption

Edward Burtynsky, Photographer | Catherine Tàmmaro, Evergreen’s Elder in Residence, Spotted Turtle Clan Faithkeeper, Wyandot of Anderdon Nation – Wendat Confederacy | Umbereen Inayet, Programming Supervisor (Curator, Artistic Producer), City Cultural Events & Toronto History Museums, City of Toronto

Disruption and internal process may be critical to making art more accessible, potentially eradicating outdated systems and supporting social change. In this session, Wyandot Elder and multidisciplinary artist Catherine Tàmmaro, photographer Edward Burtynsky and artistic producer Umbereen Inayet will share their stories and experiences with art as catharsis and will discuss the future of public art. Investigating the spiritual, social and emotional narratives motivating their work, they will explore how art can depict the impact of our actions – and potentially stimulate a process of deep healing.

11:00 AM
PANEL

Changing Tides: Design Solutions and Art as a Catalyst

Jason van Bruggen, Photographer and Filmmaker | Matthew Hickey, Architect, Two Row Architect | Netami Stuart, Senior Project Manager, Parks, Waterfront Toronto

Climate change is having a resounding impact on our waterways across the globe. Rising sea levels, flooding, erosion and drought are but a few examples of impact felt across the planet. How can art and design help catalyze change and offer creative solutions to these global shifts? A conversation moderated by Charlene K. Lau with Matthew Hickey from Two Row Architects, artist and filmmaker Jason van Bruggen, and Netami Stuart from Waterfront Toronto explores local and international examples of naturalized and engineered landscapes and the ways in which they can protect our water systems.

1:00 PM
PANEL

Connecting Canada: Missing Pieces in Broadband Equity

Ken Sanderson, Executive Director, Teach for Canada | Gerald Thunderbird-Sky, IT Manager, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and DakotaNET | Joe Moses, Principal, JM Development Solutions | Amedeo Bernardi, Founder, Canada’s Rural and Remote Broadband Community (CRRBC)

High speed internet is essential across all sectors and increasingly crucial for quality of life, yet Canada’s geography shows clear gaps in equitable access. From remote, northern and Indigenous communities to small towns and rural areas, many areas of Canada face challenges related to connectivity that have been exacerbated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts in broadband connectivity and community leaders come together to explore how awareness, capacity, and partnerships can be built around launching and financing broadband networks in rural areas. What barriers do smaller communities face in contrast to urban centres and established providers? This session offers a Q&A as an opportunity for communities to ask questions and share stories, while panelists discuss solutions.

1:00 PM
PANEL (ENGLISH)

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Writing Successful Proposals: The Housing Supply Challenge

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a Proposal Writing Session as part of the Housing Supply Challenge’s (HSC) Getting Started round. Join Evergreen staff as they demystify the proposal writing process. Learn about the common pitfalls to avoid, tips for writing top notch proposals, and most importantly, how to submit a strong proposal for the Getting Started Round. Short-listed applicants from the previous Housing Supply Challenge round will also share their experiences from the application process. This event is one of many activities offered through the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program led by Evergreen. Register today and get a jump start on your application for the Housing Supply Challenge.

2:30 PM
PANEL (FRENCH)

CMHC Logo

Writing Successful Proposals: The Housing Supply Challenge

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a Proposal Writing Session as part of the Housing Supply Challenge’s (HSC) Getting Started round. Join Evergreen staff as they demystify the proposal writing process. Learn about the common pitfalls to avoid, tips for writing top notch proposals, and most importantly, how to submit a strong proposal for the Getting Started Round. Short-listed applicants from the previous Housing Supply Challenge round will also share their experiences from the application process. This event is one of many activities offered through the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program led by Evergreen. Register today and get a jump start on your application for the Housing Supply Challenge.

August 18

10:00 AM
PANEL

Rethinking Capital: New Approaches to Building Supportive Cities

Michelle German, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, WoodGreen Community Services | Isabel Cascante, Director of Research, Public Policy and Evaluation, United Way Greater Toronto | Heela Omarkhail, Vice President, Social Impact, The Daniels Corporation | Christopher Makris, Senior Associate, Smart Cities, MaRS Partner Solutions Group

In today’s rapidly changing world, how can we support community well-being across Canada and move towards a collective vision of resilience? Rethinking capital, and how we invest in cities, offers a tangible path forward. Featuring conversations with WoodGreen Community Services and Daniels Corporation about the new affordable housing project EVOLV, and with United Way Greater Toronto about the importance of building social capital in our communities, this session dives into innovative perspectives about how we can grow appreciation and investment in our civic assets and cultivate greater levels of social trust – for the benefit of all.

September 22

10:00 AM
PANEL

Reimagining Outdoor Play and Learning: A Canadian School Ground Story

Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia | Cam Collyer, Senior Advisor, Evergreen

Schoolgrounds are cornerstone public spaces in Canada. Their potential to enhance learning, promote physical and mental health, and address local impacts of climate change are vastly under realized. The session begins with insights from renowned German landscape architect Birgit Teichmann, who designed the new, nature-rich schoolground in Milton, Ontario as part of Evergreen’s Climate-Ready School project in partnership with the Halton District School Board. A live virtual conversation follows with Cam Collyer, Evergreen Senior Advisor, and Dr. Mariana Brussoni, developmental Child Psychologist on why outdoor play is crucial from a mental health and well-being perspective for children and communities and how we can transform schoolgrounds into spaces that serve a deeper social and ecological purpose.

This session will be streamed live, with audience Q&A.

11:30 AM
PANEL

Election Recap: Youth Perspectives

Maddy Lawrence, Co-founder, NeighbourGOOD | Genoa deBruin, Co-founder, Lighthouse | Brett Landry, Project Coordinator, Future City Builders, Evergreen

The results are in! To recap Canada’s sudden, short and energetic election we’ve invited young citybuilders from Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto to discuss what the youth vote meant to this election cycle, the key issues that resonated with them, and what action should be top of mind for this Liberal minority government.

This session will be streamed live, with audience Q&A.

1:00 PM
PANEL

TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Back to School: Future of Learning

Tariq Fancy, CEO & Founder of Rumie [Byte Library] | Diane Roussin, Project Director, Winnipeg Boldness Project | Dave Rawnsley, Principal, Burnaby North Secondary School | Arifah Yusuf, Founder & Executive Director, Lifted by Purpose | Nancy McGee, Senior Manager, Education & Training, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

The acute impacts of social isolation and loss of community are being felt by students of all ages across Canada. As children and youth return to school this fall, we hear from those on the frontlines both inside and outside of schools, on how student-centered approaches to education build resiliency and how generating a sense of community that extends beyond schools can be used as a critical tool to help create effective systems of care and support.

This session will be streamed live, with audience Q&A.

2:00 PM
PANEL

Future of Work

Michele Fischer, National Corporate Real Estate Workplace Lead, Deloitte LLP | Robert Nellams, Director, Seattle Center | Tonya Surman, Founder and CEO, Centre for Social Innovation | Paulette Christophersen, Partner, PLH Arkitekter| Lois Lindsay, Acting Chief Advancement Officer, Evergreen

Housed at Evergreen Brick Works, a unique public space located in downtown Toronto, Evergreen has been advancing work on transforming an abandoned brick factory into a hub for environmental and social innovation for over a decade. Like most organizations in urban centres, Evergreen faces an unprecedented challenge and opportunity: planning a path forward for new ways of working that accommodates changing work culture, evolving public needs and new technologies.

In this session, we will explore how place-based organizations are navigating hybrid work, and the future of collaboration – with a lens towards enhancement, embracing new tools and technologies, and creating new opportunities to create community at these unique workplaces and “third places”.

This session will be streamed live, with audience Q&A.

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