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Toronto: Towards a Smart and Inclusive City-Region

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Toronto, Ontario M5G 1R1

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The Toronto city-region is at an inflection point. How do we manage a rapidly growing tech sector while also supporting communities and local entrepreneurs? Can we build partnerships across sectors that will stimulate innovation and prosperity?

At the University of Toronto’s free event, Toronto: Towards a Smart and Inclusive City-Region, these important questions will be discussed with Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs; Professor Richard Florida, Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management; Professor Meric Gertler, renowned urban scholar and U of T President; Professor Janice Stein, Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T; Kim Walesh, Director of Economic Development, City of San Jose; and Armine Yalnizyan, Toronto-based economist and business commentator.

Join urban thought leaders, policy makers, planners, business leaders, and entrepreneurs as they exchange ideas on ways to meet the challenges of city building to ensure that smart cities are also inclusive cities.


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8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Vivek Goel, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, U of T

9:10 – 9:45 a.m. Opening KeynoteThe New Urban Crisis and the Tech Backlash

  • Richard Florida, University Professor and Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, U of T

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Session 1 – Working Together: Building the City-Region of the Future

This session explores the role of partnerships, collaboration and responsibility – locally, nationally and internationally – and how these contribute to building a city-region that is smart, dynamic, and sustainable. Panelists will discuss the ways in which developing cross-sectoral partnerships can contribute to continued innovation and prosperity in the Toronto city-region.

Moderator:

  • Enid Slack, Director, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T

Panelists:

  • Adam Blinick, Director, Public Policy and Communications, Uber Canada
  • Kofi Hope, Executive Director, Careers Education Empowerment
  • Paula Kwan, Director, Civic Innovation Office, City of Toronto
  • Eric Miller, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Session 2 – Smart Cities: The Quest for Inclusive Urban Prosperity

This session begins with a presentation by Kim Walesh, Director of Economic Development for the City of San Jose, California who will address: challenges in managing a booming technology sector; negative impacts on local housing affordability and transportation infrastructure; and talent attraction and retention strategies for local start-ups and locally-embedded firms. Following the presentation, panelists will discuss strategies to manage tech sector growth while also supporting community and people-based needs as well as local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Speaker:

  • Kim Walesh, Director of Economic Development, City of San Jose

Moderator:

  • Armine Yalnizyan, Economist and Business Commentator

Panelists:

  • Nan DasGupta, Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
  • Adam Froman, CEO, Delvinia
  • Patricia O’Campo, Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T
  • Daniele Zanotti, President & CEO, United Way Greater Toronto

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. In Conversation - City Building for Innovation and Inclusion

Introductory Remarks:

  • Meric Gertler, President, U of T

In Conversation:

  • Daniel Doctoroff, CEO, Sidewalk Labs
  • Janice Stein, Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, U of T


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