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To provide diversity of perspective and experience, each plenary is intentionally composed of individuals across different industries and sectors. The moderation will be conducted by a young leader to ensure youth have a meaningful role in the Summit, as well as to provide a youthful perspective.

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Summit Day 1
opening keynote

  • Elliott Cappell, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Toronto


Plenary 1

The future of local democracy and governance

  • Daniel Fusca, Coordinator, Stakeholder Engagement & Special Projects, Office of the Chief Planner, City of Toronto
  • Claire McWatt, former Chair of the Toronto Youth Cabinet
  • Mike Morden, Research Director, Samara Canada
  • Moderator: Lee-Michael Pronko, CEO, Milieu Technologies


plenary 2

accessibility and
obility in a
connected city

  • Josh Colle, TTC Chair and Toronto City Councillor
  • John Howe, former VP of Investment Strategy, Metrolinx
  • Steven Farber, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • Moderator: Irene Quarcoo, Co-founder, Civic Tech Toronto


plenary 3

resilient and sustainable cities for the 21st century

  • Sasha Jacob, Vice-Chairman, WWF-Canada
  • Stewart Dutfield, Resilience Project Lead, City of Toronto
  • Moderator: Jessie Ma, IESO Distinguished Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Energy, Ryerson University

Summit day 1
Closing Keynote

  • TBA, Toronto Police Service

Summit Day 2
Opening Keynote

  • Sharon Avery, CEO, Toronto Foundation


Plenary 4

Building healthy and prosperous cities

  • Michelle Quintyn, CEO, Goodwill Industries Ontario Great Lakes
  • Gil Penalosa, Chair, 8-80 Cities and World Urban Parks
  • Scott Leon, Researcher, Wellesley Institute
  • Moderator: Zahraa Saab, Health Innovation Researcher, Agency for Public + Social Innovation


Plenary 5

Closing the Affordability and Fairness Gap

  • Rosemarie Powell, Executive Director, Toronto Community
    Benefits Network
  • Emily Paradis, Senior Research Associate, Factor-Inwentash
    Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
  • Moderator: Cheryll Case, Researcher, Housing Matters

summit day 2
Closing Keynote

  • Gil Penalosa, Chair, 8-80 Cities and World Urban Parks