Spotlight on Future Cities
Andrea Barrack / Global Head, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship - TD Bank
Geoff Cape / CEO - Evergreen
Josipa Petrunic / Executive Director & CEO - Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)
Sevaun Palvetzian / CEO - CivicAction
Urbanization in Canada, as in all other countries, is accelerating at a rapid pace. Our cities are growing in terms of their size, the challenges they face and their importance in terms of improving the quality of life for a rapidly increasing portion of Canada’s population. This Spotlight explores the main challenges Canadian cities face in terms of their design, mobility, climate change, housing, civic action and more; and how we must approach the design of our future cities to make them as liveable, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable as possible.
Key Takeaways & Calls to Action
- How we create our cities will determine Canada’s economic vitality and equity. It’s critical that all sectors—not solely government—take part in finding innovative and bold solutions to shape the cities we want to live in.
- Canada needs a visioning process to map out our smart city vision over the next 50 years. It should align private sector, government, academia and civil society around a collective approach to city building.
- When it comes to building world-class public mobility infrastructure in Canada, the government and the taxpayer have a significant role to play.
- Instead of relying on provincial governments to make top-down decisions, Canadian cities should have more independence in designing and implementing policies and programs that best fit their priority needs relating to key issues such as infrastructure, housing, climate change and more.
Watch and Read the Experts’ Full Interviews:
The Financier Andrea Barrack Global Head, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship - TD Bank "Liveable cities challenge all sectors to assume leading roles and so, it’s one of the greatest opportunities to champion collaboration between the public, not-for-profit and private sectors." The Urban Innovator Geoff Cape CEO - Evergreen "Urbanization is undeniably the biggest economic development issue of our time. It is a crucial economic theme around the world and Canada should be aspiring to be a global leader in that space." The Mobility Researcher Josipa Petrunic Executive Director & CEO - Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) "We have to push out technologies that we want to lead at the forefront of Canada’s urban landscape by artificially creating new demand through positive and punitive incentives." The Civic Engagement Expert Sevaun Palvetzian CEO - CivicAction "We have never been better off in terms of the high levels of civic engagement we are seeing. People want to plug in, be part of community building, be part of finding housing solutions, and put their passion to action."
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