Monday, September 9, 2013

Pre-Conference On-the-Ground Tours

All tours meet in the lobby at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and depart at 2:30pm. All tours last 2-3 hours. Pre-registration is required for all tours. Click here for tour descriptions.


Opening Reception for All Delegates

Hosted by Oxford Properties, Co-sponsored by the Institute on Governance

Location: 130 Adelaide at the intersection of Adelaide and York (downtown Toronto, just a three block walk from the hotel)

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Shuttles pick-up at the hotel
Light breakfast and networking at Evergreen Brick Works


  • Gordon Feller, Convener and Co-Founder, Meeting of the Minds
  • George Dark, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc. and Chair of the Board, Evergreen

How Cities Can Reinvent Themselves

Successful cities and regions constantly reinvent themselves. Patterns of living and working change so transportation networks must be retrofitted. Employers need to attract and retain top talent and must be part of the solution. The economy is a whole new ball game. Governments need to learn how to retool how they are organized and reconfigure how to pay for what our cities need to thrive. Chicago is an ideal example of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. We don’t have all the answers but a few projects are promising, including a new investment in Bus Rapid Transit and the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, which will be highlighted in this talk.


3-D Printing and Fabrication Labs – Revitalization Strategies for Sustainable Cities

3D-printing is not just the future of manufacturing. It means that we can bring back a maker’s economy to inner cities. Being able to make, create, hack, and design is at the center of a new economy. Fabrication Labs (FabLabs) will soon pop up all over cities and be fuelled by imaginative design. Together this will represent substantial economical value for cities seeking sustainable ways to revitalize. Certain cities may not be able to compete on labor costs but they can create tremendous value when design is more closely linked with the process of 3-D printing. Many examples of the makers economy already exist but one particularly exciting example in the lighting industry captures the spirit of this trend. Rogier will share a detailed model of how a 3D-printing based delivery model for luminaires would not only liberate consumers and enable their own creativity, but also boost a local and clean makers economy in cities through jobs, income, and a new urban future.


Simulating the Impact of Energy Efficiency Initiatives – Agent-based Simulation (ABS)

Agent-based simulation (ABS) is a technique that allows decision makers to test what-if scenarios for a variety of complex problems. Agent-based simulation replicates in software the behavior of individuals and their interactions with the environment, to reveal how overall system behavior emerges from these interactions. In collaboration with Evergreen, Cisco and Schneider Electric, Icosystem has developed BEES (Building Energy Efficiency Simulator), an agent-based simulation that shows how building occupants interact with energy-saving technologies to influence overall energy consumption. A demo of BEES will be available to the public during Meeting of the Minds, and also on the Evergreen and Icosystem websites. The presentation will provide background information on agent-based simulation, it will describe BEES, and it will outline the potential for further applications of this approach in the design and management of building energy systems.


The Way Forward


Ontario’s Innovation Landscape Through the Lens of Tech, Policy, Social and Higher Education Innovation

Ontario has become a major hub for cutting-edge innovation, much of it fueled by progressive legislation such as the Green Energy and Green Economy Act. The culture of innovation which has taken afoot is diverse — from social to digital to cleantech and from higher education to private initiatives. The Ontario Government is playing a major role in fostering this culture through the “innovation infrastructure” it provides, such as the Ontario Network of Excellence to support research and commercialization. Yet Ontario faces real bottlenecks, such as a lack of access to risk capital and a relatively small regional market size – both challenges to the scaling-up of breakthrough innovations. This diverse multi-sectoral panel will share their experiences and insights into the state of innovation in Ontario.

  • Moderator: Nick Parker, Chairman, Cleantech Group
  • Sara Diamond, President, OCAD University
  • Ilse Treurnich, CEO, MaRS Discovery District
  • Bill Mantel, Assistant Deputy Minister of Research, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Division, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
Coffee Break

Autonomous Driving in the Urban Environment

One stream of mobility innovation is already bringing advanced technology to our roads. Autonomous driving means much more than robotic cars who know your name and your designation. A long list of ‘intelligent transport systems’ are maturing and converging — and they’re bringing to drivers a menu of new options that help to reduce city congestion, increase safety and facilitate vehicle flows. What does it all mean for the future of cities as we know them?

  • James T. Pisz, Corporate Manager, North American Business Strategy, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Bridging the Gap between Industry and Cities

The ‘smart city’ is both a nascent concept and an emerging reality. However, a major gap still exists: the space between city administrations and industry. Smart city technology is available — but new models are needed to make city-wide transformation. City leaders are beginning to look at urban systems in more holistic ways. These new models require sharing information across departments, breaking down silos, involving cities’ own network of best-in-class local providers and stakeholders, as well as best-in class global industrial leaders. This is allowing for city services and systems to integrate more comprehensively, taking advantage of sometimes hidden synergies and interconnections. What cities have been successful at implementing these new approaches? What are they discovering in the process of adopting these new models?

  • Charbel Aoun, Senior Vice President, Smart Cities – Strategy & Innovation, Schneider Electric

A Green-Growth Perspective from the USA – New Economic Models for Global Regions

Greening any economy means more than just shifting auto traffic to cleaner fuels, reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled, or making buildings more energy efficient — however worthy those goals might be. It means re-inventing commerce as we know it, pivoting from a consumption model to something more sustainable. But exactly what is that something? Can we find hints from some of the early successes resulting from some scattered US initiatives? Where? Who? And how applicable are those results to other global regions?

  • Jared Blumenfeld, Administrator for US Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9)
First Round of Workshops Begin
Workshop 1: Blakes Room (Second Floor)

Organizational Strategies for Climate Change Resiliency

Unlocking sustainability in cities requires making transformation practical. This workshop will hear from the unique perspectives of four leading organizations: a start-up; a global engineering/consulting firm; Canada’s leading bank; an EU-based multinational. What is each organization’s longer-term (15+ years) approach and plan to address climate change in the urban context? In some cases the focus will be internal (e.g. on the initiatives underway within each organization) and in others it will be external (with customers and partners). With a focus on the details, how are these four proactively planning for climate change?

Workshop 2: Welcome Lobby

The Economic Development Case for Urban Social Equity

Advancing equity – just and fair inclusion into a society in which everyone can participate and prosper – has often been viewed separate from, or even opposed to, efforts to foster economic competitiveness and efficiencies in the marketplace. This panel makes the case that in light of the nation’s demographic transformation, pursuing strategies that create more inclusion are no longer only moral imperatives—they are economic ones. Presenters will share the latest on the demographic shifts changing the country, outline emerging research that makes the case that equity-driven growth and business development are fundamental to the nation’s economic future, and provide concrete examples of how universities, hospitals, and other anchor institutions can catalyze inclusive economic development.

  • Moderator: Charles Rutheiser, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
  • Dr. Manuel PastorProfessor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California
  • Ted Howard, Co-Founder of The Democracy Collaborative and Steven Minter Fellow for Social Justice, The Cleveland Foundation 
Workshop 3: Meeting Room #1 (Second Floor)

Creative Funding Mechanisms for Revitalizing Cities

Even when the demand is strong within cities for greater environmental, economic, and social sustainability, certain financing barriers still exist. How do city governments and entrepreneurs stay competitive and innovative in a risk averse environment? How can companies and banks attract more green consumers? These are just a few of the financing obstacles standing in the way of harnessing new solutions and deploying new technology, green products, and smart infrastructure. New solutions are being harnessed that are blending private and public capital to unleash innovative projects. Who, and what, can provide a better basis for partnership between government, private banks and suppliers, especially those private companies that stand ready to provide the solution-as-a-service? What new business models are being developed and deployed?

  • Moderator: Harry Verhaar, Head of Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting
  • Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Industry and Business Transformation; General Manager, Smart + Connected Communities, Cisco Canada
  • Stephanie Miller, Director, Climate Business Department, International Finance Corporation
  • Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank
Workshop 4: Holcim Gallery

What Can Cities Learn? – Lessons from 30+ Mega Urban Transport Infrastructure Projects Part I

The London-based OMEGA Centre at the Bartlett at University College London completed a 5-year project aimed at enhancing decision-making for Mega Urban Transport Projects (MUTPs). The focus of this session is on lessons drawn from 30+ case studies of MUTPs in US, Europe, Asia, Australia. Lessons will be in the spotlight from the planning, appraisal and delivery of MUTPs. What constitutes a successful, robust, adaptable MUTP that is sensitive to sustainable development concerns. The aim is to get beyond the “iron triangle” of traditional project management concerns: completing projects on time, within budget and to specification. The material derived from case studies provides important generic and context-specific insights. This session shares lessons at all three levels, drawing on interviews and narratives about the case studies with 300+ key project stakeholders. These leaders were asked to go over and above the insights provided in public domain materials. In the light of 21st century urban development challenges, what constitutes a successful MUTP? Host: Henrik Nolmark,

  • Moderator: Anthony Flint, Fellow and Director of Public Affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Harry T. Dimitriou, Bartlett Professor of Planning Studies, University College London
  • Heather Allen, Programme Director, Sustainable Transport, Transport Research Laboratory
  • Fred Salvucci, Senior Lecturer and Research Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
  • Phil Wright, Research Fellow, OMEGA Centre, University College London
Workshop 5: BMO Atrium (First Floor)

Chaos in Urbanism – Harnessing Uncertainty for Successful Cities

More than ever before, people are fearful that the world is unwinding under the assault of an array of financial, social, cultural and environmental dangers. This session explores and provides insight into cities that experience high uncertainty on a daily basis; surviving and thriving in conditions many would consider untenable to supporting civilized life. Lessons learned will focus on the means for preparing our communities to possess an agile, robust capability of accepting and assimilating seriously significant change as well as designing to embrace and harness chaos.

  • Moderator: Gordon Stratford, Senior Vice President and Director of Design, HOK
  • Robert FreedmanChairman and Urban Design Consultant, Council for Canadian Urbanism
  • Lisa Fulford-Roy, Senior Vice President, Client Strategy for Workplace, Strategic Accounts and Consulting, HOK
  • Evan Savage, Bit-Manipulator Extraordinaire
Workshop 6: Meeting Room #2 (Second Floor)

Globally Standardized Indicators for Resilient Cities

How are performance measurement standards helping some of the smartest urban leaders build resilient cities? A common set of indicators that are globally standardized within the ISO framework will generate learning across cities globally More informed cities can lead to transformative decision-making; the adoption of strategic technology and innovations; cost-effective solutions for infrastructure investments; and, smarter, healthier futures for citizens. This session will reveal some of the lessons-learned in different cities, drawn from the Global City Indicators Facility 250+ member cities, as they embrace indicators to accelerate the transition.

Coffee Break and Transition
Second Round of Workshops Begin
Workshop 7: BMO Atrium (First Floor)

Our Urban Future – Achieving Greater Resiliency in the Face of Global Resource Challenges

The world’s cities are under intense pressure to address accelerating urbanization and find better ways of developing. To address this challenge we need to rethink the way we design, build and move about our cities to achieve greater resiliency and more efficient use of limited global resources. New tools and ways of thinking are needed to make major leaps and avoid failure. How can foresight thinking better prepare us for an uncertain future? What role can Big Data play to increase understanding of our current and future patterns of infrastructure use through an engineering and human lens?

Workshop 8: Welcome Lobby

Accelerating Transit: Multi-Modal, Resilient and Affordable

Most metro regions are ill prepared for the transportation infrastructure pressures of the 21st century. The current era of constrained resources has produced questions that are critical to our transportation future. How has the public debate changed around transit? Are there community engagement strategies that facilitate faster track approval and implementation of large transit infrastructure projects? In this workshop we will hear from a cross section of stakeholders involved in building the projects and shaping the public debate on a variety of multimodal transit options from around the globe. Case studies to be discussed include Sao Paolo, London, New York City, Boston and Toronto. The workshop will feature projects in light rail, transit stations, bike share and multi-modal options. This session takes advantage of different perspectives but a common set of concerns – how to build public transit more quickly and affordably.

  • Moderator: Oliver MooreUrban Transportation Reporter, The Globe and Mail
  • Tom Wright, Executive Director, Regional Plan Association
  • Mary Skelton Roberts, Senior Program Officer, The Barr Foundation
  • Lew Gaskell, Transportation Leader, Worldwide Smarter Cities, IBM Corporation
Workshop 9: Classroom (First Floor)

Creative Repurposing – Heritage Districts as Urban Sustainable Communities

This session will explore strategies for moving beyond the concept of heritage resources managed just for the conservation of their historical attributes. This workshop seeks to expand the definition of heritage districts and explore how they might offer a new model for sustainable communities. Participants will explore how heritage sites could be retrofitted into model energy districts and offer communities various environmental benefits including micro-climatic outcomes such as improving the health of mature urban forests and canopies. A focus on accessibility issues in heritage settings will offer participants a chance to see how nodal centers draw communities towards healthy transit options.

  • Moderator: David Waverman, Senior Heritage Landscape Architect, Golder Associates
  • Dan Mathieson, Mayor, Stratford, Ontario
  • Don Loucks, Senior Associate, Architecture, Urban Design, Heritage Planning, IBI Group
  • Jill Taylor, Principal, Taylor Hazell Architects
Workshop 10: Meeting Room #2 (Second Floor)

Smart Devices and Embedded Sensing Technology – Impacts on Water and Energy

Digital technology and intelligent infrastructure form the technical foundation for smart cities. Innovative technologies enable data to be delivered by and through connected devices. How is it actually empowering cities, utilities, businesses and consumers to better manage their energy and water? How, in real practice, is the untapped power of smart devices harnessed to make cities more efficient and conserve resources? What’s driving the rapid adoption of emerging technologies? How are these technologies promoting sustainable economic growth?

  • Moderator: Stephen Johnston, Vice President of Corporate Development, Itron
  • Nicola VillaManaging Director, Big Data & Analytics, Cisco Consulting Services
  • Jim Anderson, Vice President, Smart Cities North America, Schneider Electric
  • Markus Breitbach, Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, M2M Competence Center, Deutsche Telekom
Workshop 11: Meeting Room #1 (Second Floor)

Connecting the Dots: Clean Energy Generation – Smart Grid – Electric Vehicle – Efficient Building

New technological innovations are enabling the ‘smart city’ concept to come to fruition through the integration of once isolated and separate functions. Developments in smart grid DC technology are now enabling the electric vehicle revolution. The vehicle is now seen as a battery storage and energy resiliency mechanism for homes. And buildings are increasingly efficient with the advent of energy management software. How are all of these assets communicating with each other? How do these assets work in tandem and can they work alone? Are we seeing the emergence of a new economy around these assets that promises to make our cities more efficient?

  • Moderator: Carol Braun, Director, Smarter Cities North America, IBM
  • Russ Vanos, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Itron
  • Jean Redfield, President & CEO, NextEnergy
  • Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle
Workshop 12: Blakes Room (Second Floor)

Connected Boomers Will Change Mobility – Are We Ready?

How would your life change if you could no longer drive? Baby boomers are an influential generation and significant segment of the population. They will be the first cohort of seniors to be tech savvy; they are also largely car dependent, living in communities with poor access to driving alternatives. How will we move this aging population when our transportation system is catered to commuters in denser communities? Senior mobility may seem an insurmountable challenge, but the sheer force and influence of this generation could turn it into a tremendous opportunity. Join us in reimagining a transportation system that leverages technology and creates seamless networks, enabling a mobile future for seniors. To learn more:

  • Moderator: Mary Proc, Vice President, Customer Service, GO Transit, Metrolinx
  • Tiffany Fishman, Manager, Public Sector Industry Practice, Deloitte
  • Dr. Steve Cassidy, Managing Director of the UK office, MMM Group
  • Emily Munroe, Director of Partnerships and Programs, 8-80 Cities
Workshop 13: Holcim Gallery

What Can Cities Learn? – Lessons from 30+ Mega Urban Transport Infrastructure Projects – Part II

The London-based OMEGA Centre at the Bartlett at University College London completed a 5-year project aimed at enhancing decision-making for Mega Urban Transport Projects (MUTPs). The focus of this session is on lessons drawn from 30+ case studies of MUTPs in US, Europe, Asia, Australia. Lessons will be in the spotlight from the planning, appraisal and delivery of MUTPs. What constitutes a successful, robust, adaptable MUTP that is sensitive to sustainable development concerns. The aim is to get beyond the “iron triangle” of traditional project management concerns: completing projects on time, within budget and to specification. The material derived from case studies provides important generic and context-specific insights. This session shares lessons at all three levels, drawing on interviews and narratives about the case studies with 300+ key project stakeholders. These leaders were asked to go over and above the insights provided in public domain materials. In the light of 21st century urban development challenges, what constitutes a successful MUTP?

  • Moderator: Anthony Flint, Fellow and Director of Public Affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Harry T. Dimitriou, Bartlett Professor of Planning Studies, University College London
  • Heather Allen, Programme Director, Sustainable Transport, Transport Research Laboratory
  • Fred Salvucci, Senior Lecturer and Research Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
  • Phil Wright, Research Fellow, OMEGA Centre, University College London
Transition back into Kiln plenary

China’s Urban Sustainability Strategies: Opportunities and Challenges

It is estimated that 300 million rural Chinese residents will move to cities between 2010 and 2025. This urbanization trend will provide both opportunities and challenges for China with global implications. China’s central and local governments are actively exploring various strategies and experimenting with new ideas, technologies and innovations in order to drive healthy economic growth while also reducing China’s dependency on fossil fuels and environmentally destructive industries. This presentation will discuss a few major urban sustainable development strategies and experiments in pilot cities, including the low-carbon programs in Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan mega-region and Guangdong province.

  • Joyce Yanyun ManAssociate Professor of Economics, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University at Bloomington and Senior Fellow of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Dumb Phones, Smart Kids: The Coming Revolution of Citizen Engagement

Young people (ages 15 to 24) have been at the forefront of the rapid developments in the use of mobile platforms, and the impact of youthful ingenuity is just beginning to be felt. Three quarters of the world’s population have access to a mobile phone, with the developing world more “mobile” than the developed world. The majority of these users are young people, and they have been innovative in overcoming limitations of not having broadband access. “Narrowband” mobile communications applications—such as text messaging and scaled-down social networking—have been tailored by young users in developing countries with striking impact on participatory engagement in local government. Present and prospective uses will spread far wider and have as lasting impact as the Arab Spring and recent upheavals in Brazil. Present and future generations will have unprecedented leverage with youth “voice” in such areas as mobilization of demand, improvement of services, participatory engagement and accountability in local government.


Big Data for Innovative Transportation and Growth Planning

A new government team is developing big data solutions to address transportation and growth planning challenges of the future.


Integrating Entrepreneurship and Innovation into a University – Changing Post-Secondary Education Around the World

On July 29, 2013 Ryerson University signed an agreement with the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute to develop an entrepreneurial education model based on the success of the Ryerson Digital Media Zone. Since launching in 2010, the DMZ has incubated 92 startups, created 700 jobs and hosted 650 tours for visitors from around the world. A natural educational evolution, the idea arose out of a desire by Ryerson students to make an impact and apply their studies to real-world projects. They were seeking a new kind of learning and research space. DMZ entrepreneurs work on topics ranging from the environment, transportation, biomedical technology, global culture and economics, creative industries, empowering public opinion, and more. The Zone model is now a strategic university priority across academic clusters and disciplines, recognizing the leadership of young innovators in defining our global future.

  • Sheldon Levy, President & Vice Chancellor, Ryerson University

Concluding thoughts


Reception for all delegates

Koerner Gardens at Evergreen Brick Works

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Shuttle pick-up at the hotel (sessions begin at 8:30am)
Light breakfast and networking at Evergreen Brick Works

Thoughts from Day 1


The Internet of Everything – Connecting the Unconnected

The next wave of dramatic change will come through the confluence of people, process, data, and things. The Internet of Everything makes networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before — turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries. Cisco estimates that 99.4 percent of physical objects in the world are still unconnected. With only about 10 billion of the 1.5 trillion things currently connected globally, there is vast potential to connect the unconnected via the IoE. Between 2013 and 2022, $14.4 trillion of value (net profit) will be “up for grabs” for private-sector companies and industries globally — driven by IoE. The IoE Economy is about enabling people to be more productive and effective, make better decisions, and enjoy a better quality of life.

  • Wim Elfrink, Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco Systems

Transforming the Landscape of e-Mobility

Across the world, major cities are faced with ongoing pressure to meet the challenges of population growth, congestion and pollution. That is why the demand for more efficient, more accessible and more environmentally-friendly mobility solutions has never been greater. The route to success relies on electrification, but one that integrates seamlessly into the urban core. As a global leader in passenger rail transportation, Bombardier has developed expertise and technology that can now be expanded to support and sustain the electrification of major transportation sectors and can help growing and dynamic cities transform the landscape of e-mobility.

  •  André Thibault, Head of Product Management, Bombardier Transportation North America

Special Session


Potential Uses of ICTs for a Greener Canada

Mr. Miller was appointed last year as Chair of the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on the Potential for New and Innovative Uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Greening Canada. With the Expert Panel’s final report expected to be publicly released in the spring of 2014, Mr. Miller will present the audience with a glimpse into the Council’s Expert Panel process and discuss the Panel’s approach and key challenges in assessing the evidence used in response to its charge.

  • David Miller, President & CEO, World Wildlife Fund, Canada; Former Mayor of Toronto, 2003-2010

Three Next Gen Leaders – Inventing the Urban Digital Future

Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone is producing young entrepreneurs that are bridging the divide between the University and the private sector. These three young entrepreneurs will pitch their latest companies to us:

  • Flybit’s core middleware platform, FARE (Flybits Activity Recognition Engine), enables enterprises to benefit globally from Ubiquitous RelevanceTM, which allows customers, employees and suppliers to receive timely and tailored information when needed.
  • HitSend’s first product, SoapBox, is a community crowdsourcing tool that is integrated into existing online communities for gathering, prioritizing and executing ideas. In February 2013, Justin Trudeau partnered with HitSend to launch an initiative to get Canadians’ feedback and ideas as part of his campaign for federal liberal leadership.
  • Komodo OpenLab develops inclusive technologies that facilitate the daily lives of people with disabilities. Komodo’s first product, Tecla Shield, is a set of open software and hardware tools that enable access to mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, for those who are unable to manipulate them due to disease or disability.
Coffee Break

Smarter Cities Challenge: A Conversation with City Leaders

With an estimated one million people worldwide moving into cities each week, experts predict the global urban population to double by 2050 to 6.4 billion—making up 70% of the total world population. IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge (SCC) grants to 100 cities around the world are enabling cities to make transformational changes which have resulted in many new insights. Hear directly from a panel of city leaders whose cities have won SCC grants. These city leaders will discuss what they have learned in their own urban laboratories and the changes and improvements they are making as a result of their projects.


Detroit’s Road to Revitalization: How Can One City Move Faster and Smarter?

Detroit is at a tipping point and in the midst of a revival and renaissance. Once a boom-town, it has had to redefine and re-imagine its identity, business models and even some of its values. The city offers a creative platform for discussion. How do cities redefine themselves? How do they create new industry clusters? How do they retrain their workforce and attract talent? How do they revitalize their downtowns and suburbs? What new technologies, policies and financing mechanisms are now available that can be scaled to provide a higher quality of life? This panel will discuss the latest initiatives and leaders and their strategies that are making one of the greatest American cities great again.


Spurring the New Mobility Enterprise Space

A special announcement regarding Mobi-Prize, Platform 2014 and Mobi-Prize Detroit.

Q+A with Audience and Morning Speakers

Concluding Thoughts and Next Steps


Closing lunch reception for all delegates

Koerner Gardens at Evergreen Brick Works

2:00pm-5:00pm A private, invitation-only event co-hosted by Metrolinx and Evergreen CityWorks

Open Data: Let our Data GO

Through open data, an unprecedented amount of information is being unleashed. Developers and designers are mixing data sets, creating many of the best transportation apps available – locating real-time transit, cycling, carpooling and walking options available. These are enabling new and seasoned users to leave their cars at home, seamlessly navigating various jurisdictions and transportation options. Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area transportation authority, is on the brink of opening select GO Transit operational data. This invitation-only session will include dynamic, facilitated discussion that draws on diverse international expertise. You will imagine: new apps that make travel across the region easy, without a single occupancy vehicle; how to engage the best app and program developers and designers; how disadvantaged and vulnerable users can be served; and how to sustain the creation of transformative apps over time. Explore the potential of open data, and see your ideas put into action in Open Data: Let our Data GO.

2:00pm-5:00pm A private, invitation-only event hosted by the Dutch Consulate in Toronto

Enabling Cities to Grow Green

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Toronto is convening an “Enabling Cities to Grow Green” event on September 11, 2013 from 2pm-5pm at Evergreen Brick Works. This will bring together experts to explore the challenges, experiences and opportunities from the Netherlands and Canada that are critical in achieving thriving urban environments. Practical and experience based insights will be provided through the examples of the City of Almere’s Floriade 2022 project, Waterfront Toronto, Toronto’s Tower Renewal project and the Dutch Smart & Speedy project (focused on the quality improvement of postwar housing). Attendance is subject to availability. If you are interested, please contact Ellen Greenwood at

Meeting of the Minds is made possible by the generous support of these organizations: