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Build the Future

MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street
Toronto, ON
October 6 & 7, 2016

Our growth challenges are obvious. Southern Ontario will see its population increase from 9 million to 13.5 million people by 2041. How can the region, and other Canadian and global cities like it, thrive amid this growth, rather than be choked by it?

CityAge returns to Toronto for its 27th edition, with a special look at how the business of city-building and targeted investment is essential to manage rapid urban growth.

CityAge: Build the Future will look at the investments in infrastructure, innovation, resilience, transportation and energy systems that are required to build a globally competitive urban economy in the 21st Century.

You are joining leaders in business, government, academia and society who are shaping the business opportunities and partnerships that build better cities and grow the economy.

We hope you enjoy this CityAge edition and become an active member of the CityAge network, with over 5,000 leaders from around the world.


Day 1 ~ October 6th, 2016

7:30 am           Breakfast Served

8:30 am           Opening by Conference MC            

8:45 am           Welcome remarks by:            Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

8:55 am           Address by:     Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto
Toronto’s Millennium Park? Plans for The Rail Deck Green Space

9:15 am           Session 1:        Building the Corridor: Our Infrastructure Opportunity
How can Canada’s investments in infrastructure be structured to build Canada’s innovation economy and further important regional concepts such as the Kitchener-Waterloo to Toronto Corridor, the future of Pearson Airport as a global hub and a national innovation and productivity agenda?

  • Howard Eng, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Airport Authority
  • Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor, City of Kitchener
  • Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga
  • Drew Bradstock, Senior Vice President, Product, Index Exchange

Panel Chair:   Janet Ecker, President and CEO, Toronto Financial Services Alliance

10:00 am         Stephen Beatty, Americas and India Head of Global Infrastructure, Head of Global Cities,
Building the infrastructure of the future

10:20 amFrancisco Garcia, Chief Planner, City of Miami, FL
On Miami21 ~ Miami’s adoption of a revolutionary form-based code, and how its impact on a rapidly growing city

10:40 am         Morning Break

11:05 am         Session 2:        City-Building Amid Rapid Population Growth
As southern Ontario’s population expands from 9 to 13.5 million people by 2041, how do we ensure we build the infrastructure necessary to support a major increase in population? What new models of development will shape the growth patterns of our cities? How do we respond to the affordability challenge?

  • Jeff Lehman, Mayor, City of Barrie
  • Donald Schmitt, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Steve Daniels, Vice President, Development, Tridel
  • Dan McGillivray, Executive Director, Centre for Urban Energy, Ryerson University

Panel Chair:   Craig White, Managing Editor,

11:50 am         Terry Bennett, Lead Strategist, Civil Infrastructure, Autodesk
City-building and the next wave of digital visualization

12:10 pm         Jay Walder, CEO, Motivate (Former Head of New York MTA, Hong Kong MTR, London
Transport for London)
The future of urban transportation

12:30 pm         Lunch

1:30 pmAddress by: John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto

1:50 pm           Pamela Blais, Author of Planning for Prosperity (Neptis Foundation)
The Evolving Economic Geography of the Toronto Region: A closer look at the Airport Megazone, Canada’s second largest employment area.

2:10 pm           Session 3:        Transportation’s Impact on City-Building
The transportation industry is facing its most profound shift in a century, and 1.5 million more cars are forecast to join the GTA’s roads in the next 25 years. What do we need to do to re-cast transportation planning and investment as a major competitive issue facing Canadian cities? What is the path forward to increasing mobility in Canadian cities amid this transition?

  • David Paterson, Vice President, Corporate and Environmental Affairs, General Motors
  • Andrew Garrett, Director, Development, Cadillac Fairview
  • Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer, Metrolinx

Panel Chair:   Stephen Prendiville, KPMG Canada Infrastructure Team

2:55 pm           Afternoon Break

3:15 pm           Daniel Hoornweg, Professor & UOIT Research Chair, Former World Bank Cities Lead
Building a Better Toronto: Today's efforts - Tomorrow's needs

3:35 pm           Kurtis McBride, CEO, Miovision     
Building smart transportation systems and next-generation IOT manufacturing hubs.

3:55 pm           Session 4:        New Technologies in City Building
An important new urban trend is the rise of companies that are improving the way our cities function. What does the trend mean for how we’ll build, run our cities and engage with citizens? How can it contribute to healthier and safer cities? What business opportunities will it yield?

  • Cam Guthrie, Mayor, City of Guelph
  • Devin Tu, CEO, MapYourProperty
  • Mark Masongsong, Co-Founder, CommunityLogiq
  • David Chauvin, Lead, Business Development, Genetec

Panel Chair:  Ishwar Puri, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University

4:30 pm           Day 1 Program Close and Invitation to Evening Reception at Evergreen Brick Works

7:00 pm           Reception in Partnership with Evergreen
Venue: Evergreen Brick Works ~ 550 Bayview Avenue, M4W 3X8
Screening of “Growing Pains” ~ An investigative documentary produced by Evergreen and The Globe and Mail that looks at growth in the Greater Golder Horseshoe

Day 2
MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street

7:30 am           Breakfast

8:45 am           Day 2 Welcome by Conference MC

9:00 am           Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

9:20 am           Ryan Janzen, Chief Technology Officer, Transpod
Toronto to Montreal in 30 minutes? How Canada can build the world’s first Hyperloop

9:40 am           Session 5:        Catalyst Projects: City-Building at Scale
Greater Toronto’s built environment is being developed at its fastest pace in generations, with major sites around the city now being planned and developed. What’s the right partnership model between the private sector and governments to develop these sites? What can be learned from experience in other Canadian cities? How can these sites be developed with an eye on the innovation economy and changing growth patterns?

  • Derek Goring, Vice President, Development, First Gulf
  • Adam Vaughan, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Government of Canada
  • Gail Lord, Co-President, Lord Cultural Resources
  • Harold Madi, Senior Principal and Urban Places Lead, Stantec

Panel Chair:   Katia Dmitrieva, Reporter, Real Estate, Bloomberg News

10:25 am         Daniel Libeskind, Founder, Studio Libeskind
Density Desire Design ~ Master Planning around the world

10:45 am         Morning Break

11:10 am         Leo de Bever, Chairman, Oak Point Energy (former CEO, Alberta Investment Management

11:30 am         Trent Berry, Chair, Creative Energy
                        Powering a low-carbon city with local sources

11:50 am         Session 6:        Investing in the Low Carbon City
What new investment models can make building low-carbon cities a viable business opportunity for the private sector? How do we encourage the adaption of low-carbon technologies and design? What role can cities play and profit from in the carbon offset/carbon tax systems being adopted in Canada and internationally?

  • Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton, ON
  • James Brainard, Mayor, City of Carmel, IN
  • Leo de Bever, Chairman, Oak Point Energy
  • Fernando Carou, Lead, Community Energy, City of Toronto

Panel Chair:  Laura Zizzo, Founder & CEO, Zizzo Strategy Inc.

12:35 pm         Conference Close

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Participants Include:

  • +VG Architects
  • Alberici Constructors
  • Algonquin College
  • architectsAlliance
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Asia-Pacific Foundation
  • Autodesk
  • AutoShare
  • BAI Canada
  • Bloomberg News
  • Brampton, ON
  • Brisk Synergies
  • Build Toronto Inc.
  • Cadillac Fairview
  • Cambridge, ON
  • Canadian Urban Institute (CUI)
  • Carmel, IN
  • Carpenters’ Union Local 27
  • CBRE Land Services Group
  • Choice Properties REIT
  • Cinnos Mission Critical Incorporated
  • Barrie, ON
  • Communitech
  • Community Hubs Secretariat
  • CommunityLogiq
  • Creative Energy
  • Daily Commercial News
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Deloitte Real Estate
  • Diamond International
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Drawing Room Architect
  • Dynamic Group
  • Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Electro-Federation Canada
  • energyX Solutions Inc.
  • Enterprise Canada Inc
  • Entuitive
  • Evergreen
  • Evergreen CityWorks
  • First Gulf
  • General Motors
  • Genetec
  • Globe and Mail
  • Government of Canada
  • Greater Toronto Airport Authority
  • Guelph, ON
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Hanscomb
  • Hatch
  • Herity
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies
  • Impact Infrastructure Canada
  • Index Exchange
  • Infrastructure Ontario
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • Invest Hong Kong
  • Invest Toronto
  • IRCC
  • JET
  • Kasian Architecture
  • Key2Access
  • Kitchener, ON
  • KPMG Canada
  • LEA Consulting Ltd.
  • London, ON
  • Lord Cultural Resources
  • Malton BIA
  • MapYourProperty
  • Markham, ON
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • Matrix Search Group
  • McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • McMaster University
  • Menkes Developments
  • MESH Cities
  • Metrolinx
  • Metropole Consultants
  • Miami FL
  • Milieu Technologies
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs
  • Miovision
  • Mississauga, ON
  • MobileSyrup
  • Mohawk College
  • Motivate
  • Mulvey and Banani Lighting
  • Munk School of Global Affairs, U. of Toronto
  • National Research Council
  • Newmarket-Tay Hydro
  • Norstar Group of Companies
  • NRU Publishing
  • Oak Point Energy
  • Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
  • Ontario Construction Secretariat
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • Ontario Public Transit Association
  • Osgoode LLM
  • Oxford Properties
  • OyeTimes.Com
  • Quinte West, ON
  • RainGrid Inc.
  • Read Jones Christoffersen
  • Town of Caledon
  • Region of Waterloo
  • Reshape Infrastructure Strategies Ltd
  • Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario
  • Richmond Hill Council
  • Ryerson University
  • Scargall Owen-King LLP
  • SciNet, University of Toronto
  • Scott Torrance Landscape Architect
  • Seneca College
  • SNC Lavalin
  • SPRA
  • St Catharine’s, ON
  • St John’s, ON
  • St. Catharines Downtown Association
  • Stantec
  • Stratford, ON
  • Strathcona County
  • Studio Libeskind
  • Summerside, PEI
  • The Forge
  • The Region of Peel
  • The Regional Municipality of York
  • Ticketmaster
  • Toronto Financial Services Alliance
  • Toronto Foundation
  • Toronto Sun
  • Toronto, ON
  • Town of Richmond Hill
  • Township of South Frontenac
  • Transpod Inc.
  • Tridel
  • Turner & Townsend
  • UBC Properties Trust
  • University of Toronto
  • UOIT
  • Urban Strategies Inc.
  • Waterloo, ON
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • WSP
  • Zizzo Strategy Inc.