April 9, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Will Public Engagement and Participation Processes Change?
April 13, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What Are the Impacts on Local Economies?
Featuring Mark Garner, CEO and Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA; Bruce Katz, Director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab, Drexel University; Mary Moran, President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development; Patrick Sullivan, President & CEO, Halifax Chamber of Commerce; and Karen Wong, Co-founder & CEO, TakuLabs
April 15, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Can We Build Community Wealth As Our Economies Recover?
April 21, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Do We Respond to Two Crises: COVID-19 and Climate Change?
Featuring Allison Ashcroft, Managing Director, CUSP Network; Elliott Cappell, Director, Climate Change and Resilience, WSP Canada; Laurian Farrell, Director, North America/Environment Risk Management, Global Resilient Cities Network; and Jeff Hebert, Partner, HR&A Advisors
April 23, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Will the Role of Public Libraries Be Changed?
Featuring Gohar Ashoughian, University Librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University; Mary Chevreau, CEO, Kitchener Public Library; Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian & CEO, Halifax Public Library; Maureen Sawa, CEO, Greater Victoria Public Library; and Paul Takala, CEO & Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library
April 24, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: One-on-One with Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps
April 28, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Can Youth Be At the Centre of Urban Recovery?
Featuring Veronika Bylicki, Executive Director & Co-Founder, CityHive; Michael Redhead Champagne, Public Speaker & Youth Mentor; Ana González Guerrero, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Youth Climate Lab; Aaron Myran, Executive Director, Future Majority; and Linxi Mytkolli, Manager, Youthful Cities
April 30, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Will Local Governments Deal with the COVID Cash Crunch?
In partnership with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. Featuring Noreen Kassam, Director of Finance, City of Burnaby; Kelly Paleczny, General Manager, London Transit; Mary Persson, Deputy City Manager & CFO, City of Edmonton; and Enid Slack, Director, IMFG
May 1, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Do We Bring Back Our Main Streets?
Featuring Charles Montgomery, Founding Principal, Happy City; Michael Shuman, Director of Local Economy Projects, Neighbourhood Associates Corporation; Jake Stacey, Vice President, VanCity Community Investment Bank; and Judith Veresuk, Executive Director, Regina Downtown BID
May 1, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Should Cities Prepare for Stimulus and Recovery?
May 1, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: One-on-One with Victoria Mayor Mike Savage
May 5, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Does Our Approach to Housing and Homelessness Change?
May 7, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What Does the Future Hold for Immigration in Our Cities?
May 11, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: After Sidewalk, What is the Future of Smart Tech for Canadian Cities?
In partnership with ULI Toronto. Featuring Siri Agrell, former Executive Director, OneEleven; Brian Kelcey, Founder, State of the City; John Jung, Chairman and Cofounder, Intelligent Community Forum; Jean-Noé Landry, Executive Director, Open North; and Tara Pham, Cofounder, Numina
May 13, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: Urban Society and Democracy During COVID-19, A Translatlantic Dialogue
In conjunction with the University of Toronto Scarborough, The City Institute at York University, and the Goethe-Institut. Featuring Alexandra Flynn, Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia; Michael Götting, author, journalist, curator and theatre worker; Markus Kip, Urban Researcher at the Georg-Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Humboldt University; and Jay Pitter, placemaker, author, speaker and Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning, University of Toronto
May 14, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Can Cities Advance Climate Change Priorities in the COVID Recovery?
In partnership with WSP Canada. Featuring Deborah Harford, Executive Director, Adaption to Climate Change Team at Simon Fraser University; Mel de Jager, Senior Advisor, Climate Change and Resilience, WSP Canada; Shoshanna Saxe, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto; and Chandra Sharma, CAO, Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
May 14, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: One-on-One with Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman
May 15, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: One-on-One with Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
May 21, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What Can We Learn from Canadian City Builders Working Abroad?
May 22, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: One-on-one with St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman
May 26, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What is the Future of Urban Transportation?
Featuring Ahmed El-Geneidy, Professor, McGill School of Urban Planning; Howaida Hassan, General Supervisor – Urban Growth, City of Edmonton; Timothy Papandreou, Founder & CEO, Emerging Transport Advisors; and Tania Wegwitz, Senior Transportation Planner & Transit Lead, Watt Consulting Group
May 28, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What Role Will Public Space and Public Art Play in the Recovery?
In partnership with The Bentway. Featuring Ilana Altman, Co-Executive Director, The Bentway Conservancy; Guillaume Aniorté, International Development Advisor, Quarter des spectacles; Jing Liu, Co-founder, SO-IL; Charles Blanc and Tristan Surtees, artists, Sans façon
June 2, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What are City Councillors Seeing at the Local Level?
June 4, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How Will Arts & Culture Survive Physical Distancing?
Featuring Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director, The Citadel Theatre; Heather Igloliorte, Concordia University Research Chair, Circumpolar Indigenous Arts and Julie Nagam, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media, Co-Chairs, Indigenous Advisory Circle, Winnipeg Art Gallery; Noémie Lafrance, Artistic Director, Sens Production; and Michael Hidetoshi Mori, Artistic Director, Tapestry Opera
June 5, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: One-on-one with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson
June 9, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: One-on-one with Toronto Mayor John Tory
June 10, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How do we respond to anti-Black racism in urbanist practices and conversations?
Moderated by Jay Pitter, award-winning placemaker and CUI Senior Fellow of Equity-Based Placemaking. Featuring Orlando Bailey, Director of Engagement, BridgeDetroit & Detroit Host, Urban Consulate; Tamika Butler, Director of Planning for California & Director of Equity and Inclusion, Toole Design; Anthonia Ogundele, Founder, Ethós Lab; and Will Prosper, Co-founder, Montréal-Nord Républik & Hoodstock.
June 12, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: One-on-one with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
June 22, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What Have We Learned from the First 100 Days of COVID?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations – What have we learned from the first 100 days of COVID? – are Kate Graham, CUI Director of Research; Allison Ashcroft, CUI Regional Lead, Victoria; Michael Redhead Champagne, CUI Regional Lead, Winnipeg; Catherine Craig-St-Louis, CUI Regional Lead, Gatineau; Robert Plitt, CUI Regional Lead, Calgary; and Kourosh Rad, CUI Regional Lead, Halifax.
June 23, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: MOVING TO ACTION: How Do We Respond to Anti-Black Racism in Urbanist Practices and Conversations?
Joining CUI Senior Fellow Jay Pitter for the second session in a two-part series – Moving to Action: How do we respond to anti-black racism in urbanist practices and conversations? – are Orlando Bailey; Tamika Butler; Anthonia Ogundele; and Will Prosper. This is the second session in a two-part series.
June 25, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What Do Our Cities Need to Lead the Recovery?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations – What do our cities need to lead the recovery? – are Don Iveson, Mayor of the City of Edmonton, AB and Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus; and Carole Saab, CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
June 26, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: One-on-One with New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell
July 7, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How are restaurants and nightlife adapting to the pandemic?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations – How are restaurants and nightlife adapting to the pandemic? – are Alicia Scholer, Vice President of the Responsible Hospitality Institute; Matt Webber, owner of Berkeley North; Patrick Watt, Senior Partner, Foodservice and Strategy Expert at J.C. Williams Group; Chef Vikram Vij, owner at Vij’s Restaurants group; and Wendy Nicolay, co-owner of Cascade Restaurant Group.
July 9, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How can we leverage the power of design and engagement to make better main streets?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations – How can we leverage the power of design and engagement to make better main streets? – are Anjuli Solanki, Program Director of The STEPS Initiative; Jason Robbins, Principal Architect at JC Robbins Architecture and 1st Vice President of the RAIC Board; Devin Segal, Director of Landscape Architecture at Fathom Studio; Mitchell Reardon, Experiments, Urban Planning & Design Lead at The Happy City; and Mark Lakeman, Founder of City Repair.
July 14, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How is the pandemic transforming the way we work?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations –How is the pandemic transforming the way we work? – are Armine Yalnizyan, Economist and Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers; Vicki Saunders, Founder of SheEO; Elizabeth Ha, Equity Vice-President at the Ontario Federation of Labour; Anila Lee Yuen, President & CEO at the Centre for Newcomers; and Gretchen Gscheidle, Founder and CEO at GM Gscheidle R+D.
July 21, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting ageing populations?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations – How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting ageing populations? – are Meghan Winters, Simon Fraser University; Rob Miyashiro, Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO); Brenda Vrkljan, McMaster University; Laura Tamblyn-Watts, CanAge; and Vanessa Campisi, City of Toronto.
July 23, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: How is the COVID-19 pandemic transforming young people’s lives and experiences?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our ongoing series of candid conversations – How is the COVID-19 pandemic transforming young people’s lives and experiences? – are Josh Fullan, Maximum City; Joe Salmon, UBC Class of 2024; Zoë Bennett, Youth Advocate; Jordan Bighorn, Community Education Development Association (CEDA); and Miatta Dukuly, Youth Advocate.
July 27, 2020
What is the right to housing and why does it matter? Lessons from around the world
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our series about what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next, as we (re)imagine the right to home – What is the right to housing and why does it matter? Lessons from around the world – are Shivani Chaudhry, Executive Director, Housing and Land Rights Network (India); Leilani Farha, Global Director, The Shift (Canada); Paula C. Marques, Councilor, Local Development and Housing, City of Lisbon (Portugal); Brennan Rigby, The Shift Aoetearoa Project Lead, Community Housing Aotearoa (New Zealand); and Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice-President, Policy and Innovation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
July 28, 2020
Homeless during a pandemic: What are the challenges and looming threats?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our series about what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next, as we (re)imagine the right to home – Homeless during a pandemic: What are the challenges and looming threats? are Stephanie Allen, Associate Vice-President of Strategic Business Operations and Performance, BC Housing; Eddie Golko, Participant, Us and Them; Krista Loughton, Filmmaker, Us and Them; Karen Montgrand, Participant, Us and Them; and Tim Richter, President and CEO, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.
July 28, 2020
Right To Home
COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities in Canada’s housing and shelter systems.
As we rebuild our urban futures, we cannot risk going back to the way things were—our systems are on the brink of collapse. But they are also on the cusp of transformative change.
CUI, The Shift, and 14 coast-to-coast partners hosted week of virtual film screenings and live panel discussions from coast to coast about what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next, as we (re)imagine the right to home.
July 29, 2020
Different futures: How do we (re)imagine housing in a pandemic world?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our series about what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next, as we (re)imagine the right to home – Different futures: How do we (re)imagine housing in a pandemic world? – are Leilani Farha, Global Director of The Shift; Ruth Goba, Executive Director at the Black Legal Action Centre; Jeff Morrison, Executive Director at the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association; Margaret Pfoh, CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association; and Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice-President, Policy and Innovation, at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
July 30, 2020
How can the right to housing equip local governments to end homelessness?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our series about what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next, as we (re)imagine the right to home – How can the right to housing equip local governments to end homelessness? – are Rebecca Alty, Mayor of Yellowknife, NWT; Ana Bailão, Ward 9 Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the south area of the city, Toronto, ON; Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria, BC; Scott McKeen, Ward 6 Councillor, Edmonton, AB; and Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener, ON.
September 10, 2020
CityTalk Leadership Lecture: From Making the City to Using the City
To mark CUI’s 30th anniversary, the Canadian Urban Institute and its Board of Directors are proud to present the first annual CityTalk Leadership Lecture. Please join internationally renowned designer and urbanist Dan Hill for a provocative presentation on how cities can change, and a panel of Canada’s leading urbanists: Cynthia Dorrington, and Zahra Ebrahim.
September 29, 2020
COVID Signpost 200 Days: What is the State of Our Cities at Day 200?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our second series of COVID Signpost, 200 Days: What is the State of Our Cities at Day 200? – are Sadhu Johnston, the City Manager at the City of Vancouver; Jay Pitter, an Equity-Based Place-maker in Toronto; Andre Cote, the Acting Director of Research at the Canadian Urban Institute; and Ken Bautista, Partner Makespace Group and Co-Founder of Startup Edmonton.
September 30, 2020
COVID Signpost 200 Days: How Should Our Cities Prepare for Winter?
Joining our guest host Catherine Craig-St-Louis of CUI and Rues Principales for our second series of COVID Signpost, 200 Days: How Should Our Cities Prepare for Winter? – are Olivier Legault, Project Managerat Rues principales and Co-founder, Winterlab; Isla Tanaka, Wintercity Planner at the City of Edmonton; Sheena Jardine-Olade, CoFounder of Night Lab; and Rami Bebawi, CoFounder and Partner at KANVA.
October 1, 2020
COVID Signpost 200 Days: How Do We Realize the Right to Home in the Next 100 Days?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our second series of COVID Signpost, 200 Days: How Do We Realize the Right to Home in the Next 100 Days?- are Micheal Vonn, CEO of PHS Community Services in Vancouver; Nakuset, Director at the Native Women’s Shelter in Montreal; Martin Blake, Vice-President at Daniels Corporation in Toronto; Derek Ballantyne, Partner at New Market Funds and Chair of CMHC in Toronto; and Catherine McKenney, City Councillor of Somerset Ward, Ottawa.
October 8, 2020
Cities in the time of COVID-19: What is the Role of Architecture in the Urban Recovery?
Joining CUI host Mary W. Rowe for our next session in our ongoing series: What is the Role of Architecture in the Urban Recovery?- are Shirley Blumberg, Partner at KPMB; Ryan Gorrie, Senior Associate at Brooke McIlroy; Sam Oboh, Principal and Vice President of Design Intelligence & Client Design at Ensight + Architecture and past President of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada; and Daniel Pearl, Founding Partner at L’Oeuf Architects and Professeur titulaire, School of Architecture at Université de Montréal.
October 13, 2020
Main Street Action Week: Operational Trends and Actions for Retail Recovery
Joining CUI host Lisa Cavicchia for our first session of Main Street Action Week: Operational Trends and Actions for Retail Recovery – are presenter Lisa Hutcheson, Managing Partner at J.C. Williams Group along with Louroz Mercader, Manager at York-Eglinton BIA in Toronto; Dane Williams, Co-founder of Black Urbanism TO in Toronto; Darryl Julott, Managing Lead at Digital Main Street; and Judith Veresuk, Executive Director of the Downtown Regina BIA. This event is co-presented with JC Williams Group.
October 14, 2020
Main Street Action Week: Small Business-Friendly Policy for Main Streets
Joining CUI host Andre Cote for our next session of Main Street Action Week: Small Business-Friendly Policy for Main Streets – are presenters John Archer, Chief Development Officer at 360 Collective and Judy Morgan, Principal at 360 Collective; Dr. Alexandra Flynn, University of British Columbia; Judy Lam, Manager of Commercial Districts and Small Business for the City of Hamilton; Chris Rickett, Director of Municipal and Stakeholder Relations at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation; and Antoinette Rodrigue, Chargée de projet, Développement et innovation, Association des sociétés de développement commercial de Montréal. This event is co-presented with 360 Collective.
October 15, 2020
Main Street Action Week: Rapid Placemaking for Main Streets
Joining Happy City co-hosts Emma Jones and Mitchell Reardon for our next session of Main Street Action Week: Rapid Placemaking for Main Streets – are Ebrahim Varachia, Principal at Bench Placemaking in Detroit; Andrew Nakazawa, Manager of Placemaking and Public Spaces at the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association; Olivier Legault, Co-founder of WinterLab in Montréal; and Elora Wilkinson, Planner at the Halifax Regional Municipality. This event is co-presented with The Happy City.
October 16, 2020
Main Street Action Week: Planning and Urban Design for Pandemic Recovery
Joining CUI host Ariana Holt for our final session of Main Street Action Week: Planning and Urban Design for Pandemic Recovery – are presenter, Rob Leblanc President of Fathom Studio; Jill Robertson, Principal of Landscape Architecture at Dialog Design; Hazel Borys, President of PlaceMakers; Jason Syvixay Principal Planner at the City of Edmonton; and Eric Lucic, Divisional Lead of Regional Planning for City of Halifax. This event is co-presented with Fathom Studio.
October 28, 2020
Cities in the time of COVID-19: How have visit patterns changed on main streets?
Joining CUI host Ariana Holt for our next session in our ongoing series: How have visit patterns changed on main streets? – are presenter Rupen Seoni, Senior Vice President and Practice Leader at Environics Analytics; Kevin Narraway, Marketing Manager at the Municipality of Port Hope; Graziella Grbac, the Executive Director of the Village on Main in Dartmouth Nova Scotia; and David Pensato, the Executive Director of the Exchange District in Winnipeg. This session is co-presented with Environics Analytics.
October 30, 2020
Saving Downtowns: How do we #RestoreTheCore?
Joining CUI host Mary Rowe for our next session in our ongoing series: How can we revitalize downtowns and #RestoreTheCore? – are Susie Grynol, President of the Hotel Association of Canada; Carl Weisbrod, Senior Advisor at HR&A Advisors in New York City; Kate Fenske, CEO of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ; Stephen Willis, General Manager of Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development at the City of Ottawa; Andrea Jung, Planner of Homeless Services and Arts, Culture and Community Services at the City of Vancouver; and Thom Mahler, Manager of Urban Strategy at The City of Calgary.
November 4, 2020
Cities in the time of COVID-19: Why do local governments matter now more than ever?
Joining CUI host Mary Rowe for our next session “Cities in the time of COVID-19: Why do local governments matter now more than ever?” are Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi; Nigel Jacob, co-founder of New Urban Mechanics; and Andrea Reimer, Adjunct Professor of Practice and Practitioner Lead, Global Policy Project, UBC School of Public Policy & Global Affairs.
November 10, 2020
Cities in the time of COVID-19: What is the future of our shared civic places as we cope with and emerge from COVID?
Joining CUI host Mary Rowe for our next session “What is the future of our shared civic places as we cope with and emerge from COVID?” are Graham Singh, Executive Director of Trinity Centres Foundation; Carol Coletta, President and CEO of Memphis River Parks Partnership; Natalie Voland, President and Chief Vision Officer of GI Quo Vadis Inc.; and Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape.
November 24, 2020
Can COVID-19 push governments to provide adequate housing?
Presented by the Housing Research Collaborative is our next session “Can COVID-19 push governments to provide adequate housing?” with Carolyn Whitzman, Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa and Housing Policy Consultant; Penny Gurstein, Professor and Director of the Housing Research Collaborative, University of British Columbia; Andrés Peñaloza, Research Assistant at the Housing Research Collaborative; and Julie Lawson, Honorary Associate Professor at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne.
November 25, 2020
Cities in the Time of COVID-19: What is the future of universities in cities?
Joining CUI host Mary Rowe for our next session “Cities in the time of COVID-19: What is the future of universities in cities?” are Dr. Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto; Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President of Ryerson University; and Dr. Annette Trimbee, President of MacEwan University
December 2, 2020
What new powers do cities need?
Joining CUI host Mary Rowe for our next session “Cities in the time of COVID-19: What new powers do cities need” are Doug Earl of Charter City Toronto; Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor of Burlington; Richard Albert, Professor, University of Texas; and Julianna Charchun, Chief of Staff of the Mayor, City of Edmonton
December 4, 2020
CityTalk In Residence: How are we shaping the future of Alberta cities?
December 11, 2020
CityTalk In Residence: How are Community Leaders Inspiring Change in Mohkínstsis (Calgary)?
Joining CUI host Mary Rowe for our next session “CityTalk In Residence: How are Community Leaders Inspiring Change in Mohkínstsis (Calgary)?” are Tim Fox, Calgary Foundation’s Vice President of Indigenous Relations & Equity Strategy; Beth Gignac, Chief Operating Officer of Calgary and Area United Way; Karen Gosbee, Co-Chair of Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction Stewardship Group; Patti Pon, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development; and Jason Ribeiro, Director of Strategy of Calgary Economic Development.
January 25, 2021
What don’t we know about COVID-19 in Canada’s cities?
Joining CUI host Mary Rowe for our next session “What don’t we know about COVID-19 in Canada’s cities?” are Kate Graham, Senior Fellow of Municipal Leadership at the Canadian Urban Institute; Thierry Lindor, Founder of the Colors of Covid; Mayor Patrick Brown, the Mayor of Brampton; and Janice Abbott, CEO at Atira Women’s Resource Society.
February 9, 2021
Transforming public spaces to respond to COVID-19
Join Mary W. Rowe and a set of fantastic panelists, including Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore, for a candid conversation on public spaces and COVID-19. From equity-based placemaking and public safety, to community development and resilience, you’ll hear from leading placemakers, activists, and thinkers, who will explore what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next for community-led solutions across Canada. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the forthcoming Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, a new $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities as they adapt public spaces for the new realities of the pandemic.
February 11, 2021
How-To Apply to the Healthy Communities Initiative
February 12, 2021
Simple Ways To Create Vibrant Safe Spaces or Adapt Public Places and Programming During a Pandemic
Applications are now open for the Healthy Communities Initiative. Join this webinar to learn about simple actions that communities are taking to adapt public places to create vibrant and safe/accessible spaces. Get some inspiring ideas for adapting programming in community parks and other spaces. The session will highlight actual project examples that can inspire your application.
February 16, 2021
Coming Together: Maintaining a Healthy Sense of Community in Indigenous Communities During a Pandemic
Indigenous communities have experienced the devastating effects of pandemics in the past, and through the resiliency of our communities and people, we are still here. Discover some innovative and positive responses to COVID in Indigenous communities, on-reserve and off, urban and rural, with a specific focus on the work of Friendship Centres in providing community services and safe spaces for community members.
February 17, 2021
Mobility 101: Simple Ideas To Improve The Ways We Get Places During a Pandemic
Applications are now open for the Healthy Communities Initiative. Join this webinar to learn about community-based approaches that are improving how people get around and that also support positive social and health outcomes and safe physical distancing. We’ll share some inspiring examples from across North America.
February 19, 2021
How to Write a Successful Funding Application: Tips for First Time Applicants
Applications are now open for the Healthy Communities Initiative. Are you a first-time applicant looking to improve your funding proposal skills? Learn how to turn an idea into a project proposal, how to build a project outline and think through the steps from beginning to end. Find out about some of the common hurdles and pitfalls in proposal writing and the best approaches for success.
February 22, 2021
Digital Solutions 101: Community digital solutions ideas to support people during a pandemic
Applications are now open for the Healthy Communities Initiative. Find out how communities can use digital solutions to keep people safe and healthy, connect people and strengthen participation, encourage citizen engagement. Learn how communities are supporting people through the use of data, improving digital connectivity, extending public WiFi and using other digital technologies.
February 23, 2021
Understanding the New Excess Soil Regulation – Get the Dirt on Updating Bylaws
Join us on Tuesday, February 23rd to get the latest on updating municipal Site Alteration and Fill By-Laws to include Ontario Regulation 406/19 – On-site and Excess Soil Management. During this free two-hour webinar, you will hear from policy and environmental experts and practitioners involved in the regulation of excess soils. We’ll also share the latest updates to Canadian Urban Institute’s Excess Soil web tool, which provides guidance for Ontario municipalities in updating their soil bylaws.
March 4, 2021
Why Downtowns and Central Business Districts Matter
March 11, 2021
From the Ground Up: How is COVID-19 Driving Community Leadership in Urban Canada?
March 22, 2021
Launch: Engaging Black People and Power
Presented in partnership with York University and Jay Pitter Placemaking, join Jay Pitter, award-winning Placemaker and Author; Anthony Taylor, Minneapolis-based Metropolitan Parks and Open Space commissioner and cycling advocate; and Mitchell Silver, New York City Parks Department commissioner and award-winning urban planner. The event will also feature opening remarks from Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament and a musical interlude from Sam Carter-Shamai, Toronto-based urban planner and music enthusiast.
April 6, 2021
Massey Cities Summit 2021
Join us from April 6-8 as we reimagine the municipal role in Canadian federalism, while also acknowledging the constitutional rights of First Nations. Organised by Massey College and the Canadian Urban Institute (with much appreciated support from the Maytree Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), all are welcome to attend the Summit.
April 21, 2021
Investing in Cities: What Must Urban Recovery Look Like Across Canada?
On April 19 the Government of Canada will table its first budget in two years. What will it mean for Canada’s hard-hit cities? Now in their second year doing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, cities continue to be confronted with extraordinary economic and social challenges including devastated municipal tax bases, housing pressures, and transit shortfalls. Will the Budget be the answer for cities planning their recovery?
Join CUI’s President and CEO Mary W. Rowe, along with national city watchers Frances Bula and Doug Saunders of the Globe and Mail, Co-Founder of Black Opportunity Fund and Head of Global Real Estate Investments at TD Asset Management Colin Lynch, and former federal Minister and City Councillor Amarjeet Sohi.
May 12, 2021
How can placemaking in cities around the world contribute to our global recovery?
May 14, 2021
Transforming public spaces to respond to COVID-19 (Round Two)
Join us and a set of fantastic panelists for a candid conversation on public spaces and COVID-19. You’ll hear from leading placemakers and thinkers who will explore what’s working, what’s not, and what’s next for community-led solutions across Canada. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, a new $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities as they adapt public spaces for the new realities of the pandemic.
May 27, 2021
Economic Recovery: What does the path forward look like for Canada’s urban regions?
Join CUI’s Mary W. Rowe, alongside Jennifer Angel from Develop Nova Scotia, Malcolm Bruce from Edmonton Global,
Marcy Burchfield from Toronto Region Board of Trade, Stéphane Paquet from Montréal International, and Nadine Spencer from Black Business and Professional Association, for a conversation on how Canadian cities are tackling economic recovery as we emerge from COVID-19. In partnership with the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Economic Blueprint Institute
June 3, 2021
Douglas Cardinal: Architect of the Future
Join us on Thursday, June 3rd from Noon to 1:15 p.m. ET for an intimate conversation with world-renowned architect, Douglas Cardinal. The event will open with a screening of the 30-minute documentary and move to a conversation led by interviewer Randy Herrmann, Director of the Engineering Access Program (ENGAP) at the University of Manitoba.
June 17, 2021
Our future Windsor: Young people and their city
Are you a young person (12-25) living, studying or from Windsor? We invite you to participate in a 90 minute virtual workshop to explore how Windsor can be a better city for young people. The City of Windsor has launched a new economic development strategy, Windsor Works, to help lead the city forward and out of COVID-19. A key tenet of this document is the need for Windsor to do better to attract and keep its talent, particularly its younger professionals.
June 18, 2021
Lessons from the Local: How are Calgary and Edmonton responding to urban challenges?
June 21, 2021
Indigenous Practitioner Perspectives on City Building
2021 marks the 25th annual National Indigenous Peoples Day, first declared in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This year, join us for an exploration of urbanism with Indigenous leaders at the fore of their professions.
June 22, 2021
Participatory Canada: How can everyday people make extraordinary change?
Participatory Canada and its partners together present an extended edition of Canadian Urban Institute’s CityTalk Canada on Tuesday, June 22 from 11:00 AM – 12:30PM ET. Join us as we explore creative solutions to our greatest urban challenges and share lessons learned in North End, Halifax, N.S., Tolhurst/St- Benoît, QC and Regent Park, Toronto, ON.
June 24, 2021
Big Ideas to Close the Gap
What are the big ideas and specific policy actions that will be needed to close Canada’s gender gap? This event provides a summary of what advocates, experts and policy makers in Canada are currently doing to improve the wellbeing of women and girls – and showcases efforts emerging out of COVID towards achieving gender equity.
June 24, 2021
Addressing the Post-COVID Gender Gap
The first event of “Leading Canada’s ‘shecovery’ from the ground up” virtual events establish the context for the day, providing a close and personal look at the gender gap in Canada as we emerge from a global pandemic and she-cession. This session takes an intersectional look at what groups of women and girls decision makers need to be most focused on today.
June 29, 2021
What’s next on the urban agenda for Canadian youth?
Join us on June 29, 2021 as we talk to a diverse group of youth experts across Canada and unpack their experiences living in urban centres across the country during the pandemic. Building off of the Urban Youth Impact COVID-19 Report that analyzes data from six of the largest Canadian cities and relevant census metropolitan areas including, Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto and Vancouver, we’ll explore how current issues such as race and discrimination, health, employment, cost of living and civic engagement affect youth and hear about their priorities and hopes for the future as we begin the journey to recovery. What do we need to change? And how can we leverage the experience and expertise that youth bring to the table to build more inclusive cities?
August 4, 2021
How can cities address the challenge of encampments?
Encampments are becoming more common across cities in Canada and around the world. It’s a challenging issue that city leaders, health care professionals, activists and communities are struggling with. Are cities resorting to stopgap solutions that seem useless to solving our current affordable housing crisis?
September 13, 2021
Getting to Zero: Solving Homelessness
Homelessness is a complex, life-threatening problem. It can be solved—but only if systems are built with that aim. On Monday, September 13, the Canadian Urban Institute is pleased to present our second Annual Leadership Lecture featuring Rosanne Haggerty, President of Community Solutions and an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities.
September 22, 2021
Our Future Halifax: Young People and Their City
September 23, 2021
A new normal: What’s next for Canada’s cities, post election?
Join us for our next CityTalk, as we explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead post election with our amazing panel: Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director, Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Carol Anne Hilton, Chief Executive Officer at Indigenomics Institute and Founder of the Global Center of Indigenomics, Mayor Mike Savage, City of Halifax, Chief Dale McFee, Edmonton Police.
September 29, 2021
Are we talking about a revolution? A case for the core
Join us for our next CityTalk, as we explore to the future of downtowns across the country. This session coincides with the release of our Case of the Core report, which presents three future scenarios to provoke thinking, dialogue, and positive change, based on nine key functions of Canada’s downtown cores, and is the result of CUI’s cross-country Bring Back Main Street initiative to support the recovery efforts of Canada’s downtowns.
October 28, 2021
Why is COP26 important for cities?
November’s United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is a critical opportunity to push for bolder action to tackle the climate crisis. Cities have a key role to play in ensuring that COP26 leads to transformative climate action and a green and just recovery. Join us for our next CityTalk, as we explore with key stakeholders heading to Glasgow how cities can advance climate action through COP26.
December 2, 2021
Expanding Housing Options: How can we improve housing diversity in our cities?
December 7, 2021
Get Outside: Learn how to activate your park this winter!
December 7, 2021
My Main Street: Community Activator information session
Thinking about applying for the My Main Street Community Activator program? Join us on December 7th to learn more about My Main Street and how to apply. We’ll share examples of projects that are eligible, walk you through eligibility criteria and the application process and answer any questions you have.
March 17, 2022
Black Influence in Urban Planning
The places where we live shape our lives in ways both trivial and profound—the power to shape those places is central to self-determination, growth and power. As we know, the built form has the power to either perpetuate or reduce social inequities, and the question of how to build liveable cities that serve all people continues to preoccupy planners and city builders across Canada. Join us for a discussion on March 17th from 12:00-1:00pm ET about Black influence in urban planning across Canada, and hear from community leaders working to make our cities more just and equitable for all.