Speakers / Topics: Urbanism | Cities
54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. Our speakers share their expertise when it comes to building cities that work for everyone, when it comes to politics, transportation, housing, and more.
Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto | Renowned Urbanist
Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada, she spent fiv...
Social Entrepreneur | Restaurateur
Mark Brand is one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs. With 11 businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step. Determined to breathe new life into our struggling and disjointed com...
Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author
Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists and a sought-after speaker. Named one of Esquire‘s “Best and Brightest,” alongside luminaries such as Bill Clinton and Bill Gates, Florida has fascinated audiences all over the world w...
Artistic Director & Co-Head, Toronto International Film Festival
Few people understand the importance of the arts and cultural sector better than Cameron Bailey. The artistic director and co-head of one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, he is responsible for the Toronto International Film Festival&...
Economist | Energy Expert | Bestselling Author
Jeff Rubin was one of the first economists to predict triple digit oil prices back in 2005. One of the world’s leading energy experts, Rubin speaks to why the end of cheap oil means the end of easy answers to renewing prosperity — and the end of globalizat...
Expert on Cities, Mobility, Travel, Trade, and the Future of Work
Greg Lindsay is literally a man on the street, reporting from the intersection of global trends and local wisdom. Widely cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology, and transportation, on the design and resiliency of cities, and on how to create mo...