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.

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Naheed Nenshi

Former Mayor of Calgary | Community Builder

During his 11-year tenure as mayor, Naheed Nenshi led Calgary through one of its most prosperous and tumultuous decades. Alongside unprecedented investment in quality of life, Calgary also saw four states of emergency called that included a devastating flood a...

Jennifer Keesmaat

CEO, The Keesmaat Group | Partner, Markee Developments

Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. A renowned urban planner, she was 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 ...

Jennifer Keesmaat

Richard Florida

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 with his insi...

Richard Florida

Cameron Bailey

CEO, Toronto International Film Festival

Few people understand the importance of the arts and cultural sector better than Cameron Bailey. The CEO of one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, he is responsible for leading the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) vision,...

Cameron Bailey

Jeff Rubin

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...

Greg Lindsay

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 cities, the future of work, technology, and mobility by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wa...

Greg Lindsay