Every year, we showcase and celebrate individuals, projects and organizations making a profound impact on the quality of life in Canada’s urban regions. 

This year's event took place on November 21, 2016 at The Great Hall. Recently reopened after an intensive revitalization, The Great Hall was a fitting backdrop to recognize this year's Urban Champions and gather past Urban Leadership Award recipients, whose work helped establish the foundation of urban excellence in Canada. 



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2016 Urban Leadership Award Winners 

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The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O. Ont., Senator and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.  

Winner of the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award, Senator Omidvar is recognized for her outstanding impact on issues of migration, diversity and inclusion.LEARN MORE

Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award Indvidual whose vision and passion for cities has had a profound impact on several aspects of urban health over many years.

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Martha J. Shuttleworth, President and Founder of  Neptis Foundation.  

Winner of the David Crombie Award, philanthropist Ms. Shuttleworth's work with Neptis Foundation has revolutionized the way we make decisions in the Toronto region. LEARN MORE

David Crombie Award Individual engaging community, government and private sector partners to help regenerate and enhance the public realm in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. 


Judy and Wilmot Matthews, head of the Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation and urban planner/activist (Mrs. Matthews) and investment banker (Mr. Matthews).

Winner of the City Builder Award, the Matthews have put bold visions in city building together with the resources for implementation. LEARN MORE

City Builder Award Leader whose bold vision and ability to implement change represents true city building. 

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Agazi Afewerki, Co-Founder and Director of Youth Empowering Parents (YEP).

Winner of the NextGen Award, Mr. Afewerki mentors, motivates and equips newcomer youth with skills to become mentors to newcomer adults. LEARN MORE

NextGen Award Emerging leader(s) whose work is helping to develop a healthy urban community.

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Aga Khan Musuem, winner of the Urban Vitality award for  its spectacular architectural contribution to the City and outstanding relationship to Toronto's multicultural identity. LEARN MORE

Urban Vitality Award A project or program that demonstrates excellence in creativity, relationship to context and community spirit. 


About the Urban Leadership Awards
The Urban Leadership Awards raise funds to support the CUI's internship programs. Since 1990, we have offered hands-on learning experiences to hundreds of students and recent graduates from across Canada. In addition to supporting the next generation of city builders, you are recognizing individuals and programs dedicated to the development of healthy urban communities. 

Who Attends?
150+ Senior decision-makers from civil society as well as the Municipal, Provincial and Private sectors, Media, Academic and Institutional leaders. 

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