Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Excess Soil Symposium   In partnership with experts from industry, NGOs, academia, CUI will convene the Ontario Excess Soils Symposium in December 2019.  Discussions will include: Benefits and challenges of excess soil reuse for municipalities, communities and the development industry; Updates on the excess soil policy and regulation; Lessons learned from case studies and pilot projects; and other topics, TBC.    Sponsor this event

3rd Annual Excess Soil Symposium

In partnership with experts from industry, NGOs, academia, CUI will convene the Ontario Excess Soils Symposium in December 2019.

Discussions will include: Benefits and challenges of excess soil reuse for municipalities, communities and the development industry; Updates on the excess soil policy and regulation; Lessons learned from case studies and pilot projects; and other topics, TBC.

Sponsor this event

22nd Annual Meeting with Toronto’s Chief Planner.   Every December, CUI convenes the Toronto Chief Planner and a panel of industry and community leaders to share their ideas on current Toronto issues.

22nd Annual Meeting with Toronto’s Chief Planner.

Every December, CUI convenes the Toronto Chief Planner and a panel of industry and community leaders to share their ideas on current Toronto issues.

Smart Planning Our Smart Cities 2   Themes will focus on building the business case for energy optimization opportunities of emerging smart city solutions and how to overcome common challenges.  Speakers and panels will discuss both new technologies to pilot test and technologies that have been demonstrated in cities across the world but are less practiced in Canada.    Read our smart planning our smart cities guide

Smart Planning Our Smart Cities 2

Themes will focus on building the business case for energy optimization opportunities of emerging smart city solutions and how to overcome common challenges.

Speakers and panels will discuss both new technologies to pilot test and technologies that have been demonstrated in cities across the world but are less practiced in Canada.

Read our smart planning our smart cities guide


Past Events

 

RECENT +PLACEMAKER SEMINARS

Launch of Toronto’s first Resilience Strategy   June 2018  The City of Toronto introduced its first Resilience Strategy - an action plan meant to help the city adapt and thrive in the face of any challenge. Over two hundred city-builders gathered at the iconic Daniels Building to celebrate the launch of the Strategy and share their thoughts on the implementation process during the breakout discussions that followed. CUI has been involved throughout this Strategy development process and has facilitated a series of three events designed to engage city-builders and citizens in the development of this robust Resilience Strategy.  Read the Resilience Strategy, information about the process, and supplementary materials like the Indigenous Climate Action Summary Report at   toronto.ca/resilience.      View details for Climate Resilience Breakout Session      View details for Neighborhood Resilience Breakout Session      Read the Outcomes Report

Launch of Toronto’s first Resilience Strategy

June 2018

The City of Toronto introduced its first Resilience Strategy - an action plan meant to help the city adapt and thrive in the face of any challenge. Over two hundred city-builders gathered at the iconic Daniels Building to celebrate the launch of the Strategy and share their thoughts on the implementation process during the breakout discussions that followed. CUI has been involved throughout this Strategy development process and has facilitated a series of three events designed to engage city-builders and citizens in the development of this robust Resilience Strategy.

Read the Resilience Strategy, information about the process, and supplementary materials like the Indigenous Climate Action Summary Report at toronto.ca/resilience.

View details for Climate Resilience Breakout Session

View details for Neighborhood Resilience Breakout Session

Read the Outcomes Report

21st ANNUAL MEETING WITH TORONTO’S CHIEF PLANNER   November 2018  The Canadian Urban Institute & NRU Publishing convened Gregg Lintern to give the Chief Planner annual address, with focused on moving around Toronto. Diamond Corp’s Laurie Payne then moderated a discussion with Gregg and three panelists who discussed ideas for addressing the challenges around transit and mobility in Toronto’s suburbs.   VIEW GREGG LINTERN SLIDES (CHIEF PLANNER)    VIEW ERIC MILLER SLIDES    VIEW AJEEV BHATIA SLIDES

21st ANNUAL MEETING WITH TORONTO’S CHIEF PLANNER

November 2018

The Canadian Urban Institute & NRU Publishing convened Gregg Lintern to give the Chief Planner annual address, with focused on moving around Toronto. Diamond Corp’s Laurie Payne then moderated a discussion with Gregg and three panelists who discussed ideas for addressing the challenges around transit and mobility in Toronto’s suburbs.

VIEW GREGG LINTERN SLIDES (CHIEF PLANNER)

VIEW ERIC MILLER SLIDES

VIEW AJEEV BHATIA SLIDES

RESILIENT TORONTO PART 2 - CREATING INCLUSIVE, CLIMATE RESILIENT GROWTH   May 2018  This event brought together diverse perspectives to explore how communities, civic organizations, businesses, and government can work together to address the potential intersections of climate related shocks like extreme weather, and chronic stresses like income inequality, aging infrastructure, housing, and transit.   READ THE OUTCOMES SUMMARY

RESILIENT TORONTO PART 2 - CREATING INCLUSIVE, CLIMATE RESILIENT GROWTH

May 2018

This event brought together diverse perspectives to explore how communities, civic organizations, businesses, and government can work together to address the potential intersections of climate related shocks like extreme weather, and chronic stresses like income inequality, aging infrastructure, housing, and transit.

READ THE OUTCOMES SUMMARY

 
BUILDING COMPACT URBAN COMMUNITIES OUTSIDE OF THE CORE   May 2018  SFU Community Trust President Gordon Harris shared the story of UniverCity – the award-winning sustainable community located on top of Burnaby Mountain, adjacent to Simon Fraser University. The event also included a discussion on market realities, policy approaches, how to bring the public on board and how the UniverCity approach might help the GGH achieve its growth and development visions.

BUILDING COMPACT URBAN COMMUNITIES OUTSIDE OF THE CORE

May 2018

SFU Community Trust President Gordon Harris shared the story of UniverCity – the award-winning sustainable community located on top of Burnaby Mountain, adjacent to Simon Fraser University. The event also included a discussion on market realities, policy approaches, how to bring the public on board and how the UniverCity approach might help the GGH achieve its growth and development visions.

ONLINE SHOPPING TRENDS & THE FUTURE OF SUBURBAN RETAIL   December 2017  This event looked at opportunities to revitalize suburban plazas, malls and power centres. Participants and audience members explored how online shopping trends and consumer patterns mesh with our planning visions for more accessible, walkable and transit-oriented communities.   VIEW KEYNOTE SLIDES

ONLINE SHOPPING TRENDS & THE FUTURE OF SUBURBAN RETAIL

December 2017

This event looked at opportunities to revitalize suburban plazas, malls and power centres. Participants and audience members explored how online shopping trends and consumer patterns mesh with our planning visions for more accessible, walkable and transit-oriented communities.

VIEW KEYNOTE SLIDES

20th ANNUAL MEETING WITH TORONTO'S CHIEF PLANNER   November 2017  CUI & NRU Publishing convened the Acting Chief Planner, Gregg Lintern, with a panel of industry and community leaders to share ideas for planning and designing our suburbs to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, while offering a high quality of life and design.   READ OUTCOMES SUMMARY    VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

20th ANNUAL MEETING WITH TORONTO'S CHIEF PLANNER

November 2017

CUI & NRU Publishing convened the Acting Chief Planner, Gregg Lintern, with a panel of industry and community leaders to share ideas for planning and designing our suburbs to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, while offering a high quality of life and design.

READ OUTCOMES SUMMARY

VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

RESILIENT TORONTO PART ONE…   September 2017  This event featured an update from Toronto’s new Chief Resilience Officer, Elliott Cappell, on the Preliminary Resilience Assessment and a moderated panel discussion to identify the biggest challenges facing Toronto and the actions and changes needed to address them.   READ OUTCOMES SUMMARY

RESILIENT TORONTO PART ONE…

September 2017

This event featured an update from Toronto’s new Chief Resilience Officer, Elliott Cappell, on the Preliminary Resilience Assessment and a moderated panel discussion to identify the biggest challenges facing Toronto and the actions and changes needed to address them.

READ OUTCOMES SUMMARY

 
THE RESILIENT CITY - UNDERSTANDING INTERDEPENDENCE IS KEY   April 2017  CUI hosted this event to address the importance of interdependencies in urban resilience planning. The panel was asked to respond to questions about the cross-sectoral approaches that are needed to improve the resilience of the Toronto region.   READ THE OUTCOMES SUMMARY    VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

THE RESILIENT CITY - UNDERSTANDING INTERDEPENDENCE IS KEY

April 2017

CUI hosted this event to address the importance of interdependencies in urban resilience planning. The panel was asked to respond to questions about the cross-sectoral approaches that are needed to improve the resilience of the Toronto region.

READ THE OUTCOMES SUMMARY

VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

ANNUAL MEETING WITH TORONTO'S CHIEF PLANNER   December 2016  Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat spoke about Toronto’s six priorities for sustaining a healthy city as it goes through a period of intense growth. Following Ms. Keesmaat’s keynote, Mary Wiens moderated a panel discussion which explored how we can create and fund spaces to meet the needs of our diverse city in a time of competing economic priorities.   VIEW OUTCOMES SUMMARY    VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

ANNUAL MEETING WITH TORONTO'S CHIEF PLANNER

December 2016

Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat spoke about Toronto’s six priorities for sustaining a healthy city as it goes through a period of intense growth. Following Ms. Keesmaat’s keynote, Mary Wiens moderated a panel discussion which explored how we can create and fund spaces to meet the needs of our diverse city in a time of competing economic priorities.

VIEW OUTCOMES SUMMARY

VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

SAFETY & SUSTAINABILITY IN TRANSPORTATION - SWEDISH APPROACH   September 2016  The Swedish Ambassador and the President of Vision Zero discussed advances in safety and sustainability with Swedish companies and Canadian transportation experts.   VIEW OUTCOMES SUMMARY   VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES:   JEAN-YVES VALLEE    MATTS -ÅKE BELIN

SAFETY & SUSTAINABILITY IN TRANSPORTATION - SWEDISH APPROACH

September 2016

The Swedish Ambassador and the President of Vision Zero discussed advances in safety and sustainability with Swedish companies and Canadian transportation experts.

VIEW OUTCOMES SUMMARY

VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES:

JEAN-YVES VALLEE

MATTS -ÅKE BELIN

 
TREES IN THE PUBLIC REALM   April 2016  This event addressed the challenges facing trees in the public realm including climate change, invasive species, competition for space and lack of government support. The discussion converged on the need to assign the proper value to urban forests so that their importance in providing air quality, health, green infrastructure and aesthetic benefits is recognized when making decisions about our cities.   VIEW OUTCOMES SUMMARY    VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

TREES IN THE PUBLIC REALM

April 2016

This event addressed the challenges facing trees in the public realm including climate change, invasive species, competition for space and lack of government support. The discussion converged on the need to assign the proper value to urban forests so that their importance in providing air quality, health, green infrastructure and aesthetic benefits is recognized when making decisions about our cities.

VIEW OUTCOMES SUMMARY

VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

THE CITY WE WANT   April 2016  This event brought together architecture, planning, engagement and psychology experts to discuss how people’s needs and values shape the design of our cities.   READ OUTCOMES SUMMARY

THE CITY WE WANT

April 2016

This event brought together architecture, planning, engagement and psychology experts to discuss how people’s needs and values shape the design of our cities.

READ OUTCOMES SUMMARY

PROCURING URBAN INNOVATION   February 2016  This event explored the processes that promote creative solutions from designers, builders, suppliers and consultants while still meeting owners and end users’ requirements for transparency and value.   READ OUTCOMES SUMMARY    VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

PROCURING URBAN INNOVATION

February 2016

This event explored the processes that promote creative solutions from designers, builders, suppliers and consultants while still meeting owners and end users’ requirements for transparency and value.

READ OUTCOMES SUMMARY

VIEW PRESENTATION SLIDES

 
VISION ZERO   March 2015  The Vision Zero Initiative is an approach to road safety thinking that originated in Sweden. It can be summarized in one sentence: No loss of life is acceptable. This event held in partnership with Business Sweden, the Embassy of Sweden and Vision Zero Initiative, highlighted the success of this approach and looked at the impact it could have on Canadian cities.   VIEW PRESENTATION

VISION ZERO

March 2015

The Vision Zero Initiative is an approach to road safety thinking that originated in Sweden. It can be summarized in one sentence: No loss of life is acceptable. This event held in partnership with Business Sweden, the Embassy of Sweden and Vision Zero Initiative, highlighted the success of this approach and looked at the impact it could have on Canadian cities.

VIEW PRESENTATION

 
 

Webinars 

SMART PLANNING OUR FUTURE CITIES    April 2018  This  LSNetwork  webinar was designed to help municipalities navigate the full potential of connected technology by exploring the benefits of developing a comprehensive smart city master plan.   VIEW RECORDING

SMART PLANNING OUR FUTURE CITIES

April 2018

This LSNetwork webinar was designed to help municipalities navigate the full potential of connected technology by exploring the benefits of developing a comprehensive smart city master plan.

VIEW RECORDING

CONNECTING LONDON    February 2018  This  LSNetwork  webinar examined how the City of London, UK’s is laying smart city foundation through their ambitious LED streetlight program. We were joined by Alanna Coombes, Place and Future Officer at the City of London UK, along with leaders of the City's smart streetlighting program, who provided an analysis of the development, implementation and success of the initiative.   VIEW RECORDING

CONNECTING LONDON

February 2018

This LSNetwork webinar examined how the City of London, UK’s is laying smart city foundation through their ambitious LED streetlight program. We were joined by Alanna Coombes, Place and Future Officer at the City of London UK, along with leaders of the City's smart streetlighting program, who provided an analysis of the development, implementation and success of the initiative.

VIEW RECORDING

EXCESS SOIL BY-LAW TOOL    February 2017  This webinar explored the  Excess Soil By-Law Tool,  a tool that provides links to  municipal site alteration and fill by-laws  in Southern Ontario and guidance about how to address  common issues  through municipal by-laws including: permits, fill management plans, fees and cost recovery, and more.   VIEW RECORDING

EXCESS SOIL BY-LAW TOOL

February 2017

This webinar explored the Excess Soil By-Law Tool, a tool that provides links to municipal site alteration and fill by-laws in Southern Ontario and guidance about how to address common issues through municipal by-laws including: permits, fill management plans, fees and cost recovery, and more.

VIEW RECORDING

 
 

Conferences, Symposiums & Forums

ONTARIO EXCESS SOIL SYMPOSIUM    November 2018  The one-day long event in Ajax, ON convened 300+ professionals from industry, government, NGOs and academia to share lessons and successful case studies about the successful management of excess soil.   VIEW PRESENTATIONS / OUTCOMES SUMMARY

ONTARIO EXCESS SOIL SYMPOSIUM

November 2018

The one-day long event in Ajax, ON convened 300+ professionals from industry, government, NGOs and academia to share lessons and successful case studies about the successful management of excess soil.

VIEW PRESENTATIONS / OUTCOMES SUMMARY

SMART PLANNING OUR SMART CITIES - LSNETWORK SEMINAR    March 2018  This LSNetwork Seminar addressed the challenges and opportunities of planning smart cities in Canada.   VIEW PRESENTATIONS

SMART PLANNING OUR SMART CITIES - LSNETWORK SEMINAR

March 2018

This LSNetwork Seminar addressed the challenges and opportunities of planning smart cities in Canada.

VIEW PRESENTATIONS

ONTARIO EXCESS SOIL SYMPOSIUM    December 2017  This Symposium was convened over 20 speakers and 270 attendees to discuss solutions and areas of further development required to support beneficial reuse of excess soil in Ontario.   VIEW PRESENTATIONS / OUTCOMES

ONTARIO EXCESS SOIL SYMPOSIUM

December 2017

This Symposium was convened over 20 speakers and 270 attendees to discuss solutions and areas of further development required to support beneficial reuse of excess soil in Ontario.

VIEW PRESENTATIONS / OUTCOMES

 
MISSISSAUGA HOUSING FORUM   May 2017  This public event and an industry forum introduced Mississauga’s Housing Strategy and provided an opportunity for residents and representatives of the building and development industry to provide feedback.

MISSISSAUGA HOUSING FORUM

May 2017

This public event and an industry forum introduced Mississauga’s Housing Strategy and provided an opportunity for residents and representatives of the building and development industry to provide feedback.

NATIONAL LED SUMMIT   November 2016  Lessons and ideas were shared about successful and innovative Canadian and international projects in outdoor lighting systems.

NATIONAL LED SUMMIT

November 2016

Lessons and ideas were shared about successful and innovative Canadian and international projects in outdoor lighting systems.

CANADIAN URBAN FORUM    October 2015  This forum brought together 150 decision makers from the private, public, academic and civil sectors to engage in identifying the key success factors for urban infrastructure investment. The forum produced a core themes and action plan.   READ CORE THEMES & ACTION PLAN

CANADIAN URBAN FORUM

October 2015

This forum brought together 150 decision makers from the private, public, academic and civil sectors to engage in identifying the key success factors for urban infrastructure investment. The forum produced a core themes and action plan.

READ CORE THEMES & ACTION PLAN


Contact

If you are interested in partnering with CUI to host an event or looking for more information on upcoming or past events

contact us at - cui@canurb.org