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TalkTransformation! Preparing for an Extreme Weather Future – Community and Infrastructure Resilience will exchange ideas on ways that Toronto can build its resilience given the predicted rise in temperature and precipitation, as the year 2050 approaches. The event will include a discussion by experts on climate change and resiliency including:
John Broadhead is the first Executive Director of CityWorks, a new strategic initiative of Evergreen, a national charity whose aim is to build more sustainable cities. CityWorks focuses on community engagement and multi-sector collaborations with respect to urban infrastructure and in particular sustainable transportation and housing.
Grant Humes became the first Executive Director of the Toronto Financial District BIA (FDBIA) in 2012. The Toronto Financial District BIA represents Canada’s premier business centre, an area that includes Union Station, the PATH underground walkway and Canada’s five major banks and most prominent firms. With a mandate to promote economic development in the area, the FDBIA’s initiatives include developing and implementing a comprehensive public realm strategy for the Financial District, and showcasing the daily activity of its thriving businesses.
Patricia McCarney is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto and President and CEO of the World Council on City Data. Dr. McCarney was integral to the development of the newly published ISO 37120, the first International Standard for Cities. This ISO Working Group is building a family of international standards on global city indicators for sustainable cities, resilient cities and smart cities.
Lucy Cummings is the Executive Director of Faith & the Common Good, where she supports diverse faith communities that contribute to greener, healthier, more resilient neighborhoods. Prior to her work at Faith & the Common Good, Lucy lead Seacology UK, a non-profit environmental group devoted to protecting island biodiversity using a community-based approach.
TalkTransformation! is an event series which brings together thought-leaders and community experts to discuss critical ideas, technologies and programs that Toronto will need to consider in reaching its 80% greenhouse gas reductions goals by 2050. The events will explore the connections and synergies among different sectors (health, business, social) and highlight the opportunities where the co-benefits of climate action now can enhance the quality of life and grow Toronto's local economy in future.