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Thursday, April 5 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Opening Plenary - Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City's Edge (Open to all registrants)--8:00am--9:00am

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Toronto has become an international model of alternative approaches to urban policies, particularly in the areas of housing, immigration/diversity, social equity, and environmental sustainability. But significant tensions underlie this impressive image. Rising socio-spatial inequality, escalating housing costs, racialized patterns of growth, and inadequate transportation infrastructure, all threaten the metropolitan region’s future prospects. However, collaborations in planning and policy at the local and regional levels have created opportunities for community engagement, grassroots place-making and larger scale city-building.  The speakers in this plenary explore the challenges of life in this dynamic urban environment, and reveal the roles that citizens and policy can play in defining Toronto now, and for the future.

Shauna Brail, University of Toronto (Moderator)


Sabina Ali, Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee, Chair
Crystal Basi, Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council, Executive Director
Burkhard Mausberg, The Greenbelt Foundation, Former CEO

avatar for Sabina Ali,Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee

Sabina Ali,Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee

Sabina Ali is the Chair and one of the founding members of Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee – created by residents to advance a transformative vision for Thorncliffe Park and the surrounding community. Under Ali’s leadership, the Women’s Committee revitalized the local park... Read More →

Crystal Basi, Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council

Executive Director
Crystal Basi is a mixed heritage person of Scandinavian, French Canadian, Haudenosaunee, and Scottish decent. She works in the community to honour the memory of her granny who endured (and resisted) systemic inequality that impacted her ability to live as an Indigenous person.  Crystal... Read More →
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Burkhard Mausberg, The Greenbelt Foundation

Former CEO
Burkhard Mausberg was the founding CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund for twelve years, making the Greenbelt the most popular and successful environmental initiative in its time.A leader in Ontario’s environmental/food sector, Mausberg has worked... Read More →


Thursday April 5, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Grand East (Lower Concourse--2 floors below lobby)