City of Toronto partners with colleges and universities for two-day CivicLabTO Academic Summit

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The City of Toronto is partnering with eight higher education institutions (HEIs), for a two-day, free and virtual CivicLabTO Academic Summit hosted by York University on November 23 and 24.

This event will feature in-depth discussions with leading experts in areas on which the City and its academic partners York University, University of Toronto, OCAD University, Ryerson University, Humber College, Seneca, George Brown College and Centennial College have been collaborating, regarding post-pandemic recovery, renewal and resiliency. The two-day CivicLabTO Academic Summit will bring together more than 60 presenters through 13 sessions and will feature student-led arts and cultural programming.

These sessions will highlight how collaboration between academics and city government can ultimately lead to stronger public policy in the ever-changing urban environment with a focus on greater equity and inclusion. Sessions will concentrate on strategic priorities for the next chapter in the areas of public health; planning and adapting public space; stronger, safer, more just communities; arts, culture and recovery; transit and transportation; technology, innovation and equity; housing and health; climate change and green recovery; and economic resiliency.

Opening remarks on November 23 will feature Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão; Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University; Chris Whitaker, President, Humber College; and Toronto City Manager Chris Murray. The welcome address on November 24 will feature Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park) and Linda Peake, Director of the City Institute at York University.

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