Toronto Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat moderates a panel on disruptive tech and city building at the 2015 ULI Toronto Symposium. Photo: Patrick Moyer/Redflixx

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) wants to challenge Toronto, Canada’s largest and fastest growing city, to become the global leader on how to make cities better places to live, work, learn, play and invest.

For the second time, ULI’s Toronto district council will bring together hundreds of local and global real estate planning and design professionals along with leading experts from other fields and local leaders for the Electric Cities Symposium. Running April 24th and 25th, the event will feature engaging discussions and keynotes on the most innovative ideas and significant topics in the realm of city building, through the lenses of mobility, placemaking and technology.

“Modern city building requires a strong collaboration between the industry and the communities we work in to be successful,” says Richard Joy, the Executive Director of ULI Toronto, in a media release. “By opening what would be typically an industry event to the public, we hope to help unlock effective city building solutions as our region’s cities tackle unprecedented rapid growth and real estate challenges in both the private and public sectors.“

The two-day symposium will have a packed schedule of 28 panels and keynote speakers, including Toronto Mayor John Tory, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, CityFi Co-Founder Gabe Klein and Richard Florida, author of the recently published book, The New Urban Crisis. Speakers will tackle a diverse range of topics, like how major parks transform the urban experience, the challenge of creating socially inclusive cities with no carbon footprint and what increasing segregation, inequality and a failing middle class means for city building politics.

ULI is a non-profit education and research institute that provides leadership in the responsible use of land and creating thriving communities worldwide.

Registration fees range from $500 to $800 for full access to symposium events and ULI Toronto is also offering a limited time $100 full-access ticket for students. The event will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

For more information about the Electric Cities Symposium call 1 800 321 5011 or visit

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