2012 GREATER PHILADELPHIA LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Evolution of a Global City
PRELIMINARY AGENDA IN PHILADELPHIA, MAY 1 WELCOME & ORIENTATION, 5:00-7:30 PM, Philadelphia, PA
Meet fellow participants and build a foundation of knowledge for the Exchange with an introduction to Toronto’s economic landscape from Derek Burleton, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist with TD Bank Financial Group, and a panel discussion on Greater Philadelphia’s immigration landscape with the Nationalities Services Center and the Welcoming Center of Pennsylvania.
IN TORONTO, JULY 15-18 FEATURED SPEAKERS Presented by North Highland:
Peace, Order, & Good Government: Grounds for a Global City
The Honorable David Crombie, PC, OC, OOnt, Former Mayor of Toronto
Toronto’s most beloved mayor will set the stage for our exploration of Toronto’s evolution into a world class place to live, work, and play by highlighting the core strengths and beliefs that have made such a transformation possible.
Carving a Niche in the Global Economy: The Search for the Next “Creative Class”
Kevin Stolarick, Research Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto The “Official Statistician of the Creative Class,” or Kevin Stolarick, will share his research around the relationship between firm performance and IT and the impacts of technology, tolerance, talent, and quality of place on regional growth and prosperity.
Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation
President of TCF and former corporate lawyer Rahul Bhardwaj has been working to engage philanthropy in Toronto to address challenges facing the city. He'll share his dedication to Toronto's vibrant communities and insights on the future of the region.
PANEL DISCUSSIONS The Structure of a Global City: After Amalgamation
In 1998, the City of Toronto merged with several adjacent municipalities to form a much larger, and in theory, more efficient city and region. Our panel will discuss the aims of amalgamation and how it’s working 14 years on.
Diversity & Inclusion in Toronto
It’s a fact that Toronto is more diverse than any other North American city. This panel will discuss how Toronto adapts to newcomers and how newcomers acquire cultural and professional competency. Presented by the University City Science Center:
Generating the New: Building Growth at MaRS
Strategies for driving economic and social prosperity through innovation.
Re-visioning Regent Park
This 64-acre social housing community is undergoing tremendous re-vision and redevelopment, made possible by innovative partnerships and thoughtful, community-centered planning. ALL AGENDA ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE – Page 1
Challenged by Growth: Toronto’s and Mobility
Toronto's transportation landscape is familiar: sprawling suburbs, crushing rush hours, an aging transit infrastructure no longer reflective of commuters' needs. A new umbrella group, Metrolinx, was created to improve the situation. We'll do a status check.
Put Your Best Face Forward: Global Image-Making
While some of the attention may be organic, a lot of work goes into maintaining a presence in the global marketplace. We’ll talk with representatives of Tourism Toronto, the upcoming Pan Am Games, and others involved in marketing the region.
Development Toronto’s Waterfront and Downtown Development
Toronto’s waterfront development, like Philadelphia’s, is much in the news these days. They, too, have a major highway separating downtown from the water, a patchwork of property ownership, brownfields, and politics -- as well as some admirable achievements. We'll hear from those active in design, planning, real estate, and place-making.
Creating and Sustaining Community Through the Arts
In addition to international events such as the Film Festival, many of Toronto’s arts organizations focus on knitting diverse artists and audiences together to strengthen the community fabric. We’ll explore the importance of this effort with its most innovative leaders.
REGIONAL EXPLORATIONS MaRS Discovery District
Get inside one of the world’s leading science and technology incubators.
Regent Park & Re-visioning Panel
This 64-acre social housing community is undergoing tremendous re-vision and redevelopment, made possible by innovative partnerships and thoughtful, community-centered planning.
Toronto’s Waterfront & Redevelopment Panel
Learn about one of the largest and most innovative infrastructure projects in North America: Toronto’s collaborative redevelopment effort to revitalize their 2,000 acre waterfront.
Explore the hub of this innovative cultural organization working to grow cultural expression, stimulate Canadian and international interchange, and provide a dynamic, accessible environment for the public to experience a vibrant creative community.
NETWORKING EVENTS Presented by the University of Pennsylvania Health System:
Enjoy wine, cheese, and some Toronto favorites as we settle into our accommodations at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. Presented by Dunleavy & Associates:
Emerging Leaders Luncheon
Mitzie Hunter, the new president of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance, will introduce us to the up-and-coming leaders of their Emerging Leaders Network and DiverCity Fellows who will be joining us at our tables for lunch. Presented by TD Bank:
“O Canada” Cocktail Reception
Join leaders from Toronto’s business and civic communities for a reception at the top of TD Bank’s global headquarters in the 56story Toronto-Dominion Centre.
Hosted by: Jefferson University Hospitals, People’s Emergency Center, Radian, Select Greater Philadelphia, United Healthcare
Enjoy a night out on the town with a group of fellow Exchangers at some of Toronto’s best restaurants. ALL AGENDA ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE – Page 2