November 2016

Toronto's Rail Deck Park Plan: The Case for Green Space in the City

11:30am-1:30pm | Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel - 525 Bay Street, Toronto

In this Economic Club exclusive, join Chief City Planner of Toronto, Jennifer Keesmaat in conversation with New York City's Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Mitchell Silver, as they discuss how investing in parks and recreation can bring value to a city.

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Dwight Drummond

CBC Toronto News

Dwight Drummond

Dwight Drummond is an award-winning journalist and the host on CBC Toronto News, which airs weeknights at 6 p.m. on CBC television. Dwight has been a reporter and news anchor for over two decades. He was awarded the Ryerson University Alumni Award of Distinction and has been inducted into the Faculty of Radio and Television Arts’ Wall of Fame. Recently, with Dwight at the helm, CBC Toronto News won Best Local Newscast at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards

Known for his exclusives, he's broken local stories that have gone national and has reported from the U.S., Caribbean and Africa. He had the lead story on CityNews' Gemini win for Best Newscast, and a top story for City's Edward R. Murrow win for Best Newscast.

Dwight has also received a number of awards for his police reporting and commendations for his community work. He is a recipient of the Men of Excellence Award, the Distinguished Men of Honour Award and the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media.

Jennifer Keesmaat

Mayoral Candidate
City of Toronto

Jennifer Keesmaat

Jennifer Keesmaat is a passionate and outspoken advocate of city building efforts that enhance the livability, affordability, and sustainability of the City of Toronto. As Toronto's Chief Planner, Jennifer's priorities included the implementation of the Planning Division's new Strategic Plan; the promotion of mid-rise development along the city's Avenues as part of a strategy to develop more complete communities; providing residents with more access to city-building conversations through an improved consultation process; a renewed focus on evidence-based transit planning; and overseeing development review for the City's 5000+ annual development applications.

Jennifer's expertise was honed through her extensive work in the private sector, characterized by an emphasis on the creation of complete communities, the facilitation of collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with residents, municipal staff, Council, developers, business leaders, NGOs, and other stakeholders. She was a founding partner of DIALOG, an award-winning urban planning firm that today employs more than 600 people in offices across Canada and the U.S, and she served as the CEO of Creative Housing Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation of affordable rental housing in Canada’s major cities.

Over the past decade, Jennifer has been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Design Exchange and +EDRA for her work in municipalities across Canada, having earned a variety of awards for planning excellence. She has also served as Chair of the Urban Land Institute and a Distinguished Visitor in Residence at the University of Toronto.
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Western University and Masters of Environmental Studies, Planning from York University, and lives in Toronto with her husband, Tom, and children, Alexandra and Luis.

Mitchell J. Silver

Commissioner of Parks & Recreation
New York City

Mitchell J. Silver

As NYC Parks Commissioner, Mitchell J. Silver has overseen several major initiatives bringing equity, innovative design, and cutting-edge placemaking techniques to New York City’s 30,000-acre park system. Since he became Commissioner in May 2014, he has led the launch of the Community Parks Initiative, which is bringing $285 million in capital overhauls to more than 60 historically underserved parks across New York City; Parks Without Borders, a new design approach to activate park borders and edges; and a $150 million effort to rebuild five historic Anchor Parks, one in each borough.

An internationally recognized planner, Commissioner Silver is the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA). Prior to returning to his native New York City, he served as the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, NC. In Raleigh, he led the comprehensive plan update process and a rewriting of the development code to create a vibrant 21st century city. He is the Dunlop Lecturer in Housing and Urbanization at Harvard University and in 2014 and he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Planning Association.

Mitchell Silver received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College in NYC.

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