The Innovation City will examine ways of shaping our urban future
TORONTO, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - This week, MaRS Discovery District is
hosting one of Canada's most influential city-building gatherings. On
July 18 and 19, more than 300 local, national and international
delegates and speakers are coming to MaRS for The Innovation City, a two-day conference that will explore and highlight the partnerships,
ideas and innovation models that will lead to building the great cities
of the 21st century.
Organized by CityAge, the event features representatives of 30 cities in
Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
"Toronto is brilliantly positioned for success in the global innovation
economy, with world-leading scientific discovery and humanities
scholarship, a stable economy, and a vibrant creative and cultural
community. Most importantly, we have a diverse, talented workforce that
is aggregating steadily into strong, collaborative networks," said Ilse
Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District. "While our momentum is
substantial, there is much more we can do to accelerate innovation in
the Toronto metropolitan region. To that end, we need fresh thinking,
global perspectives and new networks. And that is why we are excited to
be hosting The Innovation City."
Some of the 50 + speakers include:
Seth Pinsky, President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner of Canada to the United Kingdom
Guru Banavar, CTO, Global Public Sector, IBM
David Naylor, President, University of Toronto
John Tory, Chair, Toronto CivicAction Alliance
John Sexton, President of NYU
William Knapp, COO Car2Go, North America
Jaana Remes, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
Alan Broadbent, Chairman, Maytree Foundation
Lorne Braithwaite, CEO, Build Toronto
"Toronto and MaRS Discovery District are a perfect platform to have a
discussion about the future of cities," said Miro Cernetig, a founding
partner of CityAge. "We are living through the greatest wave of
urbanization in human history. The smart design and governance of our
cities will shape all of our futures. This is an essential conversation
in our urban age."
MaRS Discovery District (www.marsdd.com) (Twitter: @MaRSDD) is a mission-driven innovation centre located in
Toronto. MaRS works with partners to catalyze, accelerate and amplify
innovation. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building Canada's next
generation of growth companies.
CityAge Media was founded by Miro Cernetig and Marc Andrew. It holds
events, campaigns and dialogue around North America on city building.
SOURCE MaRS Discovery District
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