Crossroads for Toronto?

Toronto Life's new live City Series confronts our future with leading urban thinkers

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - At a time of Toronto's unprecedented growth and global attention, Toronto Life, the city's leading magazine brand, launches its new City Series. Tackling the hard questions facing Toronto's future, City Series will begin with its focus on three subjects: Financial Prosperity with Toronto's Economy in 2025, Entrepreneurship and Technology with The $100-Million Idea, and the booming Property Market with The Future of Toronto Real Estate.

"The development of Toronto is racing forward at unprecedented speed," says David Hamilton, publisher of Toronto Life. "City Series will tap some of the city's brightest and most influential experts to predict what the future may bring for everyone who lives here."

Hosted at two of the city's most forward thinking institutions, University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and innovation centre MaRS Discovery District, and supported by premier sponsors, Manulife and Empire Communities, Toronto Life is taking its editorial spirit to the stage to engage the city's community in this discussion. "Magazines, at their best, provoke conversation," says Sarah Fulford, editor-in-chiefof Toronto Life. "Here, the spirit that enlivens Toronto Life moves from the page to the stage."

Nationally recognized media personalities Amanda Lang, Philip Preville and Nora Young will host these events and engage some of the Toronto's most influential urban thinkers -including financial experts, urban developers, digital innovators, corporate strategists and business leaders. Tickets for each event are $55 and will be available to the public on Friday, September 19. Toronto Life subscribers save 10% on admission - a limited number of subscriber tickets are available per event.

For more information on City Series and to purchase tickets please visit:

City Series Event Details:

Toronto's Economy in 2025
Hosted by Amanda Lang, senior business correspondent, CBC News

Lang leads a discussion about the strategies and decisions needed to ensure prosperity for all Torontonians. She is joined by Jeff Rubin, economist and best-selling author; Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner of the City of Toronto; Michael Williams, general manager of the City's Economic Development & Culture Division; Janet Ecker, former provincial cabinet minister, now president of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance; and Carol Wilding, president and CEO of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Desautels Hall, Rotman School of Management
105 St. George St., Toronto, ON


Entrepreneurship and Technology: The $100-Million Idea
Hosted by Nora Young, creator of CBC Radio's Spark with Nora Young

Young invites digital superstars to reveal how they made their fortunes and the secrets of their success. She is joined by Daniel Debow, senior vice-president of; Mark Ruddock, CEO of Wonga Canada Inc.; Jim Orlando, managing director of OMERS Ventures; Vicki Saunders, founder of SheEO; and Marcus Daniels, co-founder & CEO of HIGHLINE.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
MaRS Discovery District
101 College St., Toronto, ON


The Future of Toronto Real Estate
Hosted by Philip Preville, Toronto Life contributing editor and National Magazine Award winner

The booming housing market is reshaping the city. Will it last? Preville deconstructs the future with the help of Craig Alexander, chief economist at TD Bank; Paul Bedford, former chief planner for the City of Toronto; Paul Golini Jr., executive vice-president of Empire Communities; Mazyar Mortazavi, president and CEO of TAS; and Eve Lewis, president and CEO of Woodcliffe Landmark Properties.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Desautels Hall, Rotman School of Management
105 St. George St., Toronto, ON

Venue Partners: Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District

Premier Partners: Empire Communities, Manulife

About Toronto Life
Devoted to living in Canada's wealthiest and most dynamic metropolis, Toronto Life helps readers understand and engage in the life of their city. Providing quality content across multiple platforms, Toronto Life's community of users can choose when, where and how they connect with the brand. Toronto Life reaches over 686,000 monthly readers, over 888,000 unique online visitors, plus a massive social media presence with 111,000+ Twitter followers and 77,000+ Facebook likes. Through powerful stories, entertaining features, and valuable service writing, Toronto Life sets the agenda - all in a package that's as irresistible as it is indispensable.

Twitter: @TorontoLife

About St. Joseph Communications, Media Group
The Media Group publishes Toronto Life, FASHION, Men's FASHION, Weddingbells, MARIAGE Québec, WHERE magazines, Ottawa Magazine and Quill and Quire. The Media Group is a division of St. Joseph Communications, Canada's largest privately owned communications company with three distinct business platforms: media, content and print. For more information, please visit

SOURCE: Toronto Life

For further information: and all media enquiries regarding City Series, please contact: Meagan Madill, Event Director,, 905.995.4343

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