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Leading Urban Change: An information webinar

Join us for a conversation about equitable urban change in cities and the skills, tools and partnerships required to manage change in ways that can strengthen sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous cities. 

Panelists will include:

  • Lisa Helps, Former Mayor of Victoria, B.C. & Housing Solutions Advisor, Premier’s Office, B.C.
  • Karen Chapple, Director, School of Cities & Professor, Department of Geography & Planning
  • Richard Florida, University Professor, Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, Rotman School of Management & Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, School of Cities

Change in cities is constant, and municipal leaders need to know how to predict it or adapt or pivot because of it. Leading Urban Change is a weeklong executive program co-hosted in November 2023 by Rotman School of Management and School of Cities, taught by Richard Florida and Karen Chapple, and featuring sessions by leaders and senior-level practitioners in urban and governance arenas. This webinar will outline the aims and advantages of the course, and investigate the issues confronted by cities that makes it so essential at this time.  

Canadian cities are at a crossroads. They must develop rapidly to accommodate projected growth, but are often constrained by global forces and provincial priorities that may contravene local goals for just, sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous cities. Leading Urban Change, held at U of T from November 19-22, will show participants how to leverage location, collaborate across sectors and silos, shape narratives through data, and push implementation forward.

Richard Florida on the contents and benefits of Leading Urban Change