School of Cities / Event

Making the Case for Regionalism

Canadian cities face a growing list of challenges: lack of affordable housing, the need for more transit, aging infrastructure, the impact of climate change, income inequality, and more. These challenges all cross municipal boundaries and thus need to be addressed on a broader, regional basis. As municipal governments contend with the ongoing recovery, rising inflation, and mounting fiscal pressure, what coordinated actions can be taken at a regional level to build more equitable, economically competitive, and livable regions for Canadians?

Don Iveson, former Mayor of Edmonton and Chair of Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus, will make the case for regionalism. He will talk about the need for coordinating structures, tools, and resources that cities can use to act regionally, compete with other global city-regions, and improve the social and economic outcomes of citizens. 


  • Don Iveson, Canadian Urban Leader at the University of Toronto’s School of Cities, 35th Mayor of Edmonton and former Chair of Canada’s Big City Mayors
  • Jen Nelles, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes Business School
  • Zack Taylor, Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science and Local Government Program, Western University
  • Karen Chapple (moderator, Professor and Director of the University of Toronto’s School of Cities