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Thanks to all the attendees and speakers for 3 amazing weeks of Central Talks! Read the summaries.

Central is an expert-led speaker series about improving Toronto's communities by examining systemic urban issues.

Central Talks at The Bentway

September 18

Vertical Living In The City

High-density areas like condos towers have changed how residents live. What if we build around their needs?

September 25

Building Communities

Toronto's communities are always evolving in locations and demographics. What if we could support them better?

October 2

Social Justice In Toronto

Toronto faces unique barriers to create a more fair society. What if we made justice a priority?

Upcoming Community Events

October 15, 2018

Uploading The Subway To The Province

Featruing Former Chief City Planner Paul Bedford, Dr. Eric Miller, and Brian Kelcey.
October 24, 2018

Global City for Who?

A public talk and moderated discussion featuring Dr. Kofi Hope and Hasi Mohamed. Moderated by Sara Mojtehedzadeh.
November 6, 2018

Social Capital Research Report Launch

This benchmarking study measures the vibrancy of social networks, and the extent to which individuals and communities reply upon one another.

Central Talks Speakers

Tai Huynh

Editor-In-Chief, The Local

Julie Bogdanowicz

Architect & Urban Designer at City of Toronto

Cadence Weapon

Rapper & Producer

Carolyn Kim

Director, City Building at Pembina Institute

Jennifer Hiseler

Accessibility Specialist, Human Space

Taraneh Zarin

Volunteer Organizer, Free Transit Toronto

Annely Zonena

Senior Planner at City Of Toronto

Nicole Swerhun

Principal, Swerhun Inc.

Justine Abigail Yu

Founder & Editor, Living Hyphen

Ryan Adamson

M.A., York University

Summer 2018 Speakers

Tricia Wood
Professor of Geography, York University
Jonathan English
PhD Candidate, Columbia University
Julius Haag
PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Ilana Altman
Director Of Programming, The Bentway
Gil Meslin
Land Use and Policy Planner, MCIP, RPP
Cheryll Case
Planner, CP Planning
Rishab Mehan
Planner, City of Toronto
Marina Queirolo
Senior Lead, Evergreen
Kevin Vuong
Founder, King Street Eats
Naama Blonder
Partner, Smart Density Architects
Cameron Dale
Project Manager - Public Markets, Evergreen
Phil Pothen
Land Use Planner

2018 Summer & Fall Event Photos

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