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Urban Innovation Cafe

Urban Innovation Café

An ongoing series from City Building Ryerson

In our Urban Innovation Café events, we convene diverse leaders, researchers and policy makers in panels led by an expert moderator to discuss current urban innovations and their potential to solve big problems.

Latest Recordings

Smart City Framework -- Connecting Urban Innovation

February 16, 2022

Panelists:

  • Steve Czajka, Program Manager, Smart City, City of Mississauga 
  • Sumit Bhatia, Director, Innovation and Policy, Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Pamela Robinson, Professor and Director, School or Urban and Regional Planning and Academic Director, City Building Ryerson, Ryerson University

Moderated by Dr. Richard Lachman, Director, Zone Learning and Director, Research Development, The Creative School, Ryerson University. Opening remarks by Dr. Steven Liss, VP, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University.

Smart Mobility

February 8, 2022

Panelists:

  • Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works, City of Mississauga
  • Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit, Transportation and Works, City of Mississauga
  • Kate Hatoum, Vice President, Development, DiamondCorp
  • Dr. Bilal Farooq, Canada Research Chair in Disruptive Transportation Technologies and Services, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, and Director of Ryerson LiTrans Lab, Ryerson University

Moderated by Dr. Pamela Robinson, Professor and Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning and Academic Director, City Building Ryerson, Ryerson University.

Neighbourhood Planning for a 15-Minute City

January 25, 2022

Panelists:

  • Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building, City of Mississauga
  • Rob Spanier, President, Spanier Group and Development Advisor, Lakeview Community Partners Ltd. 
  • Dr. Raktim Mitra, Associate Professor and Associate Director (Undergraduate Programs), School of Urban and Regional Planning, and Co-Director, TransForm Lab, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Zhixi Zhuang, Associate Professor, Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

Moderated by Cherise Burda, Executive Director, City Building Ryerson.

2021 Presentations

Smart Freight: safe, green and efficient goods delivery 

City Building Ryerson presented this event on May 7, 2021. 

In this event, City Building Ryerson brought together advanced experts in transportation, management, logistics and cybersecurity for a discussion of today’s challenges related to urban freight, and the future of the industry.

With Ryerson faculty members Drs. Bilal Farooq, Atefeh Mashatan and Sharareh Taghipour, and Dr. Sabbir Saiyed, Region of Peel. Moderated by Carolyn Kim, Pembina Institute. Opening remarks by Dr. Steven Liss, VP, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University.