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What To Expect At Central Conference On March 23

What to expect at our March 23 event and how you will fit in to a full day of expert speakers and discussion.
March 18, 2019

For those who haven’t attended a Central event before, our next big event on March 23 must be a bit of a mystery. Luckily, this blog is here to tell you what to expect and how you will fit in.

It’s a conference for residents

The format will be pretty familiar for people who attend other conferences or community events with expert speakers. Our awesome lineup of 8 sessions and 12 speakers will cover an incredible variety of topics dealing with what it’s like to live (and try to prosper) in Toronto right now and in the near future.

You don't need to be an expert to attend - we're all there to learn and gain new insight into the trends and forces that are shaping Toronto.

Speakers begin at 9:30 a.m.

We’ll open the doors at 8:30 a.m. for early risers, and serve a light breakfast with coffee, teas, muffins, fruit and juice.

The event officially starts at 9:30 a.m. and we’ll quickly dive into the topics after an opening address from Sarah Climenhaga with an overview of the major issues facing Toronto.

Here are the topics in the order you’ll see them on March 23:

  • City charters and municipal governance [read more]
  • Indigenous businesses in Toronto [read more]
  • Run For Office film screening & discussion with three 2018 city council candidates [read more]
  • Smart cities and the politics behind them [read more]
  • How challengers can beat incumbent politicians [read more]
  • How to improve policing in Toronto [read more]
  • Electric scooters and what could happen when they come to Toronto [read more]
  • Overlooked ways to add density to neighbourhoods [read more]
  • A data-based analysis of the Housing Now affordable housing program [read more]

Have a look at the full schedule here and see all our speakers below.

There’s time set aside for questions following each speaker. The Run For Office discussion is dedicated to taking lots of questions from attendees, so if you’ve ever considered throwing your hat in the ring, this is the perfect opportunity to understand what it’s like.

The format for the day is very quick with 30-minute slots dedicated to each topic. Lunch is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. and there is also an afternoon break at 1:45 p.m. so that there’s time to stretch our legs and shake hands with fellow attendees.

The speakers are experts who I’ve met or heard speak over the past year. Tricia Wood and Julius Haag spoke at our July 21, 2018 event and were standout presenters.

Most of the speakers are brand new and discussing topics that you’ll only (or perhaps for the first time) hear in-person at this event!

Who attends Central?

Central was created for regular people (including students) to learn about the hidden trends and forces that impact how our city was shaped and what to expect in the near future.

If you have an interest in city-building or municipal issues but can’t attend weekday or evening events, Central is the best way to be better informed and learn how to get involved on a variety of Toronto topics.

Any other questions? Don't hesitate to contact us or email me directly:

See you on March 23!

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