Urban Innovation Café is our discussion series focusing on innovative approaches to critical urban issues. Join us for solutions-based conversation with industry thought leaders, academics, practitioners and policy makers.

Next Event

Hacking the Streets: Rolling Out ActiveTO

Part of our new Zoom webinar series — urban design edition

Thursday, June 4, 2020
3 PM to 3:50 PM


Toronto’s new ActiveTO initiative, launched on May 6, is intended to provide space on streets to help residents get outside and get around safely while respecting physical distancing, and includes measures such as quiet streets, closing major roads and expanding the bicycle network.

This conversation will delve into the ActiveTO roll out: what’s worked, what more is needed, and what should be done next. We’ll look at how the program could be strengthened to support active transportation over the longer term, and what other cities Toronto can draw inspiration from.

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Special Guests

Moderated by Matt Elliott (Toronto Star and City Hall Watcher reporter), and featuring experts Dr. Raktim Mitra (School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University), Michael Longfield (Interim Executive Director, Cycle Toronto) and Amanda O’Rourke (Executive Director, 8-80 Cities)

More Coming Soon

Look for these webinars in June and July 2020:

  • “Elevator Pitch:” a look at vertical living and working in Toronto, and the challenge of elevators to physical distancing — moderated by urban issues reporter John Lorinc
  • “Walk This Way:” on YongeTOmorrow and the now-critical need for a pedestrian-first redesign for Downtown Yonge — moderated by transportation reporter Oliver Moore

Past CBI Events

September 26, 2019 in CBI Events, Transportation/Transit

Dec 3: Ride-hailing and on-demand transit event “Taken for a Ride”

Our Urban Innovation Café event series showcases the city-building insights of academics, thought leaders and practitioners. We’re pleased to announce the third event in this popular series of morning talks:…
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August 13, 2019 in CBI Events, Transportation/Transit

Improving Surface Transit in Toronto: Expert Hacks

On July 30, we hosted the second in our Urban Innovation Café event series, “Hacking Surface Transit in Toronto.” Over 140 people attended to hear our panelists answer the question,…
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June 11, 2019 in CBI Events, Transportation/Transit

July 30: Hacking Surface Transit in Toronto

CBI is pleased to announce the second event in the Urban Innovation Cafe series: Hacking Surface Transit in Toronto. Across Toronto, communities and neighbourhoods are facing transit challenges. Whether it’s…
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April 8, 2019 in CBI Events, City Building

May 7: Innovations in Housing Affordability

Today, we are pleased to announce a new morning discussion series focusing on innovative approaches to critical urban issues...with coffee. Our Urban Innovation Café events will showcase industry thought leaders and Ryerson…
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