Industry Experts Advise Next Generation On The Future Of Cities

Future of Cities

EnsembleCo isn’t your typical panel. The Toronto-based speaker series is a live learning experience that combines executive-level speakers with the next generation of leaders.

On June 18, Ensemble will bring together leaders in architecture, city planning, housing and real estate innovation for an engaging discussion on The Future of Cities.

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With 54 per cent of the world’s population living in cities, Ensemble and their group of industry experts aim to explore the challenges and opportunities of building cities that scale to growing demand.

“Our Ensemble team is excited to discuss The Future of Cities for a number of reasons.  Firstly, we are interested in understanding about future growth patterns, why we are seeing exponential growth in cities and how do we better understand for this,” Baron Manett, founder of Per Se Brand Experience and founder of Ensemble told Toronto Storeys.  “We are excited at the cross section of voices and experts for this talk and look forward to the conversation across disciplines and experience sets.”

Toronto Storeys’ own publisher, Danny Roth, will host the panel at the WE Global Learning Centre.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., giving audience members and panellists a chance to mingle before the discussion begins at 7 p.m. Following the speaker session, attendees will get a chance to ask the experts questions in either the Q&A session that follows or during the post-networking event.

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Tickets are on sale now. Use promo code TSTOREYS820 for 20 per cent off the purchase price. Get your tickets here.

Speakers for The Future of Cities discussion will include:

Gregory Henriquez – Managing Partner, Henriquez Partners

Award-winning architect, Gregory Henriquez, is the mind behind some of Henriquez’s most complex, inclusive and mixed-use projects. Currently, Gregory is working on multiple large-scale projects in Vancouver, Seattle and Toronto.

Mike Wilson – Head of Sales, Canada and Central U.S., Waze

Waze Canada’s first employee Mike Wilson knows Waze in and out. In addition to educating the market on Waze, Wilson also represents the company’s Connect Cities Program at smart city conferences around the world.

Andrea Delzotto – Director and Executive Vice President, Tridel

A senior executive and board member at the Tridel Group of Companies, Andrea Delzotto has spent much of her 20-year career focused on building communities within the GTA. Delzotto ensures all of Tridels projects fulfill their corporate values of driving innovation, empowering employees and developing with sustainability in mind.

Jamie Grossman – Managing Principal Broker, Cresa

Jamie Grossman is no stranger to growth. The managing principal of Cresa Toronto has grown the company by 81 per cent over the past 10 years. Cresa Toronto is now one of Canada’s largest commercial real estate companies.

Lanrick Bennett Jr. – Stakeholder Engagement Lead, HousingNowTo

You can’t talk about growing cities without talking about housing. Lanrick Bennett knows all about housing needs thanks to his experience working for the Province of Ontario as an advisor to the Premier’s Office. In this role, Bennett tackled hot topics including housing, transportation, culture and education.

Ana Serrano – Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre (CFC)

No stranger to innovation, Ana Serrano is the founder of the CFC Media Lab. A true visionary, Serrano has directed 130 digital media projects, mentored 50 start-ups and won countless awards in digital media, film and theatrics.

Michelle German – Director, Action Labs

Michelle German is on a mission to improve Toronto’s rental market. The director of Evergreen’s Action Labs recently compiled a 40-page report on the unhealthy state of the city’s rental market and what needs to be done to improve it over the next five to 10 years.

Matt Rubinoff – Founder, Stackt

Downtown Toronto’s newest hot spot, Stackt Market, was the brainchild of Matt Rubinoff’s extensive experience in real estate and marketing. Recognizing a need for a cultural and community hub in the downtown core, Rubinoff leased a vacant space at Front and Bathurst and transformed it into a bustling market built within approximately 120 shipping containers.

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