George Baird is Emeritus Professor of Architecture, and the former Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. He is the founding principal of the Toronto-based architecture and urban design firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects. Prior to becoming Dean at the University of Toronto in 2004, Baird was the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He has published and lectured widely throughout most parts of the world.


He is co-editor (with Charles Jencks) of Meaning in Architecture (1969), and (with Mark Lewis) of Queues Rendezvous, Riots (1995). He is author of Alvar Aalto (1969) and The Space of Appearance (1995). His latest book: Public Space; Cultural/Political Theory; Street Photography was published in 2011. 


Baird’s consulting firm, Baird Sampson Neuert is the winner of numerous design awards, including Canadian Architect Magazine awards over many years. Baird is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has been the recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Architecture and Design Award (1992), the da Vinci Medal of the Ontario Association of Architects (2000), and the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (2010). In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Waterloo. Most recently, he was selected as the 2012 winner of the Topaz Medallion of the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Larry S. Bourne (PhD, FRSC, DES, D.Litt., FCIP, RPP) is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Planning and past Director of both the Graduate Program in Planning and the Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS) at the University of Toronto. His current research interests include comparative urbanization, the Canadian urban system, new urban and suburban forms, income inequalities, and new regimes of planning and growth management. He has served as consultant to numerous governments and organizations, and to several international agencies and foundations. Professor Bourne is the author/and co-author of over 250 journal articles, books, and professional reports, and his most recent monograph is Canadian Urban Regions (Oxford UP 2011).


Professor Bourne has received several honours and awards for scholarship and academic achievement and was elected as a Fellow of Academy II of the Royal Society of Canada in 1986. In 1999 he received an honorary doctorate (DES) from the University of Waterloo, and in 2004 he was awarded the annual Massey Medal from the Governor General in Ottawa. In October 2008 he also received an honorary doctoral degree (D.Litt.) from the University of New Brunswick.


In spring 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) for contributions to Planning, and in the summer of 2013 he received the Laureat d’honneur from the International Geographical Union for services to the profession and practice of urban geography at the international level.

Calvin Brook is an architect, urban planner and co-founder of Brook McIlroy, an architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and urban planning practice with offices in Toronto and Thunder Bay. His practice merges the fields of urbanism, architecture and landscape through projects that touch all scales of place making. His work has been recognized with over thirty professional awards from the European Centre for Architecture, Chicago Athenaeum, the International Downtown Association, The Waterfront Centre, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.


He was project director and principal author of EGLINTONConnects (2014) and Toronto’s Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study (2010) for the City of Toronto. He was editor and a contributing author with John Ralston Saul and Joseph Boyden of the book: The City and The Spirit Garden (2014). Since 2009 he has been the Principal Architect for the $130 million redesign of Thunder Bay’s Waterfront Project - Prince Arthur’s Landing.


His work with Canada’s Aboriginal communities has been recognized by The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is the first design practice in Canada certified under CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations program. His practice and research interests focus on the role of design, planning and policy innovation in sustainable city building, social equity and economic opportunity.


Cal holds degrees in architecture from Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He was formerly Associate Professor of Urban Design at the University of Waterloo and Director of the Career Discovery Urban Design Program at Harvard University. He is a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel and Chair of the Downsview Park Design Review Panel.

Robert Cameron is a Professor in Public Administration, Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has published over 70 articles in journals on local government, public administration and public service reform in local and international journals. He was a member of the South African Municipal Demarcation Board (1999-2004) which demarcated local government boundaries for the democratic non-racial South Africa.


He was voted best academic in the field of Public Administration and Management by the South African Association for Public Administration and Management in 2003. He won the award for best paper presented at the International Association for Schools and Institutes and Administration’s (IASIA) annual conference in Seoul in 2004 for a paper presented on metropolitan government reform in South Africa. He is also a member of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Comparative Studies on Local Government and Politics (2003-2014).


Professor Cameron is the author of a book on local government boundary reorganisation dealing with South African and comparative experience; a co-author of a book on South African public administration and a co-editor of a book on African local government.  He has been part of a number of international research groups including a Swedish Foreign Affairs project on decentralisation as well the International Metropolitan Observatory comparative project on metropolitan governments. He received his PhD from the University of Cape Town in 1991.  He has also studied at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham.

Amrita Daniere

Professor Amrita Daniere serves as Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean at U of T Mississauga. She is also a professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at U of T, and co-director of the Urban Climate Resilience in South East Asia Partnership through the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Since joining the University of Toronto in 1995, she has served in several administrative roles, including Vice-Dean, Graduate at UTM from 2010 to 2014. While much of her recent work has been based at the St. George campus, Daniere co-teaches a research course in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management at the Institute of Management & Innovation at UTM.

Rodolph El-Khoury

Rodolphe el-Khoury is Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Miami. He was Canada Research Chair at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His current research focuses on applications of digital technology aiming for enhanced responsiveness  and resilience in buildings and cities. Articles on his projects and research have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and WIRED Magazine. He was also featured online (Gizmodo, DeZeen, Fast Company, Domus, Reuters) and on television/radio shows (CBC, Space Channel, NBC, TFO, BBC World). el-Khoury is a partner at Khoury Levit Fong, a professional practice based in Toronto.

Theresa Enright is an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto's Department of Political Science. She holds a BA from McMaster University and obtained her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012.


Dr. Enright's research is situated at the intersection of critical theory and urban politics with particular foci on transit-oriented development, mega-projects, urban democracy and global suburbs. Recent publications have appeared in the journals Spaces & Flows, Environment and Planning A and Antipode. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “The Making of Grand Paris: French Neoliberalism and Urban Politics in the 21st Century.”

Jonathan Fink

Jonathan Fink is Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships and Professor of Geology at Portland State University (PSU), where he helps faculty and administrators connect the university’s research with the needs of civic and private sector partners.  Several of PSU's strongest academic programs, in urban planning, environmental engineering, and sustainability, derive from close, longstanding partnerships with the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and Metro, the only elected regional government in the U.S.


Before moving to Portland in 2010, Dr. Fink spent 30 years at Arizona State University in Phoenix as Professor of Geology, Vice President for Research, and Director of their urban-oriented Global Institute of Sustainability. While his primary research expertise is on volcanic eruptions, over the past 15 years he has turned much of his attention, both academic and administrative, to urban systems. 


Dr. Fink has degrees in geology from Colby College (B.A.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.). He is an elected fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves as a Trustee of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and is a member of the Boards of Advisors of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and KB Home, fifth largest homebuilder in the U.S.

Abigail Friendly

Dr. Abigail Friendly is a researcher with interest and experience related to urban issues and planning, governance, civic engagement, municipal finance and urban politics. She received her PhD in planning from the University of Toronto and her MSc in global politics from the London School of Economics. Her most research projects have explored land value capture in Toronto and São Paulo through the lens of social equity as well as comparative research to better understand paradiplomacy, or cities relations with the international world in Toronto and São Paulo. Additional research has included exploring the impact of graduate-level service learning in planning education, and national urban policy and participatory budgeting in Canadian cities. Her doctoral research explored the local practice of a national Brazilian law called the Statute of the City through a case study of local urban planning practices in Niterói, Brazil. The Statute recognizes the right to the city through institutionalized participation in planning and aims to promote social justice by alleviating the array of problems faced by Brazilian cities.

Ester R. Fuchs is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Director of the Global Mayors Forum, and Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University. She is a board member of Columbia’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering Smart Cities Center and the Director of, an online voter engagement initiative.


Professor Fuchs served as Special Advisor to the Mayor for Governance and Strategic Planning under New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2001 to 2005.


She serves on the NYC Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board, NYC Economic Opportunity Commission, the NYC Workforce Investment Board, and the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues. She is appointed to the Committee on Economic Inclusion of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and as a board member of the Citizens Union and the Museum at Eldridge Street. Prof. Fuchs was the first woman to serve as chair of the NYC Charter Revision Commission in 2005.


In 2012, Prof. Fuchs published “Governing the Twenty-First Century City,” in the Journal of International Affairs. She is also the author of Mayor’s and Money: Fiscal Policy in New York and Chicago. In 2011, Prof. Fuchs organized The New York City Global Partners Summit, “Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship: City Strategies,” with the NYC Mayor’s Office which was attended by delegates from 25 global cities. She has done research and written articles on urban governance, New York City politics and policy, global cities, neighborhood economic development, workforce development, education and afterschool policy, environmental sustainability, social policy, political participation, the women’s vote, and civic engagement. Prof. Fuchs is a frequent political commentator in print, broadcast and new media and lectures internationally. 


Prof. Fuchs received a B.A. from Queens College, CUNY; an M.A. from Brown University; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Vicente Guallart is an architect and founder of Guallart Architect.  The firm has developed projects such as the ports of Fugee and Keelung in Taiwan, the Sociopolis neighborhood in Valencia and Gandia Sharing Blocks.


He was Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council and was responsible for developing the strategic vision of the transformation of the city and its major development projects. He was also the first manager of Urban Habitat, a new department encompassing the areas of urban planning, housing, environment, infrastructures and information technologies.


Previously he founded the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) where he led projects such as Media House project (with MIT's CBA), HyperCatalunya, and the Fab Lab House. He also founded the Barcelona Fab Lab. He is the author of books such as Geologics and The Self Sufficient City. His work has been exhibited at the Biennale of Venezia, MOMA and AIA in Washington. 

For the past 20 years, Daniel Hoornweg has worked for the World Bank as a senior municipal engineer and lead urban advisor, and has overseen the Bank’s Sustainable Development Networks’ Sustainable Cities Program with more than 200 global operations and $4 billion in annual support. He was the lead urban specialist in the World Bank's central Urban Advisory Unit. He joined the World Bank in 1993 and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked with more than 300 cities as they move toward 'sustainable cities.' Dan continues to serve as an Advisor and Fellow, Urban Development, Sustainable Development Network at the World Bank. 


Upon his return to Canada, Dan was appointed Associate Professor and Jeffrey Boyce Research Chair in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Dan's academic background includes degrees in Earth Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering. 


Dan was appointed August 2012, by the Minister of Consumer Services and the Board of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority as Chief Safety and Risk Officer for the Province of Ontario. He is a member of the Urban Strategy Council of GDF Suez and of the Philips Liveable Cities Think Tank and is on the Board of Directors with Waste Diversion Ontario. 

Sara Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on urban politics, the institutions of local government, urban environmental policy, and the politics of local climate change response. In 2013 Sara was named a Clarence N. Stone Scholar by the urban politics section of the American Political Science Association. Current projects examine the implementation of climate change policy in Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York City; transitions in urban waste management; the determinants of policy attention in local governments; and building capacity for adaptation in cities. Sara holds a PhD in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Dr. Victoria Hurth is a lecturer at Plymouth University with a professional background as a management and marketing consultant. She has focused on researching and delivering sustainability for the past decade. Her research focus is on identity and the marketing influences that shape energy consumption and other sustainability related behaviour and she is a regular guest lecturer on Sustainable Marketing. Victoria has been a Climate Change Advocate for the British Council, is currently on the board to the Fleming Policy Centre and the UK's Chartered Management Institute. Additionally she is a committee member for the British Standards Institution and is a UK lead Expert at the ISO (Sustainable City Indicators).

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy is Chair of the new Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria. He conducts research on sustainable cities, urban metabolism, and the industrial ecology of sustainable global infrastructure systems. Holding qualifications in Civil Engineering, Economics and Business, Chris has conducted consulting work on sustainable infrastructure / cities for clients including: governments of Canada, China, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and the UK; as well as the World Bank, Waterfront Toronto / Clinton Climate Initiative, UCLA / California Energy Commission, and the Ontario Ministry of Finance. In 2011/12, he was seconded to the OECD in Paris, to work on Cities, Green Growth and Policies for Encouraging Investment in Low Carbon Infrastructure. Chris has been a visiting professor at Oxford University and ETH Zürich. He is President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology; and author of The Evolution of Great World Cities: Urban Wealth and Economic Growth.


Chris has worked and studied in Europe and North America. He holds qualifications in Civil Engineering (Imperial & Waterloo), Economics (Warwick) and Business (Toronto). In 2004/05, Chris was a visiting professor at Oxford University and ETH Zürich. In 2011/12, he was seconded to the OECD in Paris, to work on Cities, Green Growth and Policies for Encouraging Investment in Low Carbon Infrastructure. He has conducted professional work for the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Infrastructure Canada, Clinton Climate Initiative, California Energy Commission, US National Science Foundation, UN-HABITAT and the World Bank. Chris is Director of the Cities and Engineering Management Program at University of Toronto and is President–elect of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

Jeannie Kim

Jeannie Kim is the director of architectural studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Prior to this, she was the editor in chief at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and director of the National Design Awards at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Hunch, Volume, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and Log, as well as in the books Cold War Hot Houses (Princeton Architectural Press, 2004), and Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009). Her doctoral research considered the global efforts of the Greek planner Constantinos Doxiadis in Islamabad, Abuja, Detroit, and elsewhere. Before joining the Daniels Faculty, she taught at Pratt Institute (New York), Columbia University, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She received her Master of Architecture from Harvard University and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.  

Edward Leman

Edward Leman is President of Chreod Ltd., an urban research, policy, and planning firm that he established in 1985. Beginning with Shanghai in 1988, he has led the firm’s work in more than 110 cities in China, Southeast Asia, and South Asia for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OECD, and bilateral agencies from Canada, USA, Germany, the UK, and Japan. Mr. Leman’s work focuses on developing strategies for rapidly urbanizing metropolitan regions that address sustainable economic development, urban growth management, multi-hazard risk mitigation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and metropolitan management. He has written numerous articles on metropolitan issues in Asia and has co-authored two books on urban management and OECD’s first Regional Development Working Paper, describing urbanization trends and challenges in China. Since 2010 Mr. Leman has been Urban Development Advisor to Clean Air Asia, an international NGO based in Manila. Locally, he has co-chaired the Planning and Zoning Committee of Toronto’s Annex Residents’ Association since 2009.

Robert Levit is a professor in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design and is a partner in the award-winning design firm Khoury Levit Fong. Recent honors at KLF include a first place prize for the Glow Competition to light Copley Square in Boston, and winning the competition to build the Changzhi Planning Exhibition Hall. Professor Levit is also a noted author and architecture critic. His recent essays on ornament, geometry, and the rhetoric of sustainability in contemporary architecture, among other topics, have garnered much critical attention. Professor Levit is currently developing a book on the intersection of political thought and contemporary design called Mass Individualism: The Form of the Multitude. Before joining the Daniels Faculty in 2002, he taught at the University of Michigan and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Professor Levit received his Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a BA in Architecture from Columbia University. He has worked in the offices of Alvaro Siza in Oporto and Moule and Polyzoides in Los Angeles. 

Patrick Luciani

Patrick Luciani is the Director of the critically acclaimed Grano Series, co-organizer of the Munk Debates and former Executive Director of the Donner Canadian Foundation. He is currently a senior resident at Massey College and Fellow in urban affairs with the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies. Patrick is an author and regular contributor to a number of publications including The Globe & Mail and the Huffington Post. His latest book is the award winning XXL: Obesity and the limits of Shame co-authored with Neil Seeman and published by University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Liat Margolis

Liat Margolis is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She is the director of the Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (GRIT Lab) at the University of Toronto, an interdisciplinary research facility that is dedicated to evaluating and optimizing the environmental performance of green building technologies, including green roof, green wall, and green roof integrated solar photovoltaic systems. The GRIT Lab is recognized as a leading test facility in North America and was awarded the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Excellence Award in Research. Professor Margolis' research has received grant funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Mitacs, Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF), Mitacs, Connaught Fund, RCI Foundation, and the City of Toronto.


Professor Margolis also serves as book review editor for Landscape Journal, member of the City of Toronto Green Streets and Pollinator advisory committees, and scientific committee member of Sustainable Canada Dialogues, an initiative that mobilizes over sixty Canadian scholars to advance climate change mitigation in Canada. Her 2007 book Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architecture provides case study examples for successful integration of natural ecosystems with urban landscapes. Her 2014 book Out of Water, Design Solutions for Arid Regions discusses strategies for sustainable and resilient urban water management.


Professor Margolis holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Om Prakash Mathur is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. He was previously Director and Distinguished Professor of Urban Economics, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, and held the IDFC Chair in Urban Economics at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy; Director, Multi-level Planning Unit, the Planning Commission; UNDP Team Leader, Decentralization Project, Government of Iran; and Senior Economic Planner, United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Nagoya, Japan. He was a member of the former Prime Minister’s National Review Committee on Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission; High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure Investment Requirement, and Advisory Group of Experts on Decentralization (AGRED) of the UN-HABITAT. Currently, he is a member of the GIZ-ADB sponsored City Development Initiative for Asia (CIDA).

Dr. Gora Mboup is the President and CEO of GORA Corp after more than 25 years of international development experience as a coordinator of the Demographic and Health Survey Programme implemented by ORC Macro (USA) and funded by USAID for ten years, and as a Senior Demographer and the Chief of the Global Urban Observatory, UN-Habitat for another 10 years. In June 2014, UN-Habitat honored Dr. Mboup with a plaque “in recognition of ten years of distinguished and dedicated service to the United Nations”. Dr. Mboup has been Senior Fellow of the of the Global Cities Institute (GCI) since its launch in 2013. Dr. Mboup holds a Ph.D. in Demography, a Masters degree in Statistics, a Bachelors Degree in Economics and a first degree in Mathematics and Physics. Dr. Mboup is presently taking part in the international book project “Smart Economy in Smart Cities” in 16 cities including four African cities, seven Asian cities, two North American cities and three European Cities, which is be published in August 2016 by Springer. Since March 2016, Dr. Mboup has been the coordinator of the conceptualization of the Senegal Sustainable Cities Initiative under the Global Sustainable Cities Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The conceptualization takes into consideration the integration of climate changes on urban design, planning and management. Prior to that Dr. Mboup introduced the concept of sustainable, inclusive and prosperous cities launched in September 2014 during the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Mboup is also contributing in the Future Earth international project with an article “The end of big cities and the rise of digitally served towns and villages – The digital urbanization”.

Professor Patricia McCarney received her PhD in International Development and Planning from MIT in 1987. She has served as Associate Vice President, International Research and Development at the University of Toronto and is currently a Professor of Political Science and Director of the new Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto. She is also Director of the Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF) – a program initiated by the World Bank and now based in Canada and supported by the Ontario Government, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - and positioned to be the definitive and authoritative compilation of validated, self-reported, comparative worldwide urban data. GCIF tracks progress on 115 indicators across more than 250 cities worldwide.


Before joining the University of Toronto, between 1983 and 1994, Professor McCarney worked as a professional staff member in a number of international agencies, including the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, the World Bank in Washington, and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi. 


In addition to seven books – Cities and Global Governance: New Sites for International Relations (2011); Peri-Urban Water and Sanitation Services: Policy, Planning and Method (2011); Creating Knowledge, Strengthening Nations: The Role of Higher Education (2005); Governance on the Ground: Innovations and Discontinuities in Cities of the Developing World (2003); Cities and Governance: Asia, Africa and Latin America in Comparative Perspective (1996); The Changing Nature of Local Government in the Developing World (1996); An Urban Problematique: The Challenge of Urbanization for Development Assistance Policy (1992) - Patricia McCarney is the author of numerous articles and papers on these subjects. Her most recent contributions are two chapters in Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (Cambridge University Press 2011) and titled, “Cities and climate change: The challenges for governance,” and, “Urban Land and Climate Strategies”. Her two newest books nearing completion (2014) are tentatively titled, 'Global Cities, Global Prosperity: Measuring Risk and Opportunity,' and, 'Building Resilient Cities: Planning, Management and Governance.'

Anita M. McGahan is Associate Dean of Research, PhD Director, Professor and Rotman Chair in Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She is cross appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs; is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University; and is Chief Economist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division for Global Health and Human Rights. In 2013, she was elected by the Academy of Management’s membership to the Board of Governors and into the Presidency rotation. Her credits include two books and over 100 articles, case studies, notes and other published material on competitive advantage, industry evolution, and financial performance. McGahan’s current research emphasizes entrepreneurship in the public interest and innovative collaboration between public and private organizations. She is also pursuing a long-standing interest in the inception of new industries, particularly in global health. McGahan has been recognized as a master teacher for her dedication to the success of junior faculty and for her leadership in course development. In 2010, she was awarded the Academy of Management BPS Division’s “Irwin Distinguished Educator Award” and, in 2012, the Academy conferred on McGahan its Career Distinguished Educator Award for her championship of reform in the core curriculum of Business Schools.

André Mueller is a Principal Investigator and Senior Adviser at the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development BBSR Berlin / Bonn. He is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Geography at the University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto.


André’s past teaching and lecturing experience were at SciencesPo, Sorbonne Paris Cité, France; Aalto University, Finland; NYU Wagner, USA; and Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, USA.  André’s academic background is in urban planning, architecture, and engineering from IDEA League, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. His research, policy advice, and teaching focus on urban development and urban planning in a global context and mechanisms of transformative spatial and urban processes. 


Federico Parolotto

Federico Parolotto (twitter @fparolotto) is Senior Partner at MIC – Mobility in Chain,, which he co-founded with Davide Boazzi and Federico Cassani in 2009. He is also co-founder of Flow(n), MIC research team, in 2011. He is currently a member of the scientific committee for the new Milan Sustainable Transport Master Plan, since 2012.


Federico graduated in Architecture at Milan Polytechnic and began his career with SOM in the UK (1994–98) and also worked with Systematica in Milan (1998–2008) where he was made partner in 2006. He has been involved as transport planner in numerous major urban planning projects worldwide. He collaborated with firms such as Foster + Partners, OMA and other renown international design offices on several projects on ground breaking projects. In addition, he has participated in numerous international speaking engagements: Greenbuild conference (Boston); Ecological Urbanism (Harvard University, Cambridge) in 2009; Helsinki Design Lab in 2010; Superurbano Conference in Padova in 2011; Moscow Biennale in Moscow; SPIEF in Saint Petersburg; World City Forum in Naples and Connect Ideas Maximize Impact In Stuttgart in 2012; Metropolis and Mobile Life in Toronto in 2013.

Federico has lectured in several international universities. Among his publications, his essays are included in: Ecological Urbanism by Mohsen Mostafavi and Gareth Doherty (2011); and Ecological Urban Architecture: Qualitative Approaches to Sustainability by Thomas Schroepfer (2012).

Joseph Pennachetti

Joe Pennachetti served for thirteen years as Chief Financial Officer and City Manager at the City of Toronto, Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government. Working through several administrations, he is widely credited with ensuring that Toronto’s service levels and cost efficiencies were enhanced through a progressive performance management program. Mr. Pennachetti has also been one of the driving forces behind the creation of ISO 37120, the first international standard for sustainable cities.

Ayrlea Porter

Ayrlea Porter is an Associate Director in the Private Equity Sponsor Coverage Group at Scotiabank. She received her B.Comm from Queen's University, specializing in finance.

An Indian citizen, Dr. Bharat Punjabi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He has taught courses in human geography, political ecology, water management, urbanization, and the political economy of development at Western University and Huron University College.  His research interests include Indian urbanization, the role of institutions in development, history of development economics, and development studies. His doctoral dissertation focused on regional water politics in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, India.

John Robinson

John Robinson is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto; an Honorary Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at The University of British Columbia; and an Adjunct Professor with the Copenhagen Business School.


Prof. Robinson’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes. 


In 2012 Dr. Robinson received the Metro Vancouver Architecture Canada Architecture Advocacy Award and was named Environmental Scientist of the Year by Canadian Geographic magazine. In 2011, he received the Canada Green Building Council Education Leadership Award, and in 2010 he was given BC Hydro’s Larry Bell Award for advancing energy conservation in British Columbia. He was a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation from 2008-11, and, as a Lead Author, he contributed to the 1995, 2001 and 2007 reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore.

As The Globe and Mail's architecture critic, Lisa Rochon defended and championed the cause of inspired, innovative architecture in Toronto and cities around the world. From 2000 until 2013, she wrote from her base in Toronto, from across Canada, and charted the complex human drama unfolding in epic cities such as Mumbai, Istanbul, Caracas and New York.


She has twice been awarded the National Newspaper Awards for her City Space column as well as the President’s Award for Journalism presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Lisa is the author of UP NORTH: Where Canada’s Architecture Meets the Land, praised as “the definitive guide to Canada’s contemporary architecture”. A regular public commentator and civic advisor, Lisa will deliver her first TED talk in Dhaka, Bangladesh in September, 2013.


She holds an MA in Urban Design Studies from the University of Toronto. She studied international relations (CEP) at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and, before that, received her Bachelor of Journalism and French at Carleton University, Ottawa.

Blair Ruble is currently Vice President for Programs at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Director of the Center’s Urban Policy Laboratory.  He received his MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from the University of Toronto (1973, 1977), and an AB degree with Highest Honors in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1971). He has lectured widely and has been a scholar/lecturer-in-residence at the Juridical Faculty of Leningrad State University (1974-1975), the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1979, 1981, 1984, 1986), the Laboratoire de Geographie at the University of Paris-X (Nanterre)(2001, 2002), the Law Faculty of Kyoto University (1996, 2002, 2004), and the Academia di architettura at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Mendrisio)(2006).


His latest work – Washington’s U Street: A Biography (2010) –explores the tentative mixing of classes and in one of the Nation Capital’s most important neighborhoods. His other book-length works include a trilogy examining the fate of Russian provincial cities during the twentieth century.  He has also published in the opinion pages of Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.  

Bishwapriya Sanyal

Professor Bish Sanyal is the Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning and till recently was the Chair of the MIT Faculty. He previously served as Head of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1994-2002 and he is also head of that department’s Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS). Trained as an architect planner at IIT Kharagpur and the University of Kansas, he holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. Professor Sanyal has worked as a planning consultant to the Ford Foundation, World Bank and ILO, as well as other international organisations. 


His research and teaching interests include institutions and politics of the informal sector as well as planning theory and education. Professor Sanyal’s books include Comparative Planning Cultures, Ed. Routledge, New York, NY (2005), The Profession of City Planning: Changes, Successes, Failures and Challenges (1950 - 2000), Eds. Lloyd Rodwin and Bish Sanyal, Center for Urban Policy Research Press, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1999). High Technology and Low-Income Communities: Prospects for the Positive Use of Advanced Information Technology, Eds. Don Schön, Bish Sanyal, and William Mitchell (1998), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, and Breaking the Boundaries: One World Approach to Planning Education, Ed. (1990) Plenum, Oxford, U.K. He is currently editing a book on innovative institutional responses to rapid urbanisation in India.

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (


Her recent books are: Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008); A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007); and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2012). Among older books is The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991/2001). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. Her forthcoming book is Expulsions: Brutality and complexity in the global economy (Harvard University Press 2014).


Sassen has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy and as the 2013 winner of the Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences. 

Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman is Co-Director of cityLAB, an urban thinktank at UCLA, where he is also Adjunct Professor. He is author of several books, including LA Under the Influence: the Hidden Logic of Urban Property (U. of Minn., 2011); Re: American Dream: New Housing Prototypes for Los Angeles (Princeton Architectural Press); and co-editor, with Dana Cuff, of Fast Forward: After the Master Plan (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011). 


Roger has taught and lectured at numerous design schools, as well as at Zocalo Public Square, and New York's Museum of Modern Art. 


Roger Sherman is also principal of Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design in Los Angeles. His work has been featured on CNN; in Newsweek, Fast Company and Metropolis. His Duck-and-Cover and Playa Rosa projects were exhibited at the 2009 International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam and the 2010 Venice Biennale, respectively. He is currently at work on the design of a new town in the Ecuadorean Amazon—Puerto Providencia—intended to represent a new model of sustainable urban development.

Sandee Smith

Dr. Sandy Smith is a Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto, serving as Interim Dean (2010-2012). She specializes in forest health, urban forestry, and is a leading expert in the ecology and biological management of invasive forest species. She is cross-appointed to the School of the Environment, UTS, and Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB).


Sandy has published over 130 journal articles and book chapters in the area of forest health and urban forestry, served as a reviewer for international journals, and on national science committees (NSERC) and provincial scientific panels for managing invasive insects including Asian long-horned beetle (ALHB) and emerald ash borer (EAB). Her research addresses ecosystem resilience and the natural control of forest pest species, including invasive insects, earthworms, and plants.


Prof Smith has taught 30+ graduate and undergraduate courses, including professional online training, and supervised over 50 graduate students in forest conservation. She is a Minjiang Scholar (China), Past-President of the Entomological Societies of Canada and Ontario, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (UK), a strategic advisor for LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and Ontario’s Invasive Species Centre. Sandy currently serves on the boards of the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, Tree Canada, and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.

Dr. Iain D. Stewart is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto.  He is the lead researcher on a Toronto-based interdisciplinary study of the urban metabolism of megacities.  Before coming to Toronto, Iain was Postdoctoral Research & Teaching Fellow at The University of British Colombia (UBC Vancouver), where he completed his PhD in Geography in 2011.  Iain’s research interests include the energy, water, and waste flows of cities and their effects on sustainable urban development; and the influence of urbanization on local and microscale climates, especially the urban heat island effect.  Iain’s research at UBC helped to establish scientific guidelines and standardized methods for urban climate studies, in particular for the exchange of air temperature data among cities worldwide.  His research has been published in the International Journal of Climatology, the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and The Canadian Geographer.  Iain is twice recipient of the William P. Lowry Memorial Award, given for his advances in climate methodology by the International Association for Urban Climate.

Richard Stren

Richard Stren is Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He has a BA (Political Economy) from the University of Toronto, and an MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He was Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Studies from 1989 to 2000 and Director (Interim) of its successor, the Cities Centre from 2012-2013. His research interests include cities in the developing world, urban politics in Canada, and the policy process.


Some recent publications include: “The Challenge of Urban Governance” in Cities Transformed. Demographic Change and its Implications in the Developing World (2003); “International Assistance for Cities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Do We Still Need It?” Environment and Urbanization (October, 2008) “Globalization and Urban Issues in the Non-Western World: Searching for the Political” in Theories of Urban Politics (2009); and “Cities and Politics in the Developing World. Why Decentralization Matters” in Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics (2012).

Lorraine Sugar is a PhD student and Vanier Scholar at the University of Toronto in civil engineering. Her research focuses on cities and climate change, including data and monitoring systems for city-based climate action. Lorraine recently returned to academia after five years as a climate change specialist at the World Bank, where she worked on carbon finance and urban development projects, including the Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development Program in Brazil. She has published research articles and reports about greenhouse gas emissions from global cities, urban metabolism, and low carbon city development. Lorraine holds a MASc in civil engineering from the University of Toronto, and a BSc in physics from the University of Western Ontario.

As an assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at Delft University of Technology he teaches landscape technology and sustainable development and has lectured in various places across the world. In addition to this, he is completing a doctorate (PhD) in livable low carbon cities, focused on integrating sustainable development and energy planning into the overall planning process. 


In the city of Rotterdam he works on citywide projects as a leading advisor on energy, green, water and resilient city strategies. He worked on the "Museumpark" and the architecture biennale 2012 project "People make the inner city" and Urban by Nature, Urban metabolism 2014. He is the Dutch representative in the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington DC. Currently he is coordinating several European Union projects on sustainable development, energy transitions and ecosystem services. Nico is initiator of the GIS resilience profile which helps to accelerate transition into more resilient cities. Within these fields he is responsible for the sustainability strategy for the Southern part of Randstad Holland Metropolis.


Furthermore he works as a freelance garden designer and writer and is chairman of the Ber Slangen Gardens in Maastricht. 

Dr. Alan Walks (PhD, MCIP, RPP) is an Associate Professor of urban geography and planning at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He teaches courses in urban planning and development, urban social and economic geography, the geography of finance and housing, and the politics of place. His research is concerned with understanding the causes and consequences of urban inequality in its many facets.

Current research projects examine the geography of indebtedness in Canadian cities, the impact of the automobility on the structure of urban social inequalities, and the ideological and political implications of new forms of urban and suburban development, including the political effects of gated communities and condominium development.


Dr. Walks has published in numerous journals, including Urban Geography, Mobilities, Environment and Planning A, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Housing Studies, Canadian Geographer, Urban Studies, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Journal of Urban Affairs, Geoforum, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He is the editor of the book "The Urban Political Economy and Ecology of Automobility: Driving Cities, Driving Inequality, Driving Politics" (2015), and is a co-editor of the book "The Political Ecology of the Metropolis" (2013).

Dr. Marc A. Weiss is Chairman and CEO of Global Urban Development (GUD), an international policy organization and professional network of 600 leaders and experts in 60 countries. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and International Professor of Economics and Business Management at Unisinos in Porto Alegre. He is a Steering Committee member of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign, UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership, Atlantic Council Urban World 2030 Project, and UN-Habitat Best Practices and Local Leadership Program. He is a Board member of the International Housing Coalition, an Advisory Council member of the UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative, a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Economics of Conservation, a Citiscope Senior Adviser, and Executive Editor of GUD Magazine.


He has been an adviser on innovative, sustainable, and inclusive economic, business, employment, and community development for cities, regions, and states in the US and throughout the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, India, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK, and Virgin Islands. Currently he is applying GUD’s Metropolitan Economic Strategy, Sustainable Innovation, and Inclusive Prosperity framework for the State of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, with major funding from the World Bank.


He previously served as: Public Policy Scholar and Editor of Global Outlook at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Coordinator of the 1998 Strategic Economic Development Plan for Washington, DC; Special Assistant to the Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Liaison to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in the Clinton Administration; Director of the Real Estate Development Research Center, Acting Director of the PhD Program in Urban Planning, and Associate Professor at Columbia University; and Deputy Director of the California Commission on Industrial Innovation.


He is the author or co-author of many books, articles, and reports, including a widely acclaimed book on urban development and planning, The Rise of the Community Builders, and a best-selling international textbook, Real Estate Development Principles and Process, published by the Urban Land Institute.


He earned an MCP and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkeley, and a BA with Honors in Political Science from Stanford University, plus he attended the London School of Economics.

Professor Wright is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. He is a full member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA).  Professor Robert M. Wright is Director of the Centre for Landscape Research. In that capacity he is known for his expertise in Environmental, Urban and Landscape, Design and urban simulation-visualization.  


Professor Wright’s research work is focused on landscape infrastructure, Low impact development and urban design. He has pioneered the analysis of the City of Toronto and GTA relative to physical land spatial structure/changes due to development patterns/trends occurring over the last 50 and predicted for the next 25 years. Robert has networked and collaborated with a number of prominent researchers, architects, and urban designers and has worked on a number of research and applied design projects including, the 1992 City Official Plan for Pedestrian Wind and Sun Comfort Standards and By-Law, The City of Toronto Downtown Parks solar Impact study (looking at sun access and shading) from proposed new urban development, The Garrison Creek Master Plan, the development of a new environmental based subdivision in Markham, application of green technologies and detailing of self-sufficient landscape infrastructure.


Professor Wright is a co-researcher and partial author of the Tower Renewal Guidelines book and is an expert in Landscape and environmental design, in urbanizing environments. He has specialties in Design computation, including visualization and simulation. He is well known for his work in green urban infrastructure and performative landscapes. Recently he has established a Green Roof - Green facades Innovations Testing laboratory at the University of Toronto. He has headed up important research in low impact development related to industrial sites, such as the urban area around Pearson international airport. Professor Wright has been selected as a juror in several national design competitions and has consulted as an expert to the Province of Ontario and the Federal government in urban ecological design and landscape architecture. 


In that capacity Professor Wright was the technical advisor in Landscape and urban design for the Federal Government’s Downsview Park and an Advisor to the Ontario Provincial Government in urban design and as an advisor in the Seaton Lands Competition. Professor Wight has qualified as an expert witness in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Visualization at Both OMB and EPA hearings.

Mr. Wright has been, as part of The Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, the Director of the Landscape program (8 yrs.), Associate Dean (4 yrs.), and most recently Associate Dean of Research (4 yrs.) He has also been the Director of the Knowledge Media Institute (4 yrs.).

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