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Learn, connect and engage with other community leaders

We provide advisory and capacity-building resources to support communities of all sizes, in regions across the country.

What's coming up?

During this time, the most pressing issues that cities and communities face – housing affordability, climate change, racial justice, mental wellness, income inequality, access to nature – are intensified.   

We know it is of utmost importance to bring leaders and innovators from across sectors to tackle these issues and share the inspiration and optimism needed to create a more resilient and sustainable future, together.  

Led by Evergreen and hosted by Future Cities Canada, #UnexpectedSolutions is a collaborative platform that harnesses the momentum for change already in progress in cities. By bringing together people, ideas, platforms and innovations from across sectors, we address inequality and climate change, and their impact on our cities.

As a convener, Future Cities Canada is hosting a season of #UnexpectedSolutions. Tap into the tools, workshops, and wisdom from across Canada and around the world. 

2020 is a year of change. This critical work starts with us and within our own organizations.

We offer various types of events

Idea Camps

Idea Camps represent a series of regional events that bring together mid- and senior-level municipal staff and Indigenous leaders for peer-to-peer exchange and intensive instruction from experts to build capacity in the areas of open data, governance and public engagement.

Collision Days

Collision Days are match-making events in cities that connect emerging technology companies with community leaders. Through these events, start-ups will get the valuable feedback so critical in the early development stages, while community leaders will get the chance to preview the technologies under development that may help serve the needs of their residents.

Community Roundtables

Roundtable events bring together local municipal staff and Indigenous leaders in all regions of the country. Participants exchange key learnings and best practices about emerging trends, issues, technology-adoption strategies and smart city approaches, and create important connections with their peers in similar-sized communities.

Indigenous Community Roundtables

The Indigenous Community Roundtables will provide a convening space, programming and learning opportunities for Inuit, First Nations and Métis community leads, cross-sectoral advisors and innovators to learn, share and connect.