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We provide advisory and capacity-building resources to support communities of all sizes, in regions across the country.
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Date: October 15 12:00 pm EST
Name: Community Energy Planning in Northern and Indigenous Communities
Communities with an energy plan have a vision and strategy for local economic development, improved environmental and public health, reduced GHG emissions, climate resilience and much more.
This workshop is open to Indigenous and northern communities, organizations and councils in Canada seeking to develop and implement Community Energy Plans. Communities in this region are increasingly recognized as leaders in the energy sector and community energy initiatives can create steps towards greater energy independence, local economic development, employment, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other community benefits. The workshop will discuss key barriers Indigenous and northern communities are facing, including community buy-in, developing partnerships and securing funding. The workshop will provide a space to explore solutions through peer-to-peer learning and discussion with Indigenous-based organizations, on key energy projects.
Date: May 1-October 31
Name: Future Cities Canada Summit
Mark your calendars.
Future Cities Canada Summit will return in a re-imagined format for 2021.
Starting in May, each month you will be invited to come together for one-day online events with city builders across Canada to tackle the pressing issues facing our cities.
Our monthly event series will open up new conversations that pave the way towards our big finale: A week-long convening in October 13-17, 2021
If you aren't already subscribed to Future Cities Canada News, subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to know about this fantastic new series!
Date: June 23
Name: Atlantic Communities Innovation Workshop
Location: Virtual: Atlantic Canada
Register for free on Eventbrite.
The Community Solutions Network is a program of Future Cities Canada. Led by Evergreen, the Network is designed to help communities build service area capacity and improve the lives of residents using data and connected technology approaches. In partnership with QUEST Canada, the Network is delivering a series of innovation workshops on the relationship between data, technology and smart energy. The workshops will provide an opportunity for municipalities, Indigenous communities, municipal networks, academics, and subject-matter experts from across Atlantic region to connect, share, and ask questions around community energy planning best practices. Communities with an energy plan have a vision and strategy for local economic development, improved environmental and public health, reduced GHG emissions, climate resilience and much more!
In this event, we’ll dive deep into four highly-requested topics associated with community energy planning:
- Governance and Staff Capacity
- Data Acquisition
- Stakeholder and Public Engagement
The workshop will include several interactive sessions to share ideas and personal experiences with community energy planning. The workshop will also feature special guest speaker and QUEST Senior Associate, Rob Kerr, President of Robert J. Kerr + Associates, to discuss the economic benefits of Community Energy Planning.
Register for free on Eventbrite.
Date: June 15
Name: Ontario Innovation Capacity Exchange
Location: Virtual: Ontario
Register for free on Eventbrite.
An Ontario focused interactive presentation & panel discussion on how to use indicators to make progress on climate adaptation & resilience.
About this event
The Community Solutions Network is a program of Future Cities Canada. Led by Evergreen, the Network is designed to help communities build service area capacity and improve the lives of residents using data and connected technology approaches. In partnership with ICLEI Canada, the Network is delivering an Innovation Capacity exchange on the relationship between data, technology and climate adaptation.
This presentation and panel discussion at the event is an opportunity for municipalities, Indigenous communities, municipal networks, academics, and subject-matter experts from across Ontario to learn and explore how to use indicators to measure progress on climate adaptation and resilience. Although this is a virtual event, there will be various opportunities for attendees to engage, share, and ask questions related to the material presented and the discussion amongst the panel.
The event will open with a context-setting presentation that will explore questions such as:
- Why are indicators important and how do they help support adaptation?
- How might you select an appropriate indicator for your community?
- What are the types of indicators?
- What qualifies as a “good” indicator?
- What are the data requirements for indicators?
- How can you communicate this data and information to various audiences?
Following the presentation, there will be a moderated panel discussion between individuals representing Ontario municipalities, Indigenous communities and/or Indigenous organizations, and subject-matter experts on their experience with moving from action to implementation. Together we will explore case stories of their application of indicators, the opportunities or benefits of this work, any barriers or challenges they have experienced, and how they have or are working towards overcoming these challenges.
We are excited to announce some of our panelists for the event:
- Karina Richters, City of Windsor
- Jacob Porter, City of Thunder Bay
- Jeffery Fletcher, Town of The Blue Mountains
- ... and more to be announced soon!
A more rigorous approach to evaluating progress on adaptation is needed so that practitioners can support informed decision-making, course correct for continuous improvement, and ultimately enhance our collective climate resilience. Be a part of the conversation on how to use indicators to continue making meaningful progress on climate adaptation and resilience. Register today!
10:00 – 10:15: Welcome and Introductions
10:15 – 10:55: Introducing Indicators: An Overview of Measuring Progress on Adaptation - Presentation and Q&A
10:55 – 11:50: Panel Discussion and Q&A
11:50 – 12:00: Reflections and Wrap-Up
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Date: June 23 1:00 pm EST
Name: A World Café: Improving Pre-Development Processes
Join CMHC and Evergreen for "A World Café: Improving Pre-Development Processes”!
Please note: To preserve the quality of discussion, there are a limited number of seats available for this event. A waitlist will be generated once the maximum capacity has been reached.
As part of Round 2 of the Housing Supply Challenge, Evergreen is hosting a “World Café” for potential applicants and other interested individuals or organizations to share knowledge and explore the range of issues that can be addressed in “Getting Started: Pre-Development Processes.” We'll be bringing together a range of actors across the housing sector in Canada for a series of intimate “café table” discussions.
This event will be an intensive, 2-hour workshop focused on 3 questions:
- What are some pre-development best practices to support the efficient, effective and timely development of housing?
- How can pre-development partnerships between sectors be improved to drive better housing options and outcomes?
- How can the needs of existing local communities be meaningfully integrated into pre-development processes?
Participants will be placed in groups to discuss all three questions throughout the workshop.
After the main program, the event will be followed by a virtual reception on the Wonder.me platform where participants will be welcomed to connect with each other further in a less structured setting.
This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to important discussions regarding pre-development processes, as well as learn from and connect with others in the sector! If you are a potential applicant to Round 2 of the Housing Supply Challenge, please note that participation in this event will not impact the evaluation of your submission.
Join us on Wednesday, June 23rd for either the French or English World Café Events!
For the French World Café from 10:00-12:00pm EST, you can register here.
For the English World Café from 1:00-3:00pm EST, you can register here.
Please register to either event by June 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
The Housing Supply Challenge creates opportunities for you and your community to propose solutions to the barriers to new housing supply. The challenge will distribute $300 million in funding over 5 years. To learn more about the Getting Started round, watch the Information Sessions in English and French.
Evergreen, a national charity that makes cities more livable, green and prosperous, leads the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program to support applicants as they prepare their submission. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at HSC-DOLsupport2@evergreen.ca or (647) 670-2265.
If you have any questions about the World Café, please contact Lorina Hoxha at email@example.com.
We look forward to your participation.
The Housing Supply Challenge Support Program Team at Evergreen
Date: July 7 1:00 pm EST
Name: Round 2 Systems and Design Thinking Workshop
Evergreen is pleased to offer a Systems and Design Thinking workshop for potential applicants to Stage 1 of the Housing Supply Challenge Getting Started round. The live virtual skills-building workshop will introduce participants to design thinking concepts, tools, and resources.
Date: July 21 1:00 pm EDT
Name: Writing Successful Proposals: The Housing Supply Challenge
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is hosting a Proposal Writing Session as part of the Housing Supply Challenge’s (HSC) Getting Started round. Join Evergreen staff as they demystify the proposal writing process. Learn about the common pitfalls to avoid, tips for writing top notch proposals, and most importantly, how to submit a strong proposal for the Getting Started Round. Short-listed applicants from the previous Housing Supply Challenge round will also share their experiences from the application process. This event is one of many activities offered through the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program led by Evergreen. Register as part of Future Cities Canada: The Summit.
We offer various types of events
Idea Camps represent a series of regional events that bring together mid- and senior- level municipal staff and Indigenous leaders to build capacity in the areas of open data, governance and public engagement.
Through expert training, peer-to-peer learning, and applying concepts to local case studies, participants learn about emerging trends, issues and approaches in open smart cities, as well as best practices and lessons learned. Participants will leave with toolkits and practical concepts to advance work locally.
Collision Days build critical evaluation skills within participants by connecting them with technical service providers.
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.
Participants, including mid- and senior-level municipal staff and Indigenous leaders, will be invited to attend the collision days and bring with them their communities’ specific challenges.
Roundtable events bring together local municipal staff and Indigenous leaders in six Indigenous, rural, remote, or northern regions across the country.
Participants exchange key learnings and best practices about emerging trends, issues, and approaches in open smart cities, 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 on how relevant smart technology, data and innovation solutions can be harnessed and paired with local cultural frameworks and social innovation to tackle complex challenges facing communities in urban, rural and remote regions of Canada.
The Indigenous Community Roundtables aim to be centered on, and driven by the current challenges and needs of regional communities and to attempt to bridge between local problems, smart cities learning and opportunities, and the most relevant learning and solution pathways, tools and networks. The Roundtables are designed to build awareness, and provide peer-to-peer learning and customized skills to support and enable the specific local issue of each community in the areas of: problem finding, application of relevant and culturally-informed smart technology and innovation solutions, data governance, and community engagement. The broader aim of the Indigenous Community Roundtables is to advance and Inuit/First Nations/Métis vision and agenda on smart technology and innovation throughout Canada.
Future Cities Canada Summit
The second annual Future Cities Canada Summit will take place in November 2019, bringing together community leaders and urban innovators from every corner of the country.