Delivering Change on the Ground: Guelph Urban Design Summit

The city of Guelph in Ontario is growing and the way Guelph is growing is changing. Mixed-use and higher-density development is occurring, and good urban design is critical to ensure this growth is being proactively and thoughtfully planned. This is the essence of successful city-building and the vision of cities across Ontario. But how do we move beyond the vision to delivering change on the ground?

Are you interested in how Guelph is being designed? David Miller, President of World Wildlife Fund Canada and 63rd Mayor of Toronto, and Andrew Howard, co-founder of Build a Better Block, will discuss how good urban design creates more livable and enduring places. The discussion will be moderated by Ric Young, one of Canada’s leading practitioners and thinkers in the field of social change. This evening public forum on May 5, 2014 takes place at 7:30pm at the River Run Centre in Guelph. Tickets are $5.

The following day, a full-day workshop on May 6, 2014 features three presentations from leading thinkers in urban design – Joe Minicozzi, Helena Grdadolnik and Tim Smith – along with mobile workshops and networking opportunities. This workshop is geared to those engaged in urban design projects or urban initiatives, and will focus on urban design tools and strategies. It will be an opportunity for addressing the important challenge of implementing great urban design. The workshop also takes place at the River Run Centre from 8:00am to 4:30pm. The early-bird cost is $99 (early bird special).

For more information, please visit, and to register, please visit or contact the River Run box office at 519.763.3000.