Sustainable Suburbs Summit in Toronto next week

This is the last week to register for the 3rd Annual Retrofitting & Planning Sustainable Suburbs Summit, being held in Toronto from November 8-9, 2011 at the Old Mill Inn & Spa. Source best practices from thinkers at the forefront of implementing the solutions you need to build liveable suburbs for all. Benefit from their design, planning and development insights and learn from their success and challenges. Network with your peers and build relationships with senior executives with a stake in sustainable development.

Take away practical solutions from these nine leading case studies: Addison, Texas; Malmö, Sweden; York Region, Ontario; Downsview Park, Ontario; Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Seattle, Washington; Region of Waterloo, Ontario; Oak Park/Cornell, Ontario; and Surrey, British Columbia.

Learn how to manage sprawl through intensification, growth management, and growth boundaries. Ensure sustainable land use with mixed use, green stormwater solutions, and TOD. Reconcile stakeholder interests, address community objections, and avoid controversy. Manage changing demographics through a young to old approach to urban planning and design. Promote balanced growth through land redevelopment to increase property tax streams. Combat climate change with practical tools and innovative ideas for greener suburbs. Re-knit the suburban fabric and strengthen the foundations for compact walkable centres. Reform zoning and further sustainability. Reduce automotive dependency through integrated transportation and land-use policies. Give new life to your suburbs with place-making and preservation of green spaces.

Key speakers include: John Sewell, Urban Activist and former Mayor of Toronto; Kerstin Åkerwall,

Deputy Director and Head of Planning Department, City Planning Office, City of Malmö, Sweden; Thomas Brink, Vice President, RTKL; Bill Bryck, President and CEO, Parc Downsview Park Inc; and Adam Vaughan, Councillor, Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina, City of Toronto.

Current attendees of this summit include: CHMC, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Metrolinx, TRCA, City of Calgary, City of Toronto, City of Kitchener, City of Kingston, City of Regina, City of Airdrie, City of Brandon, City of Charlottetown, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Town of Markham, Town of Newmarket, Malone Given Parsons, CS&P Architects Inc., IBI Group Architects, Associated Engineering, Stantec and many more.

For more information and to register, please visit, e-mail or call 1.866.298.9343 x200.