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Forever Yonge: A free panel event on the city's central street (Nov 19)

Ken Greenberg

Peter MacLeod, moderator of our Nov. 19 Speakers Series event.

Jake Tobin Garrett

Sarah Harris

Jessica Machado

Please join us for our free speakers series panel discussion on the role of Downtown Yonge in creating a unifying public space for Toronto, hosted in partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA, moderated by Peter MacLeod.
Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over four decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning. 

Sarah Harris serves as the Director of Communications. In this role, Sarah develops and executes the organization’s strategic communications plan, crafting CivicAction’s narrative and leading all aspects of the organization’s external communications.
Before joining CivicAction, Sarah worked for the Ontario government where she held various communications positions at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Her work in government focused on strategic communications planning, crisis communications, reputation management and media relations. Sarah has received many accolades for her work including being the recipient of several communications awards within the Ontario Government.
A Toronto native, Sarah is passionate about improving the GTHA, making it a better place to live and work. She draws on her communications and leadership expertise to promote the work of CivicAction and advance the organization’s goals.

Jake Tobin Garrett is Manager of Policy and Research at Park People, an independent charity that builds strong communities through improving and animating parks. Jake is the author of the paper Making Connections: Planning Parks and Open Space Networks in Urban Neighbourhoods, which examines public space strategies for intensifying cities. He also leads Park People’s work on the Green Line, an initiative to transform the Dupont hydro corridor into a linear park and trail from Earlscourt Park to the Annex. Jake has appeared on CBC’s Here and Now and Metro Morning to speak about parks and writes about parks for Spacing Magazine and on his blog, www.thislandisparkland.com

Jessica Machado is currently completing her studies in biology and psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, and is integrated into the community through her leadership involvement. As an elected member onto the university's Board of Governors for the upcoming term, Jessica's interests include policy literacy and environmentally sustainable development. She is the co-founder of the Bodhi Collective, an interdisciplinary group believing people and place are infinitely related. By using physical space as an agent for change, their philosophy intersects positive psychology, behavioural economics, and socially sustainable practices. 

The event will be moderated by Peter MacLeod
Peter MacLeod is one of Canada's leading experts in public engagement and deliberative democracy. He is the co-founder and principal of MASS LBP, an innovative firm based in Toronto which works with forward-thinking governments and corporations to deepen and improve public consultation and engagement. Since 2007, MASS has led some of Canada's most original and ambitious efforts to engage citizens in tackling tough policy options while pioneering the use of Civic Lotteries and Citizen Reference Panels on behalf of a wide array of clients. 

A graduate of the University of Toronto and Queen's University, he writes and speaks frequently aboutthe citizen's experience of the state, the importance of public imagination and the future of responsible government. He is a director of Toronto's Wellesley Institute for Urban Health, TIDES Canada, and theAssociation for Generation Equity. In 2013, he launched Wagemark, the first international wage certification standard aimed at reducing work place pay disparities while promoting corporate competitiveness. peter[at]masslbp.com

Thursday, November 19
The Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto
A light refreshment reception will be provided from 6:30-7pm. Cash Bar.
Admission is free
Follow the discussion live on Twitter at #yongetalks
The Yonge Street Speaker Series is supported by the Downtown Yonge BIA.
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