The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada is hosting a conference on The Cities We Need in Montreal from February 19-20, 2015.

Given that cities have moved to the centre of the policy agenda in Canada, there is a need to discuss how governance can better reflect what citizens want and need from their cities. The Cities We Need conference will look at the ways in which cities are reinventing themselves and, in turn, reinventing what it means to be Canadian.  What can we do to make our cities more equitable, sustainable and participatory?


Panels and presentations will include:

  • City Governance – The Mayor’s Perspective
  • Digital Issues
  • Focusing on Urban Culture:  Urban Imaginaries in the World
  • The Urban Night
  • The infrastructures we need
  • Urban Citizenship
  • Cities, Territories, Worlds
  • Justice, Equality and the City

Read the full program ; register here.

We want a country in which:

  • public, private and social sectors are engaged in active efforts to close the gap between the socioeconomic wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
  • the public sector, private investors and philanthropists separately and collaboratively deploy financial capital to create positive social and environmental impact
  • social innovation is an integral part of Canada’s innovation ecosystem, enabling civic institutions to co-create policies, initiatives and programs that enable citizens to contribute a diversity of skills and perspectives to Canadian society
  • public, private and civil society sectors act collaboratively and courageously to advance human thriving and address shared challenges
  • humans’ social and economic footprint is in balance with the natural ecosystems that sustain life.