Community Voices: What Scarborough Needs

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Community Voices: What Scarborough Needs is hosted by the School of Cities, supported by Wellesley Institute, the Suburban Mobilities Cluster of Scholarly Prominence (SuMo) at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and Progress Toronto.

This event brings together researchers, civic leaders and residents who care deeply about ensuring Scarborough neighborhoods are thriving, to discuss Scarborough's priorities for the upcoming municipal elections. Informed by research from the Community Voices Project and the Suburban Mobilities Cluster, the event features a dynamic panel and interactive session engaging audience members.

Moderated by, Anjum Sultana, Director of Youth Leadership & Policy Advocacy at Plan International Canada, the event will feature a dynamic panel discussion and interactive sessions engaging audience members.

*This is a free event, please register to attend. Food and beverages will be provided Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free and Halal options will be available

Date and Time: -
Location: Highland Hall Event Centre


Speakers & Research Leads

Steven FarberAssociate Professor of Human Geography , University of Toronto Scarborough

Kofi Hope, Co-founder, Monumental and Urbanist-in-Residence, School of Cities, UofT

Daniel Silver, Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Scarborough

Ignacio Tiznado-Aitken, Ph.D, Research Coordinator - Suburban Mobilities Cluster, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Human Geography, UTSC.



Samiya Abdi, Senior program specialist, Public Health Ontario

Liben Gebremikael, Executive Director, TAIBU Community Health Centre

Andrea Hazell, President and Chair, Scarborough Business Association | Founder & President at Winspire Generational Wealth Solutions

Esmond Lee 李春錦, Scarborough based Artist, Researcher and Architect


Moderated by: Anjum Sultana, Director of Youth Leadership & Policy Advocacy, Plan International Canada


5:30 PM - Doors Open

5:55 PM - Welcome Remarks

6:00 PM - Presentations : Community Voices & SuMo Research + Breakout Discussions

7:00 PM - Panel Discussion

7:30 PM - Event Concludes

Partners and Sponsors:

Wellesley Institute Wellesley Institute works in research and policy to improve health and health equity in the GTA through action on the social determinants of health. Wellesley Institute is a registered non-profit charity.

University of Scarborough & SuMo - The Suburban Mobilities Cluster of Scholarly Prominence SuMo is a multi-disciplinary research program at UTSC that draws on expertise across nine disciplines to tackle four suburban mobility challenges: rising suburban inequalities, improving transportation design and technology, climate change, and resilience to shocks.

Progress Toronto Progress Toronto is a not-for-profit organization that advocates and organizes for a more democratic, socially just, and progressive city.

School of Cities The University of Toronto's School of Cities is a solutions incubator for urban-focused researchers, educators, students, practitioners, institutions and the general public to explore and address the complex global challenges facing urban centres.