On October 6th and 7th, the CityAge conference returns to Toronto, bringing together some of the region's—and the world's—leading urban minds to interrogate the future of city-building. Founded in 2012, the global conference series enables interdisciplinary discussions about business and development, analyzed through the lens of urban geography.

With the population of Southern Ontario projected to swell from 9 million to 13.5 million by 2041, the 27th global edition of CityAge will focus on the investment and planning strategies needed to manage fast-paced regional growth. With the geography of cities and mega-regions also becoming increasingly pivotal to economic growth, CityAge explores the "investments in infrastructure, innovation, resilience, transportation and energy systems that are required to build a globally competitive urban economy in the 21st Century."

Toronto at night, image by Marcus Mitanis

The two-day Toronto conference features an attendee list that includes prominent figures from the public and private sectors, with leaders in government, business, and non-profit enterprise providing a wealth of perspectives on the urban future. This year's speakers will include Toronto Mayor John Tory, architect Daniel Libeskind, Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, First Gulf Vice President of Urban Development Derek Goring, and Motivate CEO Jay Walder. 

A sample of the 2016 Toronto speakers, image courtesy of CityAge

Alongside the speaker series, the conference will feature discussion sessions where individual issues are examined in greater depth. Session participants will include MP Adam Vaughn, architect Donald Schmitt, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and Cadillac Fairview Director of Development Andrew Garrett. 

This year, UrbanToronto will be the official Media Partner for the conference, so keep an eye out for our reporting from the event. Until then, more information about CityAge Toronto is available via the official website, with a registration page now open. The conference will be held at the MaRS Centre.