“Right now, the various actors in city-building are not working together in any fundamental way. Future Cities is about getting those various participants to come together on some of those fundamental issues.”
Geoff Cape, Founder and CEO, Evergreen Brickworks
“Grappling with the challenges of inequality, and trying to invest in an economy that’s inclusive as well as prosperous, you can’t work site-by-site. There are times when you realize we need to do work better together.”
Ian Bird, President, Community Foundations of Canada
“Cities are complex systems. The problems that cities are facing continue to get worse. Our infrastructure and our institutions are complex systems, and they’re not adequately set up to adapt to how society’s changing, how social needs are increasing and the environmental imperative of climate change.”
Jayne Engle, Cities for People, McConnell Foundation
Future Cities Canada
Future Cities Canada is a collaborative platform that harnesses the momentum for change already in progress in cities. It brings together people, ideas, platforms and innovations from across sectors to address two of the most pressing issues of our time: inequality and climate change and their consequential challenges facing cities.
Evergreen Brick Works
A place where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities of the future. Connecting citizens, business, academia and government to turn what-ifs into how-tos that will shape our cities for the better.
Community Foundations Canada
Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Together we help Canadians invest in making our communities better places to live, work and play. We put the strength of our philanthropic network to the best possible use for our communities and our country. We’re championing the issues that matter to Canadians with an eye on the change we can make, now and for future generations. We’re exploring new ways to make a collective impact hand-in-hand with partners who share our vision.
Cities for People
Most of us around the world call cities home, including here in Canada, where more than 80 percent of people live in urban areas. Globally, another 2.5 billion people will live in cities by 2050. Urbanization represents one of the greatest challenges of our times, particularly because of rising social inequalities, unprecedented demographic shifts, and environmental degradation. We must make fundamental changes to the way we think about and build cities if they are to become places where all people can thrive.
Cities for People