Upcoming Public Realm Speakers

Gil Penalosa, founder of 8 80, is coming to Markham to present a lecture on the importance of public spaces!

His focus is on the use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as the promotion of sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and new use of cars.

Afternoon Event: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Markham Civic Centre, Canada Room)

Evening Event: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Aaniin Community Centre)

The event is FREE.

Afternoon Session

Evening Session

The Importance of the Urban Forest -the Cultural Value

Video presentation by Edith George, Advisor, Ontario Urban Forest Council and Ben Cesar, Owner, Fiddlehead Nursery.


The Importance of the Urban Forest - the Health Value

Video presentation by Dr. Karen Morrison, Member of the Steering Committees of Ecohealth Ontario and The Ontario Biodiversity Council.


The Importance of the Urban Forest - the Economic Value

Video presentation by Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environmental Officer, TD Bank Group.


The Nature Effect: how investment in green space can improve a municipality’s bottom line

Watch the video presentation below by Dr. Faisal Moola of the David Suzuki Foundation.


Watch the video presentation below by Emily Munroe of the 8-80 Cities.