The Past, Present and Future of Our Urban Environment

The Centre of Urban Environments (CUE) is hosting a one-day symposium and reception as part of the 50th anniversary of U of T Mississauga. The symposium is open to everyone, highlighting the past, present and future interactions between our city, UTM and the surrounding environment.

The symposium will feature two 40 minute plenary lectures and 30 minute presentations that will address the historical and present growth of the GTA and its impacts on human and non-human residents.


Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Location: Communication, Culture, Information & Technology (CCIT), 1140 & 1080

  • 8:45-9:15 - Refreshments and continental breakfast in CCIT main foyer
  • 9:15-9:30 (CCIT 1140) - Prof. Marc Johnson (Director, Centre for Urban Environments, U of T)

Welcome and Introduction

Theme 1 – Our urban environment “yesterday”


Plenary Lecture:

  • 9:30-10am (CCIT 1140) - R. Stacey Laforme (Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation)

The Past Present and Future of Our Land



  • 10:10-10:30am (CCIT 1140) - John MacKenzie (CEO, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority)

The history of Toronto’s conservation authority

  • 10:30-10:50am (CCIT 1140) - Prof. David Smith (University of Toronto Mississauga)

The history of people in the Greater Toronto Area

  • 10:50-11:05am: Coffee break (CCIT main foyer)

Theme 2 – Our urban environment “today”

Plenary Lecture:

  • 11:10-11:30am (CCIT 1140)

Dr. Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto

Capitalizing on our urban environment

  • 11:40-1:00pm - Lunch (CCIT main foyer)
  • 1:00-1:20pm (CCIT 1140) - Omar McDadi (Rouge National Urban Park)

The importance of Canada’s first Urban National Park

  • 1:20-1:40pm (CCIT 1140) - Prof. Patricia McCarney, Director, Global Cities Institute

Towards sustainable cities: The challenge of sizing up cities around the world:


Open Panel Discussion:

  • 1:40-2:20pm (CCIT 1140)

Topic: Urban environmental challenges today: Working towards solutions

Prof. Scott MacIvor (University of Toronto Scarborough)

Douglas Markoff (Executive Director, The Riverwood Conservancy)

Prof. Tenley Conway (University of Toronto Mississauga)

  • 2:20-2:35pm – Coffee break (CCIT main foyer)


Theme 3 – Our urban environment “tomorrow”

Plenary Lecture:

  • 2:40-3:10pm (CCIT 1140) - Prof. Steward Pickett (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Director Emeritus of Baltimore LTER)

Urban Ecology for the Future: Building Cities for a Sustainable Future


  • 3:20-3:40pm (CCIT 1140) - Deborah Martin-Downs (CAO, Credit Valley Conservation Authority)

Future Conservation of the Credit Valley Watershed

  • 3:40-4:00pm (CCIT 1140) - Prof. Andrew Gonzalez (Director, Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science)

Designing Future Urban Forests


Open Panel Discussion:

  • 4:10-4:50pm (CCIT 1140)

Topic: Opportunities for our future urban environments, and how to capitalize on them

Prof. Sandy Smith (University of Toronto)

Prof. Ronald Buliung (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Kate Hayes (Credit Valley Conservation Authority)

  • 5-6:00pm: Reception with Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments (CCIT main foyer)


Keynote Address (6-7pm)

A conversation with:

Mayor Bonnie Crombie & Hazel McCallion, CM


Description: Mayor Crombie and former Mayor McCallion will discuss the past challenges and future opportunities of Mississauga and urban environment

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 8:45am - 7:00pm
CCT 1140 & 1080