Ideas That
to stimulate public discourse

Building Strong Communities

April 5, 2005

89 Chestnut Street, Colony Ballroom, 2nd Floor

presented by The Maytree Foundation and Ideas That Matter


Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director, The Maytree Foundation
Alan Broadbent
, Chairman, The Maytree Foundation and Ideas that Matter
Keynote Speaker - Mark Starowicz, CBC Television and Radio Producer Mark Starowicz has a long interest in the importance of ideas to our country and communities and how these ideas are shaped through our institutions. Mark is the Area Executive Producer for the CBC Documentary Unit, which produced CBC Television's series, The Greatest Canadian. Mark was also the creator and executive producer of Canada: A People's History. Mark has won seven Gemini Awards and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in May 2004.
Plenary Discussion - The State of Community Building Across Canada

Derek Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Jian Ghomeshi, Writer and Producer, CBC Television
Frances Lankin, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Greater Toronto
Faduma Mohamed, Executive Director, Labour Community Services
Sherri Torjman, Vice-President, Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Moderator: Mary W. Rowe, President, Ideas that Matter

Morning Workshops

M1. Public Space for Liveable Cities
    Moderator: Paul Bedford, Urban Mentor and former Chief Planner, City of Toronto
    Panelists: Virginia Burt, President, Visionscapes
Dylan Reid, Contributing Editor, Spacing Magazine
M2. Getting it Together: Collaboration and Partnership
    Moderator: Tonya Surman, Senior Partner, Commons Group
    Panelists: Tim Jones, Executive Director, Toronto Artscape
Elizabeth McIsaac, Project Manager, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
M3. Making a Difference: Participation and Engagement in Civil Society
    Moderator: Marjan Montazemi, Project Manager, abcGTA - The Maytree Foundation
    Panelists: Rebecca Low, Director, The Centre for Research and Information (CRIC)
Anil Patel, Executive Director, Framework Foundation
Annamie Paul, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Political Leadership (CCPL)
M4. Bowling Together: Does Social Capital Matter?
    Moderator: Naomi Alboim, Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University
    Panelists: Check back here for speaker updates.
M5. The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the Field
    Moderator: Anita Srinivasan, Program Manager, Leadership Initiatives, The Maytree Foundation
    Panelists: Alina Chatterjee, Manager of Development, Scadding Court Community Centre
Carolina Gajardo, Housing Manager, COSTI North York Housing Help Centre
Adam Giambrone, Councillor, City of Toronto
Annie Kidder, President, People for Education
M6. Arts Rock: Using Creativity for Social Change
    Moderator: Melanie Fernandes, Director, Community & Education, Harbourfront Centre
    Panelists: Check back here for speaker updates.
M7. Building the Commons: Strengthening Local Institutions
    Moderator: Lance Evoy, Coordinator, IMCD, Concordia University
    Panelists: Dr. Michael Rachlis, Consultant in health policy analysis
Rob Howarth, Coordinator, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres
Josephine Bryant, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library
M8. Scaling Up: Going 'Glocal'
    Moderator: Ben Peterson, Co-founder and Executive Director, Journalists for Human Rights
    Panelists: Harry Kits, Executive Director, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ)
Gord Perks, Senior Campaigner, Toronto Environment Alliance

Afternoon Workshops
A1. Building Usual and Unusual Alliances
Paul Born, President, Tamarack Institute - An Institute for Community Engagement
A2. Community-based Decision Making
Check back here for speaker updates.
A3. Telling your Story: Mobilizing Communities through Creativity and Innovation
Suzanne Gibson, Principal, Suzanne Gibson & Associates
A4. Building a Better Foundation: Creating Inclusive Organizations
Kay Blair, Executive Director, Community MicroSkills Development Centre
A5. Jazz for Life: Sustaining Organizational Passion
Tim Elliott, President, Elliott Resource Services
A6. The Ins and Outs of Mentoring
Catherine Mossop, President, Sage Mentors
Doreen Rigby, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, State Street Trust Company Canada
A7. Networking: Using Technology to Build Community
Gillian Kerr, President, RealWorld Systems
A8. Building Bridges: Celebrating Community with Public Events
Moderator: Debbie Field, Executive Director, Foodshare (plus other panelists TBA)

Diaspora Dialogues - a multidisciplinary presentation
Diaspora Dialogues, a new project supported by The Maytree Foundation, fosters the creation and dissemination of written narratives that reflect the city of Toronto through the eyes of recent immigrants.
Townhall Discussion - Ideas that Matter for Building Strong Communities Facilitator: Mary W. Rowe, President, Ideas that Matter How do we support the creation of strong communities and a strong city? What is the way forward? Where does positive change come from?
2005 Jane Jacobs Prize Ceremony
Hosted by Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto
The Jane Jacobs Prize recognizes the ideas and impact of ordinary individuals and is named in honour of the long-time Toronto resident and renowned author. Every year the prize highlights the contribution of a Toronto resident and promotes how their ideas and insight help us better understand our city.

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