The Walrus Talks Resilience


How cities and communities build themselves to thrive through difficult times

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W, Toronto

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:30 P.M.

Tickets: Members $17 | Public $20 | Students $12

Purchase tickets here.

Are you interested in ideas about how cities can not only grow and develop but also flourish? Are you invested in building a more resilient, collaborative, and innovative community?

Cities for People invites you to an upcoming Talks event produced by the Walrus Foundation. The Walrus Talks Resilience will feature eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas about how cities and communities can become more resilient in the face of numerous challenges. Eight speakers with diverse backgrounds and interests—from the arts to indigenous rights, entrepreneurship to the environment to technological innovation—will offer new ways of thinking about how our cities can thrive. Speakers will have seven minutes each to discuss their ideas and challenge the audience to see the future of our communities in new ways. While each speaker will reflect on a range of experiences and viewpoints, they all have one thing in common: the desire for real conversation about the issues that affect the future of Canada. The Talks event will be followed by a spirited reception with attendees and participants.

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Poet Mustafa Ahmed

University of Guelph’s Ajay Heble

Cisco Canada’s Rick Huijbregts

People for Education’s Annie Kidder

Cisco Canada’s David Miller

Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada’s Gabrielle Scrimshaw

SiG@Waterloo’s Frances Westley



6 p.m. doors open

6:30 p.m. The Walrus Talks

Reception following


(416) 971-5004, ext. 242

Cities for People, a grassroots movement that looks at the resilience and liveability of cities, asks the question: how can we enhance social, ecological, and economic well-being and help civic cultures thrive? We are approaching this from the perspectives of four themes: Art and Society, CityScapes, Citizen Spaces, and New Economies. Each of these themes has a curating organization that is gathering compelling stories, connecting people within and across fields, and experimenting with new ways to approach old problems.

Musagetes, the curator of the Art and Society theme of Cities for People, is an international organization that makes the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives, in our communities, and in our societies. The arts play a fundamental role in mediating our life experiences, making artistic creativity central to healthy, empathic, social, and conscientious ways of living. Art creates a space for thinking differently, for opening up new possibilities for ourselves and the world around us. The Art and Society theme creates art on the street with communities and in neighbourhoods. This program brings together many participants, balancing aesthetic and poetic beauty while addressing social urgencies.

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation as part of an educational mandate to provide forums for conversation on matters vital to Canadians. The Walrus Foundation produces The Walrus magazine, the most awarded publication in Canada, as well as producing content at, on Walrus TV, and on stages from coast to coast to coast