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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

Please note: Schedules are now locked from being changed. If you would like to make changes to your schedule, please come see us at the registration desk. See you in Vancouver!
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Gil Penalosa

8 80 Cities
Founder & Chair
Toronto, Canada

Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and new use of cars.

Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the successful Canadian non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. He is also chair of the board of World Urban Parks, the international representative body for the city parks, open space and recreation sector. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm - Gil Penalosa & Associates, is an accomplished keynote speaker, facilitator of strategic workshops and advisor to decision makers and community groups.

Gil has been a strong supporter and advocate for improving city parks, first making his mark in the late 1990s, when he led the design and development of over 200 parks including Simon Bolivar, a 113-hectare park in the heart of the city. His team also initiated the “new Ciclovia”/ Open Streets - a program that sees over 1.5 million people walk, run, skate and bike along 121 kilometers of Bogotá’s city roads every Sunday, and today is internationally recognized and emulated.

Because of Gil’s unique blend of experience, pragmatism and passion, his leadership and advice is sought out by many cities and organizations. He has worked in over 250 different cities in all continents. He also serves as senior advisor to Children & Nature Network, Vision Zero Network and America Walks.

Gil holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he recently was selected as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” in the school’s history. He received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at the prominent University of Sweden SLU.

Tuesday, April 18
 

3:00pm

 
Wednesday, April 19
 

7:00am

10:00am

12:00pm

4:15pm

7:30pm

 
Thursday, April 20
 

8:00am

8:15am

9:45am

11:00am

11:15am

2:45pm

4:15pm

6:00pm

 
Friday, April 21
 

8:15am

9:45am

12:00pm

 

My Moderator Sessions

Wednesday, April 19
 

8:00am

10:00am