2015 Summit – Better City Bootcamp

Every four years, CivicAction holds a summit made up of Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) movers and shakers to take the pulse of the biggest issues facing our region. Out of the summit, CivicAction sets a new agenda for the next four years that focuses on high-impact initiatives designed for multi-sector stakeholder action.

On April 28th, 2015, Better City Bootcamp drove attention to five interrelated themes influencing our region’s personal and community health and well-being:

  1. Housing affordability and the growing need to match seniors’ healthcare to housing options.

  2. Mental health in the workplace.

  3. The importance of the “first 1000 days.”

  4. Public space: For the health of our people and communities.

  5. Increased density and weather intensity and the infrastructure needs of tomorrow.

Download  Jumping into Action, to learn more about the conversations, ideas and actions generated from the Better City Bootcamp report.

True to the CivicAction model, attendees, speakers, and panelists represented a wide range of voices and experiences to help inform an all hands on deck approach to these five complex urban challenges.

For Better City Bootcamp, we broadened our reach to bring the conversation to more people than ever by live-streaming the event, having satellite locations, and engaging in digital conversations. Thank you to Rexdale Community Hub and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus—the hosts of our satellite locations—for helping us to engage more people across the region!

To see how the how the day unfolded, visit our YouTube channel to see remarks from Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory, CivicAction CEo Sevaun Palvetzian, Former CivicAction Chair Rod Phillips, the ‘Connecting the Dots’ morning panel, and a powerful closing by spoken word artist Mustafa the Poet.

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Our Summit is made possible by the generous support of our in-kind partners. 

Pull Up Your Socks



Pull Up Your Socks was an onsite art installation by local artists Parimal Gosai and Christina Ott made possible by: