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29th Annual Toronto Planning Dinner


Speaker: Kadie Ward

Kadie Ward

Intimacy, Sensuality & Mystery! How Toronto is Succeeding as a Global City

Global cities inspire commitment, empathy and passion from their investors, citizens and visitors. How is Toronto fairing in the global arena?

At the 29th Annual Dinner, we are thrilled to welcome international economic and business development expert Kadie Ward. Kadie will share her experiences and insights on what makes Toronto a competitive global city as well as who are our existing and emerging competitors, before delving into the planning and community building elements that we get right and those that we can potentially improve upon.

Kadie is an internationally-renowned advisor who has assisted 16 countries and 66 cities. She is a member of the OECD/UN Global Compact Cities program and sits on their Expert Group on Investing in Sustainable Development Goals in Cities. She is also the founder of Building Strong Cities, which specializes in crafting community economic development, marketing and branding strategies for foreign investment, tourism and workforce development.

Kadie is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Economic Development Excellence, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Municipal Development and fDi Magazine’s (The Financial Times) Digital Marketing Award. She is also one of Development Councillors International’s “Top 40 Under 40” in local economic development.

Kadie has recently been engaged in: business, operations and market planning for waterfront urban revitalization in Belize City, Belize; place-branding and marketing for diversified economic development in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine; and, a national education and marketing campaign on the importance of infrastructure investment that engaged with 28 regional partners and over 3 million Canadians.


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