CUI hosted the first #UrbanExchange speed networking event on April 30, 2019.
Undergrad and graduate students from Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning and the University of Toronto (Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Urban Studies) connected with professionals from across the Greater Toronto Area’s city building industry.
Networking can be intimidating at times, so to help reduce some of the stress, the event kicked off with an interactive how-to-network workshop designed to help students master the essentials of effective networking. Equipped with helpful tips and techniques, the students then had an opportunity to expand their network through a series of brief introductions and exchanges. These one-on-one interactions allowed for an exchange of professional tips and experiences, but more importantly, they became starting points for longer-lasting and mutually-enriching professional relationships.
Held in Spaces, one of Toronto’s most Instagrammable co-working spaces, over 80 planning & policy professionals and students/recent graduates connected. Organizations represented included: Arup, Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Bousfield Inc., the Cities of Burlington, Hamilton and Toronto, Dialog, Diamond Corp., Groundswell Projects, Independent Electricity System Operator, Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, McKinsey & Company, Metrolinx, Morrison Hershfield, Municipality of Clarington, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Region of Peel, Regional Municipality of Halton, Shared Path Consultation Initiative, Swerhun Inc., Urban Land Institute (Toronto), Urban Strategies and Waterfront Toronto.
We would like to thank our sponsors for the opportunity to host the event and we thank everyone who attended for their contribution to the development and advancement of their professional fields! Particular appreciation goes to our event sponsor Arup and our partners: ULI Toronto, Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning and the University of Toronto: Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; Urban Studies and the School of Cities.
This event was part of a CUI project, the City Building Leadership Program (CBLP). With funding from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, this project is helping to give planning and policy students the soft skills and real-world experience needed for success after graduation.