On March 30, 2016 we hosted the official Project YU launch event at The Great Hall in Toronto. The purpose of our Urban Carnival-themed party was to:
5:40pm Welcome & Opening Remarks
5:45pm Spoken Word Performance by Nasim Asgari
5:55pm DJ starts playing and Stations Open
7:00pm Dance Performance by YYZ Dance Group
8:00pm Closing Remarks
8:30pm Event ends
Transportation Intimate coffee-table conversations between transportation experts and attendees.
Public Realm Artist Adrian Hayes will engage participants in a live mural activity and discussion about the public realm.
Your City Budget Attendees will be given “Toronto money” and asked to decide how to spend it within the City’s budget.
Project YU Info Ambassadors will be available to discuss and answer questions about Project YU.
Nasim Asgari (Spoken Word Performer) Nasim is a 17-year-old Muslim thinker, dreamer, a seeker and student of the truth who happens to passionately write and perform poetry.
YYZ Dance Group (Dance Performance) YYZ - (formerly known as D.R.E.A.M.) is a semi-professional dance company comprised of members spread out across the Greater Toronto Area. The team was originally founded in 2008 by a group of individuals from Marshall McLuhan CSS in Toronto. Throughout the years, D.R.E.A.M. Dance Crew has participated and competed in many events such as illSkillz presents Toronto's Best High School Dance Crew Competition Series, Yorkdale's Got Talent Showcase and Competition, Flip Hop Dance Competition at Canada's Wonderland, STOMP Urban Dance Showcase and more.
Robert McBride (Senior Transportation Planning and Engineering Consultant) Robert is a senior transportation planning and engineering consultant, who has been with BA Group for his entire career since 1975. He served as the company’s Chief Executive for 21 years between 1991 and 2012. He is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and Alberta (designated as a Consulting Engineer in Ontario since 1987), a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and a Registered Professional Planner.
Eric Chu (Transit Planner, TTC) Eric is responsible for the planning and design of transit services in the City of Toronto. He undertakes statistical and economic analyses of new service proposals; the ongoing evaluation of existing transit services; and is responsible for managing operating expenses in response to changing budgetary situations at the TTC. Eric has worked on various projects including the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games, Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, Eglinton-Crosstown LRT, Finch West LRT, GTA Fare-Service Integration, TOcore planning framework review, and the King Street Visioning Study.
Leslie Woo (Chief Planning Officer, Metrolinx) Leslie is responsible for creating and prioritizing the delivery of The Big Move (2008), a comprehensive 25-year transportation plan for Canada’s largest urban region, a plan that has resulted in over $30 billion in public transit investments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. She is also a champion for driving sustainability, innovation, design excellence and leads Metrolinx’s network for women in management. As a member of the Metrolinx Senior Management Team, Leslie oversees long range planning, project development, policy research and integrated transit service planning.
Adrian Hayles (Artist) At the tender age of nine, Toronto-based illustrator Adrian Hayles discovered the expressive nature of the visual arts. With his continued artistic development, illustration became his deepest passion and talent. His desire to learn and absorb from his surroundings led him on a personal creative journey. As a graduate of the Graphic Design program at Humber College with over 10 years of working experience behind him, Adrian has established his place in Toronto’s modern art community. His style is provocative and inspiring and defies categorization. Blurring the lines between graffiti and ultra realism, Adrian’s voice and vision is instantly identifiable. His works include countless portraits and illustrations for various magazines and collaborations with the City of Toronto to develop murals for vacant community spaces. In the past Adrian has painted complete buildings and city blocks, designed award winning video games and animated television shows. He has also successfully developed patented the Stud Horse Foldable Artist Bench and is the Principal and Founder of Behind the Front Visual Arts Studio.
David Cooper (Sr. Transportation Planner, City of Toronto) is currently a Senior Transportation Planner at the City of Toronto working on rapid transit planning projects such as the Relief Line and the Scarborough Subway Extension, in close collaboration with the Toronto Transit Commission. Notable projects that David has been a key team member include the planning and implementation of two bus rapid transit services, the launch of Calgary's first regional transit service and commissioning of two LRT projects.