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11 Oct

Big City Big Ideas: Funding Democracy: Participatory Budgeting in Canada

October 11, 2016

Sydney and Toronto share remarkable similarities in culture, community, and global economic status – and both cities are undertaking major waterfront and city centre revitalization. Hear a fascinating discussion on the very different ways these cities are achieving similar goals from the leaders of waterfront renewal in both cities.

Keynote Speaker: David Pitchford

David Pitchford is the Chief Executive UrbanGrowth NSW, charged with the delivery of the largest urban regenerations in Australia – the Bays Precinct and the Central Station to Eveleigh Rail Corridor, projects intended to transform Sydney Harbour and the city overall and drive the international competitiveness of Sydney and the nation. David was previously Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority in the UK and managed the creation of the famous Palm development in Dubai. He is a Professor of Practice at the University of New South Wales.

In Conversation with: Will Fleissig, President and CEO, Waterfront Toronto
Moderator: Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies
Introductory Remarks: Portia Maier, Consul-General and Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission

26 Apr

Big City: Big Ideas: Funding Democracy: Participatory Budgeting in Canada

April 26, 2016

One of the most pressing challenges facing today’s cities is how to involve the public in the machinery of government and its fiscal decisions in a meaningful way. Participatory budgeting, a model derived from the Brazilian experience, gives the public the right to propose, deliberate, and vote on a part of the city budget. Does participatory budgeting actually improve democracy, transparency, and accountability, or is it simply another consultation tool in disguise? On May 5, join us for a panel discussion on the opportunities and challenges of implementing participatory budgeting in Canadian cities.

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