Toronto Urban Action Pitch-Off

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

For the last session, the pitch night, most groups arrived early in order to practice their pitches a few times before presenting their ideas on stage in front of the audience. Our pitch night was hosted by the Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design at the University of Toronto. We were treated with some delicious catering from the Regent Park Catering Collective - a social enterprise that trains residents of Regent Park in the food industry!

Robert kicked us off by talking about the results from the survey we created in Session 1. Did you know that only 2/10 of young people living in Toronto think that the government cares about affordable housing for youth?

Robert Barnard shared our housing survey results

We were honoured to have the following judges with us: Atif Zia from RBC, Shanon Holness from the Community Benefits Network, Shane Williamson from UofT, Lia Milito from Code For Canada, and Amy Buitenhuis from the Resilience Office at the City of Toronto. Together they represent social innovation, urban design, policy, and community organizing. They’re different perspectives provided valuable feedback for all the groups.

Speaking of groups, we had SEVEN amazing groups! There was RentLab, Toronto Youth Housing Initiative, First Step, GreenHub, Youth In My Backyard, WriteRent, and CommunAlley!

Pitching on the main stage

CommunAlley - a project to make it easier for homeowners to build secondary units in laneways won the competition and received $5,000 to help kickstart their project. Congrats to them and all the teams for putting together such amazing presentations!

Future City Builders was an amazing journey, but it’s not over yet! Stay tuned over the next coming weeks, months, maybe years to see where our teams and projects go. This is just the start!

-Tua & Niklas, Toronto City Leads



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