Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat was the keynote speaker at the Transit Alliance’s first (and hopefully annual) Green Cities breakfast. The purpose of the event was to bring business, community, and political leaders together and brainstorm ideas on how to create a more sustainable, and green, community.
Here is the first few minutes of her speech, in which she introduces the idea of a green city and talks about how much Toronto has accomplished.
Keesmaat’s keynote speech was between two panels. The transit panel consisted of Bruce McGuaig, CEO of Metrolinx; Dr. Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environment Commissioner; David Paterson, VP Corporate and Environmental Affairs for GM Canada; and, Mary Margaret McMahon, Toronto City Councillor. The building panel was made of Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Ontario Green Party; Amy Erixon, Principal and Managing Director Investments at Avison Young; Christopher Wein, President of Great Gulf; and, Andrew Bowerbank, Global Director, Sustainable Building Services at EllisDon.