Advocacy Forum

Join cycling advocates from across the city to share best practices in how to engage with the community, residents, elected officials, and city staff so that you can affect meaningful change at the 2020 Advocacy Forum.

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The agenda for the day is:

9:30-9:50 AM - Registration

9:50-10:00 AM - Welcome

10:45-11:15 AM - Ward Advocacy Program, introducing the Cycle Toronto Ward Advocacy program and highlighting future growth, presented by Tamara Nahal, Community Engagement Manager.

10:00-10:40 AM - Cycle Toronto campaign updates from Kevin Rupasinghe, Campaigns Manager.

11:15-11:30 AM - Break

11:30-12:00 PM - City of Toronto cycling projects presentation by special guest Becky Katz, Manager, Cycling and Pedestrian Unit at the City of Toronto

12:05-12:35 PM - Cycling engagement in schools presented by Sam Perry, Project Worker at CultureLink’s Bike to School Project.

12:35-1:35 PM - Lunch

1:35-2:10 PM - Sharing your message: how to effectively get your story out, presented by Ryan Shissler, Communications Lead and Tamara Nahal.

2:10-3:15 PM - Coalition building, moderated by Keagan Gartz, a panel discussion on how to build a coalition of diverse voices to support a bold, city-building vision. Panelists include: 

  • Daniella Levy-Pinto, Walk Toronto
  • Jessica Spieker, Friends and Families for Safe Streets
  • Nancy Smith Lea, The Centre for Active Transportation
  • Councillor Brad Bradford, City of Toronto

3:15-3:30 PM - Break

3:30-4:40 PM - Meaningful community engagement,  moderated by Armi de Francia of Transportation Equity TO and the Town of Ajax, a panel discussion on how to engage diverse communities in a way that is meaningful, respectful, and effective. This panel will challenge participants to think deeply about the relationship between mobility and equity.

Panelists include:

  • Marvin Macaraig, Scarborough Cycles
  • Husna Raghe, Transportation Equity TO
  • Siva Vijenthira, 8 80 Cities
  • Najia Zewari, Women's Wellness Café and Women's Cyclist Network

4:40-4:50 PM - Wrap up and closing remarks

5:00-7:30 PM - Reception
A post-event social will be held at the Duke of Richmond (20 Queen St W) at 5:00 PM.

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January 18, 2020 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St. W. Committee Room 1
Toronto , ON
Ontario CA