Toronto Life's Future of Downtown cover story will feature a cohort of enterprising, forward-thinking Torontonians who believe the downtown core is primed for an epic comeback post-pandemic. Throughout the month of May, TL Insider will bring these compelling city leaders in politics, finance, art, design, food, and more, into your homes.
May 4, 12 pm: A Fireside Chat on the Future of Sports Culture with Jacie DeHoop, co-founder of THE GIST
Jacie DeHoop, co-founder and head of partnerships and revenue at the GIST, will be joining TL Insider for a virtual Fireside Chat on May 4. Having launched the sports media start-up in 2017, Jacie will discuss her experience in the industry over the years as well as what she sees in the future of Toronto’s biggest sports teams.
May 5, 12 pm: A keynote address on Building Black Power and Permanence with Rodney Diverlus, co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Canada
Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada, Rodney Diverlus will be the keynote speaker in an exclusive TL Insider event on May 5. An author and prominent activist in the city of Toronto, Diverlus will be bringing his perspective to an in-depth discussion on building Black power and permanence in our communities and institutions, and in the infrastructure of our city.
May 11, 12 pm: A Fireside Chat on the Future of Tourism with Nathan Rotman, Airbnb Canada
While we’re lucky to call this city home, visitors from around the world travel to Toronto in the spirit of globe-trotting every year—27 million to be exact. In anticipation of a post-pandemic boom in the city’s tourism industry, TL Insider will welcome Airbnb’s Nathan Rotman on May 11 for a virtual Fireside Chat on the future of tourism.
May 12, 12 pm: A Fireside Chat on the Future of Communication with writer and communications consultant Bob Ramsay
Join TL Insider on May 12 for an interactive TL Masterclass on communication. Led by Bob Ramsay, writer and communications consultant behind Ramsay Inc., the virtual event will address the ins and outs of acquiring the most important skill to have post-Covid-19.
May 16, 11:30 am: A Virtual Garden Brunch with chef Lauren Mozer of elle cuisine & event designer Rachel Clingen
Transform your home into the hottest brunch spot in the city with TL Insider this May 16. Hosting a virtual floral design class will be Rachel A. Clingen of Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design, paired with a garden brunch cooking class hosted by chef Lauren Mozer of elle cuisine. Make it a fun and engaging mother’s day gift with meal kits available to order—including drinks by Stel & Mar & Good Sunday!
May 18, 12 pm: A Fireside Chat on the Future of Finance with Tom Lombardi, Managing Director at 3iQ & Rajan Bansi, Head of RBC Investease
After witnessing the economic disruptions caused by the pandemic, more Canadians are curious about investing in their financial wellness. With that being said, information is power. Join Rajan Bansi, head of RBC InvestEase, and Tom Lombardi, managing director at 3iQ, for an informative Fireside Chat and interactive Q&A on May 18. The two will discuss the status of finance in Canada and how to proactively invest for the future.
May 18, 1 pm: A Fireside Chat on the Comeback of Toronto with Sasha Cucuz, CEO of Greybrook Securities Inc.
TL Insider will welcome Sasha Cucuz, partner at Greybrook Capital for a vital conversation on the future of city life and the comeback of The 6ix. Including information on Greybook’s recent partnership with Delos, which aims to ensure that going back to work is done as safely as possible. For those who’ve witnessed the evolution of our city’s skyline, this Fireside Chat with one of the country’s top developers is not one to miss.
May 19, 12 pm: A Fireside Chat on the Future of Public Transit in The 6ix with Fenton Jagdeo, Commissioner of the TTC
Fenton Jagdeo is the youngest-ever Commissioner of the TTC and a leader in the city’s urban mobility and public transit sector. On May 19, Fenton will discuss with TL Insider evolving transit needs and what the future of downtown Toronto means for the TTC.
May 20, 12 pm: A Fireside Chat on Innovations in Healthcare with Luke Vigeant, Co-Founder of Inkblot
Health care accessibility (and inaccessibility) is more apparent now than ever before. TL Insider will welcome Luke Vigeant, co-founder and president of Inkblot, on May 20 for a candid conversation on the future of health care, and the role of telehealth in driving health care innovation in Canada.
May 25, 12 pm: A Fireside Chat on the Future of Automotive and Urban Mobility with Marc Ouayoun, President and CEO of Porsche Canada
From self-driving cars to green tech, the automotive industry is undergoing a radical transformation. Join TL Insider on May 25 for a conversation about what’s next for the automotive industry, and how the future will radically transform how we plan and build cities in years to come.