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Mobility Network presents ‘The Way Forward: Moving and housing multitudes in the Toronto region’

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Ontario is faced with a shortage of housing that needs to be met with dwellings of many types and affordability options. In 2022, for the first time in history, Canada's population increased by more than a million people, many of whom will decide to call our region home — and that’s only the beginning. The pressure will only grow.

Where and how should we plan new housing to safeguard equitable access to opportunity?


Nathaniel Baum-Snow holds the Premier's Research Chair in Productivity and Competitiveness and is a Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy. He has research interests in urban and real estate economics, labor economics and economic geography. Recent research includes studies about housing supply and affordability, productivity spillovers that operate between firms at hyper local spatial scales and the causes and consequences of neighborhood change. Past research also includes investigations of reasons for changes in the spatial organization of economic activity in U.S. and Chinese cities, reasons for which workers earn more and have more dispersed wages in larger cities, and the consequences of transportation infrastructure investments on urban growth and welfare. He is a Managing Editor at the Journal of Urban Economics.

Derek Goring is Executive Vice President, Development at Northcrest Developments. He has 20 years of experience in real estate development, with a focus on large-scale master planned developments in the Greater Toronto Area. With roles in both public and private sector organizations, Derek has had the opportunity to work on some of Toronto’s most important city-building projects.

Derek leads the development team at Northcrest, which is responsible for master planning the Downsview airport lands, securing all necessary municipal approvals, and working with partners to implement the project.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering & Management from McMaster University and an MBA from the University of Toronto. Derek has been actively involved with the Urban Land Institute for many years, and currently serves as a Global Governing Trustee, a member of the Technology and Real Estate Council, and with ULI Toronto as a member of the Advisory Board and the Governance Committee.

Tara Vinodrai is an associate professor in the Institute for Management and Innovation at the University of Toronto Mississauga and the director of its Master of Urban Innovation program. Her research focuses on the dynamics of innovation, economic development, labour markets and technological change in cities. Her most recent work explores the relationships between housing affordability and economic development; clusters and innovation ecosystems; mechanisms for achieving inclusive innovation and economic development across generational and spatial divides; and the impact, adoption and use of disruptive technologies in emerging and traditional sectors. 


Chris Higgins is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Geography at University of Toronto Scarborough. His research focuses on the relationship between the physical form and infrastructure of the city and the functions of the urban networks that facilitate the flows of people, goods, and information. His research areas include mobility and accessibility, housing and neighbourhood change, real estate and land value uplift, choicemaking behaviour and travel demand modelling, health and wellbeing. 

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About The Way Forward

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Explore the many ways mobility affects our lives at The Way Forward, a panel discussion series. Join the conversation!

All sessions take place online on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are free. Registration is required.

An introductory overview will be followed by short presentations, a moderated panel discussion, and audience Q & A. This event will be recorded and shared.

Interested in more The Way Forward sessions?

See the complete Spring 2023 schedule for The Way Forward.

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