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Media Alert: Meeting of the Minds 2013

Breaking New Ground with Urban Innovations, Connected Technology and New Global Concepts
Jul 11, 2013

Public sector, NGOs and private sector leaders convene in Toronto


Meeting of the Minds is an annual global leadership summit focused on the development of smarter cities, next-gen infrastructure, and advanced urban development solutions. The conference is key to accelerating the emergence of successful cities with a connected future around the globe.

Meeting of the Minds brings together select leaders from the world's most innovative organizations to explore strategic investments, smart policies and breakthrough technological innovations – all designed to enable cities and regions to better respond to increasingly complex urban planning, design, technology and development challenges. More than 350 global innovators including government officials, corporate executives, and foundation/NGO leaders will gather in Toronto to discuss and launch new initiatives, while exploring answers to the following burning questions.

  • What new technologies and policies are enabling cities to become greener, safer, and more livable?
  • How are we already making our cities simultaneously smarter and more equitable?
  • What cross-sector bridges are being built to hasten the move toward sustainable, connected and just cities?
  • What exactly are city leaders — from the private, public and independent sectors — doing to accelerate the transitions now underway?


September 9-11, 2013


Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4W 3X8, Canada

Meeting of the Minds will gather at Evergreen Brick Works – a LEED Platinum facility that stands as a remarkable example of adaptive reuse, brownfield remediation, and Toronto's commitment to urban sustainability.


The following sample of global leaders will present a "rethinking" of a city's economic, social and technological development to reshape our urban future:

  • Jennifer Keesmatt, chief planner, City of Toronto
  • Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario
  • Bill Reinert, national manager of advanced technology for Toyota Motor Sales, USA
  • Charbel Aoun, senior vice president, Smart Cities - strategy & innovation at Schneider Electric
  • Rogier van der Heide, VP and chief design officer, Philips Lighting
  • Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, industry solutions & chief globalisation officer, Cisco
  • Gordon Feller, director, urban innovations, Cisco Consulting Services; co-Founder and convenor of Meeting of the Minds
  • And, more than 350 other leaders from more than a dozen countries, including China, Canada, Australia! 

Top sessions include: Three Next Gen Leaders – Inventing the Urban Digital Future; Connected Boomers Will Change Mobility, Are We Ready?; Connecting the Dots – Clean Energy Generation – Smart Grid – Electric Vehicle – Efficient Building; Chaos in Urbanism – Harnessing Uncertainty for Successful Cities; Smarter Cities Challenge: A Conversation with Four Mayors

As a global sponsor of Meeting of the Minds 2013, Cisco will be presenting a thought leadership paper on the Internet of Everything and the implications for public sector.

      Additional Background:

Each year, Toyota joins forces with key partners to present this Meeting and to encourage rich dialogues that link public sector, private sector and independent sectors. The program's organizer is Urban Age Institute, based in San Francisco. This year's host and co-organizer is Evergreen in Toronto. Urban Age Institute partners with renowned, high-impact non-profit institutions to develop the program such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Volvo Research and Educational Foundations and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The Global Sponsor is Cisco. Gold level sponsors are Schneider Electric and Philips Lighting. Silver Level sponsors are IBM, Itron, Metrolinx, HOK, Golder Associates, Volvo Research and Educational Foundation and Jones Lang LaSalle. Bronze sponsors include Ryerson, Institute on Governance and the Oxford Properties Group.

Global Sponsor:

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to



i-CANADA is a movement dedicated towards making all Canadian communities -- large and small, urban and rural -- into Intelligent Communities, fully employing e-health, e-work, e-commerce, e-education and e-government, to provide the sustainable prosperity that comes from full digital enablement.


Icosystem builds predictive analytics platforms that can help decision makers understand the impact of investments and initiatives in energy efficiency, sustainability and urban development.


A charity since 1991, Evergreen believes that today's critical environmental challenges will be solved by bringing diverse groups of people together, inspiring them with ideas and engaging them to take action.

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