Open, Smart, Diverse? What Cities Need To Do

April 27th, 2016

In an age of high mobility, how are cities managing the complexity that comes with increasing super-diversity? Are city leaders making the most of the opportunities and challenges that a diverse population brings?

We asked city leaders from Düren (Germany), New York City, Vancouver and Toronto to take stock of how diversity challenges and sustains urban resilience and livability, and to weigh in on the question, does diversity drves prosperity?

Through the wide-angle lens of urban context, history and desire, this COM2016 plenary discussion explores the policy levers and strategies that cities can deploy to build the city we all dream of – open, smart, diverse – asking, what do cities need to do?

Open, Smart, Diverse? What Cities Need To Do – COM2016, Toronto March 2, 2016, Toronto


  • Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of New York
  •  Wolfgang Spelthahn, Landrat (District Mayor), Kreis Düren (Germany)
  •  Yuen Pau Woo, President, HQ Vancouver (Vancouver)
  •  Alan Broadbent, Chairman, Maytree; author, Urban Nation (Toronto)
  •  Moderator: Tanzeel Merchant, Director, Partnerships and Consultation, Ontario Growth Secretariat (Toronto)

Organized by Kim Turner, Program Manager, Cities of Migration, Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University.

COM2016 programme and speakers

Source: 3rd International Cities of Migration Conference, Toronto, March 2, 2016: “Diversity Drives Prosperity.” Presented by the Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University, COM2016 convened local government and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers for a one-day forum and in-depth analysis of the issues and opportunities created by today’s global flows of migration.

COM2016 was a preconference of the 18th National Metropolis, Toronto, March 3-5, 2016, co-hosted by the Association for Canadian Studies.



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