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ITE Toronto: Summer Luncheon

June 27@11:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT

$15.00 – $500.00

By attending this luncheon, you can also earn 2 professional development hours, contributing to your continued professional growth. Details will be shared with attendees after the event.

We are excited to invite you to the ITE Toronto Summer Luncheon happening on Thursday, June 27, 2024! This event will be a wonderful opportunity to network, enjoy a buffet-styled lunch, and gain insights from two distinguished speakers in the fields of transportation and urban planning.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
Location: University of Toronto’s Hart House – Music Room (Room 2006)

Speakers and Presentations:

Naama Blonder, B.Arch, OAA, RPP – “Pro-Housing, Pro-Transit, Pro-People”

Naama Blonder, an architect and urban planner renowned as this year’s RBC Women of Influence, will deliver an inspiring presentation focusing on innovative architectural and urban design strategies aimed at fostering affordability, reducing car dependency, and achieving net-zero outcomes for sustainability. Highlighting the urgent need to prioritize people over cars, and alongside her personal story as a first-generation Canadian, Naama will cover the implications for urban planners, architects, industry professionals, and the general public. Her firm, Smart Density, has received numerous accolades, including the prestigious Best Emerging Practice Award from the Ontario Association of Architects and three consecutive SHIFT awards, solidifying their innovative approach. Naama’s vision is to transform what good housing can and should look like in a growing city like Toronto – promoting vibrant, sustainable communities.


Jeffrey M. Casello, Ph.D. – “The Future of Cities: Expanding the Roles of Transportation Planners and Engineers to Effect Real Change”

Professor Casello’s interests lie in urban transportation systems and their impacts on healthy and economically viable urban areas.  For decades, transportation professionals have recognized the challenges associated with North American transportation and land use systems. Our passenger transportation networks continue to be auto-dominated, creating environmental externalities, inequities in terms of accessibility, and lower quality of life for citizens. His presentation will focus on what more needs to be done to change this. Jeff teaches and conducts research on the planning, design and operation of systems that promote efficient, balanced transportation, enhances regional economic competitiveness and supports social mobility.  His research highlights include contributions to improved behavioural models for transit systems and the assessment of empirical evidence in the planning and design of active transportation modes.  In 2014, Jeff spoke to members of Canadian Parliament on the future of public transportation.  He has also had the opportunity to consult in Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington DC and Singapore.  At Waterloo, Jeff received the Distinguished Teacher Award, the highest teaching honor at the University.

Earn Professional Development Hours:

By attending this luncheon, you can also earn professional development hours, contributing to your continued professional growth. More details to come.


    • Gold Level Sponsorship ($500): Sponsors are invited to bring a roll-up board with a banner stand (24″ to 33″ x80″) to promote their transportation services. Their company’s logo will be included in the luncheon presentation and recognized verbally in the proceedings. As well, one free individual member registration will be included.
    • Silver Level Sponsorship ($300): Company logo will be included in the luncheon presentation and the company will be recognized verbally in the proceedings. Registration ticket not included.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with fellow professionals and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and strategies in transportation and urban planning. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions; we look forward to seeing you there!


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June 27
11:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT
$15.00 – $500.00
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University of Toronto Hart House
7 Hart House Cir
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3 Canada
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