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TEDxThunderBay - Geoff Cape - Imagine your City with Nature

Geoff is a leader in the area of green cities. Geoff is an executive, and public speaker on urban issues, space planning and themes related to innovation and city building. As the founder of Evergreen Geoff has been its CEO since inception in 1990. Under Geoff's leadership, Evergreen, has grown to include over 100 staff and offices in Toronto, and Vancouver. Evergreen is focused on the idea of green cities and the more specific agenda of integrating nature in urban design. Evergreen has led is the redevelopment of the historic Evergreen Brick Works property as an international centre for green cities with 16 buildings and 41 acres in the heart of the city. The project has won several international awards for design and programming is helping other imagine possibilities for brownfield sites around the world. Over the past 20 years Evergreen has enabled others with educational resources, training sessions, design support and grants to over 2,100 schools and community projects. Evergreen has raised over $100 million to support the greening of cities, including $55 million to establish Evergreen Brick Works, leveraging sponsorship dollars with foundation, government and corporate grants, individual donations with earned revenues. Geoff attended Trinity College School, Queen's University (Bachelor of Arts) and McGill University (Masters of Management). Geoff is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum , and a participant at the World Economic Forum, Davos, founding Chair of the Sustainability Institute, and the Creative Cities Leadership Group. Geoff has been recognized as one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40", an "Ashoka Fellow", winner of the Peter F. Drucker Award, and the Governor General's "Golden Jubilee Medal" for significant contributions to the building of a fair and just Canadian society. In 2007 Geoff was awarded "Canadian Social Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Schwab Foundation, Geneva Switzerland. In 2010 Geoff Cape was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada. Geoff lives (and cycles daily) in Toronto with his wife Valerie Laflamme and their three young sons, Thomas, Benjamin and Sebastien. - TEDxThunderBay - The purpose of this event is to inspire reinvention in Thunder Bay so we may cultivate and develop a more vibrant community - together. To inspire reinvention, TEDxThunderBay will engage the people of Thunder Bay around the spreading of ideas - so that we will cultivate positive change in ourselves and in our community. TEDxThunderBay Website - TEDxThunderBay Video Produced In-Kind By Imaginarium Studio Inc - - About TEDx - In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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