The Civic Commons Catalyst is a new initiative of Future Cities Canada which will offer an array of programming to support and scale existing civic initiatives, prototype new participatory models and support resident-led activities.
Join Mary Rowe, Senior Advisor at Evergreen and Bridget Marquis, Director of Reimagining the Civic Commons, US as they discuss the state of civic commons in Canada and share lessons from our southern neighbours.
Senior Advisor, Future Cities Canada
A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Mary is an impassioned leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors. Mary has led national urban initiatives from Toronto and New York City, and in addition to her current role with Evergreen as Senior Advisor with Future Cities Canada, is Co-Executive Lead of the Urban Project and Senior Fellow with the Fogo Institute for Community Economics.
Director, Civic Commons Learning Network
Reimagining the Civic Commons | U3 Advisors
Bridget Marquis is the project manager for Reimagining the Civic Commons, a national initiative supported by The JPB Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation that aims to demonstrate how strategic investments in civic assets, parks, libraries, trails and community centers, can connect people of all backgrounds, cultivate trust and counter the trends of social and economic fragmentation in cities and neighborhoods. In this role she acts as director for the national Civic Commons Learning Network providing coordinated learning, impact assessment and storytelling across the five demonstration cities. The learning network regularly releases new tools and resources to support the innovation and collaboration required to achieve social impacts and increase broad-based support for investing in the civic commons in cities across the country.