Make Better Infrastructure Decisions

Senior levels of government continue to overlook the many benefits of investing in living green infrastructure such as urban forests, green roofs and walls when making infrastructure decisions. Join us to shape a healthier and more resilient future with green infrastructure.

Explore the latest in performance, economic valuation, design, policy, and technology from Canada, the US, and worldwide. This interdisciplinary conference is the leading forum for designers, policy makers, manufacturers, growers, landscapers, and other green infrastructure professionals to discuss the benefits and growth of the green infrastructure industry.

Grey to Green also includes a trade show, cutting-edge workshops which include tours of outstanding Toronto projects, and exceptional networking events. This year, be one of the first to learn about the City of Toronto's new Green Streets Guideline and the Province of Ontario's new Stormwater Design Guidelines.

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

Monday, May 8
Opening Plenary (FREE Public Event) Keynote & Panel: Green Infrastructure for Resilient Cities
Ryerson University, 55 Dundas St W, Toronto
7th Floor, Room 1-148 & 1-150 TRSM Commons

6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto
Deborah Martin-Downs, CAO, Credit Valley Conservation; Chair, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition
Pegeen Walsh, Executive Director, Ontario Public Health Association & Co-chair, Eco Health Ontario

Steven Peck, President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Scott Torrance, Practice Leader, Scott Torrance Landscape Architect
Moderator: Nina-Marie Lister, Graduate Programme Director and Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

 

Tuesday, May 9
Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St, Toronto
8:00am - 8:30pm
Keynotes, Technical Sessions, Trade Show, Evening Reception
Student Delegate Passes start at $99
Delegate Passes, with Lunch and Evening Reception, start at $249
Exhibitor Opportunities start at $1,150

Wednesday, May 10
Locations & Start Times Vary - See Detailed Agenda
Training Workshops and Tours
Green Infrastructure Charrette

Members of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities save $25 on a Delegate Pass and $200 on a booth!

Can't attend the conference in person? Check out the live webcast of the keynotes and select technical sessions.
Click here for details.


Grey to Green Keynotes Include

Tony DiGiovanni Executive Director, Landscape Ontario How Investing in Green Infrastructure Creates Jobs

Tony DiGiovanni
Executive Director, Landscape Ontario

How Investing in Green Infrastructure Creates Jobs

Signe Nielsen Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C. The Lowline Underground Park in New York City

Signe Nielsen
Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.

The Lowline Underground Park in New York City

Craig Applegath Architect, Principal, DIALOG Exploring the Benefits and Lessons Learned of the Proposed Rail Deck Park Project through DIALOG’s “Carleton University Architectural Studio”

Craig Applegath
Architect, Principal, DIALOG

Exploring the Benefits and Lessons Learned of the Proposed Rail Deck Park Project through DIALOG’s “Carleton University Architectural Studio”

Jennifer Keesmaat Chief Planner, City of Toronto Green Infrastructure for a Resilient City

Jennifer Keesmaat
Chief Planner, City of Toronto

Green Infrastructure for a Resilient City

Hon. Glen Murray, MPP Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Climate Change: Oceans, Forests and Local Food

Hon. Glen Murray, MPP
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Climate Change: Oceans, Forests and Local Food

Herbert Dreiseitl Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab Shaping Liveable Cities - The Art to Integrate Blue, Green and Social

Herbert Dreiseitl
Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab

Shaping Liveable Cities - The Art to Integrate Blue, Green and Social


What's New for Grey to Green 2017

Free Opening Plenary Event: For the first time, Grey to Green will kick-off with a FREE public event featuring Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner with the City of Toronto.

Broader Theme: Attendees want the Grey to Green Conference to comprehensively explore a range of green infrastructure topics. This year, the agenda includes speakers on health, food production, economic valuation, new policies focused on stormwater, new design guidelines and award winning projects, under the theme: Quantifying Green Infrastructure Performance.  The last day of the conference combines training of your choice and complimentary tours. 

New Location: The Chestnut Conference Centre is conveniently located in Downtown Toronto and will provide an improved exhibitor and attendee experience.

Green Infrastructure Charrette: A one-day Green Infrastructure Design Charrette where multi-disciplinary volunteers are tasked to redesign specific neighbourhoods in need, with 15 generic types of green infrastructure as their tools. The Charrette is being delivered by the Green Infrastructure Foundation in partnership with the Ontario Parks Association and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Greener Conference: We are committed to making Grey to Green a sustainable event by reducing waste while providing a memorable experience for our attendees.

“The Grey to Green conference is a fixture in my timetable because the program delivers world-class speakers on an emerging economy that should have a higher profile given its economic, social and environmental benefits. The conference is a great energizer for the believers.”
— Neil McKeown, Gro-Bark Ltd

Workshops

This year Grey to Green features five unique workshops and training courses, giving you the opportunity to customize your conference experience. Some training courses include a rooftop tour. 

Networking

Top this unforgettable experience off with an evening of networking with new and old colleagues. Mingle with experts and take advantage of having local experts at hand. 

Venue

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Chestnut Conference Centre will serve as the heart of Grey to Green 2017. This location is easy and convenient for attendees and exhibitors alike.

Grey to Green 2017 is proudly presented by:

 
 

Grey to Green is made possible through the generous support of these sponsors and partners.