The Airport and the City: Planning and Governance Implications of Toronto Pearson’s International Airport

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Campbell Conference Facility
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto

Jean-Paul Addie, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University

Pamela Blais, Principal at Metropole Consultants, a Toronto-based planning practice

Lloyd A. McCoomb, President and Chief Executive Officer (2007-12) at Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

Josh Neubauer, Principal at Urban Strategies

Matti Siemiatycki, Associate Professor - Department of Geography and Planning, Canada Research Chair - Infrastructure Planning and Finance, and Interim Director - School of Cities at the University of Toronto

Description of activity:
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is one of the world’s largest passenger hubs. 8% of global traffic to and from North America, 16 million passengers, flew through YYZ in 2018 alone. At the same time, however, the airport is one of the largest employment centres in the region, directly employing 50,000 people and indirectly facilitating more than 330,000 jobs. The airport is also a crucial transit hub for local and regional transit, with bus routes and train lines from four municipal and regional transit operators serving the terminals for workers and passengers alike. Taking up roughly 16 square kilometres of prime suburban land, Pearson International Airport is just as much an embedded part of the urban region as it is a global hub. Yet despite its embeddedness in the regional economic geography of Toronto, the airport is governed and planned by the GTAA, not local governments. This raises important questions about how the cities of the Greater Toronto Region, particularly Toronto and Mississauga, can govern the types of planning, development, and associated infrastructures required to service and benefit from the airport. Moreover, important questions about the airport’s role in wider metropolitan governance are raised as well.

In this panel, three participants, including Jean-Paul Addie, PhD, a global expert on airport-metropolitan relationships, will discuss these thorny issues of airport-metropolitan governance in relations in regard to transit, infrastructure, economic development, and planning. Drawn the ranks of the public sector, academia, and the professional world, these participants will give their unique insights into these thorny issues in an attempt to answer the question: How does the city govern around the airport?

Please note: Seating is limited for this event, and registration is required.

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