The Gala 2016

2016 Couchiching Gala

The Institute’s Signature Fundraising Event

Monday, April 11, 2016

Hart House - Grand Hall

 7 Hart Circle, Toronto, ON

6:00 – 9:00pm

Thank you to our table hosts, supporters and participants!

The Couchiching Gala brought the spirit of the storied Couchiching Summer Conference to downtown Toronto, and emphasized small, intense discussion. Tables were limited to eight people, each led by a prominent individual known for posing tough questions and provoking change. Participants engaged in lively, wide-ranging discussions on issues that matter.

The 5th Couchiching Gala took place on Monday, April 11th at the University of Toronto’s Hart House in the historic Great Hall. Board members welcomed 100 guests to spirited discussion over dinner with change champions and public intellectuals Michael Adams, Denise Balkissoon, Desmond Cole, Karen Ho, Jon Kay, Teva Harrison, Jack Mintz, Enid Slack and Armine Yalnizyan. Portions of this Gala were generously supported by the Ryerson City Building Institute, Humber College, Scotiabank, and House of Anansi Press.

This year, we had our youngest and most diverse team of Torontonians hosting tables. It was great to have an equal number of men and women hosting as well and expect this will set a new precedent of parity for future Galas.

Notably, the addition of a special Young Professional rate for this year’s dinner meant that we were able to engage more young people than ever before. This ticket option also invited generous sponsorship of nine seats that allowed us to include a mix of students and professionals early in their careers and who are friends of Couchiching. Thank you to those who helped to create those spaces.

The Gala featured the presentation of the Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership Recipient. This year, the Institute celebrated the public policy achievements of Dr. Anne Golden, who spoke optimistically about urbanism and cities. Anne celebrated the recent explosion of interest in city building, the calibre of leadership at the professional and political levels in our cities, the widespread acceptance of Jane Jacobs’ wisdom that cities are ecosystems, and the renewed interest in the public realm. She also cautioned the audience on driverless cars and the uncertain effect that disruptive automobile technology will have on our urban centres.

Couchiching President Adam Redish’s welcome remarks are also available.

Proceeds from the Gala directly support the scholarship funds for our Summer Conference.

2016 Summer Conference

The Canada Project

Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World

August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON

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