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John van Nostrand Speaking on World Habitat Day

SvN Principal John van Nostrand has been invited to speak at Options for Homes and Home Ownership Alternatives’ upcoming World Habitat Day Soirée on Monday October 5th in Toronto.

The World Habitat Day Soirée is an evening of conversation, inspiration, and collaboration with Toronto’s housing leaders to celebrate World Habitat Day. The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October as World Habitat Day to spark conversation about housing issues around the world and to celebrate those stepping up to make a difference.

The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

The evening will feature guest presentations tackling ideas surrounding equity and its impact on societies around the world in 6 minutes or less. John’s co-presenters will be:

  • Jim Dunn, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and a Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
  • Pauline Praseuth, the International Design and Construction Co-ordinator at Options International.
  • Dr. Shelagh McCartney, an assistant professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University.
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