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The ECC Studio

Friday, October 23 to Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Toronto, Canada

Update: The program will be completely online this year, starting with a Virtual Learning Lab held on Saturday, August 22 and Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Update on Studio

In the past, Emerging City Champions kicked off with the ECC Studio in Toronto, Canada. This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fellowship will be completely online, beginning with a Virtual Learning Lab at the end of August.

The Virtual Learning Lab will take place in two stages on Saturday, August 22 and Saturday, August 29, 2020. It will equip champions with the tools they need to begin implementing their community projects. Participants must be available to participate for the full day on both August 22 and 29. Supports will be arranged for participants for whom computer and/or internet access is a barrier.

For the rest of the fellowship year, there will be ongoing online touch points, workshops, and skills building opportunities.

Please note: in the past, the in-person Studio took place in the summer. This year, it was pushed to October in response to COVID-19. Now, after monitoring the situation and in response to feedback, we are moving to a fully virtual program. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch.

Past Presenters

Past presenters and workshop leaders have included:

Gil Peñalosa
8 80 Cities
Jason Roberts
Better Block Foundation
Sureya Ibrahim
Community advocate
Jay Pitter
Author and placemaker
Jennifer Hollett
The Walrus
Kofi Hope
Wellesley Institute
Luke Anderson
Stop Gap Foundation
CJ Goulding
Children & Nature Network
Kristyn Wong-Tam
Toronto City Councillor

"Personally, the best part was connecting with the other fellows and staff. It was good for the soul to witness so many different people bonding over a common goal. This program has given me friends for life and a new family of fellow champs I can lean on for support and inspiration."

Varian Shrum
Charlotte, NC

Studio in Action