The Third Annual Healthy Cities Conference

Session Two

Navigating Tomorrow: Mobility, Innovation, and Ecosystem Design for Human and Planetary Well-being
1:00pm – 2:00pm
In a time marked by swift technological progress and shifting societal demands, the convergence of mobility, innovation, enterprise activity, and ecosystem design is of utmost importance. Join us for an enlightening session as we explore the intricate dynamics of individual behavior, technological innovation, and ecosystem design—all geared towards advancing the well-being and prosperity of both humanity and the planet.


Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam  (“Ponnu”)

Professor of Systems Design Engineering 

Dr. Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam is a Professor of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with over thirty-five years of experience working in design optimization under uncertainty with applications in energy, agriculture, and other water-related systems. He is a systems dynamic modeler, increasingly linking this to artificial intelligence and machine learning considering sustainability, equity, decolonization, among others. He has conducted research with projects in Canada, India, Netherlands, Iran, Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago.


Steven Clarke

Associate Professor, MLA Graduate Program Coordinator

Steven Clarke, BCSLA, CSLA, is a landscape architect and urban designer with a passion for bringing communities together. He works to promote a shift towards regenerative and resilient communities through collaborative research, design, and action. He is an experienced researcher, facilitator, advocate, and educator whose transdisciplinary projects have been recognized for their design excellence. Steven is a Core Team Member of Globally We Design (GloWD), and is a co-investigator for the CIHR-NSERC-SSHRC Healthy Cities Research Training Platform (HCRTP). He recently participated in SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future (ICF) Ideas Lab. He is an associate professor and serving as the Landscape Architecture Community Outreach Coordinator in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) at the University of Guelph, Canada.

Daniel Fuller

Associate Professor in Community Health and Epidemiology

Daniel Fuller is an Associate Professor in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. His research is focused on using wearable technologies to study physical activity, transportation interventions, and equity in urban spaces. Dan has an MSc in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan, a PhD in Public Health from Université de Montréal.

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