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From May 31 to June 3, 2017, more than 45 young urban thought leaders came to Montreal as part of the Next City Vanguard Conference – a first for the city and for Canada.

Concordia, in partnership with Next City, co-hosted the four-day gathering with the support of a citizen-led host committee.


Each year, Next City selects a different host city and a cohort of Vanguards from across sectors, including architecture, transportation and urban planning.


It’s a conference that is designed to provide an experiential leadership experience for these Vanguard Fellows, whose smart ideas for cities, experience in the field and ambition for the future all show great promise.

Big Idea Challenge – Results

  •  Bâtiment 7 - $7,000
  •  Brique par Brique - $3,000
  •  Montreal Urban Aboriginal Health Centre - $2,000

Photo credit: © Dilek Ayman Rodrigue

Next City—Inspiring Better Cities

Next City is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world.


Next City provides daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the globe. Coverage explores technology, culture, economics, infrastructure and politics. 

Learn more about Montreal

Montreal is a vibrant, dynamic city that is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year.
Explore these sites to learn more about the city and its history.

Photo credit: © Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, Stéphan Poulin

2017 Vanguard Conference Host Committee

Members of the host committee included representatives from the City of MontréalMontréal InternationalPop MontréalConcordia Universityjevois mtl/je fais mtl, Hip Hop No Pop, as well as entrepreneurs from start-ups including Trendr.

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