Jc Elijah (Eli) M. Bawuah
Co-Founder @Mentorship Initiative for Indigenous & Planners of Colour (MIIPOC)

Jc Elijah (Eli) M. Bawuah (he/him) is a practicing Urban Planner and Public Consultant with experience in city and community-building roles. He has worked on various projects across Ontario, including development applications, master plans, and mobility/transportation initiatives. Eli has co-developed collaborative consultations centering the lived experiences and voices of Toronto’s diverse urban stakeholders. He also co-founded the Mentoring Initiative for Indigenous and Planners of Colour (MIIPOC) to advance diversity and representation in city-building. As a former Committee Member of the City of Toronto's 2SLGBTQ+ Council Advisory Body, he advised on strategies and initiatives to tactfully resolve barriers for the queer community. Eli's leadership is rooted in vulnerability and advocating for the greater good, whilst fostering collaborative environments and prioritizing equity in how we think about and facilitate city-building practices

Day 1

June 22, 2023

Queering Space

Parks and other forms of public space have been pivotal to the survival and community development of 2SLGBTQIA+ folks within the City of Toronto and many places across the globe. Learn about the importance of parks and public space in fostering a sense of belonging and community in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community!

Presented by Elijah (Eli) Bawuah and Park People. Food and refreshments will be provided during the reception at the Bentway Studios.

Presenting Sponsor

Sponsor logo TD The Ready Commitment

Host City Partner

City of Toronto

Event Sponsor

Parks Canada


The Bentway
Metcalf Foundation
Government of Canada
Municipal World
Mohari Hospitality