Zahra Ebrahim

Zahra is a celebrated public interest designer, civic entrepreneur, and leader. She is co-founder of Monumental, a partnership with Kofi Hope focused on creating fair and just cities and institutions.

Her professional practice has been focused on shifting power to underrepresented people in institutions and systems by designing deep, community-led approaches to policy, infrastructure, and service design.

She has taught at OCADU, MoMA and University of Toronto, and has contributed to many organizations including her current role as chair of Park People's Board of Directors. She is currently serving as Urbanist-in-Residence at the University of Toronto's School of Cities.

Day 1

June 21, 2023

Parks are Where We Rebuild Democracy

Dave Meslin and Zahra Ebrahim explore the opportunities for public spaces to be sites of equitable community building and community organizing. The two will discuss what parks have to do with democracy and the multiple benefits of parks shaped by their communities.

Food and refreshments will be provided during the reception at Toronto Island Beer and BBQ Co.

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