Transit/Great Lakes Chapters

October 23, 9:00am - 10:30am EDT. Hosted at Virtual

part of a series on Transit

About the speaker

Together with our fellow CreativeMornings chapters across the Great Lakes, we host a collaborative exploration of creativity as it relates to October’s global theme of Transit.

We’ll all gather together on Zoom, but please register in advance via your home chapter or nearest city’s event page:

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➤ Chris Bobko // - Chris Bobko, Ph.D., Head of Engineering Integration, oversees research, development, and engineering teams at HyperloopTT. After completing his doctorate at MIT, Chris was a professor at North Carolina State University, where he gained significant experimental and analytical experience in the mechanics of materials for civil engineering applications. As a professor, he joined HyperloopTT as a contributor before shifting his focus full-time to bring life to this new mode of transportation. Today, Chris exercises significant leadership in system engineering, bringing together teams and partners to develop, prototype, and implement infrastructure systems, power systems, propulsion and levitation systems, capsule systems, and systems control.

➤ Jennifer Keesmat // CMto - As an urban planner, Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Macleans, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada, she spent five years as Toronto’s Chief City Planner, where she was celebrated for her forward-thinking and collaborative approach to city-building. A Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Keesmaat continues to share her vision for cities of the future, and her belief in the importance of public sector leadership through a variety of publications including The Guardian, Macleans, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and on her podcast, Invisible City. Keesmaat is on the Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute, Toronto, and is appointed to the International Panel of Experts, Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Over the past fifteen years, as a founding partner of the Office for Urbanism and subsequently Dialog, Keesmaat worked in municipalities across Canada and around the world on urban design guidelines, official plan reviews, and strategies for creating dense, walkable cities. Her planning practice is characterized by an emphasis on collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with municipal staff, councils, developers, business leaders, NGO’s, and residents associations. Keesmaat has been recognized for her expertise in transit planning, heritage preservation, strategy development, communications, sustainable economic development, and the creation of walkable, complete communities

➤ Ernie Adams // - From being in “transit” to 48 different countries for over three decades, six to eight months out of the year on tour with legendary, Grammy-winning music artists to helping students transit into being professional musicians themselves, drummer Ernie Adams has always found a creative way to keep his passion for music moving ahead as a career while helping students come together and transition onto their own paths as well.

Ernie Adams has had the honor of playing jazz with Dizzy Gillespie, Ahmad Jamal, Slide Hampton, and many others. He has performed Afro Latin music with Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Poncho Sanchez, and others. He has played jazz fusion with Al DiMeola, Joe Zawinul, and Mike Stern, among prominent others. He has shared the stage with contemporary jazz artists Ramsey Lewis, Al Jarreau, and Nick Colionne, and many more. He has also performed with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and Ruse Philharmonic (Bulgaria), among others. He is on over 200 recordings along with music for TV and radio, including performing music for and on the TV show Empire and many movie scores, some in which he has appeared as well.

Though he still plays here and abroad, he has been transitioning, in his own mind and heart, to a more meaningful role as teacher and mentor to young up and coming musicians both here and abroad.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS A VIRTUAL GATHERING For this virtual event, we’ll be gathering via Zoom. Registered attendees will be emailed a protected link shortly before the event. New to Zoom? You’ll want to sign up for a free account ahead of time.

INTERPRETERS AVAILABLE A sign interpreter is available, thanks to Deaf Access Services. To make arrangements, email us by the Wednesday before the event.