About NXT

Our cities need big ideas. Young people need a platform. That’s where NXT City comes in.

We’re a not-for-profit organization that connects young leaders with city builders to create, activate and program public spaces. Here’s why we started:

A new wave of creative talent is moving to cities

A recent study by the Citi Foundation ranked Toronto the best city in the world for young people. We believe it – we see the talent, feel the energy and hear the optimism. At the same time, we recognized young people weren’t part of the dialogue.

A lack of investment in the public realm

While other global cities race forward with precedent-setting, economic-driving, tourist-attracting public spaces, Toronto was slower to keep pace.

In just two short years, NXT City has:

  • Garnered over 200 innovative public space ideas through NXT City Prize
  • Worked with top civic leaders including Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat
  • Partnered with top public and private organizations
  • Brought together over 1,200 people for our annual NXT City Night party

And that’s just the beginning.


Our Team:

Co-Founders & Directors
Christine Caruso
Mackenzie Keast
Justin Leclair

re:Public Committee
Vicki Long
Louise Willard
Nabeel Kassam
Stina Dios
Kendra FitzRandolph
Rosemary Snell
Lauren Vaile

NXT City Advisory Board
Brandon Donnelly, Slate, Globizen Group
Sam Crignano, Cityzen Development Group
Daniel Fusca, City of Toronto Planning Division
Sarah Harris, CivicAction
Sarah Heynen, Evergreen
Daniel Jacob, Breather
Alex Josephson, Partisans
Jennifer Keesmaat, City of Toronto
Lachlan MacQuarrie, Oxford Properties
Jason Maghanoy, NOW
Sevaun Palvetzian, CivicAction
Natalie Pastuszak, Build Toronto
Salima Rawji, Build Toronto
Nicola Spunt, Partisans
Amin Todai, One Method