Sidewalk Labs CEO addresses criticism, claims development will create tens of thousands of jobs, in remarks prepared for VIP advisory council

Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff addressed a group of some of Canada’s “leading thinkers” from the business, non-profit and academic sectors Wednesday, in the first meeting of the Sidewalk Labs Advisory Council.

Doctoroff sent an invitation out last month for the luncheon and presentation, asking those  influencers to help advise the company on its plans to build Toronto’s first smart city neighbourhood on the waterfront.

The council is the first of its kind—independent of Waterfront Toronto—advising Sidewalk Labs directly on the Quayside development.

A council member attending the meeting told The Logic that 88 people were invited, including 11 Sidewalk Toronto staff.

Sidewalk Labs declined to provide a full list of who attended. A spokesperson for Waterfront Toronto said it was not represented at the meeting.

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