Workshop: SHADE Bootcamp

Architecture Building

Workshop: SHADE Bootcamp

Organizer: Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition / Ultraviolet Radiation Working Group, Toronto Public Health and Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science

This bootcamp will provide participants with an intense, hands-on opportunity to investigate ways to create shade in public places.

Why shade? Shade is one of the effective means for preventing skin cancer. Skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and is almost totally preventable. Canadians are encouraged to seek shade during peak UVR hours as one way of preventing this disease. Creating effective shade is an easy, inexpensive and totally accessible way to help prevent this deadly cancer.

The bootcamp is taking place on May 1, 2018, at Ryerson University in Toronto. The bootcamp occurs just before a major conference on skin cancer prevention. It provides an opportunity for participants to engage with experts on shade for skin cancer prevention. Whether you are an architect, landscape architect, urban planner / designer, elected official, municipal administrator, public health practitioner, a person involved with the care of children, landscaper, arborist, owner / operators of recreation facilities, or concerned citizen, the bootcamp examines ways you can create shade in your community to promote health and UVR protection. Global and local experts will be present to exchange ideas on best practices for shade design and policy. Participants will hear about case studies and discuss challenges and opportunities for creating shade in their communities. The centrepiece of the bootcamp is a hands-on exercise that engages all participants in the creation of shade in public places. Attendees will be provided with tools for to developing healthy, sun-safe environments.

There is an additional fee of $100+HST for this workshop*. Lunch is included. To register for this workshop, click here. 

Download the full workshop description.

Download the SHADE bootcamp session objectives

For more information, please contact George Kapelos ( or Safoura Moazami (

Location: Architecture Building, Ryerson University, 325 Church Street, Toronto

*Registration for this workshop is separate from the 4th International Conference. Please register at the link above.