Founder & Chairman, NewCities

John Rossant is the Founder and Chairman of the New Cities Foundation (, a major global non-profit network devoted to improving the quality of life and work in 21st century cities. Founded in 2010, the New Cities Foundation brings together private sector and public sector leaders, the research community and other non-profits and NGOs to pursue a common vision of a world where cities drive economic, social and environmental progress. Foundation offices are in Montreal, Paris, Hong Kong, Zurich and New York.

He believes it is imperative that different stakeholders work together to improve the quality of life and work in 21st century global cities. From the outset, NewCities mission has been to shape a better urban future for all by generating and scaling ideas and solutions through events, research and urban innovation projects.

The Foundation’s annual meeting – the New Cities Summit – is today one of the world’s most important gatherings of city leaders. The Summit, which brings together around 1,000 leaders and experts from around the world, has taken place in Paris (2012), Sao Paolo (2013), Dallas (2014), and Jakarta (2015). In June of this year, the Summit will take place in Montreal – and in 2017, in Songdo, Korea.