CityAge: Build the Future
The Cotton Factory, Main Event Space on the 3rd floor
270 Sherman Avenue N
May 24 & 25, 2017
A new kind of city is being built across Canada and the United States, as the industrial economy begins to implement new tools in innovation to build more prosperous, equitable opportunities in towns and cities across Ontario and the continent.
Places once defined by a single industry are building innovative and inclusive new economies. Towns mid-sized cities are partnering with business, colleges and universities to catalyze talent and build social equity, renew their urban spaces and accelerate the transition to a more prosperous future.
To build more opportunity, cities, companies, public and social institutions and Indigenous communities must build new partnerships to implement the tools of tomorrow. How can that happen more quickly?
Join us at CityAge: Hamilton on May 24 & 25, 2017
CityAge is delighted to partner with McMaster University and Evergreen to identify the opportunities, ideas, partnerships and investment models essential to building – and re-building – our towns and cities. It will gather a set of speakers and delegates from across North America to look at the replicable examples of how we can build a more prosperous and inclusive future.
Register and learn more at: http://www.cityage.org/hamilton.
NB: DRAFT AGENDA ~ SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Day 1 ~ May 24th, 2017
8:00 am Breakfast Served
8:45am Conference Opening by Event MC: Ralph Benmergui, CEO, Create Hamilton
9:00 am Welcome Comments by: Chief Stacey LaForme, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
9:15 am Conference Welcome: Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton
9:30 am John Preston, Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University
9:50 am Session 1: Industry Meets Innovation: Embracing the blast furnace and our digital future
How are mid-sized and industrial cities across North America re-casting their futures and building economic opportunity? This session will look at how urban companies, universities and cities are partnering to implement new tools in innovation and train their citizens to prosper in our modern innovation economy.
10:35 am Hon. Tony Valeri, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
10:55 am Morning Break
11:25 am Session 2: Building a Supercluster
The recent federal budget committed 950 million dollars to building superclusters of innovation in regions across Canada. Advanced manufacturing and building the globally competitive industries of the future is essential. What are the essential elements of these new innovation networks, and how should mid-sized cities be thinking about them?
12:10 pm Jo Flatt, Senior Project Manager, Mid-Size City Building Program, Evergreen
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Session 3: Building the Mid-Sized City
How can mid-sized cities and towns use their unique strengths to encourage livability, build prosperity and unleash entrepreneurial energies and culture? What are the right regulatory tools and investments in mid-sized cities, especially in those places that face outdated rules and regulations? How are mid-sized cities building global connections? This session will explore how next generation design, planning and branding can attract business, create jobs and build opportunity.
2:15 pm Adam Sweet, Chief of Staff, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
2:35 pm Daniel Tuba D’Souza, Founder and Co-Director, Hack the City
2:55 pm Session 4: Partnerships to Build the Future
What is the role of regional, provincial and federal government to forge the partnerships essential to promote smart urban growth and urban renewal? How can communities across the country think about their role in a regional economy and its patterns of trade, and making the investments that encourage prosperity? With Canada about to spend billions on infrastructure, what should mid-sized cities be asking for?
3:40 pm Day 1 Closing Comments and Invitation to Evening Program
3:45 pm Day 1 Close
May 24th, 2017 ~ Evening Program 7-9 pm
Your City, Your Spaces: Adaptive Reuse for Community Benefit
Hosted by Evergreen and McMaster University
Location: David Braley Health Sciences Centre, 100 Main Street West, Hamilton
Join us for a panel discussion on how Ontario’s mid-sized cities are transforming underutilized physical spaces for community benefit. We’ll hear stories from community leaders from across Ontario who have leveraged local assets to create vibrant cities and neighbourhoods.
Day 2 ~ May 25th, 2017
8:00 am Breakfast Served
8:45 am Day 2 Welcome by Conference MC: Ralph Benmergui, CEO, Create Hamilton
9:00 am Session 5: Connecting the City
A fundamental foundation for the renewal of mid-size cities is the development of digital infrastructure and practices that make use of quickly developing data technologies and improve engagement with their citizens. We will look at the new investments in technology are essential in mid-sized cities, and how new practices can help cities improve operations and livability.
9:45 am Walter Sendzik, Mayor, City of St. Catharines, ON
10:05 am David Schwartz, Vice President, Economic & Planning Systems (Denver, CO)
10:25 am Break
10:45 am Session 6: Leveraging our Talent
This session will explore the strategies that attract and develop talent — of newcomers, indigenous communities and youth populations — to help mid-sized cities thrive and build social equity. What are the best strategies for investing in education – from primary through post-secondary? How can communities support re-training their populations for the needs of the modern economy, and ensure that no one is left behind?
11:30 am Session 7: The Sustainable Mid-Sized City
Mid-size cities, because of their scale, are becoming leaders in implementing best practices in urban energy, sustainability and building new clean tech industries. We will look at the best practices in sustainability and also the strategies to manage growth, build new clean tech companies and retain the livability that is one of mid-size cities’ key attractions for people and investment.
12:15 pm Conference Close