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CityAge: San Francisco
The City Club, 155 Sansome Street, 10th Floor San Francisco
April 5 & 6, 2016

In April 2016, CityAge will take place in the world’s epicenter of innovation: The Bay Area in California.

Held in partnership with the City of San Francisco and leaders in the Bay Area, this 25th edition of CityAge will look at the business of city-building today, with a focus on the partnerships among business and government that are necessary to shape our cities as the engines of economic growth, sustainability and resilience.

CityAge: San Francisco builds on prior CityAge editions in New York, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Kansas City and Philadelphia, among other locations. These events have convened global experts in city building and business, and now form a leading network of the individuals and institutions building the future.

For further information, please contact Marc Andrew (, 778-835-0633) or Miro Cernetig (, 778-865-1557) at any time.

7:30 am           Breakfast Served

8:45 am           Welcome by Conference MC:                        Stephanie Martin Taylor, Radio Anchor and
Reporter, KQED

9:00 amPresentation by:          Jaana Remes, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

9:20 am           Session 1:        Build the Future
Like many global regions, the Bay Area is facing the challenges stemming from rapid urban growth. Congestion, affordability, and climate change are problems that require regional investments in planning and infrastructure. How can metropolitan regions implement the partnerships and investment models necessary to build the infrastructure and set in place the planning and development needed for our cities to thrive in 2050?

  • Rick Vogel, SVP International, Silverstein Properties
  • Peter Luchetti, Vice-Chair, California Infrastructure Bank
  • Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council
  • David Malott, Partner, KPF and Chairman, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Panel Chair:   Allison Arieff, Architecture and Design Writer, The New York Times and
Editor, SPUR

10:05 am         Morning Break

10:35 am         Session 2:        The Business of City Building
Cities are using new models of development to unlock the value of underutilized assets and promote economic development. How can cities use the tools at their disposal to both drive equitable development, maintain affordability and encourage income growth? What new tools and partnerships are available to cities create housing, maintain neighborhoods and deal with growth? What cities are leading in the establishment of these new models of urban development and growth?

  • Ken Rich, Director of Development, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, City of San Francisco
  • Kelly Kline, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Fremont
  • Gabriel Metcalf, President and CEO, SPUR
  • Steve O’Connell, Managing Director, Investment, Grosvenor Americas

Panel Chair:   Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities (Washington, DC)

11:20 am         Presentation by:         Duncan Chiu, Managing Director, Radian Venture Capital (Hong

11:40 am         Address by:                 John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, ON
12:00 pm         Lunch

1:00 pm           Presentation by:         Jennifer James, Director of Smart City Solutions, Black & Veatch

1:20 pm           Session 3:        Building the Innovation City
Why are some regions so much better at fostering a great network of innovative companies? How can cities accelerate this renaissance of the urban core through partnerships, zoning, tax policy and external marketing of a re-focused metropolitan brand?

  • Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Francisco, CA
  • Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor, City of Kitchener, ON
  • Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Jose, CA
  • Russ Reeder, Co-Founder and CEO, iCitizen

Panel Chair:   Scott Mauvais, Director, Technology and Civic Innovation, Microsoft

2:05 pm           Presentation by:         Jeff Morales, CEO, High Speed Rail Authority         

2:25 pm            Presentation by:        Emma Stewart, Director, Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk

2:45 pm           Afternoon Break       

3:10 pm           Session 4:        The Transportation Imperative
Cities around the world are seeing rapidly growing demands on transportation infrastructure. How can new technology and data build better transport networks, make them more interactive, and more efficient? What are the public-private partnerships necessary to fund these investments? Urban transportation may be changing more rapidly than ever – this panel will review its current state.

  • Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland, CA
  • Tilly Chang, Executive Director, San Francisco County Transportation Authority
  • Emily Castor, Director, Transportation Policy, Lyft
  • Greg Moore, Chair, Metro Vancouver, Mayor of Port Coquitlam, BC

Panel Chair:   Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Santa Monica, CA

3:55 pm           Presentation by:         Ellen Lou, Director, Urban Design and Planning, SOM

4:15 pm           Session 5:        The Metropolitan Return
The world’s cities require major investment in urban infrastructure to prosper, but city budgets remain stretched. How can cities move toward a new morel of public-private partnership that aligns incentives between governments and the businesses that fund and build infrastructure? What new types of public finance are available? How can these new models of “integrated delivery” be used to upgrade all types of infrastructure, from water mains to courthouses that make our cities thrive?

  • Eliot Jamison, Senior Vice President, Macquarie Group
  • Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • Mark Romoff, CEO, Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

Panel Chair:   Megan Matson, Partner, Table Rock Capital

5:00 pm           Day 1 Close and Invitation to Evening Reception at The City Club

7:30 am           Breakfast Served

8:30 am           Day 2 Welcome by Conference MC:             Stephanie Martin Taylor, Radio Anchor and
Reporter, KQED

8:45 am           Session 6:        Building The Resilient City
At a time when hundreds of millions of people are moving to cities every year, skills in building essential infrastructure are a major priority. What are the cutting-edge approaches to resource management essential for an era in which 70 per cent of the global population will live in cities? How are cities responding to the drought now affecting California – and how is this a lesson for future climate-related change and sea level rise in coastal cities? How can America’s cities support the implementation and export of technologies and practices that will be in demand here — and around the world — in the next century? 

  • Gil Friend, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Palo Alto
  • David Guhin, Director, Santa Rosa Water
  • Zorana Bosnic, Vice President, HOK

Panel Chair:   Clinton Moloney, Managing Director, Sustainable Business Solutions, PwC

9:40 am           Presentation by:         Geeti Silwal, Associate Principal, Perkins + Will

10:00 am         Presentation by:         Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose, CA

10:20 am         Presentation by:         Alma Du Solier, Principal, Populous

10:40 am         Morning Break


11:10 am         Session 7:        The New Utility City
Cities and their residents are our major consumers of energy and water. But how it is produced, stored and used is now undergoing a major shift. Digital energy systems are on the rise, new battery technology is changing how we store energy, greenhouse gas emissions and ecological footprints will be closely measured and cities will be players in trading. It speaks to a massive re-think of the traditional utility and distribution systems. How can the utilities servicing our regional and national economies prepare for innovation in the energy and water sectors, as they lower GHG emissions, adapt to new technology, and keep the lights on?

  • Deborah Acosta, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Leandro, CA
  • Guy Lipa, Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Brandon Davito, Vice President, Smart Cities, Silver Spring Networks
  • Alan Jones, Lead, Meter Services and Engineering, PG&E

Panel Chair:   Clinton Robinson, Associate Vice President, State and Local Government
Affairs, Black & Veatch

11:55 pm         Presentation by:         William Collins, Director, Climate Readiness Institute and Kristina
Hill, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

12:15 pm         Session 8:        Adapting Toward 2050
Even if we meet the ambitious targets on limiting carbon emissions that were recently set in Paris, significant climate and ecological change will still occur, and bring with it a changed environment that will impact our cities. How should we be planning now for sea level rise, drought and intensification of storm patterns? How should we build and finance our cities toward 2050?

  • Laura Moran, Director, Ecosystem Restoration Services, MIG
  • David Graham, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of San Diego
  • Davida Herzl, CEO, Aclima

Panel Chair:   William Collins, Director, Climate Readiness Institute

1:00 pm           Closing Comments and Conference Close

Participants Include:

  • Aclima
  • Agora Partners
  • AlfaTech
  • ARUP
  • Autodesk
  • Bay Area Council
  • Bay Area Regional Collaborative
  • Belkin
  • Black & Veatch
  • California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
  • California High Speed Rail Authority
  • California Infrastructure Bank
  • California Strategic Growth Council
  • California Water Service
  • Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
  • CCS Architecture
  • Chase Communications
  • City and County of Denver, CO
  • City of Brisbane, CA
  • City of Cambridge, ON
  • City of Concord, CA
  • City of Dublin, CA
  • City of Fremont, CA
  • City of Kitchener, ON
  • City of Long Beach, CA
  • City of Miami, FL
  • City of Oakland, CA
  • City of Palo Alto, CA
  • City of Pasadena, CA
  • City of Port Coquitlam, BC
  • City of San Diego, CA
  • City of San Francisco, CA
  • City of San Jose, CA
  • City of San Leandro, CA
  • City of Santa Monica, CA
  • City of Santa Rosa, CA
  • City of Sunnyvale, CA
  • City of Syracuse, NY
  • City of Toronto, ON
  • City of Waterloo, ON
  • Climate Readiness Institute
  • Communitech
  • Connect Oakland
  • Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • County of San Mateo
  • Cubic Transportation Systems,
  • Economic Development Regina
  • Facebook
  • Fairfield City Council
  • Fresno County Economic Development Corporation
  • Gensler
  • Grosvenor Americas
  • GROW Holdings
  • HOK
  • Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
  • iCitizen
  • Johnson Controls
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Living Cities
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Lyft
  • Macquarie Group
  • Manhattan Worklabs
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • McKinsey Global Institute
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • Microsoft CityNext
  • MIG
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Mithun
  • Neighborly
  • Nutter Consulting
  • Olin
  • Oracle
  • Page & Turnbull
  • Perkins+Will
  • PG&E
  • Plenary Group
  • Populous
  • PwC
  • QICParc Inc
  • Radian Venture Capital
  • Randwick Council, Australia
  • RealTerm Energy US, L.P.
  • Redevelopment Management Associates
  • Sack Properties
  • San Francisco Center for Economic Development
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • San Francisco Country Transportation Authority
  • San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
  • Santa Rosa Water
  • Scoop Technologies
  • Silver Spring Networks
  • Silverstein Properties
  • Skanska
  • SOM
  • Sonic
  • Southern California Association of Governments
  • SP Plus Corporation
  • SPUR
  • Table Rock Capital
  • The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Trimble
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of San Francisco
  • Urban Insights
  • Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County