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CityAge | Hamilton ~ May 24 & 25, 2017

The Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave N, Hamilton, ON L8L 3Z4, Canada



CityAge: Hamilton
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.

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Day 1 ~ May 24th, 2017

8:00 am           Breakfast Served

9:00 am           Conference Opening by Event MC

9:05 am           Conference Welcome: Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton

9:20 am           Ishwar Puri, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University

9:40 am           TBA

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.

  • Ishwar Puri, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University
  • Chris Murray, City Manager, City of Hamilton, ON
  • Rick Goldring, Mayor, City of Burlington, ON

10:00 am         TBA

10:20 am         TBA

10:40 am         Morning Break

11:10 am         Session 2:        Building a Supercluster
The recent federal budget committed 800 million dollars to building superclusters of innovation in regions across Canada. What are the essential elements of these new innovation network and how should mid-sized cities be thinking about thems? How can towns cities leverage their traditional strengths and work with anchor institutions – whether they be in manufacturing, mining, agriculture or trade – to create the opportunities of the future in their communities?

  • Tony Valeri, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Greg Spencer, Senior Researcher, University of Toronto
  • Giles Gherson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, Province of Ontario

11:50 am         Jo Flatt, Senior Project Manager, Mid-Size City Building Program, Evergreen

12:10 pm         TBA

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 and affordability to encourage livability, 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? This session will explore how next generation design and planning can attract business, create jobs and build opportunity.

  • Noelle Mackay, Director, Community and Economic Development, City of Burlington, VT
  • Jason Thorne, Chief Planner, City of Hamilton, ON
  • Jason Segedy, Director of Planning and Urban Development, City of Akron, OH

2:20 pm           Adam Sweet, Chief of Staff, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

2:40 pm           TBA

3:00 pm           TBA

3:20 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?

  • Jonathan Tinney, Planning Director, City of Victoria, BC
  • John Fleming, Chief Planner, City of London, CA
  • Michael Lindsay, Global Director, Infrastructure Planning and Advisory, Hatch

4:00 pm           Day 1 Closing Comments and Invitation to Evening Program

May 24th, 2017 ~ Evening Program 7-9 pm

Location: David Braley Health Sciences Centre, 100 Main Street West, Hamilton

Your City, Your Spaces: Adaptive Reuse for Community Benefit
Hosted by Evergreen and McMaster University

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:           

9:00 am           Session 5:        Connecting the City
A fundamental foundation for the renewal of mid-size cities is the development of infrastructure and practices that make use of quickly developing data technologies and improve public engagement with their citizens. This connection can bridge the divide between government and citizens, lead to healthier cities and help cities improve operations and livability.

  • John Preston, Associate Dean, Research and External Relations, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University
  • Gabe Sawhney, Executive Director, Code for Canada

9:45 am           Walter Sendzik, Mayor, City of St. Catharines, ON

10:05 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?

  • Candace Damon, Vice-Chairman, HR&A Advisors
  • Sean Fedorko, Co-Founder, Radius CoWork, Erie, PA

10:50 am         Break

11:05 am         TBA

11:25 am         TBA

11:45 am         Session 6:       The Sustainable Mid-Sized City
Mid-size cities, because of their scale, are becoming leaders in implementing best practices in urban energy and sustainability. We will look at the best practices in sustainability and also the strategies to manage growth while retaining the livability that is one of mid-size cities’ key attractions for people and investment.

  • Brianna Salmon, Executive Director, Peterborough GreenUP

12:30 pm         Conference Close