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The Innovation City:
Building a Supercluster

The Waterloo Region
Oct. 9 & 10, 2014

Venue: CIGI, at 67 Erb Street, Waterloo. Reception to follow at Communitech in Kitchener on October 9th.

North America’s technology sector demonstrated its depth and resiliency in 2013, continuing to grow and innovate. In 2014, CityAge returns to the Waterloo Region to establish how to continue to build a globally competitive technology supercluster.

CityAge: The Innovation City has gathered leaders from across Canada and the United States to identify the practical tools and partnerships that are essential to modern innovation – and how a nexus of high-tech, research and smart urban planning will grow the economy and society.

This year’s event will address the successes and new plans to build high-tech superclusters — the regional models that underpin them and the transportation and digital infrastructures that are essential for success. The summit will focus on the case studies and partnership models that will bring together the private and public sectors, R&D, finance and society to build The Innovation City. It will also present a realistic overview of the challenges we face in the sector.

CityAge is proud to welcome you the third edition of The Innovation City. Thank you very much to the sponsors, speakers and of course attendees who made this happen.

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Day 1 ~ October 9th

7:30 am           Breakfast Served

8:45 am           Welcome from Conference MC: Andrea Bellemare, Online Host, CBC Radio One

9:00 am           Presentation by:        Mike Murray, CAO, Region of Waterloo    

9:20 am           Presentation by:        Andrew Pulkrabek, Executive Director, 43North (Buffalo NY)

9:40 am           Session 1:        Building a Supercluster: The foundation for success in a global market
We live in a world where geographic boundaries matter less and less. Attracting human and financial capital depends on having the foundations for business development, idea-making and rewarding urban life. The Waterloo Region has the potential to amplify its future as a high-tech supercluster, joining others who are working toward the same goal. We will look at successes around the world and what is happening in emerging clusters across North America.

  • Iain Klugman, President & CEO, Communitech
  • Andrew Pulkrabek, Executive Director, 43North (Buffalo NY)
  • Yiaway Yeh, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Nashville, TN

Panel Chair: Carl Zehr, Mayor, City of Kitchener

10:30 am         Morning Break

11:00 am         Session 2:        Building the Innovation City: Why a new metropolitan model is essential to success.
In a global, connected market, smart people can live anywhere. Capital will follow them and their ideas. This panel will look at why a regional approach to city-building is essential to building a high-tech supercluster. We will look at the places that are doing — and have done — it right. How do we build a well-connected region that attracts global talents and encourages economic growth?

  • Charles O’Hara, Manager, Growth Policy, Ontario Growth Secretariat
  • Hilary Holden, Head of Transportation Consulting, Canada, Arup
  • Joseph Marie, Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Panel Chair: JP Thornton, Principal, Sector Leader, Stantec

11:45 am         Keynote Address by: David Fransen, Special Advisor, University of Waterloo

12:05 pm        Lunch

1:05 pm          Call to Order by Conference MC: Anna Beard, The Cord Community Edition

1:15 pm          Presentation by:        Kurtis McBride, Founder and CEO, Miovision Technologies

1:35 pm          Presentation by:        Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, City of Palo
Alto, CA

1:55 pm          Presentation by:        Ron Gordon, Senior Advisor, Smart + Connected
Communities, Cisco Canada

2:15 pm          Afternoon Break

2:45 pm          Presentation by: Jose Luis Hernandez, Vice President, World Council on City Data

3:05 pm          Presentation by:        William Wescott, CEO, The CoSMo Company (Seattle, WA)

3:25 pm          Session 3:        Cloud Cities: Data in the 21st Century City
One of the most exciting developments in our urban age is the use of new computing technologies, systems and digital infrastructures to run cities and improve urban life. Cloud Cities use new platform and technologies to improve policing, transportation, citizen-centred government and services. Cities are now in a position to offer the innovation and economic leadership in an emerging digital economy, as well as catalyzing the digital infrastructure that can bridge social and economic divides. This panel will address the new tools available to cities to build better government and a modern innovation economy.

  • Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto, CA
  • Ann Pappert, CAO, City of Guelph
  • Kurtis McBride, Founder and CEO, Miovision Technologies
  • Jose Luis Hernandez, Vice President, World Council on City Data

Panel Chair: Gerry Salembier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification

4:10 pm          Day 1 Closing Comments by: Brenda Halloran, Mayor, City of Waterloo       

4:15 pm          Day 1 Close and Bus Transportation to Reception at The Tannery, Kitchener

4:30 pm          Reception and Evening Program at Communitech

Day 2 ~ October 10th

7:30 am           Breakfast Served

8:30 am           Day 2 Welcome by Conference MC:           Iain Klugman, President & CEO,

8:40 am           Presentation by:        Stephen Tang, President & CEO, University City Science                                      Center, (Philadelphia, PA)

9:00 am           Keynote Address by:            Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

9:20 am           Session 4:        Partnerships and The Innovation City: Creating an ecosystem for constant innovation
New partnerships among universities, business, government and cities have a central role to play in developing the intellectual assets, ideas and innovations that can improve our urban future and catalyze new business successes. What are the examples of partnerships between business, cities and academe that are catalyzing the high-tech economies in cities? How can the private sector, cities and universities work together to build an ecosystem to catalyze economic growth and attract (and keep)  talent in the innovation city?

  • John Ruffolo, CEO, OMERS Ventures
  • Ray Tanguay, Chairman, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
  • Tim Jackson, Lead Executive, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

Panel Chair: Paul Salvini, Associate Vice-President, Research and Commercialization, University of Waterloo

10:05 am         Presentation by:        Ricky Gill, Senior Manager, M2M and Internet of Things,
Rogers Communications

10:25 am         Presentation by:        Marty Janowitz, Vice President, Discipline Leader. Sustainable
Development, Stantec

10:45 am         Morning Break

11:15 am         Presentation by:        Jen Maigret and Maria Arquero, Partners, MaDE Studio LLC,

11:35 pm        Presentation by:        Dennis Pieprz, Principal , Sasaki Associates

11:55 pm        Presentation by:        David Wolfe, Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab, Munk   
School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

12:15 pm        Session 5:        Future Proofing The Innovation City: Building and planning strategies to cope in a century of change
This panel will look at how sustainable design and technology — from the use of better materials, new management systems and the need for connected infrastructures — will protect cities and regions in the 21st Century from unexpected events and make it a desirable location. What are the funding models, the technological advances and innovative partnerships a city can embrace to be a leader in resilient architecture, infrastructures and urban management systems?

  • John Jung, CEO, Canada’s Technology Triangle
  • Eldon Theodore, Partner, MHBC
  • Jen Maigret, Partner, MaDE Studio LLC

Panel Chair: Max Blouw, President, Wilfrid Laurier University

1:00 pm          Conference Close

Participants Include

  • 43North
  • Accelerator Centre
  • Activa Group
  • Arup
  • Ascent Group Inc.
  • Brownell & Reier
  • Building magazine
  • Canada’s Technology Triangle
  • CBC Radio One
  • Cisco Canada
  • City of Barrie
  • City of Cambridge
  • City of Guelph
  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • City of Kitchener
  • City of London
  • City of Mississsauga
  • City of Nashville, TN
  • City of Palo Alto
  • City of Waterloo
  • Communitech
  • Corporation of the City of Brantford
  • Corporation of the Town of Whitby
  • Creative Enterprise Initiative
  • Crux Content Group
  • Grand River Environmental Network
  • Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster
  • Infrastructure Canada
  • Innovation Guelph
  • Internet of Things Waterloo
  • Invest Ottawa
  • JWR
  • Kanata North Business Association
  • Kitchener City Council Candidate
  • MaDE Studio LLC, Detroit
  • Manulife
  • MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
  • Mercedes Corp.
  • MGAC Canada
  • MHBC
  • Miovision
  • OMERS Ventures
  • Ontario Association of Architects
  • Oxford County
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Peterborough Economic Development
  • Province of Ontario
  • Province of Ontario
  • Region of Waterloo
  • Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Rogers Communications
  • Sasaki Associates
  • Stantec
  • Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation
  • Tatar Art Projects
  • The Centre for International Governance Innovation
  • The City of Cambridge
  • The City Of Guelph
  • The Cord Community Edition
  • The CoSMo Company
  • Town of Caledon
  • Town of Hanover
  • Town of Newmarket
  • Town of Tillsonburg
  • Town of Whitby
  • Township of South frontenac
  • Township of Wilmot
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
  • University City Science Center
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Waterloo Stratford Campus
  • University of Western Ontario
  • W2N2 Partnership
  • Waterloo Chronicle
  • Waterloo Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • WEDC
  • Western Economic Diversification
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Woolwich Ward 3
  • World Council on City Data