Vancouver Cities Summit at Vancouver Convention Centre – February 1 – 2, 2012

Vancouver Cities Summit at Vancouver Convention Centre - February 1 - 2, 2012

Our world is urbanizing faster than ever. For the first time, half the planet’s population—over 3.5 billion people—lives in cities. Another two billion will join them by 2030. This great migration is set to define urban life for generations to come.

How we develop cities in a manner that combines economic opportunity and sustainability is the 21st century’s greatest challenge. It is also an unprecedented business opportunity.

The Cities Summit, hosted by Vancouver, will assemble international business and urban leaders to design the creative, practical solutions for a sustainable urban future. Join us to take part in the business of city building.

SESSION 1

OPEN CITIES: THE NEW IMPERATIVE

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 09:15 am

The global pace of urbanization and the increasing citizen demand for more efficient and responsive service delivery are combining to require new models of partnership. At the same time, the rise of big data and new technology are emerging to make it possible to manage complexity more effectively as they expand the economy and improve urban life. Cities are racing to open up data to improve both the economy and their services. What are the best practices in this area? How do smart partnerships facilitate urban economic development?

  • Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary
  • Gerry Mooney, General Manager of Global Smarter Cities, IBM
  • Ingrid Goetzl, City of Vienna and Chair of Eurocities Knowledge Society Forum

Chair: Courtney Pratt, Chairman, Toronto Region Research Alliance

SESSION 2

GOING DIGITAL: THE 21ST CENTURY CITY’S ECONOMIC EDGE

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

Affordable access to hyper-speed broadband is the infrastructure that will create many of the public goods in the next century. It will be a major competitive advantage and catalyst for the companies located within the cities that take the lead in its development. How can cities facilitate the implementation of the fiber, wi-fi and wireless networks that will drive the digital, creative, and smart utilities of the future economy? Panelists will address the job opportunities being created by next generation digital infrastructure.

  • Scott Atkinson, Senior Director Infrastructure Systems, Shaw Communications
  • Ron Stinson, Rainmaker Entertainment
  • Gordon Innes, CEO, London & Partners
  • Milo Medin, VP of Access Services, Google

Chair: Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City

SESSION 3

THE NEXT EDGE: CITIES AS URBAN LABORATORIES

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 02:00 pm

As they grow in complexity, cities must both identify and apply the ideas that increase sustainability, affordability and economic growth. How can universities, the private sector, and municipal leaders cooperate to catalyze the new urban models, technologies and management architectures to build the sustainable cities for the 21st Century?

  • Stephen Toope, President, University of British Columbia
  • Lise Thorsen, City of Copenhagen
  • Gary Murphy, Chief Project Officer, Smart Metering, BC Hydro
  • Dianne Watts, Mayor of Surrey

Chair: Wal van Lierop, President and CEO, Chrysalix

SESSION 4

CITY FINANCE 2.0: NEXT GENERATION URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 03:30 pm

The challenge of how to finance the next generation of urban infrastructure is a major issue facing cities around the world. What are the models that will finance the creation of future-oriented transportation, utility, and digital systems at a city-wide scale? What is the role of venture capital in financing transformative change?

  • Jonathan Weinzapfel, Former Mayor of Evansville (retired Dec 2011)
  • Stephan Dolezalek, Managing Director, VantagePoint Capital Partners
  • David Helliwell, CEO, Pulse Energy
  • Brett Hodson, CEO, Corix Utilities

Chair: Gordon Feller, Director of Urban Innovations, Cisco

SESSION 5

STARTUP CITIES: DEPLOYING CLEAN TECHNOLOGY AT SCALE

Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 08:15 am

Cities are the world’s largest user of resources. They are also the world’s crucibles of innovation. What more can be done by cities to unlock the power of their procurement to support clean technology startups? How can cities facilitate the demonstration projects that are necessary to prove early-stage ideas in clean technology, green buildings, and new transportation models? Options include early-stage trials, partnerships with international corporations, and assistance in developing startup networks.

  • Phillip Abrary, President and CEO, Ostara
  • Nanci Klein, City of San Jose, California
  • William Wescott, VP Innovation, Americas, VEOLIA
  • Nicholas Parker, Chairman, The Cleantech Group

Chair: Jonathan Rhone, Chair, BC Cleantech CEO Alliance

SESSION 6

FUTURE CITIES: THE NEW CENTURY’S NEIGHBORHOOD

Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 09:15 am

Vancouver has been recognized for zoning and development models that have created a livable, sustainable city. But what are the future development innovations, land-use decisions, building codes and technologies that will define the 21st Century city? This session will explore these questions, outline the business of development within cities and explore the creative approaches necessary to build thriving and affordable city neighborhoods.

  • Andrew Bibby, CEO, Grosvenor Americas
  • Pascal Terrien, Senior Vice President, EDF
  • Herbert Bautista, Mayor of Quezon City, Philippines
  • Stephen Engblom, SVP, Design Planning + Economics, Americas, AECOM

Chair: Andrew Petter, President, Simon Fraser University

SESSION 7

BRAND CITIES: CITY BUILDING AS AN EXPORT

Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

Well-designed, connected, and diversified communities are vital to cities around the world. These attributes are particularly important in the booming cities of Asia and South America. How do cities such as Vancouver use the profile associated with their international brand, and a reputation for livability, to export development services and sustainable technologies to fast-growing international markets? This panel will explore the idea that cities can leverage their brands to both export services and attract human and financial capital.

  • Bob Rennie, Owner and Founder, Rennie Marketing Systems
  • Dr. Jaana Remes, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Hsing Cheng, Deputy Executive Director, Center for Livable Cities, Government of Singapore

Chair: Kris Lichter, Director of Marketing, Smarter Cities, IBM

Vancouver Cities Summit at Vancouver Convention Centre – February 1 – 2, 2012
Both February 1st & 2nd $695
February 1st only $495
February 2nd only $295

For more information, please visit: http://www.vancouvercitiessummit.org

James Chung

Founder & Editor in Chief of Hello Vancity magazine. Email james@hellovancity.com

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