Presenters Include:


Green Infrastructure: Sustainability at Work

Time: March 24, Wednesday 10:30 - 12:00

In cooperation with ReNew Canada

The economic downturn has stimulated new “green” economic activity and job growth through the revitalization of old infrastructure and the building of new projects. How are municipal infrastructure renewal efforts being used to accelerate sustainability? What types of projects are most effective for long-term asset management and community success?

Mira Shenker, Editor, ReNew Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada (Moderator)
John Coburn, Managing Director, XPV Capital Corporation, Toronto, ON, Canada
Sam Sidawi, Practice Lead, Community Infrastructure, AECOM, Toronto, ON, Canada
Marty Janowitz, Vice President, Sustainable Development, Stantec, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Ric Robertshaw, Co-Chair, National Roundtable for Sustainable Infrastructure (NRTSI), Brampton, ON, Canada
Richard White, Director, Community Development, City of North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Eco Communities: Designing a Sustainable Future

Time: March 24, Wednesday 13:30 - 15:00

Green building principles, design practices, and policies are transforming every aspect of the planning and construction of buildings and communities. Buildings are significant consumers of energy and major contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Find out how cities and entire communities are becoming more sustainable through better planning, integrated developments, and the design of resource-efficient, high-performance buildings.

Gwendolyn Hallsmith, Founder, Global Community Initiatives & Director, Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Montpelier, VT, USA (Moderator)
Mike Kontranowski, Strategic Market Director, Architectural Markets, Dow Building Solutions, The Dow Chemical Company, Miland, MI, USA
Liesbeth van der Pol, Chief Government Architect, Government of The Netherlands, The Hague, Netherlands
Dane Taival, Vice President, Contracting Solutions, Trane, St. Paul, MN, USA
John Robinson, Professor, Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Christopher Glaisek, Vice President, Planning and Design, Waterfront Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Future of Cities Dialogue

Time: March 25, Thursday 10:30 - 12:00

Vancouver Economic Development

With the support of the Vancouver Economic Development Commission

We know that great cities don't just happen by accident. They develop over time based on decisions made at critical points in their evolution, often guided by an overarching vision or plan. What are the process tools and technologies that can help cities function better, improve the quality of life for their citizens and reduce their environmental impact? What will the city of the future look like?

Mike Harcourt, Chairman, QUEST, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Moderator)
Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver, BC, Canada
Roland Aurich, President & CEO, Siemens Canada Limited, Burlington, ON, Canada
Peter Busby, Managing Director, Busby Perkins+Will, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Smart Cities: Connections for the Future

Time: March 25, Thursday 13:30 - 15:00

Cities are becoming “smarter” as new data and energy management systems are designed and implemented. How will new software, the Internet, and cutting-edge technologies installed in urban centres pave the way for the coming smart grid “revolution”?

Michael Geller, President, The Geller Group, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Moderator)
Eamonn Percy, President & Chief Operating Officer, Powertech Labs Inc., Surrey, BC, Canada
David Helliwell, Co-Founder & CEO, Pulse Energy, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hellmuth Frey, Project Manager, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Karlsruhe, Germany
Anthony Haines, President & CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation, Toronto, ON, Canada

Energizing Our Cities

Time: March 25, Thursday 15:30 - 17:00

Municipal leaders today have many more opportunities to utilize and manage alternative and renewable energy options for cities and towns. Find out how new energy technologies and applications for industrial, commercial, and residential development are delivering clean power to energize our cities.

Nicola Ross, Executive Editor, Alternatives Journal, Waterloo, ON, Canada (Moderator)
Mike Harcourt, Chairman, QUEST, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sadhu Johnston, Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver, BC, Canada
Janine Reaburn, Associate Director, Facilities, LoyaltyOne, Toronto, ON, Canada
Karen Farbridge, Mayor, City of Guelph, ON, Canada