Hamilton Summit 2018

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On November 8, 2017 and February 28, 2018 Hamilton City Council approved motions related to a “Provincial Downloading Engagement Strategy”. This strategy involved the creation of a Summit engaging local MPP’s, provincial Ministers, local and provincial candidates, community leaders, business leaders and Hamilton taxpayer’s to educate and solicit solutions to the growing issue of provincial downloading and its impact on the City of Hamilton.

The objective of the Hamilton Summit 2018 is to educate, build awareness, and solicit solutions for major growing priorities as related to provincial downloading and its impact on the City of Hamilton.

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Key Priorities

  • Local Healthcare - Impact on Emergency Medical Services
  • Social and Affordable Housing
  • Infrastructure
  • Municipal Financial Tools

About the Summit

Advancing Hamilton’s Priorities in the 2018 Provincial Election

In advance of the provincial election on June 7, 2018, the City of Hamilton is hosting a public summit that will be addressing key priorities that impact our city. The summit will include expert panels to discuss the priority areas along with specific requests from the City of Hamilton.

Following the panel discussions, MPP’s and nominated candidates for the upcoming provincial election, community stakeholders and residents will provide comments on these priority areas. This event is open to the general public, as well as being available via livestream.

Opinion editorial on Hamilton Paramedic Service and Investment in social and affordable housing -  The Hamilton Spectator: Advancing our provincial election priorities

Opinion editorial on Infrastructure and Provincially Shared Programs -  The Hamilton Spectator: Advancing Hamilton’s election agenda

Event Details

Friday, April 13, 2018, 9 am
Hamilton City Hall, Council Chambers
71 Main St. W., Hamilton

On the day of the event, we would like to encourage the use of HSR public transportation or find a municipal car park near City Hall.

8:30 am - Networking and refreshments
9:00 am - Opening remarks from Mayor Fred Eisenberger
9:15 am - Expert panel on Health Equitable Access to Health - Impact on Social & Affordable Housing and Emergency Medical Services
10:15 am - Break (15 min)
10:30 am - Expert panel on Infrastructure
11:00 am - Expert panel on Municipal Financial Tools

12:00 pm - Lunch break
12:45 pm - Speakers (MPP’s, Nominated Candidates for the upcoming provincial election, 5 minutes maximum)
1:45 pm - Delegations from the public (pre-registered, 5 minutes maximum), Open public comment (without prior request, 5 minutes maximum)
3:30 pm - Wrap-up, Interviews by media

As a reminder, signage is not permitted in Council Chambers in accordance with City by-laws.

Please RSVP for the event to Allison Hornby at Allison.Hornby@hamilton.ca. If you would like to be added  to the speaker’s list, complete the Hamilton Summit 2018 Speakers List Submission by 12 noon on April 12, 2018.

Additional Resources

Equitable Access to Health – Social & Affordable Housing and Emergency Medical Services


Moderator


Dr. Elizabeth Richardson

Dr. Elizabeth Richardson is the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton, and has held this position since her appointment in 1998.  In this capacity she oversees Hamilton’s Public Health Services goals to protect and promote our community’s health, through programs such as communicable disease control, supporting local families and their children’s development, and working with community partners to ensure the safety of the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.  A focus across all of our programs, and of the newly formed Healthy & Safe Communities department, is improving equitable access to health and well being.

Dr. Richardson is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster.  She has been the Program Director for the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at McMaster, and served on various committees with the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, as well as the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, with a focus on improving the quality of public health services in Hamilton, Ontario and Canada.

She lives in Puslinch with her husband and their family, where you will often find her out with their dogs, practicing yoga or riding horses with her niece.

Panelists


Mr. Tom Cooper

Director, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
Tom Cooper is director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction- a non-governmental organization dedicated to reducing and eliminating poverty through systemic and policy change. A life-long resident of the Hammer, he's passionate about his community and its residents: Tom has pushed for social assistance rates that reflect the real costs of living, an end to predatory lending in Ontario and along with community partners has helped lead the Hamilton living wage initiative. He's a co-founder of the Ontario Living Wage Network. He has recently helped coordinate the roll-out of Ontario's first basic income pilot project in Hamilton and has partnered with McMaster University & other partners to host the North American Basic Income Congress in Hamilton in May. 

Dr. Margaret Denton

Professor Emeritus Health, Aging & Society and Sociology and Senior Social Scientist in Residence (McMaster University)

Mr. Paul Johnson

General Manager of Healthy & Safe Communities, City of Hamilton
Paul Johnson is the General Manager of the City’s new Healthy and Safe Communities Department. This Department brings together key services that Hamiltonians rely on each day. It includes our Public Health Unit, human services such as Child Care and Early Learning, Recreation, Ontario Works and Housing, our Fire Department, Paramedic Services, two Long-Term Care Facilities, the City’s work in neighbourhoods and leadership on various strategies.

Prior to taking on this new role, Paul was the Director of LRT for the City of Hamilton.  In this role Paul led a project team responsible for working collaboratively with Metrolinx to ensure the completion of the Hamilton Light Rail Transit Project. During his two years with the LRT project Paul was instrumental in engaging the community and ensuring the pre-tender design and environmental assessment work on the project was completed on time.

Paul joined the City of Hamilton in 2010 to spearhead the development of the City’s healthy neighbourhood initiative.  Now called the Neighbourhood Action Strategy, the City of Hamilton is working with residents, business and other key institutions to build neighbourhoods across Hamilton that are great places to live, work, play and learn. Paul also spent time as the Director of Corporate Initiatives for the City of Hamilton and worked with the Senior Management Team to implement strategic priorities. 

Born, raised and educated in Hamilton, Paul’s background includes work in the non-profit sector as Executive Director of Wesley Urban Ministries and in the private sector with Compaq Computer Limited.  Paul is starting his 28th season as a basketball referee and has officiated at the local, provincial and national level.

Infrastructure


Moderator


Roberto Rossini

Mr. Rossini is recently retired as the City of Toronto's Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer. Since July 2015, he has also been a Member of the Board of Directors for Ontario’s  Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

As one of three deputies reporting to Toronto’s City Manager and Council, he was responsible for leading corporate services and the financial stewardship of Canada's largest city and sixth largest government. Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Mr. Rossini was the General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services at the City of Hamilton and the Director of Finance for the City of Mississauga. He also held other progressively responsible finance-related positions at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Region of Halton. Throughout his career, Mr. Rossini has been instrumental in various intergovernmental initiatives with the Province of Ontario, the Regional/Single Tier Treasurers group and other municipalities on matters such as municipal grants, service and funding realignments, taxation reform and infrastructure funding.

Panelists


Ms. Betty Matthews-Malone, P.Eng.

Director of Roads and Traffic (City of Hamilton)
Betty Matthews-Malone is a professional engineer with more than 36 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She has spent the past 30 years working in a variety of progressive roles in municipal public works. Starting out as a Project Manager with the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth, and has held a wide variety of roles in the public works portfolio with Haldimand County, Niagara Region and the City of Hamilton. 

Currently she is the City of Hamilton’s Director of Roads and Traffic. She jokes that the only portfolio missing from her public works focused CV is Transit…but you never know, her working days are not over yet! 

Alongside her colleague Leo Gohier, Betty was instrumental in bringing the principles of infrastructure asset management to Hamilton Wentworth Region in the late 1990’s.  As an early adopter, and by focusing resources on the right assets at the right time, the City of Hamilton has become recognized as a national leader in asset management.  

In addition to her day job, Betty has volunteered her time to many organizations.  Her personal highlights include her time as president of the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) and she is currently serving as OPWA’s Council of Chapter Representative to the American Public Works Association.  She was one of the first collaborators on the National Infrastructure Guide, the “InfraGuide”, leveraging her asset management experience to assist in the development of tools and guidelines supporting municipalities across Canada.  More recently she served as a member of the Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission – targeting the protection of our Great Lakes.

It’s quite clear that Betty has a passion for her life-long career as a public servant, with a true commitment to public infrastructure and public service.

Dr. Moataz Mohamed

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, McMaster University
Dr. Mohamed is an assistant Professor of Smart Systems & Transportation at the department of Civil Engineering McMaster. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering Assiut University Egypt in 2004. He was awarded his Master’s degree from the University of Rome in 2007, and his PhD from the University of Ulster, United Kingdom in 2012. Dr. Mohamed was a member of the McMaster community (2014-2017) as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics.

Dr. Mohamed’s research focuses on the systemic evaluation of transportation networks to achieve sustainable and resilient transportation systems. In particular, his research focuses on the utilization of disruptive technologies in public transit networks with emphasis on electric and autonomous technologies. He is a strong believer of zero-emission, sustainable, resilient transit system that supports the rise of smart communities. His research also investigates travel demand and mode choice through a family of behavioural and statistical models.

Dr. Mohamed was awarded several academic prizes including the Runner-Up Smeed Prize for the best paper at the 44th Universities` Transport Study Group Conference (UTSG), Best Paper Award at the Irish Transport Research Network Conference (ITRN), and Best Paper Award by young author at the World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR).

Mr. Steve Watzeck, MBA

(Chairman of the Board and Chief Commercialization Officer of Fibracast Inc., a water technology company)
Mr. Watzeck is currently the Chairman on the Board, Shareholder and Chief Commercial Officer of Fibracast Ltd. Fibracast is a next generation membrane technology development and manufacturing company based in Hamilton, Ontario and launching commercially to serve the global municipal and industrial wastewater treatment markets. Mr. Watzeck is also a Board Member of a income fund traded on the TSX which invests in Canadian technology companies.

Mr. Watzeck has over 20 years of experience serving the municipal water and wastewater market with various positions of increasing responsibility across several public and private water and renewable energy companies. Prior to Fibracast, Mr. Watzeck was the CEO of Anaergia Ltd and continues to be a Board Member of that company. Anaergia is an anaerobic digestion technology company converting organic waste to renewable energy and fertilizer.  Prior to Anaergia, Mr. Watzeck held several senior executive roles with General Electric including the President of the Engineered Systems division of GE Water and Process Technologies. Prior to GE, Mr. Watzeck started his career at Zenon Environmental Inc with increasing responsibilities including growing the municipal division and ending as Senior Vice President responsible for the Americas and 70% of the companies revenues.

Municipal Financial Tools
 

Moderator


Roberto Rossini

Mr. Rossini is recently retired as the City of Toronto's Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer. Since July 2015, he has also been a Member of the Board of Directors for Ontario’s  Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

As one of three deputies reporting to Toronto’s City Manager and Council, he was responsible for leading corporate services and the financial stewardship of Canada's largest city and sixth largest government. Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Mr. Rossini was the General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services at the City of Hamilton and the Director of Finance for the City of Mississauga. He also held other progressively responsible finance-related positions at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of Treasury, Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Region of Halton. Throughout his career, Mr. Rossini has been instrumental in various intergovernmental initiatives with the Province of Ontario, the Regional/Single Tier Treasurers group and other municipalities on matters such as municipal grants, service and funding realignments, taxation reform and infrastructure funding.

Panelists


Professor Harry Kitchen

Professor Emeritus Trent University, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Municipal Finance (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto)
Harry Kitchen is Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at Trent University. Over the past twenty years, he has completed more than 100 articles, reports, studies, and books on issues relating to local government expenditures, finance, structure and governance in Canada. In addition, he has served as a consultant/advisor for a number of municipal and provincial governments in Canada, the federal government, and worked on projects in Russia and China. In 2013, he was awarded a Queens Diamond Jubilee medal for policy analysis and research contributions to municipal finance, structure and governance in Canada. In 2017, he was appointed visiting scholar at the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Dr. Aaron Moore

Associate Professor University of Winnipeg, Fellow at the Institute for Municipal Finance (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto)
Aaron Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of City Planning at the University of Manitoba, and a fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Dr. Moore is an expert on urban politics and public policy. His interests include: the politics and governance of urban development and planning, municipal governance and finance, the governance and finance of infrastructure, municipal elections, and urban public administration.

Mr. Mike Zegarac

General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services, City of Hamilton
Mike Zegarac was born and raised in the City of Hamilton.  Mike has been with the City of Hamilton for over 16 years, holding a number of progressive positions, including the position of General Manager of Finance and Corporate Services, which he has held for the past 5 years.

Prior to joining the City of Hamilton,  Mike was with the Federal Department of the Environment for a period of ten years.  The primary focus of Mike’s work was evaluating the economic impacts of a series of potential investments specific to the Great Lakes Areas of Concerns (AOCs). Beyond supporting the Great Lakes AOCs, including Hamilton Harbour, Mike also contributed to researching the Impact of Persistent Toxic Substances on Human Health. Mike is a graduate of Brock University where he studied Economics and Business Administration.

If you have any accessibility needs in order to participate in this event, please contact Allison Hornby, allison.hornby@hamilton.ca or 905-546-2424 ext. 2257 by April 6, 2018. Advance requests are highly encouraged to enable us to meet your needs adequately.