Our Future Hamilton Summit

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Hamilton’s Annual Public Engagement Summit

Our Future Hamilton is the largest municipally-led public engagement initiative in Hamilton. Nearly 55,000 residents and community partners participated in the process to create a 25-year Community Vision for Hamilton. One of the legacies of Our Future Hamilton is the annual community engagement summit.

Within the past four years, Hamilton’s annual public engagement summit has grown to become one of the largest in the country. Over 450 participants including residents, community partners, academia, policy makers, municipalities and other stakeholders attend the Our Future Hamilton Summit in November.

Each year, the summit explores current issues as prioritized by residents and stakeholders through the community visioning process. The summit also includes an annual progress report, strategic networking, table discussions and engaging keynote speakers.  The event is free and registration opens in mid-September.

2019 Our Future Hamilton Summit

Preparing Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow. Hamiltonians have told us they want a city that is built upon a strong local economy, supports farming and agriculture, creates better employment opportunities, and advances skill development. Join us as we explore key trends that could impact the future of employment in Canada and affect local skill demands in Hamilton.

Event Details

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
LIUNA Station, 360 James Street North, Hamilton
Free Event. Registration opens Tuesday, September 24

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2019 Presenting Sponsor

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2019 Summit Theme

Preparing Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Hamilton is currently ranked as the most diversified economy in Canada. This provides Hamilton with an opportunity to leverage its impressive cultural, economic and academic assets to enhance economic development for the city. While we experience an upswing in investment and a historically low unemployment rate, the local labour market is changing in line with broader national and global trends. We will continue to see changes in how we work, where we work, and who participates in the labour market.

The traditional jobs of the past are becoming ever more elusive, with jobs becoming more flexible, precarious in nature and the gig economy taking a larger share of the labour market. With factors such as increasing digitalization, robotic automation, and artificial intelligence in our work places, the impacts of climate change, and political uncertainty could change not only the nature of our work but also the skills required to perform work.

At the 2019 Our Future Hamilton annual summit, participants and speakers will explore key trends that could impact the future of Canada’s labour market over the next 10-15 years and how these changes may affect future skill demands in Hamilton.

Keynote Presenters and Panelists

Jason Thorne, from the City of Hamilton

Jason Thorne, General Manager of Planning and Economic Development, City of Hamilton
Jason Thorne is a professional planner who leads the Planning and Economic Development Department at the City of Hamilton, Canada. He oversees a team of 800 staff working across multiple portfolios including planning, building, development engineering, transportation planning, parking, arts, culture and economic development.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Jason has been working in planning and community development his entire career. As a Manager with the Ontario Growth Secretariat and Director of Policy and Planning with Metrolinx, Jason was one of the key architects of two of the Province of Ontario’s most significant planning initiatives, Places To Grow and the Big Move regional transportation plan. Jason also worked as a planning consultant for communities across Canada and in Africa and Latin America as a Partner and Principal with the Toronto-based planning, architecture and design firm planningAlliance.

Jason is a passionate advocate of community-based planning, sustainable and inclusive development, and the creation of complete, vibrant cities. Most importantly, he is a proud Hamiltonian who is excited to be working in his hometown.

Summit Organizers and Contacts

City Manager’s Office, City of Hamilton

John Ariyo
Manager, Community Initiatives
905-546-2424 x1564

Cindy Mutch
Senior Project Manager, Community Engagement
905-546-2424 x4992

Michelle Williams
Communications Officer
905-546-2424 x5540

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Dr. Elizabeth Richardson
Medical Officer of Health, City of Hamilton

Ray Boisvert
Provincial Security Advisor, Government of Ontario

Beatrice Ekoko
Project Manager, Environment Hamilton

2017 Our Future Hamilton Summit

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