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 three 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 early October.
2018 Summit Theme
Public Safety in a Connected World
A world that is connected through technology and globalization is also a world that is increasingly vulnerable. Issues such as crime, human trafficking, illicit drugs, terrorism, gun violence and cybercrime continue to dominate headlines. In Canada, there were 1.9 million police-reported criminal code incidents and 1,220 police-reported serious violations of human tracking in 2017. Substance abuse costs Canadian society $38.4 billion in annually in costs associated with healthcare, lost productivity, criminal justice and other direct and indirect costs.
Globally, ransomware was projected as $5 billion in 2017 and cyber security spending is expected to exceed $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021. Of particular note is the fact that Canada spends more time online than any other country in the world, with 43.5 hours per Canadian every month.
At the 2018 Summit, participants and speakers explored direct and indirect aspects of public safety in a connected world such as:
- What does public safety look like in our community and the world today?
- What are the links between social determinants of health and public safety?
- How can we keep our neighbourhoods and online activities safer?
- What roles can residents and key stakeholders play to create a safer community?
2018 Speaker Biographies
Dr. Gary Warner, Retired professor and community advocate
Dr. Gary Warner taught courses at McMaster University on Francophone Literature, Peace and International Development, and held various administrative roles including Director of McMaster International and Director of the Arts & Science Program. He has been active in the Hamilton community for over 45 years on issues related to international development, poverty, human rights, immigration and social justice. He is a recipient of several awards, including the Order of Canada (2005), Hamilton Citizen of the Year (2006), and Hamilton Gallery of Distinction (2006).
Keynote Presenters and Panelists
Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, City of Hamilton
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. 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 University.
Ray Boisvert, Provincial Security Advisor, Government of Ontario
As the Provincial Security Advisor for Ontario, Ray provides advice and intelligence on areas of public safety and national security that fall within provincial responsibility. He supports efforts to protect provincial assets from events that could affect services, networks and facilities that are critical to Ontario’s economy, public safety and security, and engages with key partners on security related matters. As past President of I-Sec Integrated Strategies (ISECIS), Ray worked with a variety of client organizations to help them gain a deeper understanding of intelligence and security matters in a global context. He joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in 1984 and retired in 2012 as the Assistant Director responsible for Intelligence.
Dan Kinsella, Deputy Chief, Hamilton Police Services
Dan Kinsella was appointed Deputy Chief of Operations for Hamilton Police Service in 2016 and is responsible for the Service's three Patrol Divisions and Investigative Services Division. A 30-year member of the Hamilton Police Service, Deputy Kinsella's career developed through the ranks of the Service having served in Uniform Patrol, Emergency Response, Training Branch, Communications and Investigative Services. He is a Member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and President of the FBI National Academy Associate New York State/Eastern Canada Chapter. Deputy Kinsella is a recipient of the Canadian Order of Merit for Police Forces and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Dave Cunliffe, Fire Chief, Hamilton Fire Department
Fire Chief, Dave Cunliffe is a third generation Hamilton Firefighter. Currently in his 26 year in the Ontario Fire Service, Chief Cunliffe leads the Hamilton Fire Department's deliver of Emergency Management and Fire Protection/Rescue Services to the citizens of Hamilton. Since joining the Hamilton Fire Department in 2005, he has served as Divisional Chief of Training and Deputy Fire Chief prior to becoming Fire Chief in 2016. He is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, The Metro Fire Chiefs Association, The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Ontario Fire Marshal – Provincial Mutual Aid Advisory Committee.
Michael Sanderson, Chief, Hamilton Paramedic Service
Michael Sanderson has served as Chief, Hamilton Paramedic Service, for the last 5 years. As an internationally recognized Paramedic Service executive his experience ranges from frontline practitioner, educator, manager, to senior executive in both Ontario and British Columbia. From 2004 through 2010, Mike had overall responsibility for the planning and successful implementation of all ambulance service delivery for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is a member of the International Association of EMS Chiefs, the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, the National Association of Emergency Physicians, and a board member of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs.
Community Partner Presenter
Beatrice Ekoko, Project Manager, Environment Hamilton
Beatrice Ekoko works at Environment Hamilton as the project Manager of Friendly Streets Hamilton. She has been working on sustainability projects for 12 years, including energy conservation, renewable energy, greening sacred spaces (with Faith & the Common Good), Greenbelt protection and habitat enhancing for biodiversity. She is skilled at community engagement and quick at recognizing and acting on opportunities for stakeholder collaborations. Beatrice is also a communications specialist and freelance writer.
2018 Summit Presenting Sponsor
Dr. Lorraine Carter, Director McMaster Centre for Continuing Education
The McMaster University Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) has inspired people to discover and achieve through lifelong learning since 1931. As one of Canada's largest and leading providers of academic certificate and diploma programs, professional development education, and corporate training, McMaster CCE's purpose is to develop and realize the potential of both individuals and society by providing the education to thrive in a dynamic world. McMaster CCE offers more than 200 course and workshops that blend both theoretical knowledge and practice application.
On behalf of McMaster CCE, Dr. Lorraine Carter is honoured to collaborate on the important work of the 2018 Our Future Hamilton Summit. Lorraine is the Director McMaster CCE and is deeply committed to community values and the practice of social accountability. She aspires to ensure that McMaster CCE is an engaged participant in the life of the City of Hamilton.
Summit Organizers and Contacts
City Manager’s Office, City of Hamilton
Manager, Community Initiatives
Senior Project Manager, Community Engagement
2017 Our Future Hamilton Summit
Learn more about the Our Future Hamilton Summit held in 2017.
2017 Annual Summit Summary Report
2017 Annual Summit Summary
Review the 2017 Annual Summit Summary Report (PDF, 4 MB) to learn more about the summit.
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