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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. Each year, the summit explores current issues as prioritized by residents and stakeholders through the community visioning process.  Learn more about The 2017 and 2018 OFH Summits.


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.  At the 2019 summit we explored key trends that would impact the future of employment in Canada and affect local skill demands in Hamilton.  Watch key highlights and presentations from the 2019 summit below. Review the 2019 Our Future Hamilton Summit Report (PDF, 10 MB) and 2019 OFH Program Guide (PDF, 2.24MB)

450 Participants at 2018 Our Future Hamilton Summit

50 Roundtables for 450 participants at the Summit in 2018

2019 Summit Highlights

2019 Keynote Speaker, Jason Thorne

Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship Presentation

2019 Sponsor Remarks by Carmela Trombetta

Keanin Loomis, President & CEO, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Keanin Loomis, President & CEO, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Keanin is in his sixth year as President & CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer of Innovation Factory, Hamilton's Regional Innovation Centre, and a lawyer at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the College of William & Mary School of Law. He serves on the Boards of Supercrawl and the Hamilton Port Authority. 

 Heather Russek, Author, Turn & Face the Strange  and Director, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship

Heather Russek, Author Turn & Face the Strange & Director, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
Heather has spent the last 10+ years working on large-scale initiatives and, more recently, on applying human-centered design. As Director of Policy Innovation, Heather provides strategic direction, leading the day-to-day operations of PIP and sparking partnerships across sectors. Heather believes that using novel methodologies to engage people will enable policy innovation and is hoping to test new models of collaboration and innovation at BII+E. 

Jessica Thornton, Lead Author, Turn & Face the Strange, Senior Projects Designer + Employment in 2030 Project Advisor and Director, Strategic Initiatives at Evergreen

Jessica Thornton, Lead Author, Turn & Face the Strange, Director, Strategic Initiatives at Evergreen
Jessica is a collaborator at BII+E who uses creative problem solving around human-centred design, strategic foresight, and design research methods to advance innovation policy. Formerly at BII+E, she was responsible for leading several major projects, including Employment in 2030 and Digitally Lit. Jessica has spent nearly a decade, tackling issues such as housing affordability, transportation accessibility, and sustainable food system development.

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. Jason is a passionate advocate of community-based planning, and sustainable and inclusive development of vibrant cities. 

 2019 Sponsor Remarks by Carmela Trombetta, VP  Commercial Financial Services, RBC
Carmela leads a team of financial services professionals focused on helping businesses succeed and grow in the Greater Hamilton Market. She has had a successful 29-year career with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) holding various roles in retail banking, wealth management and commercial banking. She is a graduate of McMaster University where she also mentors students by conducting career discussions and coaching for their future.


Summit Organizers

John Ariyo
Manager, Community Initiatives
905-546-2424 ext. 1564
[email protected]

Cindy Mutch
Senior Project Manager
905-546-2424 ext. 4992
[email protected]

Michelle Williams
Communications Officer
905-546-2424 ext. 5540
[email protected]