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 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.
2019 Speaker Biographies
Keynote Presenters and Panelists
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
Manager, Community Initiatives
Senior Project Manager, Community Engagement
2018 Our Future Hamilton Summit
Learn more about Our Future Hamilton Summit held in 2018.
2018 Annual Summit Summary
- 2018 Our Future Hamilton Summit Report. Review the 2018 Our Future Hamilton Summit Report (PDF, 5.5 MB)
- Read The Hamilton Spectator article about the 2018 Summit Sobering health discussion at Our Future Hamilton summit The Hamilton Spectator, November 13, 2019
Dr. Elizabeth Richardson
Medical Officer of Health, City of Hamilton
Provincial Security Advisor, Government of Ontario
Project Manager, Environment Hamilton
2017 Our Future Hamilton Summit
Learn more about the Our Future Hamilton Summit held in 2017.
2017 Annual Summit Summary Report
- 2017 Our Future Hamilton Summit Report. Review the 2017 Annual Summit Summary Report (PDF, 4 MB)
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