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.
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)
2019 Summit Highlights
2019 Keynote Speaker, Jason Thorne
Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship Presentation
2019 Sponsor Remarks by Carmela Trombetta
2019 Summit Host and Speakers
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 & 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, 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.
2018 Our Future Hamilton Summit
In its third year, the Our Future Hamilton Annual Summit explored a current issue as prioritized by residents and stakeholders through the community visioning process. The summit also includes an annual progress report, strategic networking, table discussions and keynote speakers. Over 450 participants including residents, community partners, academia, policy makers, municipalities and other stakeholders attend the event.
Learn more about the 2018 Summit
- 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. Gary Warner, Retired professor and community advocate
Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, City of Hamilton
Ray Boisvert, Provincial Security Advisor, Government of Ontario
Dan Kinsella, Deputy Chief, Hamilton Police Services
Beatrice Ekoko, Project Manager, Environment Hamilton
Dr. Lorraine Carter, Director McMaster Centre for Continuing Education
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
The theme for the annual Summit was Shaping Democracy through Civic Engagement and featured engaging keynotes from Greg Essensa, Chief Electoral Officer for Elections Ontario, Dr. Chelsea Gabel, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at McMaster University, and Dr. Nicole Goodman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brock University.
Learn more about the 2017 Our Future Hamilton Summit
2017 Our Future Hamilton Summit Report. Review the 2017 Annual Summit Summary Report (PDF, 4 MB)
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