Speakers & Workshops
The 2020 Conference Call for Speakers is closed! See below for more info!
Read their bios below:
Tony will be presenting a keynote at
Monday morning breakfast.
ABOUT TONY: Tony Chapman is one of the youngest individuals to be inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends, a testament to a career where he founded and built two internationally renowned branding communications agencies and a research firm. Four television documentaries, including one from Australia, have profiled Tony’s thinking on consumer and customer engagement.
Five years ago, Tony sold his remaining media assets to speak his mind at conferences and in the media. He has delivered inspirational keynotes to audiences in China, Spain, Poland, Scotland, England, Brazil, and across North America.
Tony is a frequent contributor to the conversation on television, radio, and national newspapers. He is also the host of the podcast Chatter that Matters and the host of The Dales Report, a video magazine targeting do-it-yourself investors.
Michael will be presenting a keynote at Wednesday morning breakfast.
ABOUT MICHAEL: Originally from Northampton, England, Michael is Senior Cultural Heritage Specialist for AECOM, providing technical leadership in conservation planning on a range of complex, high-profile public and private sector projects.
Previously, he was Director of Planning for the Town of Grimsby, a Manager of Heritage Planning with the Town of Oakville, a Senior Heritage Planner with the City of Markham, and a Community Planner with the Town of Aurora. All four communities were winners of the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership. Michael also served previously as Chair of the Brampton Heritage Board and President of the Brampton Historical Society.
Michael is contributing editor for heritage for the Ontario Planning Journal, a regular contributor to Municipal World and currently serves as Ontario Governor on the Board of the National Trust for Canada.
Iain will be presenting a keynote at Tuesday lunch.
ABOUT IAIN: Iain De Jong is the author of The Book on Ending Homelessness and the President & CEO of OrgCode Consulting, Inc. With more than 20 years experience in the homelessness service field, Iain spends more than 270 days each year on the road throughout Canada, the United States and Australia helping communities transform their practices of responding to homelessness from one of managing homelessness to one of ending homelessness. Using a data-driven and evidence-informed approach, Iain is a pragmatic straight-shooter who challenges myths and ineffective strategies of homeless responses and highlights what communities should be doing in practice and financial investment.
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An anticipated attendance of more than 240 delegates and more than 20 exhibitors from across Ontario will provide an excellent networking and educational forum for everyone involved in this Conference.
We continue to honour the four pillars of Downtown Revitalization with four streams to the Conference:
Marketing & Promotions
Leadership & Management
We invite you to share your innovative ideas at the Conference by submitting proposals for presentations on topics such as:
Media and Crisis Management
Community Improvement Plans
Procedural Bylaw – Governance
Business Recruitment and Training
Filling Downtown Vacancies
Creative Ideas for a Small Budget
Social Media Basic and Advanced
Heritage and Culture
Urban Design & Standards
BIA Boards of Management Market Researchers
BIA Staff Coordinators Consultations
BIA Committee Chairs Urban Designers & Landscape Architects
Economic Development Officials & Staff Community Financial Representatives
Municipal Planning Officials & Staff Corporate Site Location Officials
Downtown Revitalization Officials Public Works Representatives
Commercial/Industrial Brokers & Developers
Tourism & Event Management Representatives
Municipal Clerks Place Makers