Creative Disruption | Building a new foundation for people, places, and spaces

Nov 6-8, 2018 | Mississauga, Ontario


The annual Creative City Summit is your opportunity to learn and network with your peers from across Canada! Three days of programming includes a welcome reception, Keynote sessions, Peer-to-Peer presentations, and study tours. This year’s Summit will be held in Mississauga, Ontario at the Novotel Mississauga Centre and the Living Arts Centre.

Background Photo Credit:
Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON

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  • Local Arts & Culture Study Tours

    This year we will organize two tours - Bus Tours and Walking Tours during the Summit. Delegates will have the choice of six Bus Tours, and four Walking Tours. More details will be updated soon.



    [November 7th, 2:45 PM to 5:00 PM]

    Tour 1: Celebrating the Strip Mall I: A Taste of Mississauga
    Leaders: TBC
    Mississauga’s hidden gems are often found in the most banal of places – the strip mall. Hidden in these ubiquitous spaces are some of the most amazing examples of food from around the world. Through this experience we will showcase a small sample of the incredible diversity in this city.


    Tour 2: Celebrating the Strip Mall II: Metalworks
    Leaders: Metalworks Staff
    In a nondescript plaza sits one of North America's best recording studios. Metalworks has recorded some of the world's biggest superstars including David Bowie, Feist, Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and The Arkells. It is also an educational facility that develops new talent. Metalworks has been recognized as Canada's Studio of the Year‚ for an unprecedented 17 times at the prestigious CMW Canadian Music Industry Awards.  It is little wonder that Gold & Platinum record awards line the corridors at Metalworks. This tour will give you an insiders view of this legendary studio.


    Tour 3: Heritage to Contemporary: An Art and Architectural Tour of University Toronto Mississauga 
    Leaders: Christine Shaw, Curator Blackwood Gallery; Director Campus Facilities; Heritage Staff
    UTM is a hidden gem in the city situated on 225 acres of protected greenbelt along the Credit River. The architecture on the campus is no less spectactular from the historic President's House, the contemporary updates of the North Building, and the ultra modern UTM Library. Blackwood Contemporary Art Gallery is also located on this beautiful campus and is dedicated to open, public research.

    Disruption: musician/ poet  will be on the bus


    Tour 4: Riverwood – Art, Environment, First Nations
    Leaders: TBC
    The Credit River runs through the middle of the city and, through its conservation status, is able provide a green and vibrant valley that connects the city. Riverwood Conservation Area brings together art, the environment and thousands of years of human history. This tour will showcase the local public art, arts facility, and grounds, along with a first nations storyteller.

    Disruption: musician/ poet will be on campus


    Tour 5: Museums of Mississauga

    Leader: Museums Staff
    This experience will begin as soon as you get on the bus with museums staff taking visitors on a ride back in time to explore the history of this region.
    Disruption: Tour Guides in historical dress on bus




    [November 8th, 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM]


    Tour 1: Celebration Square: Creating A Third Space

    Leader: Melissa Agius, Karen Ferreria
    A deep dive into the creation of a successful public space.

    Tour 2: Creative to the Core
    Leader: TBD
    A tour of the arts facilities in the core of Mississauga -  LAC facilities, Sheridan Gallery, AGM


    Tour 3: Art Everywhere
    Leader: Chloe Catan, Anthea Foyer, Yvonne Monestier
    A tour of the Public Art –  temporary and permanent, developer and city led.

    Tour 4: Architecture
    Leader: TBD

    A tour of some of the iconic buildings in the city centre including the postmodern Civic Centre, the influential Square One mall, the iconic Absolute Towers.



  • Keynote Speaker


    Candice Hopkins 

    Tuesday, November 6th | 3:45pm


    Curator & Writer

    Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. She is co-curator of the forthcoming SITE Santa Fe biennial, opening in August, 2018 and was a part of the curatorial team for documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany. She was co-curator of the major exhibitions Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, and the 2014 SITElines biennial, Unsettled Landscapes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her writing is published widely and her recent essays and presentations include “Outlawed Social Life” for South as a State of Mind and Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices at Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway. She has lectures internationally including at the Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dak’Art Biennale, Artists Space, Tate Britain and the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art and the 2016 the Prix pour un essai critique sur l’art contemporain by the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco. She is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation.



    Jesse Wente 

    Thursday, November 8th | 3:00pm


    Broadcaster, advocate & pop culture philosopher

    Jesse Wente has appeared on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years. He previously served as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where he oversaw theatrical, Cinematheque and Film Circuit programming. As an Ojibwe, Jesse is an advocate for Aboriginal Arts, most notably on screen. He encourages audiences to consider diversity and inclusion into the future view of their organization, industry, and country.

    In 2014, Jesse co-organized the Canadian premiere of the immensely popular traveling exhibition Stanley Kubrick. Prior to his appointment as Director of Film Programmes, Jesse served as one of the Canadian features programmers for the Toronto International Film Festival, and also programmed for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival. Jesse has been featured in documentaries such as Reel Injun, Nightmare Factory, and Why Horror? Jesse served as president of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest Indigenous Performing Arts Company for a decade.

    In 2017 Jesse was appointed to the Canada Council for the Arts.

    Previous Presentations include:

    Pop Culture in Living Colour 

    Wente synthesizes the trends he sees happening across the country and shares a vision for what is possible.

    Reconciling Representation: Indigenous People in Popular Culture

    Jesse offers up a look at the history of Indigenous representation in popular culture, from movies, television and video games to sports mascots. 

    Inclusion for Success
    Looking at the hurdles towards inclusion, this talk looks to break down those barriers and encourage inclusion on all levels. 



    Stream 1: Reaching your community 


    About-face (and about time, too): Re-Thinking Heritage in a Municipal Context

    John SummersHalton Region

    John Summers is Manager of Heritage Services and Curator for the Regional Municipality of Halton. He is leading the transformation of a community museum into an engaged and vital organization that creates compelling public programs, preserves and interprets regional heritage and provides heritage services to partners, including public program design, delivery and evaluation, exhibit design and fabrication and museum sector training and professional development. He has taught students about museology, material culture studies, museums and technology and exhibition design and planning for the Ontario Museum Association, the Fleming College Museum Management and Curatorship Program, the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, where he is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Master of Museum Studies Program. His new book, Creating Exhibits That Engage: A Manual for Museums and Historical Organizations, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in March 2018.


    Scarborough Gets Lit 2018

    Andrea Wong, City of Toronto

    Andrea is a Community Cultural Coordinator for the City of Toronto, where she leads the Cultural Hotspot project, working collaboratively with local stakeholders, arts organizations and area businesses to support culture and community. The Cultural Hotspot rotates annually, shining a spotlight on Toronto's vibrant inner suburbs. With over 15 years of experience in the arts sector, Andrea has held positions with Scarborough Arts, the Latcham Gallery, Red Sky Performance, and within City of Toronto's Arts & Cultural Services with both Arts Services and Museum & Heritage Services. Andrea holds a BFA in Journalism from Ryerson University and B.Ed from York University. She is an active volunteer and has served on the City’s Art Committee for Public Places, Toronto Arts Council’s Community Arts Committee and InPrint Collective’s Board of Directors.

    Nadira Pattison, City of Toronto

    Nadira has over 30 years management experience in Program Management, Marketing, Communications, Community Development, Finance and Administration in both the private and public sectors.  She currently works as the Manager of Arts Services, Toronto Arts and Culture in the Economic Development and Culture Division, City of Toronto. The Arts Services unit oversees the City's Cultural Centres and Arts Galleries, the funding portfolios for six local Arts Service Organizations, and other community grant programs and engages in community cultural development.  Key programs like Cultural Hotspot and Live Arts Mentor work with a variety of community partners to build resilience and cultural capacity through strategic investment in neighbourhoods outside the city core.

    Jenn Goodwin, City of Toronto

    Jenn Goodwin has worked with The City of Toronto since 2005 and Toronto’s Nuit Blanche since its inception in 2006.  She was one of two programmers to develop the program for the inaugural Nuit Blanche in Toronto. This year she is thrilled to have focused on the exhibition situated for the first time in Scarborough.  She has worked in the field of temporary public art for over fifteen years and also has her own art practice that often presents site specific dance and performance. Goodwin is a recent graduate of the Master of Visual Studies - Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto.  Previously, she received a BFA from Concordia University in Contemporary Dance with a minor in video.  She is an arts programmer, dance artist, curator, producer, and filmmaker. Over the last 20 years her dance work and short films have been shown across Canada and internationally from St. John’s Newfoundland, The Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, Tangente and Studio 303 in Montreal, Melbourne, Australia, Tokyo, Brussels, Amsterdam, New York City, Vancouver and extensively in Toronto.  Goodwin is one half of the art band MORTIFIED with Camilla Singh which is a band that uses choreography, drum kits, tap dancing, and cheerleading as its instruments. She has curated performance and exhibitions for The Ark Bank, Summerworks Festival, The Drake Hotel, and Harbourfront Centre. She has written for the Journal for Curatorial Studies, The Canadian Theatre Review, and The Dance Current.


    Peaks and Pitfalls in Public Art

    Ken Coit, City of Hamilton

    Ken Coit is Program Manager of Public Art and Projects for the City or Hamilton. A graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, he worked in private architectural practice for ten years before joining the City of Hamilton. Ken has developed policy for secondary plans and the city’s official plan. He has completed many urban design studies and guidelines, including the City of Hamilton City Wide Corridor Planning Principles and Design Guidelines in support of Hamilton’s LRT project. Since taking a lead role in Hamilton’s public art program in 2010 he has commissioned and installed 25 public art projects and completed a review and update of the City’s Public Art Master Plan. He is a passionate advocate for ensuring that the public has a role in the making of public space.

    Teri SouterTown of Huntsville

    Teri is the Manager of Arts, Culture & Heritage for the municipality of the Town of Huntsville, population 19,500, located in Muskoka, Ontario. Teri’s work portfolio includes cultural strategy development and tactical delivery; cultural community events; designated heritage properties and register; public art; art exhibits; sports memorabilia; heritage art, photography and information panels. You should see what she does on Tuesday! Teri is the staff liaison for the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee to Council. Teri supervises the operations of Muskoka Heritage Place – Museum, Pioneer Village and Steam Train, a municipally-owned and operated attraction which opened in 1958, when Teri was just a gleam in her daddy’s eye. Teri’s personal and work history includes a lot of mundane stuff, surprising blind alleys, mountains of mayhem and a few spectacular moments of brilliance.  Ho hum or hokum, you decide. 


    Sweat Lodge, Healing Circle & Indigenous Gathering - steps towards truth & reconciliation

    Merri FergussonPeel Aboriginal Art Network

    Merri Fergusson is the Museums & Education Program Supervisor for Museums of Mississauga. She works with an Interpretive Team to provide the public with engaging experiences on our sites and in the community.  Merri graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts - Visual and holds a Certificate in Museum Studies from the Ontario Museums Association.  Her professional museum career has seen with Oakville Museums and Museum of Burlington. Merri has worked with Museums of Mississauga since 2007. 

    Kris Noakes, Museums of Mississauga

    Kris Noakes is Anishinaabe and member of Nipissing First Nation and has been a resident of Mississauga since 1987. Kris is a community advocate for the First Nations and other Indigenous communities at the local and provincial level. She has served both as the Executive Director and President of Peel Aboriginal Network, the Indigenous Friendship Centre in Mississauga. In addition to her work in the Indigenous community, Kris has volunteered for many years supporting local events and initiatives. She is active in the community as a member of The Region of Peel’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy Community Advisory Board (CAB), The Peel/Dufferin Legal Aid Ontario District Advisory Committee, The First Nation, Métis and Inuit Advisory Circle for the Peel District School Board (PDSB) and part of the Toronto Area Education Leads for the Aboriginal Education Office of Ministry of Education. As a First Nations advisory role, Kris has been publicly appointed to the City of Mississauga’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, The Museums of Mississauga Advisory Committee and the City of Brampton’s Inclusion and Equity Advisory Committee. In addition, she has been a member of a School Parent Council for the PDSB, a Board Member of the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Mississauga’s chapter of 100 Women Who Care.



    Stream 2: Cultural Economy

    Next Generation Storytelling

    Adrian BeamWilfrid Laurier University

    Adrian is the Coordinator of Creative Programs & Education for a creativity hub project being dubbed as a “makerspace for storytelling” at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Campus. He has a background in business consulting, strategic planning, community economic development, and project coordination. He has worked in the academic, municipal, private, and not-for-profit sectors. His most recent projects include the coordination of the 5-year strategic plan for Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Campus and the development of LaunchPad; a campus-linked accelerator program for both social and traditional entrepreneurs at Laurier’s Brantford Campus. Throughout his career, Adrian has also supported hundreds of entrepreneurs in the development of their ventures. As a highly creative problem solver, he has a keen interest in lean startup methodology, social changemaking, digital marketing and community development.

    Tamara LouksWilfrid Laurier University

    Tamara is an arts management professional with over 20 years experience spanning the municipal, corporate, not-for-profit and academic sectors, advocating for creative communities, engaging spaces and inspiring cultural events. Her current role is Coordinator of Business Development & Operations for an innovative hub, a makerspace for storytelling at Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford campus. Tamara brings a wealth of experience in project management, marketing-communications, community relations and partnership development. As a skilled relationship builder who pairs thoughtfulness with results-oriented action, she actively applies her expertise in support of her passions for creative experiences and how they can impact the life of a city. Past work with key players in the Region of Waterloo culture sector include Idea Exchange, Grand River Film Festival, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, d3 Impact and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, along with providing both endless volunteer hours and community arts consultation for individuals and organizations as the owner of dab: Developing Arts & Business.


    Everything* You Wanted to Know About Our Film Offices (but were afraid to ask!)

    Michael CiuffiniCity of Brampton

    Michael Ciuffini has been the Film Services Specialist for the City of Brampton since 2015. By offering top-notch concierge services to production industries over the last three years, he has increased the profile of Brampton as a viable filming location in the production industry. Also having successfully managed and coordinated many film, TV and digital media projects over the last 10 years, Michael conveys industry familiarity which helps him be strategic and proficient in this function. Recognizing the challenges within municipal structures, Michael hopes to continue to refine the City of Brampton’s policies and processes in an ever-evolving creative industry. 

    Julia DavisCity of Hamilton

    Julia Davis joined the City of Hamilton in 2012 with Tourism Hamilton gaining experience before successfully transitioning into the role of Film Operations Specialist with the Hamilton Film Office in 2015. Julia has coordinated filming for dozens of film & television productions annually, issuing hundreds of permits, while also promoting and assisting with facilitation of Hamilton’s hundreds of unique filming locations. She works diligently to balance the needs of the Hamilton community with the needs of the film industry in order to continue to grow the filming industry across the city. Julia has developed strong relationships throughout the Hamilton community and the industry in order to effectively achieve this positive development.  

    Liza ToliaoCity of Mississauga

    Liza Toliao has been the Film and Television Coordinator at the Mississauga Film Office since 2011. In that time she has been a part of implementing changes that have allowed the film office’s capacity to process permits grow more than 300%. Liza has over a decade of municipal work experience within the City of Mississauga and also brings a working knowledge of the film industry to the table from her time working on local independent film projects in various capacities. Liza is passionate about the film industry and will be working within the Mississauga Creative Industries Unit to move forward with the recommendations set out by their Creative Industries Strategy.


    London Arts Live: Turning Spaces into Stories

    Andrea HibbertLondon Arts Council

    Andrea Hibbert has been immersed in arts and culture her entire career. Whether as a funder, administrator, educator, consultant, advocate or patron, she has always understood the vital role of the arts in city and community building. Andrea was appointed Executive Director to the London Arts Council in 2003; since that time, the organization has experienced significant growth in funding, leadership, development, and community impact. Andrea is a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Professional Member of Americans for the Arts. Recently, she was an ambassador for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Trinidad and an invited delegate at Culture Summit 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She has served on the Boards of Tourism London and King's University College Foundation and is a Past President of the Canadian Club of London. She is academic advisor for Fanshawe College and former instructor at Western University.

    Rachel PenningtonLondon Arts Council

    Rachel Pennington is a public art specialist and advocate for the arts. After joining the London Arts Council team in 2015, she helped develop and now coordinates London Arts Live, a pop-up art program that funds professional artists to animate urban spaces. She was lead event planner for the London Arts Council’s Public Art Symposium, which featured performances and presentations by over forty artists and arts administrators from across North America. She coordinated the publication of a colouring book featuring London’s historical landmarks and the installation of artwork wrapped around traffic signal boxes across the city. Rachel also administers the Poet Laureate and Artist in Residence programs and is currently overseeing the creation of five large-scale permanent public artworks. Rachel is a graduate of Western University’s M.A. in Public History and a recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Excellence in Conservation Award for co-authoring This Hour of Trial and Sorrow. 


    Estimating the Economic Importance of Culture at the Municipal Level

    Nicole FrenetteDavid Lemay, Mark McDonald, Department of Canadian Heritage



    Stream 3: Planning for a New World


    Engage for Change: #YGK Reconciliation Journey

    Jennifer CampbellCity of Kingston

    Dr. Jennifer Campbell is the Manager of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Services Department of the City of Kingston. Jennifer has worked within Canada, the United States and South Asia with community museums, on archaeological excavations, leading heritage assessments, and digitally modeling architectural heritage. Jennifer oversees the strategic planning and operations for the City of Kingston’s museums and City Hall as a National Historic Site. Jennifer employs a broad definition of heritage to enhance the cultural experience of the City of Kingston; one that connects intangible to tangible, built and natural. Working with colleagues and community partners Jennifer leads the Engage for Change: YGK Reconciliation Journey project. Prior to joining the Cultural Services Department Jennifer was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York. Jennifer is the vice-president of the Canadian Archaeological Association and a research fellow at the University of Toronto and Trent University.

    Colin WigintonCity of Kingston

    Colin Wiginton works as the Cultural Director for the City of Kingston—one of Canada’s oldest cities—where he helped to develop the first-ever Kingston Culture Plan unanimously approved by City Council in 2010.  This work has resulted in critical investment in the arts, heritage and culture to grow and strengthen the sector.  Projects he has lead during his tenure include the creation of the Kingston Culture Map, the visioning of an Integrated Cultural Heritage and Cultural Tourism Strategy as well as the redevelopment of a 19th century distillery building as an arts cluster providing a permanent home for numerous local arts organizations.  Cultural development and cultural inclusion are fundamental to this work and, through his leadership, Wiginton has ensured the arts and heritage remain priorities for the City of Kingston and the community through a combination of innovative projects, programs and partnerships.  Prior to joining the City of Kingston, Wiginton pursued a 20 year career in the visual arts and public galleries that included the Art Gallery of Ontario when it was being transformed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.


    Trevor Hyland & Nathaniel Kennedy - City of Toronto


    Chloe Catan, Anthea Foyer, & Yvonne Monestier - City of Mississauga 
    Public Art: New Future, New Voices


    Lisa Griffin - Art for Art's Sake (Festival Inspire)
    Making Monction Cool Enough for Us to Stay - The re-creation of a city's identity through street art & the re-inspiration of the creative class



    Stream 4: Sustainability and Cultural Planning

    Positioning Culture

    Ben Dick, City of Ottawa

    Ben Dick has been involved with municipal cultural planning, mapping, and research since 2009. Past projects include developing a municipal cultural plan for the City of Peterborough, an analysis of the impact of heritage property tax incentives, the development of an interactive cultural map for the City of Ottawa, and an analysis of the distribution of federal culture grants between Canada’s major cities. He is founder of the Ottawa Culture Research Group, which has developed a set of indicators to assess the state of the local cultural sector. Ben also contributes to the Culture Statistics Strategy, serves on the Steering Committee of the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study, and conducts independent research. 


    Current Trends in Public Art Policy and Strategic Planning

    Helena GrdadolnikWorkshop Architecture Inc.

    Helena is a Director of Workshop Architecture where she manages the studio’s work in urban design, public art and cultural planning. Helena has over 17 years of experience as both a consultant and municipal staff member. Her recent work includes: managing public art commissions for Infrastructure Ontario, Toronto Transit Commission, and Waterfront Toronto; developing new public art programs and strategies for the City of Mississauga, the City of Kingston and the Town of Newmarket; and an external review of the City of Calgary’s Public Art Program. Helena has been a member of Toronto’s Public Art Commission since 2013 and was a founding member of the Creative City Network of Canada’s Public Art Advisory Group.

    Annalee Adair, A. Adair + Associates

    Annalee Adair is the Director of A. Adair + Associates Inc. where she manages the company’s work in public art, cultural planning and community engagement. Annalee has 25+ years of experience in public art. Her recent projects include managing the City of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project – and writing the art plan; conducting a review of Edmonton’s Public Art Policy and Program and working in a consortium to develop the City of Edmonton’s Arts + Heritage Master Plan. Annalee has managed public art and culture programs in the City of Regina, City of Ottawa and City of Kingston. She has sat on numerous juries, was a founding member of Creative City Network’s Public Art Advisory Group and has presented on public art at Creative City Summits and American for the Arts conferences.


    A Park Designed Around Art: Creating a Community Place

    Ellen van EijnsbergenCity of Burnaby

    Ellen van Eijnsbergen is the Fine Arts Coordinator for the City of Burnaby. Through this role she serves as the Director/Curator of the Burnaby Art Gallery and manages the city’s Public Art Program. She has extensive experience working with the private and municipal public art sector and has organized and curated numerous local, regional and international contemporary art exhibitions. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Liberal Arts degree from Simon Fraser University.

    Heather Edwards, City of Burnaby

    Heather Edwards has served as Manager of Park Planning and Design for the City of Burnaby for the past 17 years. She also has worked as a Landscape Architect in the private and public sector in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Botswana Africa. Heather created an eco-sculpture program which has been employed in municipalities throughout British Columbia, including Burnaby, Coquitlam, Victoria, Castlegar and Parksville and has served as a judge for the Provincial and National editions of Communities in Bloom. She holds a Bachelor of Recreation Studies and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba.

    Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, Artists

    Jennifer Marman works in collaboration with Daniel Borins; they have practised sculpture, installation and media art in Toronto since 2000. Recent exhibitions of their work are their second solo show with Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York, and the final instalment of a solo touring exhibition entitled “The Collaborationists” in the spring of 2016. Some of their recent public projects include a recently installed sculpture for the new Humber River Regional Hospital, and multiple sculptures for the Willingdon Greenway in Burnaby British Columbia. Marman and Borins’ work is in the collections of organizations such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Jennifer Marman is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and also graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design


    Meaningful Community Engagement in a Diverse City

    Antonietta MinichilloCity of Brampton

    A former heritage preservationist champions a future ready Brampton. Antonietta Minichillo started her career as a heritage professional advocating for innovative conservation. Antonietta has worked alongside world-renowned planner Larry Beasley to deliver the Brampton 2040 Vision which is founded on the most robust public engagement campaign ever undertaken by the City of Brampton. She is now guiding the City to its full potential as Manager of Community Innovation and Resilience. Antonietta is known as an advocate for and inclusive and sustainable city building. 

    Kelly StahlCity of Brampton

    Kelly’s business card says: Senior Manager, Cultural Services for the City of Brampton. At heart though, Kelly loves to operate at that place where culture and art intersect with economic growth and the development of a “sense of place.” Leading a dynamic team, Kelly is a facilitator, bringing the arts community, business and the City together in ways that stretch boundaries, support collaboration and help the creative community thrive. Kelly has a BA from the University of Waterloo and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business. Career highlights include Council’s enthusiastic endorsement of Brampton’s first ever Cultural Master Plan and the National Culture Days award that declared: Brampton Loves Culture!

    Victoria MountainCity of Brampton

    Inspired by big ideas and fresh perspectives, Victoria is thrilled to be part of the CCNC Summit this year! A true creative, Victoria infuses her work in cultural planning, policy and programs with a unique sense of play, collaboration and experimentation. Victoria is the Manager of the Culture for the City of Brampton and holds an Honours of Masters of Drama from the University of Toronto and an Erasmus Mundus Masters in International Performance Research from the Universities of Warwick, UK and Helsinki and Tampere, Finland. 2018 has been an exciting year for Victoria, as she spearheaded the development of Brampton’s first Culture Master Plan and travelled to Austin, Texas on a municipal peer exchange focused on culture, urban design and building great cities for the future.


    Presenter bios and presentation descriptions will be available soon on our website. Please check back for more updated information.

  • Summit Registration

    Early Bird Registration is now open!

    Registration for the 2018 Creative City Summit in Mississauga is now open!

    Available exclusively on Eventbrite. Visit our Eventbrite site to register. Payment can be made by credit card or cheque.

    The early bird deadline is Wednesday, August 1st at 11:59 p.m. PST.

    2018 Summit Registration Fees:
    Download the PDF for a complete list of Summit Registration fees.

    Contact the office at  or by phone at 604-688-2489.

  • The Creative City Network of Canada is reaching out to businesses, organizations and its members to show your support at the upcoming 2018 Creative City Summit in Mississauga, ON from November 6 - 8, 2018.



    Download the 2018 Sponsorship Package.

    Contact the office at or at 604-688-2489.

  • Summit Hotel

    Hotel Novotel Toronto Mississauga Centre

    The official hotel of the 2018 Creative City Summit is Hotel Novotel Toronto Mississauga Centre. Summit delegates will be eligible for a special conference rate between $149 and $169 per night. Rates are on a first come, first served basis.

    The Summit discount is available until September 17, 2018. Book now to avoid missing out.


    Booking Details

    Reservations can be made directly with the hotel by calling 905-896-1000 or by emailing .

    For more information visit

    Please note, the Novotel is a busy hotel. While there are other hotels in Mississauga, none are within walking distance. Book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Fly to Mississauga

    Summit Flight Discounts

    We are excited to announce flight discount codes for delegates to and from the Summit with both Westjet and Porter Air.



    Westjet is offering a discount for delegates flying to Toronto, ON from anywhere in North America. Receive 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus fares*. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount codes below. Please use both the coupon and promo code when booking with a travel agent. If you have any questions on booking with the discount code, please visit frequently asked questions.

    Book by: November 15, 2018
    Travel from: October 31, 2018 to November 15, 2018
    Web Coupon Code: TON0WWH
    Travel Agent Web Code: YYZ02

    *Discounts not available on flex fares or on code-share or partner airlines.

    Porter Air:

    Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the 2018 Creative City Summit. 
    The discounted fares are available for booking from February 7, 2018, to November 11, 2018 

    From: Anywhere in Canada or the US to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, November 3rd - 8th
    From: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to anywhere in Canada or the US, November 6th - 11th
    Book online or through a travel agent using the promo code CCS2018.


  • Public Art Year in Review

    The fourth Public Art Year in Review call is now closed. Selected artworks will be featured at the 2018 Mississauga Summit. Nov 6-8, 2018.

    Questions? Contact the office at or at 604-688-2489.

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