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

Nov 6-8, 2018 | Mississauga, Ontario

The 2018 Creative City Summit in Mississauga was a huge success! Thank you to our hosts, sponsors, volunteers, organizing committee and delegates for making it such a wonderful Summit!

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:
Corus Quay building, Toronto, ON - Photo by Christopher Jones
  • Congratulations to our 2018 Awards of Excellence winners!

    Cultural Planning Award
    City of Victoria, BC
    Create Victoria: Arts and Culture Master Plan

    Public Art Award
    Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
    Into the Debris Field: The Halifax Explosion

    Cultural Events Award
    City of Kingston, ON
    Engage for Change: #YGK Reconciliation Journey

    Cultural Leadership Award
    Elena Bird

    To read more about our 2018 Award Winners, click here.

    For the 2018 Awards Winners Press Release, click here.

  • Congratulations to 2018 Public Art Year in Review Recipients

    City of Calgary, AB


    by Karen Ho Fatt Lee (Arkifx Design Inc.)


    City of St. Albert, AB

    UNITY and Children's Poles

    by Tiffany Shaw-Collinge





    Winnipeg Arts Council, MB

    Social Seed

    by Gurpreet Shera





    Ville de Montreal, QC

    Anamnèse 1 + 1

    by Alain-Martin Richard






    Winnipeg Arts Council, MB


    by Simon Hughes






    Strathcona County, AB

    Standing Guard

    by Cedar Mueller





    City of Toronto, ON

    Dream House

    by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier







    City of Richmond, BC

    Canada 150 Public Art Program:
    Arrival of S.V. Titania Mural, by Dean and Christina Lauze;
    Meander, by Becki Chan and Milos Begovic
    Fraser Giant, Dave Geary and Henry Lau;
    Fluvial Fan, by Nicole Alden, Patrick Beech, Genevieve Depelteau, John Musil, and Allison Tweedle



    Translink, BC

    Off Centre

    by Renee Van Halm






    City of Hamilton, ON

    Raising the Barn

    by the Aluminum Quilting Society and coordinated by David Hind



    City of White Rock, BC

    60 Years of Rain

    by Jeff Kulak







    City of Barrie, ON

    Art in Unexpected Places

    by Ryan Park, Nicholas Sassoon, Chris Hanson, Hendrika Sonnenberg, Max Steicher, and Sans facon



    For the 2018 Public Art Year in Review Press Release, click here.

  • 2018 Summit Program

    The most updated 2018 Summit Program is now available for download!
    The program will ONLY be available online this year. Click on the image below to view the full program. 

  • 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. 



    P2P Presentation Materials are now available for download!

    • Stream 1: Reaching Your Community

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

    2. Scarborough Gets Lit 2018

    3. Peaks and Pitfalls in Public Art (Coming Soon)

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

    • Stream 2: Cultural Economy 

    1. Next Generation Storytelling

    2. Everything* You Wanted to Know About Our Film Offices (but were afraid to ask!) - Slides unavailable. Please contact for questions or additional information. 

    3. London Arts Live: Turning Spaces into Stories

    4. Developing Culture Municipal Statistics: A Tale of Perseverance and Collaboration – An Overview for Everyone (French version)

    • Stream 3: Planning for a New World

    1. Engage for Change: #YGK Reconciliation Journey

    2. #TorontoStrong - Slides unavailable. Please contact for questions or additional information. 

    3. Public Art: New Future, New Voices - Slides unavailable due to liability.

    4. Making Moncton 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

    1. Positioning Culture - For additional questions please contact Presenter

    2. Current Trends in Public Art Policy and Strategic Planning - Slides unavailable.

    3. A Park Designed Around Art: Creating a Community Place (Coming Soon)

    4. Meaningful Community Engagement in a Diverse City



    Presentation Breakout Rooms and Schedule (Printable)


    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 Fergusson, Museums of Mississauga

    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, Peel Aboriginal Network

    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. 


    Developing Culture Municipal Statistics: A Tale of Perseverance and Collaboration – An Overview for Everyone

    David LemayDepartment of Canadian Heritage

    David Lemay is a Research Analyst working for the Policy Research Group at the Department of Canadian Heritage.  Over the last year, David has been helping with the Municipal Culture Indicators Project, an initiative born of a partnership between Canadian Heritage and more than 30 Canadian municipalities via CCNC. The project is designed to produce municipal-level economic indicators of culture (GDP and jobs). David is also a contributor to the multi-partner, pan-Canadian Culture Statistics Strategy. He holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Ottawa.

    Mark McDonald, Department of Canadian Heritage

    Mark McDonald has been with the Department of Canadian Heritage since 2005, currently working as a Senior Research Officer with the Policy Research Group.  Previously, he has held policy and research posts in both the Prairies and Northern Region (Winnipeg) and the Cultural Affairs sector.  Mark’s experience broadly extends into many areas of Canadian Heritage’s mandate, though his current work is focused primarily on cultural statistics.  Mark received his B.A. Honours (First Class) in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba in 2001, followed by an M.A. in Political Science from York University in 2003.



    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.



    Nathaniel KennedyCity of Toronto

    Nathaniel has worked with the City of Toronto for eight years in the City Cultural Events, Production unit participating in various projects including: Nuit Blanche, Invictus Games, PANAMANIA, Canada 150 Celebrations, Canada Day, Cavalcade of Lights and New Year's Eve. He started with technical and production support for major events and has slowly been integrating thorough site design and active safety and crowd management planning and operations into large scale public projects. Nathaniel received his post-secondary education from Ryerson Theatre School and has had a twenty five year career in the live performance and events industries

    Trevor Hyland, City of Toronto

    Trevor has worked with the City of Toronto for four years in the City Cultural Events, Production unit leading various projects including: PANAMANIA, Canada 150 Celebrations, Canada Day, Nuit Blanche, Cavalcade of Lights and New Year's Eve. He is passionate about the advancement in event health & safety, emergency service coordination and crowd management tactics at all produced events. Trevor is a graduate of Sheridan Collage and has worked in the events industry for over twenty years with a focus on concert production. He recently accepted a position within the Office of Emergency Management.


    Public Art: New Future, New Voices

    Chloe CatanCity of Mississauga

    Chloë Catán holds a BA from Bristol University and a Masters from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK. She is an arts administrator with extensive experience in managing public art commissions, including installations at Millennium Park in Chicago, the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Hermann Park in Houston and Michigan State University. She has worked on exhibitions and publications with the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and MoMA, New York. Chloë is currently a Public Art Curator at the City of Mississauga, where she is responsible for the implementation and expansion of the Public Art Program.

    Yvonne Monestier, City of Mississauga

    Yvonne Monestier is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Victoria College with a degree in Fine Art History, English and Political Science. Yvonne holds a Masters in Art Business degree from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York and is a long-standing member of the CCNC Public Art Network. As a passionate arts practitioner, her expertise is in curatorial studies, cultural planning, project management, urban design, and community engagement. Yvonne is a Public Art Curator at the City of Mississauga where she seeks to enhance Mississauga’s profile as a growing cultural destination in the celebration of the arts.



    Making Moncton Cool Enough for Us to Stay - The re-creation of a city's identity through street art & the re-inspiration of the creative class

    Lisa Griffin, Art for Art's Sake (Festival Inspire)

    A Community Development Hack and project junkie, Lisa has been turning ideas into lasting change around the world for the past two decades. Now back in Canada, she currently leads the Inspire Movement in the Greater Moncton tri-city and surrounding rural townships and in doing so transforming what was once a drive-through city into a Cultural Tourism destination. Lisa consults at various levels for festivals around Atlantic Canada, give talks on cultural development throughout the year, and sits on the City of Moncton’s Downtown Revitalization Committee. She speaks 4 languages, has a robotic hand from Japan, a fake tooth from Australia, and is an India-trained yoga instructor. Her spirit animal is the Otter, her Chinese zodiac the year of the monkey, and she is an Aquarius.



    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.


  • Event Planning - What is the 'New Normal'? 

    November 6, 2018 | 9:15am 


    Join Shawn Binns, Township of Oro-Medonte, Jenn Goodwin, City of Toronto, and Jessie Goyette and Vince Soliveri, Safer Gigs Hamilton, as they explore the 'New Normal' in event planning. Drawing on their experience and expertise, they will present on the topics of Defining Public Safety Standards, Democratizing Access to Public Space, and Social Responsibility of Festival Organizers.


    License to Chill: Managing the social impact of large scale outdoor events through community collaboration

    Panelist: Shawn Binns | Township of Oro-Medonte

    Shawn Binns is a seasoned public sector leader with nearly twenty years experience in managing various community portfolios in Federal, Provincial, Local and First Nation Governments. Shawn currently works as the Director, Operations and Community Services for the Township of Oro-Medonte, a municipality with a population of 21,000 in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country known for its natural environment, recreation and tourism attractions and its world-class special events. In his role, Binns has worked to support the growth regional tourism through large-scale special events such as Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Canadian Mountain Bike Championships, Wayhome and Boots and Hearts Music Festivals while taking a community development focus. Shawn led the development of the Township’s Special Event framework – a multi-stakeholder approach to the management of Special Events, which is now lauded as a provincial best practice.  Binns has gained a strong understanding of what makes an event a “special event” and the trends and considerations shaping the planning and hosting of large festivals and outdoor events. Shawn holds an MBA from Athabasca University and is currently pursuing an MPA from the University of Victoria. 


    You Are Here - Bringing art to the public, and the public to the art

    Panelist: 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.


    Safer Gigs: Guide To Understanding Safety Standards in The Arts

    Panelist: Jessie Goyette | Safer Gigs Hamilton

    Jessie Goyette is a co-organizer of Safer Gigs Hamilton. She is a queer indigenous youth and Community Development worker with specific interests in community activism and gender/sexuality topics. 



    Panelist: Jessie Goyette | Safer Gigs Hamilton

    Vince Soliveri is a co-orginizer and founder of Safer Gigs Hamilton. He is a Social Service Worker in Hamilton Ontario with a specific interest in harm reduction outreach. He also manages to be an interdisciplinary artist specializing in audio engineering and live music. He bridges his interests in Harm Reduction and Music communities via Safer Gigs!

  • Public Art and Festivals & Events Round Table Notes

    Round table notes for the 2018 Public Art and Festivals and Events round table sessions.
  • Connecting All the Pieces – Creating Creative Hubs in Canada

    November 7, 2018 | 9:15am - 10:45am


    Starting with a talk by Ramzi Saad, Department of Canadian Heritage, followed by a panel and question and answer period, this discussion forum will look at diverse perspectives surrounding the topic of creative hubs; from challenges, successes, and management in both small and large organizations running creative hubs, to the role municipalities play in supporting non-profits running creative hubs. The goal of this session is to provide municipalities with an understanding of how their municipalities can support creative hubs in their communities.


    Supporting creative hubs, the next generation of cultural spaces

    Speaker: Ramzi Saad | Department of Canadian Heritage

    Join Ramzi Saad for a presentation which will highlight how the Government of Canada is increasing support for the next generation of cultural spaces: creative hubs. Supported by examples, he will present the main characteristics of creative hubs, and how the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund can foster their development.




    Joanne Duguay | City of Moncton

    Having worked for over 15 years in the film and television production industry as Production Manager and Associate Producer, Joanne has also been actively involved in Moncton's cultural and artistic community. Since 1988, she has worked at many cultural organizations, such as Film Zone, Galerie Sans Nom, Centre culturel Aberdeen, Théâtre l'Escaouette as well as the Centre of Arts and Culture in Dieppe.


    Pru Robey | Pru Robey Consulting

    Pru Robey brings the insight gained from 30+ years of cultural sector leadership in the UK and Canada to her consulting practice. The development of innovative, multi-sector approaches to support artists, cultural sector development and creative placemaking is the centerpiece of her work. Current projects include the development of a new Creative Hub in Charlottetown, PE; advising a consortium of major arts funders on new platforms to support next generation artists and arts practices and advising QuadReal on the development of creative placemaking strategies for their lands under development at Vaughn Metropolitan Centre. 


    Ramzi Saad | Department of Canadian Heritage

    Ramzi Saad is the Director General, Arts Branch, at the Canadian federal government Department of Canadian Heritage. His responsibilities include the delivery of five national programs that train future professional artists, showcase artists at festivals and performing arts series, encourage revenue diversification and better business practices, and invest in the construction, renovation and provision of specialized equipment for cultural infrastructure.


    Patrick Tobin | City of Toronto

    Patrick Tobin was appointed Director of Arts and Culture Services for the City of Toronto in February 2017. Pat joined the City following an 18 year career with the federal public service, most recently as Director General for Innovation and Community Development at the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.  Pat's other experience federally included executive roles in communications, policy and program delivery for Canadian Heritage in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.


    Colin Wiginton | City 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.



    Kelly Jerrott | City of St. Albert, CCNC Board President

    Kelly Jerrott has more than 25 years’ experience as a leader in the arts and cultural sector in Canada, and holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, in Victoria, British Columbia. She is currently the Director of Cultural Services with the City of St. Albert, in Alberta, Canada, known as the “Botanical Arts City”. She serves at the national level as Vice President of the Creative City Network of Canada, and has been a Board Member since 2013.

  • Welcome Receiption

    Vision, Vibe & Virtuosity. Made in Mississauga.

    Join us for an evening of entertainment and networking to kick off the 2018 Creative City Summit at the City's newest Cultural Facility - the Small Arms Inspection Building. Shining a spotlight on local and regional artists, this year's welcome bash will feature large format installation artwork for delegates to explore, collaborative, bombastic performances by local artists, selfie stations, and delightful surprises throughout the night. 


    Date: November 6th, 2018

    Time: 7pm - 9pm

    Address: Small Arms Inspection Building, 1352 Lakeshore Road East 


    Food provided by the Newcomer Kitchen. Bar and refreshments courtesy of Young's Insurance 


    Transportation to and from the host hotel will be available with registration.

  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018 | 7:00 - 9:00pm
    Vision, Vibe & Virtuosity. Made in Mississauga PART 2
    Mississauga Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive

    Following a busy day of exciting speakers, presentations, and study tours, delegates will be encouraged to explore the public art, parks, shops, and restaurants in Mississauga City Centre. From 7-9pm, drop by the Civic Centre to experience local music and exhibitions presented by the Museums of Mississauga, This is Worldtown, and the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

    Dreaming Big
    Presented by the Museums of Mississauga and This is Worldtown

    The Museums of Mississauga in partnership with This is Worldtown will be animating the Civic Centre Great Hall with Dreaming Big, an exhibition featuring the work of Samah Ali and Aleia Robinson-Ada, Elizabeth Farinango, Mashal Khan, Soko Negash, Aniqa Rahman and Shazlin Rahman.

    This is Worldtown is a digital hub featuring the first person expression of women of colour, globally, across storytelling mediums. Moving out of the digital realm, this exhibition brings together multi-disciplinary projects that look to the potential of living archives.

    Bonnie Devine | Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig
    Art Gallery of Mississauga

    This project uses various media and mapping strategies to explore the complex colonial histories of the north shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, which include the cities of Mississauga and Toronto and the traditional territories of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations of the Grand River). Through the combination of a series of scrolls, maps, media, and braided reeds, Circles and Lines: Michi Saagiig aims to reconnect and ground us on the traditional territory and land we benefit from, live on, and call home. Guest Curated by Raven Davis.

    Artist Bio | Bonnie Devine

    A member of Serpent River First Nation, Genaabaajing, an Anishinaabe Ojibwa territory on the north shore of Lake Huron, Bonnie Devine's work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions she witnessed as a child. Her art explores issues of land and environment, treaty and history. She is an artist, curator, writer, and educator. Though formally educated at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) and York University, her most enduring learning came from her grandparents, who were trappers on the Canadian Shield. Devine's installation, video, and curatorial projects have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals across Canada and in the USA, South America, Russia, Europe, and China, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Berlin Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, and Today Art Museum in Beijing.

    As delegates explore the exhibits, they will be treated to the sounds of local Mississauga musical acts playing live in the Great Hall.

  • Creative Space Rentals Workshop

    Come to join us for some optional events hosted exclusively for Summit Delegates!


    Creative Space Rentals: A Workshop for Municipal Creative Spaces


    Time: Mon, 5 November 2018, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

    Location: Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga


    Join us for an afternoon of learning as we discuss how cities can engage a creative renter audience with their municipal spaces!

    Artists and creators are frequently in need of space for rehearsals, performances, meetings and special events. While municipalities often have space available in community centres, parks and libraries, they can go underused or have a reputation for a specific use.

    In this half-day workshop, ArtsBuild Ontario will cover how municipalities can define, target and engage a creative renter audience with their spaces. Using examples from the municipal and non-profit arts sector, we will examine mandates for spaces, how to build and grow a renter audience and how to market space rentals to the community. This workshop will also cover the risks involved in renting space, with a focus on operational, financial, and legal risk.

    All handouts and presentation materials will be made available to participants following the workshop.

    ArtsBuild Ontario has partnered with the Creative City Network of Canada to bring this workshops to the community.


    *RSVP is required for this delegate exclusive event. Please find your registration link in the Delegate E-Newsletter, or contact us at

  • 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
    Location: Various Location
    Mississauga’s hidden gems are often found in the most banal of places – the strip mall. Tucked away 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
    Location: Metalworks, 3611 Mavis Rd
    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 insider’s view of this legendary studio. 


    Tour 3: Hidden Gems: The Art and Architecture of University Toronto Mississauga
    Location: UTM Campus

    The University Toronto Mississauga campus is a hidden gem in the city. Tucked away from main streets, the campus is home to The Blackwood Gallery, a contemporary art centre that is dedicated to open, public research and incredible architecture including University of Toronto Mississauga Terrene Donnelly Health Sciences Complex designed by Kongats Architects which won the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture. This tour will provide insights into integrating contemporary art and architecture in unexpected places.


    Tour 4: Museums of Mississauga 
    Location: Bradley Museum & Benares Museum
    More than just heritage homes, the Museums of Mississauga are places where residents and visitors can share their own stories, learn from others stories and understand local history in a current context. This tour will explore a mix of traditional museum practices and contemporary methods for exploring our shared history. 


    Tour 5: Five & Dime: A Neighbourhood in Transition 

    Location: Cooksville 
    Cooksville is a neighbourhood always in transition. Located at the intersection of highways 5 and 10, Cooksville is one of the cities original villages and was one of Canada's original wine regions. It is now home to a diverse population and is one of the city’s most urban neighbourhoods. 


    Tour 6: Riverwood – Art and Environment  

    Location: Riverwood
    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.  Located in Riverwood Conservation is Visual Arts Mississauga. VAM is a premier visual arts centre and gallery. The facility, owned by the City of Mississauga and built exclusively for VAM, is surrounded Riverwood, 150 acres of urban wilderness. Designed by architect Brian Brownlie and opened in 2003, the one-story Art Centre features Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture. This tour will showcase the local public art, the arts facility, and grounds, along with a First Nations storyteller.




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


    Tour 1: Celebration Square: Creating A Third Space

    Location: Mississauga Celebration Square
    Celebration Square has been a success by all standards with more than 700,000 visitors a year and over 140 events annually. Residents and visitors have really made this site their home away from home for weekly events such as movie and fitness nights, as well as for major events such as Canada Day that draws in from 50,000 - 100,000 every year and New Years that has a crowd of 30,000. Led by the staff that have built this success, this tour will give you an insider’s look at the ins and outs of developing successful outdoor event spaces. 

    Tour 2: Art Everywhere
    Location: Downtown Mississauga

    Downtown Mississauga is still developing growing from a sleepy rural landscape to a centre with towering buildings, a high end mall and a variety of cultural and event spaces in only 40 years. Public Art - both permanent and temporary - is a major part of the transformation of this urban hub into a livable and vibrant core. This tour will take you on a journey through the early work in the city's collection, up to our most recently installed works, including several temporary art projects that are currently installed. 


    Tour 3: Iconic Architecture of Mississauga
    Location: Downtown Mississauga
    Iconic Architecture creates a sense of place and can help define a city. Downtown Mississauga has three iconic buildings - The Marilyn Buildings (formally the Absolute Towers), the award winning Civic Centre and Square One Mall. Each of these buildings has created an impact on the lived experience and the reputation of Mississauga.  This tour will give you special access to these three iconic buildings and a discussion of their place in context to the city.


    Tour 4: Creative to the Core
    Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga, Living Arts Centre, Sheridan College 
    Mississauga's downtown core is chock full of creative spaces full of creative people. The Living Arts Centre is dynamic and accessible gathering place for creativity, the Centre welcomes more than 400,000 visitors annually, has a thriving arts residency program, seven professional craft studios and a professional art gallery. The Art Gallery of Mississauga is the city's premiere public art gallery and is envisioned to energize the cultural producers of Mississauga and beyond. And, last but not least, is the newest addition to downtown's cultural landscape, the third of Sheridan College's Creative Campus Galleries, which are a critical component of Sheridan’s Institute for Creativity that mobilizes creative engagement and brings together people, disciplines and departments to make creativity a cornerstone of Sheridan’s institutional identity and its pedagogical approach. This tour will introduce you to each of these unique creative spaces



  • The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Creative City Network of Canada will take place on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., in the Royal Bank Theatre at the Living Arts Centre, as part of the 2018 Creative City Summit in Mississauga, ON.



    2017 DRAFT MINUTES - 2017 AGM


    March 31, 2018



    PLEASE NOTE: Please print materials in advance. There will not be any copies available at the AGM.

  • 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.

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