Growing the Creative Cultural Economy for 21st Century Cities 

October 1st - 3rd, 2019 | Saskatoon, SK


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 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the Delta Bessborough.

Background Photo Credit:
Corus Quay building, Toronto, ON - Photo by Christopher Jones
  • Schedule at a Glance

    For a full view and download of our Summit Schedule at Glance, click the image below. Stay tuned for our detailed Summit Program.
  • Rachael Brown

    CEO, Cultural Economy Office, Scotland

    Rachael is a leader within the creative and social enterprise sector who thrives on solving problems and turning ideas into reality. With a strong track record of operational success, Rachael works extensively to support creative entrepreneurs and social enterprises to develop, grow and scale their business.

    Rachael is part of the Leader Network at Entrepreneurial Scotland. She is Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Social Investment Scotland and Chairperson at Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.

    Rachael is also Convenor of Can Do Collective, powered by 100 different organisations Can Do is Scotland’s vision to become a world leading entrepreneurial and innovative world leading society, a place where growth and innovation go hand in hand, with wider benefits for all. .

    In addition Rachael is Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Social Investment Scotland and a proud Saltire Fellow, having studied at Babson College, Boston. With follow ups in Silicon Valley and Shanghai.

    Rachael is thrilled to be welcomed to Canada to the Creative Cities Summit, and cannot wait to be part of such an exciting and forward thinking event.


    Ken Bautista

    Culture Entrepreneur, MakeSpace Partner

    Ken is a partner at Makespace Group Inc., building at the intersection of brand, culture and physical space. He's leading development of Factory, a retail campus for modern creators and consumers. Previously, he co-founded Startup Edmonton, a community hub for entrepreneurs - building, advising and investing in local tech startups. Ken has been Invited to speak at international conferences including Startup Phenomenon (Boulder), Global Entrepreneurship Congress (Milan), and Day On The Hill (Ottawa). He has been recognized in Avenue Magazine’s inaugural “Top 40 Under 40” and Alberta Venture Magazine’s “50 Most Influential People."

  • Panel | Tuesday, October 2, 9:00am

    This panel will discuss how we can strategically support creative conditions from a creative perspective by bringing together two separate industries to examine the development of ecosystems needed to grow, support and sustain creativity in the public domain.

    Erin Benjamin

    President & CEO, Canadian Live Music Association

    President & CEO of the Canadian Live Music Association since its creation in 2014, Erin Benjamin has worked in the Canadian music industry for over 25 years - first as a touring and recording artist and then as executive director of both Folk Music Ontario (2001) and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (2008).

    Founder of the Ottawa Women in the Music Industry group and a passionate, highly-regarded leader, Erin currently serves as the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports’ Ontario Live Music Working Group co-chair, on the Ontario Creates Music Industry Advisory Committee, Algonquin College’s Music Industry Arts Advisory Committee and is a board member the Ottawa Film Office, the Unison Benevolent Fund, MEGAPHONO and RBC Ottawa Bluesfest.  In 2017 she enjoyed roles as both the vice-chair of the Ottawa Juno Host Committee and co-chair of Canadian Music Week. In May 2019, she was honoured with the United Way’s Community Ambassador of the Year Award for her work in producing the massive “After the Storm” benefit concert, raising tens of thousands of dollars for victims of Ottawa’s devastating September, 2018 tornadoes. Erin lives in a vibrant downtown Ottawa neighbourhood with her awesome kids, son Oliver and daughter Toby.


    Daily tous les jours

    Melissa Mongiat, Co-Founder 

    Melissa Mongiat co-founded Daily tous les jours with Mouna Andraos in 2010.Their work has won numerous international recognitions including Best in Showat the IxDA Interaction Awards, the Grand Prize at the UNESCO Shenzhen Design Awards, a Knight Cities Challenge for Civic Innovation, a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, and an Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award.

    Melissa holds a masters degree in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London, UK and a bachelor degree in Graphic Design from UQAM.

    Daily tous les jours creates large scale interactive installations driven by collective experiences. Based in Montreal, Daily is best known for its work in public spaces, where passing crowds are invited to play a critical role in the transformation of their environment and their relationships. Some of their most prominent projects would include21 Balançoires, a series of participatory musical swings set in public space; Musical Shadows, interactive pavement that sing to your shadow; or Hello Trees!, an invitation to converse with nature.

  • Study Tours

    Wednesday, October 2nd
    Study Tour 1: Contemplating the Evolution of Public Art 

    Saskatoon City Centre - Walking tour on sidewalks and paved trails 


    Take a walk through the evolution of public art in Saskatoon from the City’s first commission, 1959’s controversial Robert Murray modernist sculpture, through the ubiquitous period of statuary bronzes to the large scale murals of today by artists such as Emannuel Jarus. Led by curator Dr. Jen Budney, this tour will reflect on:

    How the practice of public art has changed in the last 50 years

    How the public’s expectations of public art has changed over time

    How the City’s approaches to public art is changing 

    For more information on the City of Saskatoon’s public art collections visit HERE.



    Study Tour 2: Reconciliation and Diversity at the WDM 

    Western Development Museum - bus to walking tour of museum 


    The Western Development Museum has committed to inclusivity, prioritizing Reconciliation and diversity. Tour the WDM Saskatoon with the Museum’s Curatorial Committee and learn about their new goals. This tour will reflect on:

    Launching decolonization processes while developing inclusivity programs

    Changing content to help loosen the settler-colonial legacy on which the Museum was built

    Championing inclusivity through stories 

    More information on the WDM



    Study Tour 3: Festival & Event Sites along the South Saskatchewan 

    Meewasin Valley – Active transportation and walking tour on paved trails


    Travel along the Meewasin Valley trail with City staff and visit the many festival and event sites that follow the South Saskatchewan River. From Victoria Park through River Landing to Kinsmen Park the City facilitates hundreds of special events a year. Stop at the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival site and learn about their partnership plans to make their site accessible for year-round activities. This tour will reflect on:

    How the City’s  practice of facilitating special events has changed in the last decade

    How the City’s approach to festival site design is evolving

    Incorporating winter activities and events to engage community 

    For more information on the City’s special events booking process.

    For more information on the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Staging the Future campaign



    Study Tour 4: Expanding Cultural Industries: Culinary Arts and Non-traditional farming

    Riversdale, Valley Road – Bus tour, some walking in the countryside 


    Check out The Local Kitchen, a clubhouse for people who love food that supports the growth of Saskatoon’s world-class culinary skills by giving professional chefs a space to create and inspire. Travel shortly outside the City to experience Black Fox Farm and Distillery. This sustainable farm hosts a multitude of events, produces award winning spirits, and has the largest upick flowers on the prairies. This tour will reflect on:

    How to plan outdoor events in a changing weather climate

    Creating sustainable business models that maximize facilities

    Building experiences for locals and tourists  

    For more information on The Local Kitchen.

    For more information on Black Fox Farms and Distillery 



    Study Tour 5: Spaces for Makers and Creators

    Riversdale, Meewasin Valley – Bus tour, some walking

    Stop by the Saskatoon Maker Space and tour their social enterprise facilities. Walk over to 20 Above Holdings, home to AKA artist-run, BlackFlash Magazine, and PAVED Arts, including galleries, a community event space, street-front billboard, and PAVED’s media production centre. Experience artists Joel Bernbaum and Lancelot Knight in conversation with 20 Above Holdings about building ownership and On the Boards Staging about their Open Storefront project as part of their current conversation project with AKA. Bus to the recently opened Nutrien Wonderhub (children’s museum) to experience their Create Space and Workshop. This tour will reflect on:

    Social enterprise models for makers and creators

    Working with businesses to find creative space

    Non-profits and maximizing building ownership

    For more information on Saskatoon Makerspace.

    For more information on Paved Arts.

    For more information on AKA.

    For more information on On the Boards Staging and the Open Storefront Project.


    Study Tours will require RSVPS. Please look for that information in the delegate newsletter, going out at the end of August.


    Prairie Lily River Cruise and Dinner

    Cruising on the Prairie Lily you’ll see the natural beauty of the Meewasin Valley, the welcoming of our downtown, the friendliness of River Landing and the personality of our living river.  One of Saskatoon's premiere attractions, dinner on the Prairie Lily is an annual favourite. Please join us for a pleasant evening, a bit of sunset and some city lights as you enjoy your meal and look over the water.

    What's for Dinner?

    You'll have a choice of chicken, beef, or vegetable kabobs.  To select the vegetarian option, indicate “vegetarian” in the allergies/special needs section of the order form. In addition to kabobs, they will be serving a garden salad, lemon roasted potatoes, and pie for dessert.

    Ticket Prices:

    $62 for adults
    $50 for children

    The boat will board at 6pm, departing at 6:15pm. The cruise will return at 7:45pm

    To purchase tickets:

    How to get there:

    The Prairie Lily dock is located at the edge of the river adjacent to the Nutrien Wonderhub (Children's Museum), across from Kinsmen Playland Park, on the 900 block of Spadina Crescent.

    From the Delta Bessborough, go out the front door, turn right and walk north along the trail on Spadina Crescent, staying on the trail, go UNDER the University Bridge, past the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site, just before the Mendel Building turn right on the trail and head down to the boat dock. The Prairie Lily is at the river’s edge at the foot of the broad set of stairs (and wheelchair path) from the north corner of the parking lot near the Mendel building. 

  • 2019 Summit Fees [PDF] - 298KB

  • P2P Call for Presentations

    The call for Presentations is now closed. Stay tuned for a list of 2019 P2P Presenters.
  • The 2019 Summit Hotel is the Delta Bessborough Saskatoon.

    Summit delegates are eligible for a special conference rate between $199 and $229 per night. Rates are on a first come, first served basis.

    This rate is available until August 29, 2019. Book now to avoid missing out.

    Click here to book your Summit accommodation. 


  • Transwest Air Express, a non-stop VIP air service connecting Regina and Saskatoon will offer the first 8 passengers a special one-way rate of $99, (fees & taxes included) with a regular one-way rate of $249, to attend the Creative City Summit. 


    Travel Date: September 30th to Oct 4th.


    Transwest Air operates out the Aerocentres in Regina and Saskatoon that by passes the regular security line ups. Transwest Air currently offers twice-daily flight service (Monday – Friday) between the two cities from the Aerocentres. In only a short 45 minutes you can be at your destination. Complimentary parking, beverages and snacks are provided from the Aerocentres.


    To qualify for the discount, please request your secret code by emailing your name and EventBrite confirmation number to . Then book your flight directly with their dynamic Reservations team at 1-800-667-9356 and quoting your secret code for their discounted rate.


    WestJet is offering Summit delegates 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Saskatoon.


    Travel from: September 24, 2019 to October 10, 2019

    Coupon code:
    *Guest web/Travel Agent web
    Promo code:
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    To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit to make a booking online.



    Air Canada is offering an exclusive flight discount for Summit Delegates. Delegates travelling from various origins to Saskatoon, SK within Air Canada's extensive North American and international network will benefit from an instant online registration and enjoy a  10% discount on eligible fares.

    Promo Code: CDJWZTJ1

    - The booking is to be made to the following city: Saskatoon, YXE (SK)

    - The travel period begins Tuesday, September 24, 2019 and ends Thursday, October 10, 2019.

    - No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares including Tango.

    - A minimum of 10 delegates is required travelling with this Promo Code in order to have this discount activated.