2015 Summit – Better City Bootcamp Agenda



Between 7:30 and 8:30 AM

Registration / Continental Breakfast 

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Summit Welcome Rod Phillips, Chair and Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO, CivicAction

9:00 – 10:15 AM

Remarks by political representatives including His Worship John Tory, Mayor, City of Toronto, The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, MPP, Premier of Ontario, and The Honourable Lisa Raitt, PC, MP, Minister of Transport

10:15 – 10:45 AM

Civic Marketplace powered by RBC 

10:45 – 11:35 AM

Panel discussion:  Connecting the Dots to Maximize Impact

Panelists Include:

  • Sarah Blackstock, Director of Communications, Unifor, and 2013/2014 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow
  • Michelle E. DiEmanuele, President and CEO, Trillium Health Partners
  • Rupert Duchesne, Group Chief Executive, Aimia
  • Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute
  • Moderator:  Bob Hepburn, Director, Community Relations and Communications, Toronto Star

11:35 AM – 12:30 PM

Civic Marketplace powered by RBC / Lunch


(Five concurrent sessions)

Issue-specific panel discussions

Panelists and moderators:

Housing Affordability in the GTHA, Matching Senior Health Care to Housing options

  • Dr. Margaret Denton, Professor Emeritus, Department of Health, Aging, and Society, McMaster University
  • Christian Fisker, PhD, MCIP, Vice-President, Planning and Development, Chartwell Retirement Residences
  • Hugh Lawson, Director, Strategic Planning & Stakeholder Relations, Toronto Community Housing
  • Mary Sinclair, Retired senior living in Hamilton
  • Moderator: Rob MacIsaac, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences

The Growing Need for Mental Health Support in the Workplace

  • Paula Allen, Vice President, Research and Integrative Solutions, Morneau Shepell
  • Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC, Work, Stress and Health, CAMH; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • Pat Capponi, Mental Health Advocate, Author, and Co-Lead, From Surviving to Advising, CAMH, Voices from the Street
  • Adrian Lawford, Associate Vice President, Retail Products, TD Bank Group
  • Moderator: Brent Chamberlain, Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Bell

Childhood Health, the Importance of the “First 1000 Days”

  • Mary Jo Haddad, RN, MSc, CM, Past President and CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Dr. Wendy Johnson-Askew, PhD, MPH, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Nutrition US, Immediate Past Chair of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association, and recognized public health researcher
  • Joe Piechocki, General Director, Human Resources and Labour Relations, GM Canada
  • Noreen Javed, Program Manager, CSR & Foundation at Green Shield Canada
  • Moderator: Marilyn Knox, President, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners

Public Space:  For the Health of Our People and Communities

  • Angelita Buado, Coordinator, Friends of Earl Bales Park
  • Curt Harnett, Chef de Mission, Team Canada, Toronto 2015 Pan American Games
  • Karen Pitre, Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs
  • Johann Schumacher, Vice President, Development, Oxford Properties Group
  • Moderator: John Brodhead, Executive Director, Evergreen CityWorks

Infrastructure Needs of Tomorrow, Better Prepare Our Communities for Increased Density and Weather Intensity

  • Brian Johnston, Chief Operating Officer, Mattamy Homes
  • Heather MacDonald, Director of Policy and Growth Management, City of Brampton
  • Mary Lou O’Reilly, Senior Vice President, Issues Management and Communications, Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • Brian Purcell, Smarter Cities Leader, IBM
  • Moderator:  Mazyar Mortazavi, President and CEO, TAS

3:20 – 4:15 PM

Cultural/sports experience

4:15 – 4:45 PM

Summit Report Out:  Setting the Stage for Action Rod Phillips, Chair and Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO, CivicAction

4:45 – 5:00 PM

Performance by Mustafa the Poet

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