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Concurrent Learning Labs

  • Emerging Opportunities in Entrepreneurship: New Roads in Community Economic Development (Grand Ballroom)
    From workforce development to population retention to social impact, small business and entrepreneurship drives local economic development. This Learning Lab will introduce economic developers to emerging opportunities to grow their economies through entrepreneurship.
    Moderator:  Raphael Costa, Manager, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Economic and Cultural Development, City of Vaughan

    • Lucas Chang, Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs
    • Kimberly D’Oliveira, Centre for Social Innovation
    • Joanna Reynolds, Centre for Social Innovation
    • Jarrod Ladouceur, Ryerson University
  • Navigating International Relations (Grand East)
    Accelerate your foreign direct investment activities by learning how your community can navigate international delegations. In this crash course, speakers will steer you through fundamentals such as event programming, delegation protocols and etiquette, and government resources.
    Moderator:  Laura Thompson, Manager of Real Estate & Commercial Development, City of Orillia

    • Corie McDougall, Director, International Missions Secretariat, Marketing & Missions Division, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
    • Scott Rennie, Project Manager, Northern Ontario Exports Program, City of Greater Sudbury
  • Re-tool your Decision Making: Using Pro Forma Analysis to Support Local Economic Development (Grand Centre)
    While pro forma have long been used by the private sector, municipal use of pro forma have generally been isolated to urban megaprojects. Smaller municipalities face distinct barriers to unlock economic opportunities: limited fiscal capacity; a heightened risk profile; lack of familiarity to assess risk; public skepticism on major projects; and, limited institutional capacity with pro forma. This session will provide a brief overview of pro forma analysis and a recently developed, publicly accessible pro forma template, as well as provide a case study of how pro forma has been used to support decision making in the Township of Rideau Lakes. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to use pro forma analysis in their own economic development strategies.
    Moderator:  Stephen Morris, Team Lead, Economic Development Resources Unit – Business Development Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Mike Dwyer, Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Rideau Lakes
    • Michael Seasons, Urban Planner, Dillon Consulting Limited
  • Attracting and Scaling Companies in a 5G World – How Municipalities can leverage Ontario’s Advanced Technology Platform (Grand West)
    The next generation of digital infrastructure promises to be a game changer and the global race to adopt 5G standards is on.  How will small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access this emerging technology to build, test and launch the products and services that unlock 5G’s massive potential?  What does the implementation of disruptive technologies mean for municipalities as well as the broader economy?  Join thought leaders from global tech companies for an engaging panel as they present success stories and their Future State forecast.
    Moderator:  Gillian Sheldon, Business Development Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence

    • Dan Ruby, Business Development Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence
    • Mit Perinpanayagam, Chief Financial Officer, X-Matik
    • Mal Raddalgoda, Sales Engagement Manager, IoT, Ericsson, Technology & Emerging Businesses BU
    • Richard Waterhouse, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, CENGN

    Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence

January 30


– 11:45


Grand Ballroom