Schedule

Preview the schedule at a glance below. Subject to change. The conference will be held at the RBC Convention Centre at 375 York Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Last updated August 31, 2017

All sessions and speakers will be listed in the schedule as the information is available. To see the full session description and a list of speakers, click on the plus sign. To download a PDF copy, click here.
  • Meeting location: Delta Hotel Lobby

    Join us for a round of golf at the Glendale Golf and Country Club! It is conveniently located in St. James, at the west end of Winnipeg. Originally designed by Stanley Thompson, Glendale has a very walkable course layout, with spectacular greens and picturesque views. The Club was established back in 1946 as a place where men and women and their families could go to enjoy the warmth and relaxation of a Manitoba summer in a setting that embodied the comforts and luxuriousness of a country club. The course is built on the magnificent natural surroundings of the rolling prairie and a stately riverbank setting shaded by mature oaks and elms. The day will include a round of golf, power cart, light breakfast and lunch.

  • Meeting location: Delta Hotel, Delta C, 2nd Floor

    Not a day passes without new headlines heralding the death of “brick-and-mortar” retail at the hands of e-commerce.  But how do we separate fact from fiction? While many retail experts argue that this narrative is overly pessimistic and does not fully capture the realities on the ground, there remains a healthy debate over what impact these trends might have on downtown.  Through both presentations and interactive discussion, this timely session will not only get into the nuances of what is in fact happening, but also introduce various strategies and interventions that place managers in both the U.S. and Canada might consider in an effort to help their districts mitigate the possible impacts and take advantage of the latent opportunities during the current period of transition.  The glass might be half full after all. Sponsored by ICSC.

    Moderator: Cynthia Stewart, Vice President, Community Development, ICSC

    Presenters: Larisa Ortiz, Larisa Ortiz and Associates; Michael Berne, MJB Consulting and Tony Hernandez, Director & Eaton Chair in Retailing, Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity (CSCA)

    • Unpack media narratives and gain a more nuanced understanding of current trends in the retail industry
    • Assess the full impact that such trends are likely to have on your district and on urban places more broadly
    • Learn about strategies and interventions that can help your district to respond to this changing retail landscape

    Share your district’s specific challenges and receive real-time feedback from peers and instructors

    This pre-conference workshop is sponsored by ICSC.

  • Meeting location: Delta Hotel, Charleswood, 2nd Floor

    There is an international trend of low-cost interventions being used to test out ideas before making large capital improvements. Pop-up parks, guerilla wayfinding, and mobile vendors are just a few innovations. During this session you will learn about projects from successful communities internationally. During this workshop you will carry out several interventions and participants will get hands-on experience.  Through this workshop you’ll gain the know-how and skills needed to bring about low-cost rapid change in your downtown.

    Presenter: Isaac Kremer, Executive Director, Downtown Metuchen (NJ) and Jim Constantine, Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss

     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will leave with a better understanding of Tactical Urbanism and Placemaking
    • Attendees will be able to see examples of how Tactical Urbanism and interim design are transforming districts, and take home practical ideas to implement
    • Hands-on activities will reinforce lessons learned about the process
    • Attendees will understand how interim design can complement complex planning processes and improve public buy-in for plans as they are being developed
    • Participants will see how their efforts fit in with broader national and international movement by participating in a hashtag campaign
  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Winnipeg has long been a car city. Through strong community activism and persistence on the pedals, the City of Winnipeg has voiced their concern for more active transportation in our city. On this exciting bike tour you will learn about different active transportation projects in Winnipeg’s three largest BIZ zones: Downtown, Exchange District and West End. This informative tour will showcase beautiful sites and landmarks that are now accessible by bike.

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Explore the historic town of Gimli located along the shores of Lake Winnipeg. This town of Icelandic heritage incorporates unique summer and winter events drawing tourists and keeping its economy going year around. The tour will also include a drive by of historic Winnipeg Beach with a narrative of its revival story. Escape the city; take in the beautiful prairie scenery and lake views while learning about Manitoba’s rich history.

  • Meeting location: Delta Hotel, Charleswood, 2nd Floor

    Learn how collaboration by design is transforming urban centers globally.  This hands-on session will help you assess any design project, and determine the right type of charrette for your business district.  Through case studies and group exercises you will learn to activate the unique creative potential of all stakeholders by embedding them in the design process to co-create a transformative plan, while saving time and money using the National Charrette Institute (NCI) Charrette System™ approach.

    Presenters: Wayne R. Beyea, NCI Interim Director and Trainer and Bill Lennertz, Founder and NCI Lead Trainer

     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn a systematic approach to fostering creativity and innovation.
    • Identify and orchestrate the engagement of key stakeholders.
    • Learn how to create broad stakeholder support, reduce costly rework and produce a plan with an exceptional design.
    • Practice using key NCI Charrette System tools and techniques
  • Meeting location: Delta Hotel, Delta C, 2nd Floor

    During this three hour session you will learn the proper sales method for garnering the most sponsorships. You will discover what to do in any economy and how to position your sponsorship so that people want to buy it.  You will be given the 12 steps needed to ensure sponsorship success from initial concept, to taking inventory, to establishing media partners, to determining your best partners, the sales process, making the sale, and post event follow up to ensure renewal.  During this session you will be given an event and, working in groups, you will develop sponsorship offerings.

    Taught by sponsorship guru (the queen mother of sponsorship), Sylvia Allen, you will learn AND be entertained.  Come prepared to walk away with knowledge that guarantees your success and, while you are at it, have fun.

    Presenter: Sylvia Allen, President, Allen Consulting (BA, MA, CFEE)

     Key learning points to be covered in this course include:

    • Understanding the sales process for sponsorship
    • Proposing your sponsorship for sales success
    • The proper way to approach sponsors
    • How to customize your offerings to meet the sponsor’s needs
    • Discovering the steps to take to ensure sponsorship success
    • Creating a strong sponsorship sales strategy
    • Developing your own sponsorship tactics
    • Preparing sample sponsorship offerings
  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    If pounding the pavement is the way you like to discover a city, this tour is for you. Visit Winnipeg’s key attractions on this walking tour. Start the tour walking past the MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, followed by a stop at Winnipeg’s famous Portage and Main intersection. A quick visit to Winnipeg’s historical Exchange District will introduce participants to Winnipeg’s early history. Then follow the recently redeveloped riverfront visiting the French Quarter and Canadian Human Rights Museum, The Forks and Manitoba’s unique Legislature building. Ready, set, explore!

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    This tour will take you through a historic inner city neighbourhood. The West End is the largest BIZ zone in Winnipeg, and is rich in cultural diversity and history. In recent years a surge of revitalization in the neighbourhood has brought new energy to the neighbourhood rapidly increasing its property values. Learn how the West End Biz is preserving its community while accommodating new growth through BIZ capital projects and program. Join us and learn how this community is poised to become the one to watch!

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Winnipeg has an incredible history and is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Development downtown is at an all-time high. Tour several downtown developments and learn how the tax incentive financing is helping to create a residential rebirth. The tour will also touch on the development of Winnipeg’s new Rapid Transit system and how that ties in to better serve a city in fast forward!

  • Location: RBC Convention Centre, York Ballroom 2-4

    Master Talks: Paul Jordan, CEO, The Forks North Portage Partnership; Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Rutgers Business School; Vanessa German, Visual & Performance Artist and Founder, Love Front Porch and ARThouse

  • Location: Delta Hotel, Delta AB

    This orientation, designed for new IDA members or first-time conference attendees, is a great way to network with other newcomers. Seasoned IDA members and staff will be available to answer any questions about the conference or IDA in general. First time attendees & new members only

     

  • Location: The Forks at 1 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg

    Nestled in the heart of downtown, The Forks is one of Winnipeg’s most beloved meeting places. At the junction of the Assiniboine and mighty Red Rivers, The Forks has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years. Early Aboriginal peoples traded at The Forks, followed by European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants. Today, framed by the banks of the two rivers, The Forks is Winnipeg’s number one tourist destination with more than four million visitors annually. Winter, spring, summer or fall, The Forks is a must for a stunning array of dining experiences, incomparable shopping, a constantly changing slate of entertainment and events, and many unique attractions that encompass the site’s natural, historic and man-made features.

    Sponsored by: Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, West End BIZ, Exchange District BIZ, and The Forks

    Shuttles will depart for The Forks starting at 6:15pm from the Delta Hotel with a stop at the Radisson Hotel then on to the venue. Shuttles will make loops approximately every 15 minutes until 8:30 pm. If you are staying at the Alt Hotel, please proceed to meet the shuttle at the Radisson.

  • Location: 2GH (RBC, North Building, 2nd floor)

     

    You have the opportunity to shape the conversation by proposing discussion topics and brainstorming key issues and solutions that will define the Open Space sessions. An advance agenda is not needed; this is a gathering of spontaneous conversations. Attendees will reconvene at designated times and locations on Thursday and Friday. This information will be pushed out via the Conference app and Twitter. Pawa Haiyupis of Hahopa Consulting Co. will facilitate the introductory Open Space session.

     

    Four Principles of Open Space Technology

    1) Whoever comes are the right people

    2) Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened

    3) When it starts is the right time

    4) When it’s over it’s over

    One Law: The Law of Two Feet. If you find yourself in a situation where you are not contributing or learning, use your two feet to go to another place where you can.

     

    Post-Conference, ideas, recommendations, discussions, and next steps can be documented on a harvest sheet and will be shared on the Conference app and in IDEA Connection to help nurture the opportunity for ongoing collaboration.

     

    Please see the mobile app for specific  topics and locations after 12 noon on Thursday 914/17.

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    It is estimated there are anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 homeless people in Winnipeg. In this workshop you will also hear about three successful Downtown BIZ ; the CEO Sleepout, CHAT (Community Homeless Assistance Team) and MOST (Mission off the Street) program. Participants will also visit two other projects; the Bell Hotel and Red Road Lodge that are helping to make a difference in addressing this complex and intricate community issue.

    Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    This mobile workshop takes you to Winnipeg’s most eastern BIZ zone. Once a former city on its own, Transcona has its own downtown, which faced some decline when Winnipeg merged with its surrounding municipalities in 1972. Transcona is now expanding rapidly and a major development project renewed the “downtown” to refresh the community’s identity. You will hear from the business owners on the successes of this suburban BIZ. The tour will also pass through Provencher BIZ area, known as the French Quarter. On this tour, learn about some of the challenges that these smaller BIZ zones outside of the city center face.

    Domain: Economic Development

  • Meeting Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: Governance is a constant work in progress, evolving and responding to changes in policy, regulation and the needs of volunteer Board/Commission members. NYC, Toronto and Chicago will share best practices (and pitfalls) of their BIDs/BIAs. While each city has approached governance differently – mandatory training sessions for new commissioners or comprehensive online modules that are available to over 82 Boards – the three municipalities recognize that success of the districts relies heavily on good governance.

    Domain: Organizational Management

    Speakers: 

    • Kimberly Bares, President, PLACE Consulting, Chicago, IL
    • Ron Nash, Economic Partnership Advisor, BIA Office of Toronto, City of Toronto
    • Jennifer Brown, Executive Director, Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, New York
  • Meeting Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description:

    Urban centre organizations are increasingly impacted by social street issues and while they cannot solve such complex social problems, it is vital that BIAs/BRZs/BIDs are involved in the discussions. Forming partnerships with the municipalities, local police, community and social organizations is the foundation to educate and foster understanding around such issues, and to begin to develop strategies and solutions. Learn about what three urban centre organizations are doing in their respective communities.

    Domain: Policy and Advocacy

    Speakers: 

    • Teri Smith, Executive Director, Robson Street Business Association
    • Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC)
    • Brian Timmerman, Executive Director, Exchange District BIZ, Winnipeg
  • Meeting Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description:

    As urban district professionals, we are all trying to create the foundations for growing new businesses, filling vacant spaces, and creating new jobs and vibrancy. Our expert panel will discuss how different cities and institutions are driving innovation, launching and running successful incubator spaces, and working with private and public partners to cultivate the right environment for new businesses to develop, grow and thrive.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Speakers:

    • Moderator: Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Rutgers Business School
    • Andrew Peck, Executive Director, The Glebe BIA, Ottawa, Canada
    • Mary B. Miller, President & CEO, Downtown Norfolk Council, Norfolk, VA
    • Dave McGlothlin, General Manager for the U.S. & Canada East for WeWork

     

  • Meeting Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: How are winters in Tampa, Florida and Winnipeg, Canada the same?  As you can imagine, Winnipeg is very cold in the winter and they have been very successful in activating the Red and Assiniboine Rivers and The Forks Marketplace during a time of year when everyone likes to hibernate.  Downtown Tampa, decided to take promoting winter with a twist!  Can you imagine Ice Skating in Florida? Come to this session and discover the surprising similarities about the triumphs and challenges of two very different climates when making the most of winter.

    Domain: Marketing, Communications and Events

    Speakers:

    • Sylvia Allen, President, Sylvia Allen Consulting, Inc., NY
    • Shaun Drinkard, Director of Placemaking, Tampa Downtown Partnership, FL
    • Rachel Radawec, Placemaking and Community Engagement Manager, Tampa Downtown Partnership
    • Chelsea Thomson, Manager, Marketing and Communications, The Forks North Portage Partnership
  • Location: RBC Convention Centre, York Ballroom 2-4

    Master Talks:

    • Michael Berne, President & Owner, MJB Consulting
    • Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez, President, University Health System Foundation
    • Emily Salsbury-Deveaux, Executive Director & Managing Partner, University of Alberta’s School of Retailing
    • Rosanna Duruthy, Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, LinkedIn
  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    In Winnipeg’s vibrant Exchange District, a National Historic Site of Canada, you will learn about the many benefits and challenges of working in an historical district. The Exchange District is home to over 150 heritage buildings and the highest concentration of restaurants, shops, art, and entertainment venues in Winnipeg. They adhere to a whole different set of rules and policies that affect parking, signage, patios and facades and more.  Hear about the balance between advocates and stakeholders as they navigate these hot button issues.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Award-winning Downtown Campus blends the old with the new – Red River College is the province’s largest institute of applied learning and applied research. Red River College is at the forefront of showing how adaptive re-use of historical buildings can contribute to an extremely modern state of the art learning facilities. This campus is Silver LEED certified and has won numerous environmental awards. One block away, the Paterson Global Foods Institute transformed a long vacant bank into one of the country’s renowned culinary and hospitality school. Learn how these campuses have transformed vacant spaces and revived the downtown area.

    Domain: Economic Development

  • Meeting Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description:

    Maps are the primary way that we orient ourselves to places. But they aren’t neutral: by highlighting some features while obscuring others, they are powerful tools for making meaning. Today, civic data and mobile technologies give us unprecedented control over visualizing place — and new ways for telling authentic, place-based stories.

    In a participatory session, two urbanists (and cartography nerds) will demonstrate how data can illuminate visitor preferences, uncover assets, and create dynamic itineraries.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Speakers:

    • Philip Barash, Creative Director, Sasaki
    • Brad Barnett, Director of Practice, Sasaki Strategies, Sasaki
  • Meeting Location: Millennium Suite (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: 

    In the rapidly evolving transportation landscape, the bicycle will play an increasingly important role as cities strive to provide multi-modal options for their ever-growing populations of urban dwellers. Automobile traffic, challenges of parking, and spatial constraints of urban places make single-occupant vehicle use challenging. Efficiency, ease of use, and the ability to park almost anywhere make the bicycle perhaps the perfect vehicle for improving individual mobility in downtown and center city areas.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Speakers: 

    • Raphael Clemente, Executive Director, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, FL
    • Matt Gladdek, Director of Policy & Planning, Downtown Durham, NC
    • Luis O. Cardona, Director of Economic Development, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, MD
    • Brent Raymond, Partner, DTAH
  • Meeting Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description:

    This session will review the growing role of residential in downtowns and the importance of integrating residential uses into place management. Panelists will offer tools to accommodate residential needs in healthy and complete communities. The panel will also explore how organizations incorporate residential uses into Business Improvement Districts. Highlights of IDA’s 2016 Top Issues Council on Downtown Residential will set the stage for a discussion about successfully working with residents in place management organizations.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Speakers:

    • Brian Douglas Scott, Ph.D., Principal, BDS Planning & Urban Design, Seattle, WA
    • Mark Garner, Executive Director and Chief of Staff, Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area, Toronto, Ontario
    • Mike Stewart, Executive Director, Ballard Alliance, Seattle, WA
  • Meeting Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: From urban adventure games and the world’s largest steampunk festival to some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, cities in the UK are actively developing cultural and events programmes that nurture local distinctiveness and attract people and trade. Lincoln, Leeds and Norwich BIDs are at the heart of the cultural renaissance of UK town centres! learn how they engage with partners and develop a cultural strategy that is engaging and sustainable without spending millions of pounds or dollars, and share some inspirational event ideas from around the world.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Speakers:

    • Matt Corrigan, Chief Executive, Lincoln Business Improvement Group, Lincoln, UK
    • Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, Leeds BID, Leeds, UK
    • Stefan Gurney, Chief Executive, Norwich BID, Norwich, UK
  • Meeting Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: According to a study by the Center for Talent Innovation, being perceived as possessing leadership material is essential to being promoted into leadership positions.  We will focus our session on Women in Leadership.  As women move forward in their careers, the discussion in most organizations often defaults to their “executive presence.”  According to the study, Women want the ability to flourish, excel, reach for meaning and purpose, be empowered and empower others, and earn well.

    Domain: Leadership Development

    Speakers:

    • Martita Mestéy, Partner, Diversity, Economic Development and Technology, Jobplex, a DHR International company, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    • Tina Winner, Partner, Emerging Leaders, Jobplex, a DHR International company, Largo, FL
    • Rosanna Durruthy, Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, LinkedIn

     

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    The Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness establishes a shared vision, action framework, and grounding principles needed for effective systems’ integration, policy and program alignment, and collaboration to reduce and end youth homelessness. The presenters will introduce the Plan and its action strategies related to the provision of affordable and social housing for youth, cross-sectoral collaboration, and reconciliation. They will discuss the implications for downtowns and the way in which services and programs are developed to address homelessness.

    Domain: Policy and Advocacy

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    In 2003, the closing of the Eaton’s department store  made way for the MTS Centre. Although there was mass opposition to demolishing the department store for a downtown arena, years later it is one of the busiest venues anywhere in the world and helped bring the NHL back to Winnipeg. The success of the arena has helped create a new district within the downtown, The Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (SHED), which has become a focal point of the revitalization of Winnipeg’s downtown. Learn how the MTS Centre and the upcoming True North Square is helping to create an economically viable district that brings a sense of community to downtown.

    Domain: Economic Development

  • Meeting Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: The Canadian Toolkit is a ground-breaking effort to provide a common set of data and processes that will help Canadian place management organizations, such as BIAs/BIDs/BRZs, and of course those outside Canada, establish and sustain evaluation and compare progress among districts nation-wide. It provides organizations with directions and insights on collecting, organizing, storing, and presenting district specific data to make the case for continued investment and support.  We make data fun as well as insightful!

    Domain: Organizational Management

    Speakers:

    • Patricia Barnes, Executive Director, Hastings North BIA, Vancouver, BC
    • Janette MacDonald, CEO & General Manager, Downtown London, Ontario
    • Richard Martz, Partner and Principal of LiveWorkLearnPlay, Montreal, PQ
  • Meeting Location: Millennium Suite (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: Every thriving downtown community requires public safety. As downtown centers become re-populated with residents crime has shifted to include increasingly dangerous behaviors.  Police forces have been thinning and patrols may not be as commonplace.  More city centers are destinations for major events, which may also make them targets.  How do districts plan for public safety, and what measures can be taken in the public realm to promote safety? As a part of IDA’s Top Issues Council, the Safety & Security team explored these topics and more.

    Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

    Speakers:

    • Samantha Jackson, Senior Director of Operations, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., AZ
    • Martin Cramer, Vice President, Public Safety, Downtown Dallas, Inc., TX
    • Constable Rejeanne Caron, Downtown Safety Coordinator, Winnipeg Police Service , MB
    • Shawn Matthews, Director of Safety and Outreach, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
  • Meeting Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: This session will address the recent work of the IDA research council on urban parks.  We will discuss ways for both current and potential park stakeholders to advance collaboration and capacity building within the management of an urban park to maximize benefits, while equitably and intelligently sharing costs and responsibilities. Included topics are partnerships, measurements, context, design, activation, equity and fundraising. The desired outcome? A dynamic, thriving space that is accessible to all.

    Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

    Speakers:

    • Jane Jenkins, President and CEO, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc, OK
    • Chris Beynon, MIG Inc., Berkeley, CA
  • Meeting Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: In many cities and downtowns our newfound success is leading to high housing costs, spiraling labor rates and the rapid gentrification of neighborhoods.  Without interventions and investments to promote affordable housing, stabilize neighborhoods, workforce training, public education and other social equity measures, many cities are at risk of losing what makes them authentic, and arguably the DNA for their economic vitality.  Downtown organizations have a role in this debate and can help shape local policies and responses.

    Domain: Policy and Advocacy

    Speakers:

    • Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates, Denver, CO
    • Kirby Fowler, President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
    • John Caner, CEO, Downtown Berkeley Association, Berkeley, CA

     

  • Meeting Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description:

    Homelessness is a complex challenge, but for too long, we’ve sought simple, silver bullet solutions. US and Canadian cities are ending street homelessness by treating it more like a natural disaster— adopting a command center approach, monitoring the problem in real time, and coordinating responses that drive monthly reductions. Come learn how to break homelessness down into actionable categories, ask service providers smarter questions, and help drive an end to street homelessness in your community.

    Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

    Speakers:

    • Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO, Community Solutions, New York, NY
    • Jake Maguire, Principal, Community Solutions, New York, NY
  • Location: RBC Convention Centre, York Ballroom 2-4

    Mayors Panel:

    • Mayor Brian Bowman (Winnipeg)
    • Mayor Charlie Clark (Saskatoon)
    • Mayor Michael Fougere (Regina)
    • Moderator: Tim Tompkins

    Master Talks

    • Ry Moran, Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
    • Rod Schebesch, Transportation Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places
    • Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO, Community Solutions
  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Description: This tour takes participants to some of the most impressive small park developments in Winnipeg’s core area. This tour will share the histories of Central Park, Old Market Square, and Saigon Park. Participants will explore each of the parks to learn what makes them so unique and hear presentations about their redevelopment and the challenges of these historic parks.

    Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Description: Adelaide Street in the Exchange District is home to Innovation Alley: a start-up community of innovators, entrepreneurs and artists. Recently, Innovation Alley has seen over 75 new businesses started, 750 patents created and over $110 million in revenue generated by shared resources and ideas. Backed by Winnipeg’s Mayor Brian Bowman and attracting international thinkers such as Prince Charles, Innovation Alley is Winnipeg’s Silicon Valley. Come and explore Winnipeg’s start-up technology hub in the heart of a National Historic Site of Canada.

    Domain: Economic Development

  • Meeting Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: From empty alleys to mall parking to sidewalks, the uncommon spaces of a community can provide the perfect location for ‘outside the box’ events designed to revitalize the area. By activating these forgotten spaces, you can make the most of these unused urban assets and bring new life and crucial economic development to your community. This session will present real life projects and best practices by those who implemented them in different cities.

    Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

    Speakers:

    • Eric Goldstein, Executive Director, King of Prussia District, PA
    • Patricia Barnes, Executive Director, Hastings North BIA, BC
    • Jacob Gordon, CEO, Downtown Vision Inc., Jacksonville, FL
  • Meeting Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: 

    After years of work, your place is improving: business is good and streets are clean. But old reputations die hard, and problems remain framed a certain way. What if we want people to see places, problems and possibilities differently? Hear diverse places share how they used public space management, programming and public-private partnerships to change a narrative, and offer for discussion and commentary the perception or problem you want to change.

    Domain: Marketing, Communication and Events

    Speakers: 

    • Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance, NY
    • Casey T. Gilbert, Executive Director, Portland Downtown, Portland, Maine
    • Jim Yanchula, Manager Urban Regeneration, Planning Services, London, ON
  • Meeting Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: North America is in the midst of an urban renaissance, with billions of dollars of mixed-use urban development bringing new life to downtowns. Meanwhile, shared and connected autonomous vehicles look increasingly likely to revolutionize our cities and their downtowns. In this session, our designers and autonomous vehicle experts will discuss the profound impact that these vehicles will have on urban places, mobility systems, and human ecology and how downtowns should be preparing for the future.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Speakers:

    • Jeff Sauser, Senior Planner, Stantec’s Urban Places, Boston, MA
    • David Dixon, Planning and Urban Design Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places, Boston, MA
    • Rod Schebesch,Transportation Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places, Calgary, AB
    • Sean Luther, Executive Director, Envision Downtown Pittsburgh, PA

     

  • Meeting Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: This year, IDA partnered with 13 downtown place management organizations to conduct the first-ever project to calculate the value of American downtowns, putting center cities into their unique economic and geographical context as compared to the city and the region, examining key metrics based on the principles of economy, inclusion, vibrancy, identity and resilience. The downtowns served as pilots to craft IDA’s new data standard that will be used year-over-year.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Moderator:  Craig Lewis, Principal, Stantec’s Urban Places, Charlotte, NC

    Speakers:

    • Kris Larson, CEO, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., MI
    • Cole E. Judge, Director of Research, IDA, Washington, DC
    • Steven Welliver, Deputy Chief Executive, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., CA
  • Meeting Location: Millennium Suite (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description:

    Lessons from previous active threat events however, illustrate the need to build a more comprehensive approach beyond the average 15 minutes it takes for the perpetrator to be neutralized.  Pre-event, immediate response, and recovery activities need to be more thoughtfully considered to fully grasp the complex and dynamic nature of the spectrum of active threat events.  This presentation will explore elements of the Life Cycle of an Active Threat Event from both theoretical and applied perspectives, and provide attendees with realistic and meaningful approaches to develop preparedness in their BIDs.

    Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

    Speakers:

    • Pat Powell, Director of Operations and Preparedness, Golden Triangle BID, Washington, DC
    • Lynda Remund, SHRM-CP, Chief Operating Officer, Tampa Downtown Partnership, Tampa, FL
    • David Schuld, Lead for Active Threat Portfolio, Hagerty Consulting, Evanston, IL
  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Description: Rivers are the lifeblood of many cities. Good urban design connects people to natural features such as parks, green spaces and waterways. In 2004, the City of Winnipeg undertook the Waterfront Development Project transforming an underused, unsafe and pedestrian unfriendly area into a thriving business and residential community. Streetscape to brick and mortar, see for yourself the transformation from the Waterfront Development Project.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Description: Bringing businesses back to neighbourhoods that have been in decline is a daunting challenge, but it is one that Winnipeg’s BIZs are addressing head-on. Visit Winnipeg’s West End and see how the West End BIZ tackled negative perceptions step by step. The tour will take you past former vacant properties to show off how directly targeting business owners and start-up entrepreneurs has led to an increasingly lit up streetscape. Hear how pop-up shop locations in the Downtown and the Exchange District are giving entrepreneurs a leg up in testing out their business dreams and participants will have an opportunity to mingle with current business owners in the West End BIZ zone.

    Domain: Economic Development

  • Meeting Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: Downtown organizations are playing a greater role as patrons of public art in an era of declining arts funding. Initially created to activate assets or shift perceptions, arts programs are now more sophisticated, and nurture arts communities and processes. What are the goals of public art, and how do organizations balance the interests of the artist, sponsor and community?

    Come discuss the challenges and opportunities in institutionalizing robust, independent arts programs around the world.

    Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

    Speakers:

    • Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, PA
    • Pascale Daigle, Directrice de la programmation,  Montréal (Québec)
    • Debra Simon, Director of Public Art, Times Square Alliance, NY
  • Meeting Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: Diversity creates excitement, vibrancy and economic resilience, and can be the heart of a successful urban centre offering a place to combat discrimination and social isolation. BIA’s can play an active role in ensuring commercial districts are inclusive places for LBGTQ2S individuals, immigrants, refugees, minorities, and people of varying incomes. Some argue this is imperative. This panel provides examples from three BIA’s on how to create welcoming urban centres for all.

    Domain: Policy and Advocacy

    Speakers:

    • Landon Hoyt, Executive Director of Hastings Crossing BIA, Vancouver, BC
    • Patricia Cuttell, Executive Director of North End Business Association, Halifax, NS
    • Angela Evans, Executive Director of Collingwood BIA, Vancouver, BC
  • Meeting Location: Millennium Suite (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: As we all embark in the urban place management profession, job opportunities will be presented at different times of your career.  Attend this session and learn from three seasoned professionals in the field who all came from very different backgrounds and regions.  Hear how they each transition positions, evaluated new job opportunities and what risks were involved, what executive recruiters were looking for and how they advanced professionally and regionally.

    Domain: Leadership Development

    Speakers:

    • David Diaz, President, Tysons Partnership, VA
    • Jeff Fluhr, President, Greater Wichita Partnership, KS
    • Janette MacDonald, CEO & General Manager, Downtown London, Canada
  • Meeting Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: This session will demonstrate importance and necessity for business improvement organizations to provide ongoing support to the retail sector. A case study will be presented from Iowa City two very different two programs: infrastructure and marketing. The presentation will walk through CoSign a creative place-making project developed by the American Sign Museum and Shopping Genius a multi-faceted marketing campaign. Walk away from this session excited by the possibilities in your own community.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Speakers:

    • Nancy Bird, Executive Director, Iowa City Downtown District, IA
    • Betsy Potter, Director of Operations, Iowa City Downtown District, IA
    • Cate Becker, National Project Director, American Sign Museum, Cincinnati, OH
  • Meeting Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: Join this interactive session and learn how to level-up your marketing with an annual plan using digital and social media to make your brand relevant to your district. This session will challenge participants to think outside the box about how they connect with their communities, support their brand identity and leverage digital tools to counter real world challenges. Learn, step-by-step, how to launch a strategic marketing plan, using social media platforms, learn to develop a social media strategy and measure success.

    Domain: Marketing, Communications and Events

    Speakers:

    • David Romako, Partner, Bright Brothers, Tempe, AZ
    • Miranda Edwards, Director of Messaging, Downtown Tempe Authority, AZ
    • Lucie Scott, Community Development Coordinator, Times Square Alliance, NY
  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Description: Winnipeg has the largest per capita population of Indigenous people of any major Canadian City. Past policies have devastated our indigenous community so what is being done to move forward together? And what does it mean to exist on Treaty One land? From our Municipal Government, Universities, Chambers of Commerce and business community, and other organizations, Winnipeg is taking the lead with meaningful engagement and action. Hear how the Downtown BIZ created a strategic initiative “Indigenizing Downtown” and developed policies to focus on creating a city that recognizes respects and includes our Indigenous community through consultation, reconciliation, programming and partnership.

    Domain: Policy and Advocacy

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building bus loop on York Avenue

    Join us to visit and learn about Downtown’s skywalk system and underground city! Participants will learn about the impact of having tenants above and below ground, and visit the historic Portage and Main intersection.  Learn about the drive and opposition involving re-opening this intersection to pedestrian traffic and what that may mean for the future of the walkway.

    Domain: Economic Development

  • Meeting Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description:Teaming Up To Clean Up showcases partnerships with local stakeholders to clean and beautify their cities. Best practices include businesses and communities working together to improve storefronts, and reduce graffiti and litter while focusing on cigarette litter, recycling, and needle waste. Perspectives from the City of Edmonton’s Capital City Clean Up, Keep America Beautiful, Portland Downtown, and Take Pride Winnipeg! show how organizations can achieve best practices in maintaining cleanliness and building vibrancy in urban settings.

    Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

    Speakers: 

    • Moderator: Tom Ethans, Executive Director,  Take Pride Winnipeg, MB
    • Tom Morales, Keep America Beautiful, CT
    • Amy Geren, Portland Downtown, Maine
    • Don Belanger, City of Edmonton’s Capital City Clean Up, Alberta
  • Meeting Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: Boston and Toronto’s busy downtowns are transforming. New residential and retail development is remaking them into 24/7 neighborhoods. The changes have made a 70s-era pedestrian zone and several other previously unnoticed corners into more important public spaces, but planners face challenges as they try to cater to new pedestrian needs. See how local planners used low-cost experiments, sensor technology, social media, and new ways to communicate the value of public space to make change happen.

    Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

    Speakers:

    • Moderator: Max Stearns, Program Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
    • Mark Garner, CEO & Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA, Toronto, Canada
    • Pete Stidman, Active Transportation Leader, Howard Stein Hudson
    • Anita Lauricella, Planner/Project Manager, Downtown Boston Business Improvement District
  • Meeting Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: Drawing on case studies from across North America, the IDA Top Issues Council on “Diverse Retail Mix” will be exploring different meanings of retail diversity (e.g. ethnic; socioeconomic; psycho-graphic; newcomer versus long-time resident; chain versus independent, etc.), and for each one, arguing on behalf of its importance, analyzing with which goals or stakeholders it conflicts and how true “crossover” might be achieved, and finally, what specific roles a Downtown organization should play in its promotion and preservation.

    Domain: Economic Development

    Speakers:

    • Michael Berne, President & Owner, MJB Consulting
    • Nancy Bird, Executive Director, Iowa City Downtown District
  • Meeting Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

    Description: Supporting local, small businesses is important to the regional economy. In this session, you’ll hear from three communities who utilized Small Business Saturday, an annual U.S. small business holiday shopping tradition created by American Express in 2010, to help initiate year-round Shop Small movements in their districts. Learn how to find local partners, leverage social media and activate your downtown to make a big impact on your small business community.

    Domain: Communications, Marketing and Events

    Speakers:

    • Moderator: Alexa Brandt, Director, Small Business Saturday, American Express
    • Jenny Starkey, Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Cherry Creek North BID, Denver CO
    • Kristen Sackett, Marketing & Events Director, Downtown Missoula Partnership, Missoula, MT
    • Nancy Miyahira, Vice President, Marketing Director, Georgetown BID, Washington, DC
  • Location: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights

    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a must for everyone’s Winnipeg visit list. There is nothing like it – anywhere. It’s for looking back and thinking forward. Whether people are interested in connecting with important Canadian and international human rights stories, or awesome architecture, this national museum delivers! It’s a spectacular experience inside and out.

    Sponsored by the Province of Manitoba

    Shuttles will depart for the museum at 5:15 pm and 5:40 pm from the RBC Convention Centre Bus Loop on York Ave.  Afterwards, shuttles will continue to loop between the Delta Hotel, Radisson Hotel and the venue approximately every 15 minutes until 8:30 pm. If you are staying at the Alt Hotel, please meet the shuttle at the Radisson Hotel.

  • It’s been a busy few days of learning, touring and networking! Now it’s time to wind down with a visit to our world class Ten Spa for a Turkish HAMAM treatment, the tradition of physical and spiritual purification. This experience is exactly what you need to return home refreshed! Ten Spa also offers a variety of other services to relax and prepare you for the journey home. Book at time best for you at www.tenspa.ca. The Spa is located in the Hotel Fort Garry within walking distance of the RBC Convention Centre.

  • Meeting location: RBC North Building Bus Loop on York Avenue

    Go deep into the heart of Manitoba’s north without leaving the City of Winnipeg! Your journey starts with a private tour of the 10-acre exhibit, where you’ll get unobstructed views of a variety of northern species. Watch in wonder as the majestic polar bears swim and play above and around you in the underwater viewing tunnels. Then join a zookeeper for a personalized animal encounter. Get an insider’s look at this important part of the care of the polar bears and other animals at the Zoo.

2017 Master Talks

IDA Master Talks present the industry's most engaging and innovative speakers. More details on the 2017 speakers will be released regularly leading up to the conference. Join our mailing list for conference updates by contacting Rebecca Bishophall at rebecca@downtown.org.

Michael Berne

President & Owner, MJB Consulting

Michael Berne is one of North America’s foremost experts in Downtown and Main Street retail. As President of MJB Consulting (MJB), he has worked in cities and towns across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and he has also spoken and written extensively on the subject. He is currently penning a chapter to a forthcoming volume on Suburban Downtowns and writing a book on “A New Retail Paradigm for the City Center.”

Rosanna Durruthy

Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, LinkedIn

Rosanna Durruthy brings broad, cross functional, human resources leadership experience in attracting and developing high performing talent as the diversity leader at companies like Cigna, Vivendi Universal (Seagram) and Merrill Lynch. At LinkedIn, Rosanna’s focus is on empowering all employees, members and customers to realize their full potential. In addition to her role at LinkedIn, Rosanna is also a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Human Rights Campaign, where she provides expertise and counsel on LGBTQ workplace issues. She has been recognized as one of the country’s leading professional Hispanic women and an influential mind in the diversity and inclusion space.

Vanessa German

Visual & Performance Artist and Founder, Love Front Porch and ARThouse

Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood, whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. She is also the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of her historic Homewood neighborhood.

Rosanne Haggerty

President and CEO, Community Solutions

Rosanne Haggerty is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Solutions. She is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. Community Solutions assists communities throughout the US and Canada in solving the complex problems facing their most vulnerable residents by leading large scale change initiatives including the 100,000 Homes and Built for Zero Campaigns and the 20,000 Homes Campaign led by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.

Paul Jordan

CEO, The Forks North Portage Partnership

Having a passion for the continued development of Winnipeg, Paul Jordan has been active in the creation of waterfront access projects, which have led to multiple initiatives within the city. Paul was instrumental in the creation and implementation of Target Zero, The Forks’ environmental vision to reach zero carbon emissions. Paul has held many positions since joining The Forks North Portage Partnership in 1991, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2014.

Ry Moran

Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Ry Moran is the Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation located at the University of Manitoba. In addition to working with his team to build the Centre from the ground up, Ry continues to advocate for Survivors, truth and reconciliation with commentary in radio, print and television. Ry is a proud member of the Métis Nation.

Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez

President, University Health System Foundation

Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez is an accomplished executive dedicated to building partnerships, improving lives and communities, and expanding economic, educational and health opportunities. She is currently the President of the University Health System Foundation in San Antonio, Bexar County, and South Texas. Prior to her position with University Health System, Castro Ramírez served President Barack Obama’s Administration as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary leading HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing and is also the former President/CEO for the San Antonio Housing Authority.

Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Rutgers Business School

Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D. is an award winning business school professor, international speaker and entrepreneur. Since 2008, he has been a leading faculty member at Rutgers Business School where he is an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship and the Academic Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. Dr. Robinson is a passionate advocate for social entrepreneurship, inclusive innovation and economic development. His most recent work is a multi-year project to study social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the U.S., Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Russia and China.

Emily Salsbury-Deveaux

Executive Director & Managing Partner, University of Alberta’s School of Retailing

Emily Salsbury-Deveaux started with the School of Retailing in 2013, working alongside business owners, shopping centres, retailers and real estate companies to ensure they have the tools they need to thrive. In 2014, she implemented a student consulting company that is now the largest in North America with a staff of 22 Bachelor of Commerce students from all different majors. The group is one of a kind and has worked with economic development groups, retailers and real estate firms.

Rod Schebesch

Transportation Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places

Rod has spent his 26-year career enhancing mobility. He specializes in the implementation of new transportation technology—and in understanding how that technology will transform North American transportation networks. With a focus on building smarter cities, Rod is always striving to find greater infrastructure efficiencies that positively impact the built environment. He has led projects involving automated vehicles, transit-rideshare technology, driverless shuttles, and smart cities planning. Currently, he is serving as Stantec’s program manager for ACTIVE-AURORA, Canada’s largest connected-automated-vehicles test bed, and is leading the creation of Canada’s first smart corridor in Edmonton.

2017 Mayor's Panel

Mayor Brian Bowman

Mayor Brian Bowman, Winnipeg's 43rd Mayor, is passionate about building a stronger city that works better for every citizen. A lawyer by trade, he has served and advocated for the community through organizations like the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Ka Ni Kanichihk. Brian's background is Métis, making him the nation's first Aboriginal mayor, and he feels passionately about ending racism in Winnipeg. Brian and his wife Tracy have two sons, Hayden and Austin, and a dog, Indiana.

Mayor Charlie Clark

In October 2016, Charlie Clark was elected as Mayor of Saskatoon. Previous to that, he was Ward 6 City Councillor for 10 years. Mayor Clark has been part of nation-wide conversations about the key role cities play as engines of innovation and ensuring quality of life for all citizens. He has presented nationally at conferences on affordable housing, urban development, and policing and community safety issues. His professional background is in the area of mediation and community economic development.

Mayor Michael Fougere

Michael Fougere was elected as Mayor of Regina on October 24, 2012 after serving for five terms on City Council representing the residents of Ward 4 in southeast Regina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from St. Francis Xavier University and a Masters of Science degree from the London School of Economics. Michael has lived and worked in several provinces, Asia and Europe, focussing on economic development.

Get a Taste From Last Year

Watch videos from previous Master Talk sessions by visiting our YouTube channel.

 

Newcomers Orientation

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm

Location: Delta Hotel, Delta AB

This orientation, designed for new IDA members or first-time conference attendees, is a great way to network with other newcomers. Seasoned IDA members and staff will be available to answer any questions about the conference or IDA in general.


Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: The Forks at 1 Forks Market Road

Sponsored by Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, West End BIZ, The Exchange District BIZ, and The Forks 

Celebrate the opening of the 2017 Annual Conference & Tradeshow in Winnipeg with IDA at The Forks. Nestled in the heart of downtown, The Forks is one of Winnipeg’s most beloved meeting places. At the junction of the Assiniboine and mighty Red Rivers, The Forks has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years. Early Aboriginal peoples traded at The Forks, followed by European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants. Today, framed by the banks of the two rivers, The Forks is Winnipeg’s number one tourist destination with more than four million visitors annually. Winter, spring, summer or fall, The Forks is a must for a stunning array of dining experiences, incomparable shopping, a constantly changing slate of entertainment and events, and many unique attractions that encompass the site’s natural, historic and man-made features.

Shuttles will depart for The Forks starting at 6:15pm from the Delta Hotel with a stop at the Radisson Hotel then on to the venue. Shuttles will make loops approximately every 15 minutes until 8:30 pm. If you are staying at the Alt Hotel, please proceed to meet the shuttle at the Radisson.

 


Closing Reception

Friday, September 15, 2017 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Canadian Museum for Human Rights at 85 Israel Asper Way

Sponsored by Province of Manitoba

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a must for everyone’s Winnipeg visit list. There is nothing like it – anywhere. It’s for looking back and thinking forward. Whether people are interested in connecting with important Canadian and international human rights stories, or awesome architecture, this national museum delivers! It’s a spectacular experience inside and out.

Shuttles will depart for the museum at 5:15 pm and 5:40 pm from the RBC Convention Centre Bus Loop on York Ave.  Afterwards, shuttles will continue to loop between the Delta Hotel, Radisson Hotel and the venue approximately every 15 minutes until 8:30 pm. If you are staying at the Alt Hotel, please meet the shuttle at the Radisson Hotel.


Tours & Workshops

Pre-Conference tours and workshops fill up quickly. If you did not previously register for a tour or workshop, contact the registration team at registration@downtown.org to add it to your itinerary.

Excursions and mobile workshops requiring bus transportation (noted in the program) will depart from the first floor of the RBC Convention Centre North Building bus loop on York Avenue. If you’re planning to join one of these workshops, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.  Pre-conference activities require additional fees and advance registration. Check at the IDA Tour Desk sponsored by CentreVenture Development Corporation to sign up on-site in the Carlton Lobby of the RBC Convention Centre.

 

Pre-Conference Workshops

The Future of Physical Retail in the Age of Online ($75)

Wednesday, September 13

8:30am – 11:30am

Not a day passes without new headlines heralding the death of “brick-and-mortar” retail at the hands of e-commerce.  But how do we separate fact from fiction? While many retail experts argue that this narrative is overly pessimistic and does not fully capture the realities on the ground, there remains a healthy debate over what impact these trends might have on downtown.  Through both presentations and interactive discussion, this timely session will not only get into the nuances of what is in fact happening, but also introduce various strategies and interventions that place managers in both the U.S. and Canada might consider in an effort to help their districts mitigate the possible impacts and take advantage of the latent opportunities during the current period of transition.  The glass might be half full after all. Sponsored by ICSC.

Moderator: Cynthia Stewart, Vice President, Community Development, ICSC

Presenters: Larisa Ortiz, Larisa Ortiz and Associates; Michael Berne, MJB Consulting and Tony Hernandez, Director & Eaton Chair in Retailing, Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity (CSCA)

  • Unpack media narratives and gain a more nuanced understanding of current trends in the retail industry
  • Assess the full impact that such trends are likely to have on your district and on urban places more broadly
  • Learn about strategies and interventions that can help your district to respond to this changing retail landscape
  • Share your district’s specific challenges and receive real-time feedback from peers and instructors

 

Mastering the Art of Bringing Low-Cost Rapid Change Downtown ($75)

Wednesday, September 13

8:30am – 11:30am

There is an international trend of low-cost interventions being used to test out ideas before making large capital improvements. Pop-up parks, guerilla wayfinding, and mobile vendors are just a few innovations. During this session you will learn about projects from successful communities internationally. During this workshop you will carry out several interventions and participants will get hands-on experience.  Through this workshop you’ll gain the know-how and skills needed to bring about low-cost rapid change in your downtown.

Presenter: Isaac Kremer, Executive Director, Downtown Metuchen (NJ) and Jim Constantine, Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will leave with a better understanding of Tactical Urbanism and Placemaking
  • Attendees will be able to see examples of how Tactical Urbanism and interim design are transforming districts, and take home practical ideas to implement
  • Hands-on activities will reinforce lessons learned about the process
  • Attendees will understand how interim design can complement complex planning processes and improve public buy-in for plans as they are being developed
  • Participants will see how their efforts fit in with broader national and international movement by participating in a hashtag campaign

 

Charrette Planning for Urban Space Leaders ($75)

Wednesday, September 13

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Learn how collaboration by design is transforming urban centers globally.  This hands-on session will help you assess any design project, and determine the right type of charrette for your business district.  Through case studies and group exercises you will learn to activate the unique creative potential of all stakeholders by embedding them in the design process to co-create a transformative plan, while saving time and money using the National Charrette Institute (NCI) Charrette System™ approach.

Presenters: Wayne R. Beyea, NCI Interim Director and Trainer and Bill Lennertz, Founder and NCI Lead Trainer

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn a systematic approach to fostering creativity and innovation.
  • Identify and orchestrate the engagement of key stakeholders.
  • Learn how to create broad stakeholder support, reduce costly rework and produce a plan with an exceptional design.
  • Practice using key NCI Charrette System tools and techniques

 

12 Steps to Sponsorship Success ($75)

Wednesday, September 13

12:30pm – 3:30pm

During this three hour session you will learn the proper sales method for garnering the most sponsorships. You will discover what to do in any economy and how to position your sponsorship so that people want to buy it.  You will be given the 12 steps needed to ensure sponsorship success from initial concept, to taking inventory, to establishing media partners, to determining your best partners, the sales process, making the sale, and post event follow up to ensure renewal.  During this session you will be given an event and, working in groups, you will develop sponsorship offerings.

Taught by sponsorship guru (the queen mother of sponsorship), Sylvia Allen, you will learn AND be entertained.  Come prepared to walk away with knowledge that guarantees your success and, while you are at it, have fun.

Presenter: Sylvia Allen, President, Allen Consulting (BA, MA, CFEE)

Key learning points to be covered in this course include:

  • Understanding the sales process for sponsorship
  • Proposing your sponsorship for sales success
  • The proper way to approach sponsors
  • How to customize your offerings to meet the sponsor’s needs
  • Discovering the steps to take to ensure sponsorship success
  • Creating a strong sponsorship sales strategy
  • Developing your own sponsorship tactics
  • Preparing sample sponsorship offerings

 

 

Pre-Conference Tours

IDA Golf Outing ($150)

Wednesday, September 13

7am – 2pm

Join us for a round of golf at the Glendale Golf and Country Club! It is conveniently located in St. James, at the west end of Winnipeg. Originally designed by Stanley Thompson, Glendale has a very walkable course layout, with spectacular greens and picturesque views. The Club was established back in 1946 as a place where men and women and their families could go to enjoy the warmth and relaxation of a Manitoba summer in a setting that embodied the comforts and luxuriousness of a country club. The course is built on the magnificent natural surroundings of the rolling prairie and a stately riverbank setting shaded by mature oaks and elms. The day will include a round of golf, power cart, light breakfast and lunch.

 

City Orientation – Bus Tour ($50) | SOLD OUT 

Wednesday September 13

9am – 11:30am

The guided tour will give a general over view of the city, visiting several urban areas and key sites pertaining to Winnipeg’s History. Participants will enjoy an engaging narrative, learning about our past, present and opportunities for the future.

 

City Center Bicycle Tour ($50) | SOLD OUT 

Wednesday September 13

9am – 11:30am

Winnipeg has long been a car city. Through strong community activism and persistence on the pedals, the City of Winnipeg has voiced their concern for more active transportation in our city. On this exciting bike tour you will learn about different active transportation projects in Winnipeg’s three largest BIZ zones: Downtown, Exchange District and West End. This informative tour will showcase beautiful sites and landmarks that are now accessible by bike.

 

Small Town Downtown! ($75)

Wednesday September 13

9:00am – 2:30pm

Explore the historic town of Gimli located along the shores of Lake Winnipeg. This town of Icelandic heritage incorporates unique summer and winter events drawing tourists and keeping its economy going year around. The tour will also include a drive by of historic Winnipeg Beach with a narrative of its revival story. Escape the city; take in the beautiful prairie scenery and lake views while learning about Manitoba’s rich history.

 

Downtown, My Town! ($25) | SOLD OUT

Wednesday September 13

12:30pm – 3pm

If pounding the pavement is the way you like to discover a city, this tour is for you. Visit Winnipeg’s key attractions on this walking tour. Start the tour walking past the MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, followed by a stop at Winnipeg’s famous Portage and Main intersection. A quick visit to Winnipeg’s historical Exchange District will introduce participants to Winnipeg’s early history. Then follow the recently redeveloped riverfront visiting the French Quarter and Canadian Human Rights Museum, The Forks and Manitoba’s unique Legislature building. Ready, set, explore!

 

West End Story ($25) | SOLD OUT

Wednesday September 13

12:30pm – 3pm

This tour will take you through a historic inner city neighbourhood. The West End is the largest BIZ zone in Winnipeg, and is rich in cultural diversity and history. In recent years a surge of revitalization in the neighbourhood has brought new energy to the neighbourhood rapidly increasing its property values. Learn how the West End Biz is preserving its community while accommodating new growth through BIZ capital projects and program. Join us and learn how this community is poised to become the one to watch!

 

Our Winnipeg in Fast Forward ($25)| SOLD OUT

Wednesday September 13

12:30pm – 3pm

Description: Winnipeg has an incredible history and is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Development downtown is at an all-time high. Tour several downtown developments and learn how the tax incentive financing is helping to create a residential rebirth. The tour will also touch on the development of Winnipeg’s new Rapid Transit system and how that ties in to better serve a city in fast forward!

 

Mobile Workshops

 

Finding Home – Ending Homelessness in Winnipeg ($25) | SOLD OUT

Thursday, September 14

8am – 10am

It is estimated there are anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 homeless people in Winnipeg. In this workshop you will also hear about three successful Downtown BIZ ; the CEO Sleepout, CHAT (Community Homeless Assistance Team) and MOST (Mission off the Street) program. Participants will also visit two other projects; the Bell Hotel and Red Road Lodge that are helping to make a difference in addressing this complex and intricate community issue.

Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

 

Suburbia BIZ ($25)

Thursday, September 14

8am – 10am

This mobile workshop takes you to Winnipeg’s most eastern BIZ zone. Once a former city on its own, Transcona has its own downtown, which faced some decline when Winnipeg merged with its surrounding municipalities in 1972. Transcona is now expanding rapidly and a major development project renewed the “downtown” to refresh the community’s identity. You will hear from the business owners on the successes of this suburban BIZ. The tour will also pass through Provencher BIZ area, known as the French Quarter. On this tour, learn about some of the challenges that these smaller BIZ zones outside of the city center face.

Domain: Economic Development

 

Heritage or Hassle ($25) | SOLD OUT

Thursday, September 14

1pm – 3pm

In Winnipeg’s vibrant Exchange District, a National Historic Site of Canada, you will learn about the many benefits and challenges of working in an historical district. The Exchange District is home to over 150 heritage buildings and the highest concentration of restaurants, shops, art, and entertainment venues in Winnipeg. They adhere to a whole different set of rules and policies that affect parking, signage, patios and facades and more. Hear about the balance between advocates and stakeholders as they navigate these hot button issues.

Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

 

From Historic to State of the Art ($25)  | SOLD OUT

Thursday, September 14

1pm – 3pm

Award-winning Downtown Campus blends the old with the new – Red River College is the province’s largest institute of applied learning and applied research. Red River College is at the forefront of showing how adaptive re-use of historical buildings can contribute to an extremely modern state of the art learning facilities. This campus is Silver LEED certified and has won numerous environmental awards. One block away, the Paterson Global Foods Institute transformed a long vacant bank into one of the country’s renowned culinary and hospitality school. Learn how these campuses have transformed vacant spaces and revived the downtown area.

Domain: Economic Development

 

Here and Now: Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness ($25) | SOLD OUT

Thursday, September 14

3pm – 5pm

The Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness establishes a shared vision, action framework, and grounding principles needed for effective systems’ integration, policy and program alignment, and collaboration to reduce and end youth homelessness. The presenters will introduce the Plan and its action strategies related to the provision of affordable and social housing for youth, cross-sectoral collaboration, and reconciliation. They will discuss the implications for downtowns and the way in which services and programs are developed to address homelessness.

Domain: Policy and Advocacy

 

A True North Story ($25) | SOLD OUT

Thursday, September 14

3pm – 5pm

In 2003, the closing of the Eaton’s department store  made way for the MTS Centre. Although there was mass opposition to demolishing the department store for a downtown arena, years later it is one of the busiest venues anywhere in the world and helped bring the NHL back to Winnipeg. The success of the arena has helped create a new district within the downtown, The Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (SHED), which has become a focal point of the revitalization of Winnipeg’s downtown. Learn how the MTS Centre and the upcoming True North Square is helping to create an economically viable district that brings a sense of community to downtown.

Domain: Economic Development

 

Park and Place ($25) | SOLD OUT

Friday, September 15

10:15am – 12:15pm

This tour takes participants to some of the most impressive small park developments in Winnipeg’s core area. This tour will share the histories of Central Park, Old Market Square, and Saigon Park. Participants will explore each of the parks to learn what makes them so unique and hear presentations about their redevelopment and the challenges of these historic parks.

Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

 

Innovation Alley – Winnipeg’s Silicon Valley ($25)| SOLD OUT

Friday, September 15

10:15am – 12:15pm

Adelaide Street in the Exchange District is home to Innovation Alley: a start-up community of innovators, entrepreneurs and artists. Recently, Innovation Alley has seen over 75 new businesses started, 750 patents created and over $110 million in revenue generated by shared resources and ideas. Backed by Winnipeg’s Mayor Brian Bowman and attracting international thinkers such as Prince Charles, Innovation Alley is Winnipeg’s Silicon Valley. Come and explore Winnipeg’s start-up technology hub in the heart of a National Historic Site of Canada.

 

Domain: Economic Development

 

Reworking the Waterfront ($25) | SOLD OUT

Friday, September 15

1pm – 3pm

Rivers are the lifeblood of many cities. Good urban design connects people to natural features such as parks, green spaces and waterways. In 2004, the City of Winnipeg undertook the Waterfront Development Project transforming an underused, unsafe and pedestrian unfriendly area into a thriving business and residential community. Streetscape to brick and mortar, see for yourself the transformation from the Waterfront Development Project.

Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

 

Open for Business ($25)

Friday, September 15

1pm – 3pm

Bringing businesses back to neighbourhoods that have been in decline is a daunting challenge, but it is one that Winnipeg’s BIZs are addressing head-on. Visit Winnipeg’s West End and see how the West End BIZ tackled negative perceptions step by step. The tour will take you past former vacant properties to show off how directly targeting business owners and start-up entrepreneurs has led to an increasingly lit up streetscape. Hear how pop-up shop locations in the Downtown and the Exchange District are giving entrepreneurs a leg up in testing out their business dreams and participants will have an opportunity to mingle with current business owners in the West End BIZ zone.

Domain: Economic Development

 

Adjusting the Lens – Winnipeg’s path to rebuild relationships with our Indigenous Community ($25)

Friday, September 15

3pm – 5pm

Winnipeg has the largest per capita population of Indigenous people of any major Canadian City. Past policies have devastated our indigenous community so what is being done to move forward together? And what does it mean to exist on Treaty One land? From our Municipal Government, Universities, Chambers of Commerce and business community, and other organizations, Winnipeg is taking the lead with meaningful engagement and action. Hear how the Downtown BIZ created a strategic initiative “Indigenizing Downtown” and developed policies to focus on creating a city that recognizes respects and includes our Indigenous community through consultation, reconciliation, programming and partnership.

Domain: Policy and Advocacy

 

Above and Beyond – Winnipeg’s Skywalk System ($25)| SOLD OUT

Friday, September 15

3pm – 5pm

Join us to visit and learn about Downtown’s skywalk system and underground city! Participants will learn about the impact of having tenants above and below ground, and visit the historic Portage and Main intersection. Learn about the drive and opposition involving re-opening this intersection to pedestrian traffic and what that may mean for the future of the walkway.

Domain: Economic Development

 

 

Post-Conference Activities

 

 

TenSpa – The Ultimate in Spa Experience (Book on your own)

Saturday, September 16

Saturday hours are 9am – 8pm

It’s been a busy few days of learning, touring and networking! Now it’s time to wind down with a visit to our world class Ten Spa for a Turkish HAMAM treatment, the tradition of physical and spiritual purification. This experience is exactly what you need to return home refreshed! Ten Spa also offers a variety of other services to relax and prepare you for the journey home. Book at time best for you at http://www.tenspa.ca/. The Spa is located in the Hotel Fort Garry within walking distance of the RBC Convention Centre.

 

Journey to Churchill – Canadian Signature Experience at Assiniboine Park Zoo ($50)

Saturday, September 16

Time 9:30am – 1:30pm

Go deep into the heart of Manitoba’s north without leaving the City of Winnipeg! Your journey starts with a private tour of the 10-acre exhibit, where you’ll get unobstructed views of a variety of northern species. Watch in wonder as the majestic polar bears swim and play above and around you in the underwater viewing tunnels. Then join a zookeeper for a personalized animal encounter. Get an insider’s look at this important part of the care of the polar bears and other animals at the Zoo.

 

 


authenticity

This year’s conference will highlight Canada’s diverse culture, history, spirit, and the creativity of its people during Canada 150. Attendees will experience the pride, energy, and hospitality of friendly Manitoba and connect with the cultural hub of Winnipeg, the gateway to the west. This city, and its business districts, don’t simply embrace trends – they start them, making it the ideal learning laboratory for districts of every size. Check back regularly for additional details on speakers, sessions and the complete schedule.

 

Good Governance: It may not be sexy, but it’s the key to success!

Thursday, September 14 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Governance is a constant work in progress, evolving and responding to changes in policy, regulation and the needs of volunteer Board/Commission members. NYC, Toronto and Chicago will share best practices (and pitfalls) of their BIDs/BIAs. While each city has approached governance differently – mandatory training sessions for new commissioners or comprehensive online modules that are available to over 82 Boards – the three municipalities recognize that success of the districts relies heavily on good governance.

Domain: Organizational Management\
Speakers:

  • Kimberly Bares, President, PLACE Consulting, Chicago, IL
  • Ron Nash, Economic Partnership Advisor, BIA Office of Toronto, City of Toronto
  • Kris Goddard, Executive Director, Neighborhood Development, New York City Department of Small Business Services

 

Community Policing and Partnerships: A Canadian Perspective

Thursday, September 14 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Urban centre organizations are increasingly impacted by social street issues and while they cannot solve such complex social problems, it is vital that BIAs/BRZs/BIDs are involved in the discussions. Forming partnerships with the municipalities, local police, community and social organizations is the foundation to educate and foster understanding around such issues, and to begin to develop strategies and solutions. Learn about what three urban centre organizations are doing in their respective communities.

Domain: Policy and Advocacy

Speakers:

  • Teri Smith, Executive Director, Robson Street Business Association
  • Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC)
  • Brian Timmerman, Executive Director, Exchange District BIZ, Winnipeg

 

The Business of Winter 

Thursday, September 14 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

How are winters in Tampa, Florida and Winnipeg, Canada the same?  As you can imagine, Winnipeg is very cold in the winter and they have been very successful in activating the Red and Assiniboine Rivers and The Forks Marketplace during a time of year when everyone likes to hibernate.  Downtown Tampa, decided to take promoting winter with a twist!  Can you imagine Ice Skating in Florida? Come to this session and discover the surprizing similarities about the triumphs and challenges of two very different climates when making the most of winter.

Domain: Marketing, Communications and Events

Speakers:

  • Sylvia Allen, President, Sylvia Allen Consulting, Inc., NY
  • Shaun Drinkard, Director of Placemaking, Tampa Downtown Partnership, FL
  • Rachel Radawec, Placemaking and Community Engagement Manager, Tampa Downtown Partnership
  • Chelsea Thomson, Manager, Marketing and Communications, The Forks North Portage Partnership

Cultivating Entrepreneurship 

Thursday, September 14 | 8:30 am – 10:00am 
Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

As urban district professionals, we are all trying to create the foundations for growing new businesses, filling vacant spaces, and creating new jobs and vibrancy. Our expert panel will discuss how different cities and institutions are driving innovation, launching and running successful incubator spaces, and working with private and public partners to cultivate the right environment for new businesses to develop, grow and thrive.

Domain: Economic Development

Speakers: 

  • Moderator: Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Rutgers Business School
  • Andrew Peck, Executive Director, The Glebe BIA, Ottawa, Canada
  • Mary B. Miller, President & CEO, Downtown Norfolk Council, Norfolk, VA
  • Dave McGlothlin, General Manager for the U.S. & Canada East for WeWork

 

Mapping Authenticity: How Contemporary Mapping Can Reveal the Character of Places

Thursday, September 14 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Maps are the primary way that we orient ourselves to places. But they aren’t neutral: by highlighting some features while obscuring others, they are powerful tools for making meaning. Today, civic data and mobile technologies give us unprecedented control over visualizing place — and new ways for telling authentic, place-based stories.

In a participatory session, two urbanists (and cartography nerds) will demonstrate how data can illuminate visitor preferences, uncover assets, and create dynamic itineraries.

Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Speakers:

  • Philip Barash, Creative Director, Sasaki
  • Brad Barnett, Director of Practice, Sasaki Strategies, Sasaki

 

BIDs want to increase use of bicycles in urban places

Thursday, September 14 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Millennium Suite (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

In the rapidly evolving transportation landscape, the bicycle will play an increasingly important role as cities strive to provide multi-modal options for their ever-growing populations of urban dwellers. Automobile traffic, challenges of parking, and spatial constraints of urban places make single-occupant vehicle use challenging. Efficiency, ease of use, and the ability to park almost anywhere make the bicycle perhaps the perfect vehicle for improving individual mobility in downtown and center city areas.

Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Speakers:

  • Raphael Clemente, Executive Director, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, FL
  • Matt Gladdek, Director of Policy & Planning, Downtown Durham, NC
  • Luis O. Cardona, Director of Economic Development, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, MD
  • Brent Raymond, Partner, DTAH,

 

Wake Up and Smell the Residents:  How residents are changing the place management industry

Thursday, September 14 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

This session will review the growing role of residential in downtowns and the importance of integrating residential uses into place management. Panelists will offer tools to accommodate residential needs in healthy and complete communities. The panel will also explore how organizations incorporate residential uses into Business Improvement Districts. Highlights of IDA’s 2016 Top Issues Council on Downtown Residential will set the stage for a discussion about successfully working with residents in place management organizations.

Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Speakers: 

  • Brian Douglas Scott, Ph.D., Principal, BDS Planning & Urban Design, Seattle, WA
  • Mark Garner, Executive Director and Chief of Staff, Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area, Toronto, Ontario
  • Mike Stewart, Executive Director, Ballard Alliance, Seattle, WA

 

Culture is Key

Thursday, September 14 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

From urban adventure games and the world’s largest steampunk festival to some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, cities in the UK are actively developing cultural and events programmes that nurture local distinctiveness and attract people and trade. Lincoln, Leeds and Norwich BIDs are at the heart of the cultural renaissance of UK town centres! learn how they engage with partners and develop a cultural strategy that is engaging and sustainable without spending millions of pounds or dollars, and share some inspirational event ideas from around the world.

Domain: Economic Development

Speakers:

  • Matt Corrigan, Chief Executive, Lincoln Business Improvement Group, Lincoln, UK
  • Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, Leeds BID, Leeds, UK
  • Stefan Gurney, Chief Executive, Norwich BID, Norwich, UK

 

The Proven Path to Influence and Executive Presence for Women

Thursday, September 14 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

According to a study by the Center for Talent Innovation, being perceived as possessing leadership material is essential to being promoted into leadership positions.  We will focus our session on Women in Leadership.  As women move forward in their careers, the discussion in most organizations often defaults to their “executive presence.”  According to the study, Women want the ability to flourish, excel, reach for meaning and purpose, be empowered and empower others, and earn well.

Domain: Leadership Development

Speakers:

  • Martita Mestéy, Partner, Diversity, Economic Development and Technology, Jobplex, a DHR International company, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Tina Winner, Partner, Emerging Leaders, Jobplex, a DHR International company, Largo, FL
  • Rosanna Durruthy, Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, LinkedIn

 

 Data Collection and Evaluation Made Easy

Thursday, September 14 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

The Canadian Toolkit is a ground-breaking effort to provide a common set of data and processes that will help Canadian place management organizations, such as BIAs/BIDs/BRZs, and of course those outside Canada, establish and sustain evaluation and compare progress among districts nation-wide. It provides organizations with directions and insights on collecting, organizing, storing, and presenting district specific data to make the case for continued investment and support.  We make data fun as well as insightful!

Domain: Organizational Management

Speakers:

  • Patricia Barnes, Executive Director, Hastings North BIA, Vancouver, BC
  • Janette MacDonald, CEO & General Manager, Downtown London,Ontario
  • Richard Martz, Partner and Principal, LiveWorkLearnPlay, Montreal, PQ

Downtown Districts at the Table: Top Safety Topics of 2017

Thursday, September 14 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Millennium Suite (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Every thriving downtown community requires public safety. As downtown centers become re-populated with residents crime has shifted to include increasingly dangerous behaviors.  Police forces have been thinning and patrols may not be as commonplace.  More city centers are destinations for major events, which may also make them targets.  How do districts plan for public safety, and what measures can be taken in the public realm to promote safety? As a part of IDA’s Top Issues Council, the Safety & Security team explored these topics and more.

Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

Speakers:

  • Samantha Jackson, Senior Director of Operations, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., AZ
  • Martin Cramer, Vice President, Public Safety, Downtown Dallas, Inc., TX
  • Constable Rejeanne Caron, Downtown Safety Coordinator, Winnipeg Police Service , MB
  • Shawn Matthews, Director of Safety and Outreach, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

 

Practical Guide to Great Urban Parks: How to pay for and benefit from your urban park

Thursday, September 14 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

This session will address the recent work of the IDA research council on urban parks.  We will discuss ways for both current and potential park stakeholders to advance collaboration and capacity building within the management of an urban park to maximize benefits, while equitably and intelligently sharing costs and responsibilities. Included topics are partnerships, measurements, context, design, activation, equity and fundraising. The desired outcome? A dynamic, thriving space that is accessible to all.

Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

Speakers:

  • Jane Jenkins, President and CEO, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc, OK
  • Chris Beynon, MIG Inc., Berkeley, CA

NIMBYs, Elites and Socialists, Oh My!: How Downtown Organizations are Navigating New Political Turbulence

Thursday, September 14 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

In many cities and downtowns our newfound success is leading to high housing costs, spiraling labor rates and the rapid gentrification of neighborhoods.  Without interventions and investments to promote affordable housing, stabilize neighborhoods, workforce training, public education and other social equity measures, many cities are at risk of losing what makes them authentic, and arguably the DNA for their economic vitality.  Downtown organizations have a role in this debate and can help shape local policies and responses.

Domain: Policy and Advocacy

Speakers:

  • Brad Segal, President, Progressive Urban Management Associates, Denver, CO
  • Kirby Fowler, President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • John Caner, CEO, Downtown Berkeley Association, Berkeley, CA

 

Responding to Street Homelessness: Becoming part of the solution to a dynamic problem

Thursday, September 14 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Homelessness is a complex challenge, but for too long, we’ve sought simple, silver bullet solutions. US and Canadian cities are ending street homelessness by treating it more like a natural disaster— adopting a command center approach, monitoring the problem in real time, and coordinating responses that drive monthly reductions. Come learn how to break homelessness down into actionable categories, ask service providers smarter questions, and help drive an end to street homelessness in your community.

Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

Speakers:

  • Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO, Community Solutions, New York, NY
  • Jake Maguire, Principal, Community Solutions, New York, NY

Activating Uncommon Spaces to Produce Memorable Events

Friday, September 15 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

From empty alleys to mall parking to sidewalks, the uncommon spaces of a community can provide the perfect location for ‘outside the box’ events designed to revitalize the area. By activating these forgotten spaces, you can make the most of these unused urban assets and bring new life and crucial economic development to your community. This session will present real life projects and best practices by those who implemented them in different cities.

Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

Speakers:

  • Eric Goldstein, Executive Director, King of Prussia District, PA
  • Patricia Barnes, Executive Director, Hastings North BIA, BC
  • Jacob Gordon, CEO, Downtown Vision Inc., Jacksonville, FL

 

If You Build It, They Won’t Necessarily Come: Re-Shaping the Narrative of a Place

Friday, September 15 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

After years of work, your place is improving: business is good and streets are clean. But old reputations die hard, and problems remain framed a certain way. What if we want people to see places, problems and possibilities differently? Hear diverse places share how they used public space management, programming and public-private partnerships to change a narrative, and offer for discussion and commentary the perception or problem you want to change.

Domain: Marketing, Communication and Events

Speakers:

  • Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance
  • Casey T. Gilbert, Executive Director, Portland Downtown, Portland, Maine
  • Jim Yanchula, Manager Urban Regeneration, Planning Services, London, ON

 

Preparing for the Shared and Autonomous Mobility Revolution

Friday, September 15 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

North America is in the midst of an urban renaissance, with billions of dollars of mixed-use urban development bringing new life to downtowns. Meanwhile, shared and connected autonomous vehicles look increasingly likely to revolutionize our cities and their downtowns. In this session, our designers and autonomous vehicle experts will discuss the profound impact that these vehicles will have on urban places, mobility systems, and human ecology and how downtowns should be preparing for the future.

Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Speakers:

  • Jeff Sauser, Senior Planner, Stantec’s Urban Places, Boston, MA
  • David Dixon, Planning and Urban Design Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places, Boston, MA
  • Rod Schebesch, Transportation Leader, Stantec’s Urban Places, an Places, Calgary, AB
  • Sean Luther, Executive Director, Envision Downtown Pittsburgh, PA

 

Calculating the Value of US Downtowns and Center Cities

Friday, September 15 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

This year, IDA partnered with 13 downtown place management organizations to conduct the first-ever project to calculate the value of American downtowns, putting center cities into their unique economic and geographical context as compared to the city and the region, examining key metrics based on the principles of economy, inclusion, vibrancy, identity and resilience. The downtowns served as pilots to craft IDA’s new data standard that will be used year-over-year.

Domain: Economic Development

Moderator: Craig Lewis, Principal, Stantec’s Urban Places, Charlotte, NC

Speakers:

  • Kris Larson, CEO, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., MI
  • Cole E. Judge, Director of Research, IDA, Washington, DC
  • Steven Welliver, Deputy Chief Executive, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., CA

 

Active Threat Preparedness for your District

Friday, September 15 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Millennium Suite (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Lessons from previous active threat events however, illustrate the need to build a more comprehensive approach beyond the average 15 minutes it takes for the perpetrator to be neutralized.  Pre-event, immediate response, and recovery activities need to be more thoughtfully considered to fully grasp the complex and dynamic nature of the spectrum of active threat events.  This presentation will explore elements of the Life Cycle of an Active Threat Event from both theoretical and applied perspectives, and provide attendees with realistic and meaningful approaches to develop preparedness in their BIDs.

Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

Speakers:

  • Pat Powell, Director of Operations and Preparedness, Golden Triangle BID, Washington, DC
  • Lynda Remund, SHRM-CP, Chief Operating Officer, Tampa Downtown Partnership
  • David Schuld, Lead for Active Threat Portfolio, Hagerty Consulting, Evanston, IL

Public Art: Balancing Artistic Integrity with Institutional Needs

Friday, September 15 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Downtown organizations are playing a greater role as patrons of public art in an era of declining arts funding. Initially created to activate assets or shift perceptions, arts programs are now more sophisticated, and nurture arts communities and processes. What are the goals of public art, and how do organizations balance the interests of the artist, sponsor and community? Come discuss the challenges and opportunities in institutionalizing robust, independent arts programs around the world.

Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

Speakers:

  • Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, PA
  • Pascale Daigle, Directrice de la programmation,  Montréal (Québec)
  • Debra Simon, Director of Public Art, Times Square Alliance, NY

 

Bridging the Gap — Blending social and business agendas in your BIA or BID district

Friday, September 15 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Diversity creates excitement, vibrancy and economic resilience, and can be the heart of a successful urban centre offering a place to combat discrimination and social isolation. BIA’s can play an active role in ensuring commercial districts are inclusive places for LBGTQ2S individuals, immigrants, refugees, minorities, and people of varying incomes. Some argue this is imperative. This panel provides examples from three BIA’s on how to create welcoming urban centres for all.

Domain: Policy and Advocacy

Speakers:

  • Landon Hoyt, Executive Director of Hastings Crossing BIA, Vancouver, BC
  • Patricia Cuttell, Executive Director of North End Business Association, Halifax, NS
  • Angela Evans, Executive Director of Collingwood BIA, Vancouver, BC

 

Moving Up the Career Ladder: Case Studies on Successful Job Transitions

Friday, September 15 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Millennium Suite (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

As we all embark in the urban place management profession, job opportunities will be presented at different times of your career.  Attend this session and learn from three seasoned professionals in the field who all came from very different backgrounds and regions.  Hear how they each transition positions, evaluated new job opportunities and what risks were involved, what executive recruiters were looking for and how they advanced professionally and regionally.

Domain: Leadership Development

Speakers:

  • David Diaz, President, Tysons Partnership, VA
  • Jeff Fluhr, President, Greater Wichita Partnership, KS
  • Janette MacDonald, CEO & General Manager, Downtown London, Canada

 

Setting the Future of Retail Downtown

Friday, September 15 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

This session will demonstrate importance and necessity for business improvement organizations to provide ongoing support to the retail sector. A case study will be presented from Iowa City two very different two programs: infrastructure and marketing. The presentation will walk through CoSign a creative place-making project developed by the American Sign Museum and Shopping Genius a multi-faceted marketing campaign. Walk away from this session excited by the possibilities in your own community.

Domain: Economic Development

Speakers:

  • Nancy Bird, Executive Director, Iowa City Downtown District, IA
  • Betsy Potter, Director of Operations, Iowa City Downtown District, IA
  • Cate Becker, National Project Director, American Sign Museum, Cincinnati, OH

 

Planning to Win in 2018: A Step-by-Step Approach to Modern Marketing Planning

Friday, September 15 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Join this interactive session and learn how to level-up your marketing with an annual plan using digital and social media to make your brand relevant to your district. This session will challenge participants to think outside the box about how they connect with their communities, support their brand identity and leverage digital tools to counter real world challenges. Learn, step-by-step, how to launch a strategic marketing plan, using social media platforms, learn to develop a social media strategy and measure success.

Domain: Marketing, Communications and Events

Speakers:

  • David Romako, Partner, Bright Brothers, Tempe, AZ
  • Miranda Edwards, Director of Messaging, Downtown Tempe Authority, AZ
  • Lucie Scott, Community Development Coordinator Times Square Alliance, NY

 

Teaming Up To Clean Up

Friday, September 15 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: 2F (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Teaming Up To Clean Up showcases partnerships with local stakeholders to clean and beautify their cities. Best practices include businesses and communities working together to improve storefronts, and reduce graffiti and litter while focusing on cigarette litter, recycling, and needle waste. Perspectives from the City of Edmonton’s Capital City Clean Up, Keep America Beautiful, Portland Downtown, and Take Pride Winnipeg! show how organizations can achieve best practices in maintaining cleanliness and building vibrancy in urban settings.

Domain: Space Management and Maintenance

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Tom Ethans, Executive Director, Take Pride Winnipeg, MB
  • Tom Morales, Keep America Beautiful, CT
  • Amy Geren, Portland Downtown, Maine
  • Don Belanger, Program Manager, City of Edmonton’s Capital City Clean Up, Alberta

 

Unlocking the Power of Actors in Pedestrian Zones

Friday, September 15 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Pan Am (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Boston and Toronto’s busy downtowns are transforming. New residential and retail development is remaking them into 24/7 neighborhoods. The changes have made a 70s-era pedestrian zone and several other previously unnoticed corners into more important public spaces, but planners face challenges as they try to cater to new pedestrian needs. See how local planners used low-cost experiments, sensor technology, social media, and new ways to communicate the value of public space to make change happen.

Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Max Stearns, Program Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
  • Mark Garner, CEO & Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA, Toronto, Canada
  • Pete Stidman, Active Transportation Leader, Howard Stein Hudson
  • Anita Lauricella, Planner/Project Manager, Downtown Boston Business Improvement District

 

The Many Meanings of Retail Diversity

Friday, September 15 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: 2E (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Drawing on case studies from across North America, the IDA Top Issues Council on “Diverse Retail Mix” will be exploring different meanings of retail diversity (e.g. ethnic; socioeconomic; psycho-graphic; newcomer versus long-time resident; chain versus independent, etc.), and for each one, arguing on behalf of its importance, analyzing with which goals or stakeholders it conflicts and how true “crossover” might be achieved, and finally, what specific roles a Downtown organization should play in its promotion and preservation.

Domain: Economic Development

Speakers:

  • Michael Berne, President & Owner, MJB Consulting
  • Nancy Bird, Executive Director, Iowa City Downtown District

 

Shop Small: Supporting Independent Businesses In Your Community

Friday, September 15 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Presentation Theatre (RBC Convention Centre, North Building, 2nd floor)

Supporting local, small businesses is important to the regional economy. In this session, you’ll hear from three communities who utilized Small Business Saturday, an annual U.S. small business holiday shopping tradition created by American Express in 2010, to help initiate year-round Shop Small movements in their districts. Learn how to find local partners, leverage social media and activate your downtown to make a big impact on your small business community.

Domain: Communications, Marketing and Events

Speakers:

  • Moderator: Alexa Brandt, Director, Small Business Saturday, American Express
  • Jenny Starkey, Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Cherry Creek North BID, Denver CO
  • Kristen Sackett, Marketing & Events Director, Downtown Missoula Partnership, Missoula, MT
  • Nancy Miyahira, Vice President, Marketing Director, Georgetown BID, Washington, DC

Downtown Achievement Awards

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Every year, IDA recognizes outstanding improvements to downtown by the work of dedicated individuals around the globe through the Downtown Achievement Awards. These exceptional projects highlight organizational advances in a variety of categories and stages of completion. The application process runs from February to March with all winners announced at the Annual Conference & Tradeshow in October. Congratulations to the 2017 winners! View winner summaries and presentations by visiting downtown.org.


What Matters Most to You?

Custom Design Your Perfect Conference! IDA is excited to announce a new attendee-driven agenda at the 2017 Annual Conference & Tradeshow. This year’s Open Space sessions empower attendees to custom design discussions organized in a facilitated environment. Open Space conversations are your chance to talk with the greatest minds in urban place management about the topics that matter most to you and your peers. Step in, take charge of the challenges, lend your resources and give your energy to what matters most to you and your organization.

Thirty Open Space sessions make up one third of this year’s program, along with the renowned master talk series, 26 breakout sessions and two mobile workshops per interval. Come prepared to let your voice be heard, and leave inspired to truly make a difference in your city!

 

What is Open Space?

Open Space delivers intimate and transformational conversations that matter, and will provide a space for passions, interests and concerns that need to emerge. You will be able to directly contribute and learn – everyone’s voice is heard during Open Space. Large and small group dialogues come together in one, cohesive session. Instead of having discussions that merely skim the surface, be prepared to dive deep into topics and issues that are important to you and other industry professionals.

You will have the opportunity on Thursday morning in Winnipeg to shape the conversation by proposing discussion topics and brainstorming key issues that will define the Open Space sessions. Open Space is not about the process; it’s about the conversation. It is an engaging and interactive opportunity for unplanned brainstorming in a loosely structured, inclusive environment. Look over the program and start thinking now about how to make the most of the conference for you and your team.

 

Meet Pawa Haiyupis

Pawa Haiyupis facilitates large and small group conversations with a focus on indigenous Nation Building and providing meaningful engagement.  For 15 years, Pawa has worked across Canada with Indigenous leaders creating awareness about aboriginal rights and responsibilities as well as developing programs that connect youth and communities to language, ceremony, children, healthy families and a respectful relationship with all creation in our territories. Her passion is building capacity for young people in communities, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Pawa brings extensive experience, skill and spirit to the role of helping communities, organizations, teams and individuals navigate the journey of change with its challenges, uncertainties, opportunities for growth, learning and new ways of doing things.  She offers a collaborative approach to process design, group facilitation, training and capacity building. She loves to be in the grey area – exploring its opportunities and potential. She has been a practicing Open Space Technology facilitator since 2004. Visit her website at www.hahopa.com.