Linking Canada's Capitals


Free Online Speaker Series

Free Online Speaker Series

As part of our commitment to our Mission statement, the CCCO is hosting a quarterly speaker series to offer members, and the public interested in our organization, the opportunity to learn about the symbolic and substantive role of the Capitals.

There is no cost or fee to attend, you simply need to register at

Upcoming Speaker Series
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Heritage in our Capitals
May 31, 2022 à 8:00AM (PDT) /11:00AM (EDT)

Join the Canadian Capital Cities Organization for the next session of its quarterly speaker series. Panelists will be discussing heritage through the lens of reframing heritage designation, decolonizing site naming, and safeguarding local knowledge.


  • Heather Thomson, MCIP RPP, National Capital Commission Heritage Program Manager, Ottawa, ON
  • Jackie Albany, Councillor, Songhees Nation, Victoria, BC.
  • Dale Jarvis, Folklorist and Heritage Newfoundland Executive Director, St. John’s NL.

To register, simply email us at

Previous Speaker Series

Fourth Session held on March 16 2022

The presentations featured the role of Capital Cities in Placemaking.

The panelists discussed placemaking through the lens of long-term planning, Indigenous Place-Naming, and making good cities great.

The recording of the presentation is available by clicking on this link.
(please note that the video will take a minute or two to download)

Thank you to our panelists:

Aaron Barter | Director, Innovation and Sustainability, Waterfront Toronto – Toronto, ON

Rob Houle | First Nations Indigenous Adviser to the Geographical Names Board of Canada – Edmonton, AB

Trevor McIntyre | Global Director for Placemaking, IBI Group, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects – Toronto, ON

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Third Session Held November 23, 2021

The presentations featured the role of the provincial governments in Remembrance, the Capital Cities opportunities of involvement with the Royal Canadian Legion and the importance of continued commemorative events for remembrance. 

The panelists also provided insight on how to educate and engage youth in the recognition of the contribution and ultimate sacrifice of Canadian veterans, on initiatives and activities by communities to keep in touch and connect with veterans along with examples of events and activities throughout the year to commemorate and acknowledge their service.

The recording of the presentation is available by clicking on this link.

Thank you to our panelists:

  • Gregory Lawrence, MLA for Moose Jaw Wakamow and Military Liaison
    Government of Sasktachewan
  • Freeman D. Chute, Director – Poppy & Remembrance Division
    The Royal Canadian Legion National Division
  • Jo Riding, Executive Director
    Canadian Tulip Festival

Second Session Held June 15, 2021

The presentations offered pathways to reconciliation through the lens of economic development, events, and collaborative administration with First Nations Governments.

The recording of the presentation is available by clicking on this link.

Thank you to our panelists:

  • Christina Clarke | CEO of the Songhees Development Corporation – Victoria, BC
  • Mike Gau | Director Development Services – City of Whitehorse, YT
  • Brendon Smithson | North American Indigenous Games Host Society – Halifax, NS
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Photo credit: Patricia Bourque Photography
Speaker Series April 13 2021 - Canadian Capital Cities Organization

First Session Held April 13, 2021

The panelists provided us with insight on the challenges facing the tourism industry and our capital cities during the COVID pandemic.  Their presentations provided means of recovering from COVID exhaustion, the importance of partnerships along with the opportunities of sport tourism and the economic benefits of promoting tourism in your own hometown.

You can obtain the recording of the presentation by clicking on this link.

Thank you to our panelists:

  • Catherine Callary, VP of Destination Development, Tourism Ottawa, ON
  • Paul Nursey, Chief Executive Officer, Destination Greater Victoria, BC
  • Wayne Long, Events Development Officer, City of Charlottetown, PE