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2023 Annual Conference

Photo credit: City of Charlottetown

Thank you to the City of Charlottetown for hosting the 2023 Annual Conference

2023 annual conference group photo

Presentations are now available in the Members Area.

Charlottetown - Downtown City - Canadian Capital Cities Organization

2023 Annual Conference

October 1 to 3
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Confederation Centre of the Arts – Memorial Hall

Sunday, October 1st, 2023

Welcome Reception

Penthouse, The Holman Grand Hotel

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monday, October 2nd, 2023


Continental Breakfast

8:45 am - 9:15 am
Welcome9:15 am - 9:30 am
Panel Discussion

Weathering Change: Post-Tropical Storm Fiona Lessons and Legacy.

Panelists: Tim Mamye; Fire Chief, City of Charlottetown | Joey MacKinnon; Assistant Manager of Public Works, City of Charlottetown | Simon Wilmot; Environment and Sustainability Program Coordinator, City of Charlottetown          | Katrina Cristall; Climate Action Officer, City of Charlottetown

9:30 am - 10:45 am
Break10:45 am - 11:00 am
CCCO Board Meeting11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Keynote Luncheon

Keynote Presentation: Capital Cities for Everyone – Equitable, Sustainable, Fun

Gil Penalosa, MBA, PhDhc, CSP | Founder & Chair, 8 80 Cities; Founder, Cities for Everyone; President, Gil Penalosa & Associates

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Break1:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Downtown Visions

Exploring Future Placemaking in Charlottetown.
Province House Historic District, Roundhouse Park, Charlottetown Event
Grounds Redevelopment

Devin Segal | Partner, Director of Landscape Architecture – Fathom Studio

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Break2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Capital Exchange (Part 1)

Heritage through the Lens of Cultural Landscapes
Heather Thomson, Manager, Heritage Program, National Capital Commission       

Indigenous Procurement Policy
Councillor Cheryl Stadnichuk, City of Regina

Expanding to New Service Areas Using Micro-Transit
Councillor Sandy Hickman, City of St. John’s

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Cultural Capital as a Catalyst for Social Cohesion: A Forward-Looking Blueprint for Canada’s Capital Cities

Erin McDonald, MBA Student, Australian Business Institute

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Networking Dinner

Peake’s Quay

6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

Continental Breakfast9:00 am - 9:30 am
Panel Discussion

Beyond Peak: Elevating Shoulder Season Tourism.

Panelists: Heidi Zinn; Executive Director, Discover Charlottetown | Brodie O’Keefe; Director, Operations & Industry Investment, Tourism PEI |Ben Murphy; CEO, Murphy Hospitality Group & Whitecap Entertainment

Facilitator: Wayne Long; Acting Manager of Economic, Tourism and Cultural Development, City of Charlottetown

9:30 am - 10:45 am
Break10:45 am - 11:00 am
Case Study

Charlottetown Short Term Rental Regulation – Successes, Challenges and Lessons Learned

David W. Hooley, KC; Senior Counsel, Cox & Palmer Charlottetown | Melanie McKenna; Associate, Cox & Palmer Charlottetown

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presentation: Community War Memorial and Community Engagement Programs

  • Amanda Brazeau, Director, Commemoration Operations, Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Melissa Walsh, National Program Manager, Commemoration Operations, Veterans Affairs Canada
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Break1:15 pm - 1:30 pm
The Saint John Land Bank: Rethinking Abandonment

Jody Kliffer, MA, RPP, MCIP | Project Manager - Saint John Land Bank

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Break2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Capital Exchange (Part 2)

Victoria Rising: A South Island Prosperity Partnership
Councillor Marg Gardiner, City of Victoria

Building Complete Communities for a Growing Workforce
Frederick Van Rooyan, Senior Planner, City of Fredericton

Frost Regina
Ryan Whippler, Director, Outreach and Visitor Experience, Saskatchewan
Provincial Capital Commission

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Conference Wrap Up3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Thank you to all our speakers for excellent presentations !