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2024 Winter Meeting

2024 Winter Meeting

Thank you to Ville de Gatineau for the Welcome Reception and the City of Ottawa for hosting the meetings.

And thank you to all our speakers for excellent presentations and site visits.

Already looking forward to the 2025 Edition… stay tuned.

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The presentations from the program are available in the Members Area of this website.
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National Capital Commission

2024 Winter Meeting

National Capital Region
January 31 - February 2, 2024

Wednesday, January 31, 2024: Site Visits, Welcome Reception


Fairmont Chateau Laurier Lobby

10:00 am
Ottawa’s ‘Mile of History’: A tour through time!

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This guided tour is offered by Heather Thomson and Pascale Guindon from the National Capital Commission’s (NCC) Heritage Program. Together, they will take you through each of the five Sussex Heritage Courtyards with narration about the NCC’s development of the ‘Mile of History’ in the 1960s as well as the transformation and ongoing stewardship of the Courtyards into the hidden gems they are today within the historic ByWard Market.

10:15 am - 11:45 am
Lunch on own12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Zibi, the Waterfront City

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Presentation and site visit of Zibi, a master planned community connecting the cities of Gatineau and Ottawa, developed in consultation with the Algonquin-Anishinàbe Peoples and federal, provincial, local governments.  It will welcome 5,000 residents and 6,000 workers in one of the most sustainable communities in the world, and the first One Planet Living endorsed Global Leader in Canada

2:00 pm
Maison du Citoyen, Ville de Gatineau

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La Maison du Citoyen, is Gatineau’s City Hall …and so much more: in addition to an agora, it houses a performance hall, an art gallery, a library, a fitness center, multidisciplinary rooms, a press room and a technology room.

4:30 pm
Welcome Reception

“Bienvenue à Gatineau” hosted by
Mayor France Belisle, Ville de Gatineau

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 1, 2024: Ottawa City Hall, Colonel By Room

Welcome and Greetings
  • Welcome by Laurel Lea, CCCO President
  • Greetings by Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, City of Ottawa
8:45 am
Capital Exchange Presentations
  • Wendy Stephanson, City Manager
    City of Ottawa’s Service Review program
  • Fabrice Beniey, Senior Planner, Capital Planning, National Capital Commission
    Update on the Brewery Creek Federal Lands
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Break10:15 am
Presentation and Panel Discussion


Arts and Culture relationship to Municipalities

  • Joanne Duguay, Cultural Development Officer, City of Moncton and President of the Creative City Network of Canada

In partnership with the Creative City Network of Canada (CCNC), this presentation will walk through the nuanced the relationship between municipalities and the artistic and cultural offerings found on their streets, inside their buildings, and around their green spaces. Ben Dick Senior Data Analytics Strategist, City of Ottawa and Kate Littlejohn, National Events and Communications Manager, CCNC will join the presentation.

A panel discussion, moderated by Erin McDonald, MBA candidate and CCCO Treasurer, with the representatives from the City of Ottawa, the City of Moncton, and the CCNC along with exchanges with the delegates will follow.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Luncheon (Councillor’s Lounge)
Sponsored by the City of Winnipeg

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  • Networking Session: Discussion on future activities and projects
  • Proposed 2024 Annual Conference Host City Presentation
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Capital Exchange Presentations
  • City of St. John’s
    Councillor Sandy Hickman
    Navigating the Capital Region
  • City of Victoria,
    Councillor Krista Loughton
    Peer Assisted Care Teams: An Alternative to Calling 911 for Mental Health Crises
  • City of Fredericton
    Mayor Kate Rogers and Stacey Russell, Manager of Tourism and Events
    Celebrating Fredericton’s 175+ Birthday
1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Break3:00 pm

Ontario Legislative Building

3:15 pm - The People’s Parliament:  Engaging and Connecting with Visitors:

  • Deborah LaMantia, Director - Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations Branch and Nina Zemko, Manager of Strategic Communication and Education Services. Legislative Assembly of Ontario

The Ontario Legislative Building is a celebrated architectural landmark, and a vital link to the province’s history and heritage.  It provides a sense of identity through its location in the heart of downtown Toronto.  This session will explore how public engagement is key in fostering greater citizenship connections to the people’s parliament.


4:00 pm - What’s new at FCM’s Green Municipal Fund?

  • Athia Kabanguka, Advisor, Programs Outreach
  • Patrick Costigan, Manager, Programs Outreach

FCM’s Green Municipal Fund will present their renewed funding offers launched a few days ago. Our refreshed offers will focus on net-zero emissions, and will integrate other important considerations, like biodiversity, sustainable materials management, and anti-racism, equity, inclusion, and reconciliation. Outreach’s Advisor and Manager will also give an overview of the upcoming Local Leadership for Climate Adaptation and Growing Canada’s Community Canopies programs that will be launched later in 2024.

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Closing Comments
  • Activities and projects discussion
  • Housekeeping notes
4:45 pm
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Friday, February 2, 2023: Ottawa City Hall, Colonel By Room

Welcome and Greetings

Councillor Tim Tierney, 3rd Vice-President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

8:45 am

Canadian Honours System

Canadian Honours System, Chancellery of Honours

  • Jaanu Varaprasatham, Program Manager

The Chancellery of Honours, Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

The governor general bestows Canadian honours upon extraordinary individuals who have made tremendous contributions to Canada. Public recognition of excellence can inspire others to effect positive changes in their community, helping build a better future for all. This presentation will provide an overview of the nomination process.

9:00 am
Annual General Meeting


  • Governance, Financial, Membership, Activities Reports
  • Approval of 2024 Annual Conference venue
9:30 am
Break10:15 am - 10:30 am
Capital Exchange Presentations
  • City of Charlottetown
    Councillor Norman Beck,
    Confederation Centre of the Arts: Revitalization of the South Pavilion
  • Legislative Assembly of Alberta
    Erin Camponi, Visitors Services
    Connecting People to Parliament
  • City of Regina:
    Councillors Cheryl Stadnichuk & Terina Nelson,
    Education Project to Reduce Cooking Fires Among New Canadians
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Closing Address

Councillor Laura Dudas

12:00 pm
Closing Comments

Laurel Lea, CCCO President

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm