Guelph hosts Town and Gown symposium May 9 to 11

Guelph, Ont., May 6, 2016 – The City of Guelph and University of Guelph are co-hosting this year’s Town and Gown symposium—Trending to the Future: Open Communities.

The three-day annual event, open to Town and Gown Association of Ontario members, is taking place May 9 to 11 at City Hall and the University of Guelph. Members will attend workshops, the Association’s annual general meeting, and hear from five keynote speakers on a wide range of topics.

The media are invited to attend any of the sessions.


11th annual Town and Gown symposium
Trending to the Future: Open Communities


  • Daniel Ryan, Director, Off-Campus Student Services, University of Buffalo
  • Dr. Catherine Paradis, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
  • Andy Best, Open Government Manager, City of Guelph
  • Sam Laban, Guelph Lab Facilitator, University of Guelph
  • Darren Vanecko, President and CEO,

When and where

Monday, May 9
Registration and welcome
Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre
50 Stone Road West

Tuesday, May 10
City Hall
1 Carden Street

Wednesday, May 11
Creelman Hall, University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East



About Town and Gown Association of Ontario

The City of Guelph, University of Guelph and Guelph Police Service are members of the Town and Gown Association of Ontario (TGAO). Town and Gown is a term which conveys the relationship between universities, colleges and the communities in which they are located. The TGAO is dedicated to improving the quality of life in municipalities that host post-secondary institutions by promoting and supporting activities that ensure cohesive communities that are safe, healthy and enjoyable.

For more information

Doug Godfrey
Manager, Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2520

Kathryn Hofer, MSW
Manager, Off Campus Living
University of Guelph
519-824-4120 extension 56276