Best-selling author Lawrence Hill among first speakers announced
Guelph, Ont., April 6, 2017 – The City of Guelph has announced an early roster of speakers, including best-selling author and Order of Canada recipient Lawrence Hill, for the Municipal Innovators Community (MiC) 2017 Conference at the Guelph Delta this September 27 to 28.
The combination of keynote speakers, workshops and panels at MiC conferences offers attendees chances to learn new tools, share innovation challenges, hear about best practices in other communities, and network with colleagues interested in municipal innovation.
“Guelph has a well-deserved reputation as an innovative city. It’s something I hear whenever I travel outside our borders,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “We’re thrilled to have this chance to welcome colleagues from across the country to Guelph, to learn from each other and get inspired about the great things happening when it comes to municipal innovation.”
“I’m proud of the work our employees do across all departments to innovate and improve the way we deliver services every day,” said City of Guelph Chief Administrative Officer Derrick Thomson. “The MiC2017 Conference will celebrate that work and look at the challenges and tremendous possibilities that come from innovating in municipal government.”
First speakers announced include:
- Lawrence Hill—The Power of Storytelling for individual and collective understanding with the best-selling author and Order of Canada recipient
- Ashley Good—Fail Forward, dealing with failure in local government
- OCAD University—Strategic Foresight and Innovation and Peel Region—Thinking Like a Designer
- Public Sector Digital Transformation panel with:
- Code for Canada Executive Director Gabe Sawhney, which was launched yesterday
- Zeena Abdulla, Director of Digital Government in the Ontario Public Service Cabinet Office
- A representative from the digital service innovation team at Treasury Board Secretariat will participate on behalf of the federal government
- Conference sponsor Public Sector Digest has added a pre-conference workshop on the afternoon of September 26 highlighting innovative work in five municipalities
“Municipal government touches our lives in so many ways, and I’m excited to be part of a conference that’s pushing the boundaries of innovation in public services,” said conference speaker Lawrence Hill. “I’m looking forward to talking about the power of storytelling—how it can help citizens understand why governments do what they do while helping public servants understand the needs and hopes of its citizens.”
The 2016 conference, held in Burlington, brought together participants from 28 municipalities.
- Municipal Innovators Community website
- Conference website
- Eventbrite registration
- Lawrence Hill’s website
- Learn more about the City of Guelph’s Round Tables, Innovation Fund, Guelph Lab and Civic Accelerator all part of our Improvement Network.
Jennifer Smith, Manager, Corporate & Community Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2120