2016 Collaborate to Compete logo


Thursday June 2, 2016

7:30 a.m. Breakfast/Welcome & Opening comments


8:20 a.m.  PANEL 1

Collaborate to Compete:
Exploring effective economic development models at the metropolitan region scale

This panel explores what collaboration between regions, all levels of government and the private sector looks like.

It provides perspective on what leading region’s feel is key to developing a networked approach and being globally competitive.

Key themes:

  • Metropolitan regions: most important economic geography in the global economy.
  • They have the right scale and critical mass to drive growth and innovation.
  • Regional collaboration allows municipalities to enter a highly organized global market.


Panel Keynote & Moderator:
Chris Lorenc, President Manitoba Heavy Construction Association & Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association.

Panel Speakers:

  • Bob Miller, Manager Calgary Region Economic Development Alliance – Calgary Regional Partnership
  • Glenn Vanstone, Vice President – Edmonton Economic Development
  • Greg Dandewich, Senior Vice President, Economic Development Winnipeg
  • David Huminicki, P.Eng., MBA, Economic Development Section Head, Manitoba Hydro



10:00 a.m. BREAK


10:20 a.m.  PANEL 2

Collaborate as a modern necessity:
Setting conditions for prosperous and competitive regions

Find out how regions can work together to create conditions allowing them to be globally competitive and economically diversified.

Communities need region-oriented thinking around trade and related factors to remain relevant and competitive.

Collaboration between regions, all levels of government and the private sector is the key to:

  • developing a networked approach and being globally competitive
  • allowing localities to enter a highly organized global market
  • enabling regions to compete internationally with the right scale and the right resources.


Panel Keynote & Moderator:
Mayor Patricia Matthews, City of Chestermere and Vice Chair of the Calgary Regional Partnership

Panel Speakers:

  • Bill Robertson, Calgary Regional Partnership Chair & Mayor of Okotoks, Alberta
  • Nolan Crouse, Capital Region Board Chair (EdmontonRegion) and Mayor of St. Albert
  • Michael Thompson, Councilor for City of Toronto & Chair of Economic Development Committee for City of Toronto & Chair for Invest Toronto
  • Heather Deal, Board of Director & City of Vancouver Councillor
  • Frances Smee, Reeve Rosser, Chair of the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region



12:00 p.m. Lunch


1:00 p.m.  PANEL 3

How to build a collaborative regional transportation network to compete globally

Explore how Metropolitan Regions are engaging actively with industry, educational institutions and other Metro’s across North America to develop a truly competitive environment.

From trucking, rail and air cargo supply chain networks, to broadband information networks, regions are highly mobile, important focal points for trade and economic development.

Multi-sector collaboration builds fluidity and connection regionally, nationally and globally.

Panel Keynote & Moderator:
Tiffany Melvin, President of the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO)

Panel Speakers:

  • Diane Gray, President and CEO Centre Port Winnipeg
  • Pascal Bélanger, Vice-President & Chief Commercial Ocer for the Winnipeg Airports Authority
  • Terry Shaw, Executive Director Manitoba trucking Association
  • Bryan Richards, President and CEO Global Transportation hub Saskatchewan (inland port)
  • Peter Wallis, President Van Horne Institute – Calgary Region Inland Port
  • Julien Turcotte, General Manager – CLD Vaudeuil Soulanges, Montreal, Canada



2:30 p.m. Wrap-up


2:45 p.m. Closing remarks