Presentations by leading urbanists, planners, architects, arts managers, artists, policymakers and scholars on Thursday, May 12 will will advance our understanding of how the creative economy contributes to cities and regions locally, nationally and globally. 

9:00-9:30 Welcoming Remarks

9:30-10:15 Keynote Address by Mr. Lee Fisher, President & CEO, CEOs for Cities

10:30-11:45 Session I: Heritage – How Did We come to the Creative Cities Paradigm?

  • Moderated by Dr. Rachel Kleit, Professor and Section Head, City and Regional Planning Section, OSU Knowlton School of Architecture
  • Speaker 1: Mr. Rene Kooyman, Associated Fellow, Knowledge Systems Innovation, UNITAR
  • Speaker 2: Mr. Steve Schoeny, Director, Department of Development, City of Columbus
  • Speaker 3: Dr. Carl Grodach, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology

1:15-2:30 Session II: Planning Creative Cities – The State of Affairs

3:00-4:15 Session III: Creating Urban Creativity – The Future of Cultural Cities

  • Moderated by Dr. David Staley, Associate Professor and Director of The Goldberg Center, OSU Department of History
  • Speaker 1: Ms. Lori Martin, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Toronto
  • Speaker 2: Mr. Tony Slanec, Director of Planning and Urban Design, OHM Advisors
  • Speaker 3: Dr. Aseem Inam, John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor, University of Toronto

4:30-4:45 Closing Remarks