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WCC 2019 Invited Speakers

Gabe Klein
 

Gabe Klein

Gabe is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington DC Departments of Transportation. In both cities, he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bike share systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare that could help each cities mobility goals. Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President, Bikes USA as national Director of Stores and his own electric powered, organic food truck chain, On The Fly.

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Tom Babin
 

Tom Babin

Tom Babin is an author, writer and blogger. He is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling, and has spoken about cycling at events around the world. He has written about cycling for The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and the National Post. He lives in Calgary, where he rides his bike all year round and blogs and vlogs at shifter.info

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February 6-8, 2019


Calgary Central Library
800 3 St S.E.

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Ole Kassow
 

Ole Kassow

Ole Kassow is a change maker and a social entrepreneur who believes in challenging conventional thinking and in inspiring people and organisations to create a better world through focus on purpose, happiness and kindness. Ole is a keen cyclists, an experimental urban farmer and he lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He received the Danish Community Award 2014 from the Danish Ministry of Employment for his initiative Cycling Without Age, the subject of his September 2014 TED Talk and in 2017 he was the second Dane to become Ashoka Fellow, the world’s leading NGO for change-making and social entrepreneurship.

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Melissa and Chris Bruntlett
 

Melissa and Chris Bruntlett

Melissa and Chris Bruntlett are the co-founders of Modacity; a creative agency using words, photography, and film to inspire happier, healthier, simpler forms of mobility. Together, they work with a variety of organizations—including municipal governments, transportation agencies, non-profits, and corporate clients—to address the evolving needs of cities large and small, and enable a variety of mobility options as a way to create successful and more livable regions. Their new book "Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality" is now available from Island Press.

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Winter Cities Panel


​​Winter in northern cities can be isolating, dark, and challenging to navigate due to barriers created by ice, snow and cold weather. Our Winter Cities panel shines a warm and welcoming light on how investing in the season through social, environmental and economic opportunities can pivot our perspectives on winter and attract people to our cities, year-round.

Paul Jordan
 

Paul Jordan

Paul Jordan is the CEO of The Forks North Portage Partnership, a historical beloved public space in the heart of Winnipeg where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet.  Recognizing Winnipeg’s unexpectedly interesting qualities as a river city, a winter city, and in the very center of North America, Jordan has been instrumental in the creation of waterfront access and activity, connecting neighbourhoods through placemaking and various modes of active transportation, cultivating and inviting collaboration with Winnipeg’s creative community, and reframing the way we see winter – from a burden, to an asset; something that sets us apart.

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Susan Holdsworth
 

Susan Holdsworth

Sue Holdsworth was the City lead during the development of the WinterCity Strategy, and has been the lead for implementing this broad and holistic award winning initiative. An urban planner by background, she is passionate about the intersection of design, placemaking and urban wellness. Sue has also worked as a land use and policy planner for three local governments, as well as a project manager for Planning Academy, a public education initiative. Most recently, she has joined the core team for RECOVER, an urban wellness plan using a social innovation approach. To all her work, she brings a systems thinking lens.

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Robin Mazumder
 

Robin Mazumder

Robin Mazumder is an award winning thought leader and accomplished keynote speaker sought out internationally to provoke thoughtful discussions on cities and well-being. He is currently completing his doctorate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, where he studies the psychological impacts of urban design. His interest is inspired by his love for cities as well as his front line experience working as an occupational therapist. Robin’s research is funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious doctoral award. He is a passionately publicly engaged scholar, whose work has been featured in numerous outlets including the BBC, Vice Magazine, CBC, and Canadian Geographic.

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