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WCC 2019 Invited Speakers

More speakers soon to be announced.

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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Dr. Samantha Green
 

Dr. Samantha Green

Dr. Samantha Green is a family physician in downtown Toronto and co-founder of the group Doctors for Safe Cycling. She is also a Board Member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and long-time volunteer with the advocacy groups Cycle Toronto and Health Providers Against Poverty. After completing medical school at the University of Ottawa and residency at McMaster University, she worked in the Yukon, Sioux Lookout, and Hamilton before settling in Toronto.

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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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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.

  • Winter City Panel - “The Business of Winter”
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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.

  • Winter City Panel - “The Iceberg Model and Winter Cycling in Edmonton”
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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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Presentations


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A Doctor's Prescription for Cycling

Dr. Samantha Green - Toronto, Ontario

We know that cycling has significant health benefits for both individual patients and communities. There are avoidable risks; research demonstrates how communities can mitigate those risks with separated bike lanes and lower speed limits, among other interventions. As physicians, we have a professional obligation to speak out where there are public health interventions that will benefit our patients at the individual, community, and broader policy level. Moreover, doctors can provide a unique and compelling perspective to policy makers.


Building the Cycling City

Melissa and Chris Bruntlett - Modacity (Vancouver, British Columbia)

With 22.5 million bicycles for a population of 18 million, the Netherlands is undoubtedly the world’s top cycling nation. However, there remains an erroneous belief that – while the Dutch can provide encouragement – their methods are unrepeatable, and their results unattainable. Miles of separated cycle tracks, dedicated bike streets, and off-street paths are something that only works for “them” and not “us.” But even they started somewhere. Can the country that has spent decades building comfortable cycling infrastructure provide a blueprint for North America?


What We Can Learn From Winter Cyclists Around the World

Tom Babin - Shifter (Calgary, Alberta)

For many people, especially those in chilly northern cities, it can be difficult to imagine riding a bike year round without having experienced riding in a truly bike-friendly winter city. So in this session, we’ll hear the stories of winter cyclists from some of the best winter-bike cities of the world, and share the lessons they’ve learned from their subzero cycling lives.

 

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February 6-8, 2019


Calgary Central Library
800 3 St S.E.

Register now​​​​​​​​

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