Oct 18 Learning Forum

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 In Education & Training Latest Updates

You’re invited to an informal community event devoted to the regeneration of downtown Hamilton and adjacent neighbourhoods on Friday October 18 from 8 am to 4 pm.

Part inspiration and part education, the Renew Hamilton Learning Forum is devoted to creating quality urban environments in Hamilton. 


It will feature local speakers and success stories, and take place in a large festival tent pitched in a vacant lot beside the iconic Lister Building on James Street North in the heart of the city’s arts district. 

CLICK HERE to read pre-event coverage in The Hamilton Spectator

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This first-of-its-kind event will appeal to our city’s growing urban renewal community, including thinkers, doers and observers of all ages and backgrounds. 

$20/person, includes light refreshments.  Wine bar and food trucks extra. Guest passes provide all day in and out privileges.

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REGISTER NOW: Contact Whitney Simmons at 905-522-1151 x 100 or w.simmons@hamiltonchamber.ca 

Sponsored by Hamilton Chamber of Commerce | City of Hamilton | LIUNA | Hamilton/Burlington Society of Architects | Ontario Association of Architects



8:30 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS ~ Inspired Urban Environments: Let’s Reach for Excellence | Martinus Geleynse

Martinus Geleynse is principal of MGI Media, founder of the Hamilton 24 Festival, and publisher of urbanicity magazine, a forum for the ideas, issues, and experiences of the bay city. 

As a media producer, Martinus has worked throughout Europe, the Caribbean, North and South America, as well as Africa. His short film work has been honoured with several film festival selections in the USA and Europe, including a festival win as “Most Promising Filmmaker” in 2005 at Nuremberg, Germany. 

Martinus organizes bus tours to sample North American cities in transition.  Sites to date include Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Detroit.  These popular road trips are designed to reveal renewal strategies from peer communities with a view to advance inspired urban environments in Hamilton. Martinus will draw on these trips to inform a dynamic and provocative illustrated keynote address.

9:30 am FUNDAMENTALS of URBAN REGENERATION ~ A context-setter presentation by Dr. Gail Krantzberg (McMaster University) and Bill Humber (Seneca College), co-principals of the Regeneration Institute for the Great Lakes.

10:00 am RENEWAL SHOWCASE ~ A broad selection of urban renewal success stories told by individuals and organizations at the forefront of change in our community.  Produced by Andrew Wickham and Andrew Hoang.

Featured Stories Include: The Seedworks | Girl on the Wing | St. Mark’s | Savoury Saturdays | Mark Preece House | Jackie Washington Park | Barton Real Estate Crawl | Centre3 for Print and Media Arts | Radius | AGH BMO World Film Festival | The Mustard Seed Cooperative Grocery Store

12:00 pm LUNCH ~ Food Trucks | Pay as you go!

12:30 pm CITY NEWS and VIEWS ~ an update on urban renewal programs and services offered by the City of Hamilton.  Lead presenter: Glen Norton, Manager, Urban Renewal, City of Hamilton.

1:00 pm ARCHITECTURE and DESIGN DIGEST – A sampling of new and emerging thinking and practice in the field of urban renewal.  Hosted by the Hamilton/Burlington Society of Architects with Moderator Edward Winter, McCallum Sather Architects

Featured Speakers Include: David Premi, David Premi Architects Inc. | Graham McNally, Invizij Architects Inc. | Jeremy Freiburger, Cobalt Connects | Bill Curran, Thier + Curran Architects Inc.