PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

TUESDAY, 14th JUNE

Evening Welcome Reception hosted by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Edinburgh City Chambers

WEDNESDAY, 15TH JUNE

Host – Ross Martin, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Development and Industry

MORNING SESSION: THE ROLE OF TOWNS IN URBAN GROWTH

Visit Scotland’s global film, Scotland. A Spirit of its Own.

Shaping the World Towns Agreement with the Academy of Urbanism, CLES and Architecture and Design Scotland [continues in each session].

Featuring, The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, Michael Smith, Chair of the International Downtown Association, internationally recognised and respected towns and retail expert and Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Professor Leigh Sparks, Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive, City of Edinburgh Council, international economist Michael Shuman and Tina Saaby, Copenhagen’s City Architect, Denmark.

Fringe Events

  • Sustainable and Low Carbon Economies. John Lauder, National Director, Sustrans Scotland
  • Healthy places = Healthy people. Michael Berne, international retail expert discussing healthy retailing practices from multiple socio-economic perspectives.
  • Voices for the Future, the Next Generation Leaders.  Led by a Scottish collective, features a young Swedish delegation, with input from Kris Larson, CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA,     a professional planner, and leader in innovative public engagement approaches aimed at reaching younger, more diverse, stakeholders.

AFTERNOON SESSION: EMPOWERING AND CONNECTING PEOPLE AND PLACE

Localism and towns: Councillor Stephen Hagan, Spokesperson for Development, Economy and Sustainability at the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and Mark Garner, Executive Director and Chief Staff Officer, Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area, Toronto, Canada.

Urban Connectivity – Growth and Inclusion: Dominic Booth UK Managing Director for North European transport operator Abellio; Brendan Dick, Managing Director for Regions and Scotland with global communications company BT; Caroline Stuart, Scotland Director, Oracle – provider of industry-leading cloud-based and on-premises solutions to 420,000 customers across 145 countries; and Kathleen Rawson, CEO, Downtown Santa Monica, California, USA - expert in BID growth, the value of the tech industry, dark fibre and local transport solutions, Kathleen will share great examples of both digital and physical improvements.

Transforming Place: Mayor George Ferguson, Bristol City Council, UK. Award winning architect, co-founder of the Academy of Urbanism, Mayor George Ferguson led Bristol into winning European Green Capital 2015 and has joined the elite ranks of Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient Cities. He continues to lead on making Bristol one of Europe’s most liveable and creative cities, delivering a long awaited 12,000 capacity arena and the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone aimed at attracting 17,000 new jobs. His efforts have not gone unnoticed in Europe; George Ferguson made the shortlist for the World Mayor’s Award in 2014. 

EVENING: CONFERENCE RECEPTION sponsored by,

THURSDAY, 16TH JUNE

Host – Ross Martin, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Development and Industry

MORNING SESSION: THE NEW ALLIANCES, HARNESSING COMMUNITIES

Premiere of Scotland’s film collaboration with the Venice Biennale, celebrating Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

A New Model of Civic Governance Andy Godfrey, Public Policy Manager, Alliance Boots; Alexander Nicoll, Corporate Responsibility Director at Intu Properties and Chair of ATCM, Roddy Smith, Chief Executive, Essential Edinburgh and Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance, NYC, USA.

Delivering the New Economic Vision: Deputy First Minister of Scotland, John Swinney MSP

Revolutionary Changes in Elected Leadership: Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, CEO, Cape Town Partnership, South Africa

Harnessing the Private and Social Sector – A New Alliance: Gerry Higgins, Chief Executive, CEIS Group and Director, Social Enterprise World Forum; Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland

Fringe Events

  • Creativity, Culture and Heritage – Barbara Cummins, Director of Heritage Management, Historic Environment Scotland; Joanne Orr, Chief Executive, Museums Galleries Scotland; Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland; Jamie Licko – UK and US BIDs expert, currently managing the State of Colorado’s Creative District Programme.
  • Social Integration and Migration – John Wilkes, Chief Executive, Scottish Refugee Council

AFTERNOON SESSION: TRANSFORMATION IN ACTION – STUDY TOURS

In association with Scotland’s local authorities, Business Improvement Districts and major transport operators, choose from a diverse range of study tours showcasing a variety of economic, social, cultural and geographic environments.

Choose from five study tour options to Grassmarket, Glasgow, Haddington, Kirkcaldy or Falkirk. See Study Tours for more information and programme detail for each tour.

Sponsored By …Connecting Scotland's Towns