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Annual Conference - The 2019 BC Land Summit: Collaborations & Connections

May 8th - 10th, 2019
Westin Bayshore
Vancouver, BC

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Keynote Speakers

We were pleased to have two diverse, exciting keynote speakers, as well as an entertaining featured dinner speaker for the 2019 BC Land Summit: Collaborations & Connections, in Vancouver.


Sheila Watt-CloutierSheila Watt-Cloutier
Opening Keynote: Thurs. May 9th.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability—not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole.  At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed.

Edward GlaeserEdward Glaeser
Morning Keynote: Fri. May 10th.

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomic theory, occasionally urban and public economics and has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston for a decade. He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.

Mark CritchMark Critch
Featured Dinner Speaker: Thurs. May 9th Dinner.

Mark Critch, anchor and roving reporter for the long-running Gemini award-winning This Hour Has 22 Minutes, broadcast nationally on CBC Television, was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. No stranger to the Canadian Comedy scene, he has made several appearances on CBC radio’s Madly Off In All Directions and as co-host of the ECMA Awards for CBC television. Mark also appeared on CBC’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival and has been the long-running host of the CBC’s Ha!ifax Comedy Festival. Mark has also written for the renowned Just for Laughs series.

He has received eight Gemini nominations and was honoured with a Canadian Comedy Award for his writing on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. He has performed in Russia, China and Afghanistan in addition to Canada and the United States. Mark also appeared in the opening season of the popular new CBC Television detective series Republic of Doyle.

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