Events: Gaining Ground

The Gaining Ground Sustainable Urban Development Leadership Summit is being held in Calgary for the second time in two years. As an attendee last year, I can safely say that it was one of the most interesting (and appropriate, given the current economic uncertainty surrounding the energy sector) experiences I’ve had, getting to hear from industry and academic bigwigs about their knowledge of and plans for dealing with the shift to a more sustainable energy infrastructure. Though the ticket prices are fairly steep, student volunteers get in for free, so I would urge all interested students to send Geoff Gosson an e-mail asking to volunteer.

Led by speakers who study energy in the context of urban planning and development, and thought leaders who can frame energy concerns in terms of opportunities and challenges, this conference is planned as a region-wide conversation about Calgary’s future. The conference has lessons for every city, large and small. It’s a conversation that every city and urban region needs to have, and it’s relevant to a wide range of constituent interests.

This Gaining Ground conference frames a uniquely relevant conversation for Calgary because the city is a global centre of energy expertise. You should attend if your work and interests bear on:

  • Energy and the energy future
  • Land use strategies and policies
  • Real estate and development
  • Mobility and transportation
  • Business and economic planning
  • Innovation and technology
  • Strategies for skilled worker attraction
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Urban design
  • Community development

Conference location:

The Westin Calgary
320-4th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB Canada T2P 2S6

General Inquiries:

Geoff Gosson, Conference Manager
(250) 858-4600 or

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