President and CEO, The Conference Board of Canada
Conversation Starter: The Future of Canada’s Cities
Cities and city-regions are the ascendant players on the world economic stage, the primary platform for the export of goods and services in today's global economy. Most innovation occurs in cities and in high wage economies, like Canada, higher productivity depends on innovation.
Cities are where a growing number of people live and where most immigrants choose to live. Two-thirds of Canadians live in Canada's 27 Census Metropolitan Areas [CMAs]; more important is that two-thirds of the net new jobs created in Canada [1995-2005] were in Canada's ten major cities.
Cities generate extensive and growing environmental activity; addressing pollution and urban ecology issues will be the next frontier of urban reform.
However, the resources at major cities' disposal do not match their importance as engines of national prosperity. And municipal governance is a problem that remains to be solved. Also, leadership is in short supply.
- What are the conditions for success for Canada's cities in the 21st century?
- What needs to change?
- How do we solve the critical problems – from fiscal and infrastructure deficits to congestion to deepening social divides?
About Anne Golden
Anne Golden has long been recognized for her leadership in public policy, her academic work and her varied leadership experience in business, not-for-profit and government sectors.
Since 2001, she has been president and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, the country's foremost independent not-for-profit applied research organization. Previously, she was president of the United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years. She earned a national profile for her work as Chair of both the Homelessness Action Task Force and of the Greater Toronto Area Task Force.
Golden was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in 2003. She has received honorary doctorates from University of Calgary , University of Western Ontario , Royal Roads University , University of Toronto , York University  and Ryerson Polytechnic University , as well as an honorary diploma from Loyalist College .
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON