Call for Presentations 

The Call for Presentations is Now Closed.

Submitters will receive a notification email on October 28, 2016.

Are you involved in an innovative program, initiative, or research related to embracing winter life in northern cities? Do you have ‘out of the box’ ideas that promote wellbeing, prosperity and fun when the temperatures drop? We invite you to submit a proposal for oral presentation at the Winter Cities Shake-Up, taking place in Edmonton, Alberta from February 16 - 18, 2017.

In February 2017 hundreds of leaders, innovators, planners and creators from around the world will gather in Edmonton for the second Winter Cities Shake-Up, a groundbreaking conference with the goal of turning winter upside down. Winter Cities Shake-Up 2017 is not your usual conference, focusing on opportunities for improving the quality of life and wellbeing in winter cities: from the cultural, design and business perspectives.

We welcome presentations on your new research and best practices, creative projects and initiatives, and bold ideas that will shake up the way we’ve traditionally done things in a winter city. We want to learn from groups who are using winter as an asset and who are finding ways to celebrate life in a winter city.

A limited number of submissions will be chosen to present during breakout sessions at the conference.

Please read this Call for Presentations carefully before accessing the submission form online.


 Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016 (11:59 PM MT)
Notification Date: Friday,October 28, 2016

Conference Themes:

Our conference will be based around the three themes below, with an emphasis on wellness, which may act as a guideline for presentations. Your presentation submission does not need to fall under one specific theme; we welcome submissions from all different perspectives.

Winter Business

How can cities build thriving 'winter' economies? Do you have a business or industry that works with the natural environment; taking advantage of all that the winter season has to offer? Does your business model capitalize on winter? Could it be adapted by other businesses and industries? How do we market winter cities as unique tourism destinations and great places to live, work and play?

Winter Design

How do we design for winter rather than around it? We are looking for great examples of architecture, urban design and planning in northern cities. How did you approach your design? What made it different? What was the outcome?

Winter Culture

Inspiring a love of winter within cities and encouraging residents to join in the fun and magic of the season can be a challenge. We would like to see new ideas and strategies for embracing winter and bringing communities together to celebrate the season’s activities. What new activities have you created? How have you inspired people to join in?

Review Process

Presentations will be reviewed by a committee. Authors will be contacted via email by October 28, 2016. Authors whose proposals are selected will be invited to give an oral presentation.All selected presentations will be published in a presentation booklet which will be provided to delegates at the Conference.

Presentation Format


There is no particular presentation format required, as long as it is fun and interesting! You decide how you want to tell your story. We are open to interactive presentations and workshops; however, we may be limited by the setup of the meeting space.

Proposal Form Submission

  1. Presentations must be submitted electronically, through the online form.
  2. Please use standard abbreviation. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word when it appears for the first time.
  3. Errors, misspellings and incorrect abbreviations will not be corrected.
  4. Presentations must not exceed 350 words (excluding the heading).
  5. An individual may submit more than one proposal. One official application form is required for each abstract.
  6. There is no fee to submit proposal(s).
  7. Edits to submitted proposals may be made up to October 14, 2016. Instructions for making edits can be found on the submission form.

Presentation at the Conference

  1. A limited number of presentations will be selected for oral presentation at the Conference.
  2. One (1) free registration to the Conference will be provided per oral presentation.
  3. Oral Presentations will be 30 minutes in length, and will be presented in groups of two. Full program details will be provided upon confirmation.


If, at any time, you have any questions about the submission process or the contents of this Call, please email us at We look forward to receiving your submission.