2017 Speakers

Winter Cities shake-up offers speakers spreading "cool" ideas about living in cold climates!

Who do you want to see?


2017 Speakers

Winter Cities shake-up offers speakers spreading "cool" ideas about living in cold climates!

Who do you want to see?

Winter Cities Shake-Up 2019 Speakers


Arne Bergh

Hazel Borys

Sabine De Schutter

Daniel Firth

Arne Bergh is a Creative Director at ICEHOTEL AB in Sweden. He initially had a studio in Uppsala, Sweden working as a sculptor and designer, where he led multiple exhibitions and Land Art projects on commission. He began his tenure at ICEHOTEL in 1994, where he engaged in creative experiments in ice, and in 1997, Arne became the Creative Director and part owner of the hotel. As ICEHOTEL grew from a small business, Arne’s ambition to lift the level of Art & Design became the core value of the company. Today, ICEHOTEL involves approximately 50 artists each year to create a unique experience that ultimately returns to the river as nature cycles back toward Spring.

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Hazel Borys is President of PlaceMakers, an city planning firm working throughout the US and Canada. She guides governments through land use law reforms — allowing walkable, mixed-use, compact, resilient places to develop by-right — and helps developers get things built under the increasingly prevalent character-based codes of the new economy. Hazel is an electrical engineer with an MBA. She is the organizer of the Placemaking@Work webinar education series and the SmartCode Workshop, board member of the Transect Codes Council, coauthor of the Codes Study, and blogger on PlaceShakers.

Twitter handle: @hborys

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Sabine De Schutter is a Berlin-based lighting architect with a second master’s degree in interior design.

Early on, she discovered the need for a human-centered approach to design and architecture, which lead her to discover Design Thinking. Being able to successfully combine Lighting Design with Design Thinking, she runs lighting design workshops - engaging participants in lighting festivals across Europe. Besides coaching at the HPI d.school, she is a member of the faculty at Hochschule Wismar, where she teaches Architectural Lighting Design.

Sabine is a serial entrepreneur, runs her own Architectural Lighting Design practice – Studio De Schutter in Berlin. For her research and design projects, she has won several competitions and awards (40 under 40, upcoming lighting design talent and Young Lighter of the Year 2012).

When Sabine, the born and raised Belgian, is not busy building furniture, visiting museums or eating chocolate, she enjoys going for runs through the city and neither heat wave nor snow can stop her!

Twitter handle: @sabine_ds

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Daniel Firth is project manager for the Stockholm’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Strategy, which has the overall aim of enabling continued growth of the city of Stockholm without increasing road traffic. His role is to ensure that all plans and projects within the city are in line with the aims of the strategy, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable transport and an attractive, inclusive street environment. Daniel is also responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of the city’s policies on congestion pricing and strategic parking management. Before his arrival at Stockholm City Council, Daniel spent five years at Transport for London, working on the implementation and operation of the central London congestion charging scheme.
Previous assignments include research roles in London and Stockholm, exploring, amongst others, road user charging (including advising the UK Government), public transport interchanges, the role of road investment in regional development and urban freight management. Daniel is a Town Planner educated at the University of Newcastle upon-Tyne, England and at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Twitter handle: @JoliUrbaniste

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Tyler Golly

Tomita Hidenori

Paul Jordan

Bartek Komorowski

Tyler Golly is a professional engineer specializing in the creation of multi-modal solutions for urban transportation planning and design projects. Tyler has developed people-focused transportation policies, plans, strategies, and designs with an emphasis on creating safe, attractive, and efficient walking, cycling, transit, and street networks. His work has received awards acknowledging their positive and progressive contributions to communities and the transportation industry. Tyler is also actively participating in the advancement of the transportation industry through his involvement in the Institute of Transportation Engineers Complete Streets Council and sharing ideas and practices at conferences and in publications across North America and abroad.

Twitter handle: @tylergolly

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Director Tomita Hidenori joined the Sapporo City Hall in 1984. In October 2006, he was dispatched to the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) and was involved in building foundations with South Korean cities at the Seoul Office in for 2 years starting from April 2007. In 2009, he was put in charge of implementing household waste charges as Planning Section Manager of the Environmental Planning & Waste Management Department for the City of Sapporo. In 2011, as head of the Shinkansen Promotion Office of the Community Development and City Planning Bureau, he devoted his efforts to bringing the Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train line to Sapporo. In April of 2013, he served as the Director for the Environmental Planning & Waste Management Department and moved to his current position in April of 2016. In his current position, Director Tomita helped successfully carry out the World Winter City Association for Mayors (WWCAM) 17th Mayors Conference, held in Sapporo for the first time in 34 years.

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Paul Jordan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Forks North Portage Partnership. Paul has held many positions since joining the organization in 1991, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2014. Paul has been responsible for all physical operations and programming of the site, involved in capital developments and planning, and instrumental in the creation and implementation of Target Zero, The Forks’ environmental vision to reach zero carbon emissions throughout the site.

Having a passion for the continued development of Winnipeg, Paul has also been active in the creation of waterfront access projects, which have led to multiple initiatives within the city.

Twitter handle: @pjordan60

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Bartek is a Project Leader in the Research Department at Vélo Québec, Canada’s largest bicycle advocacy organization. He works with municipalities and government organizations in Quebec and Ontario on cycling infrastructure planning and design projects as well as on cycling policy. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University. He lives in the Villeray District in Montreal and is a year round bicycle commuter.

Twitter Handle: @CyclistBartek

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Karen Lee

Sean Lecomber

Kari Leibowitz

Harold Madi

Dr. Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc is the CEO and Founder of Dr. Karen Lee Health + Built Environment + Social Determinants Consulting (www.drkarenlee.com), based in New York City and New Jersey. Dr. Lee has been working on improving environmental factors for health, particularly the current epidemics of physical inactivity and obesity and related chronic diseases such as heart disease and strokes, diabetes and some of our most common and deadly cancers, for the past 17 years. Her team has assisted multiple jurisdictions and organizations in over 40 cities globally on addressing these critical epidemics of today – and at the same time, achieving co-benefits for the environment, age-friendliness and the economy - through improving the physical and social environments of communities, including strategic development and partnerships, technical assistance on process/policy/practice ranging from addressing transport planning to economic policies to zoning and building codes and incentives, to positive political and public engagement using health and community wellbeing as the driver. Dr. Lee grew up in St. Albert, Alberta and completed her BSc and MD at the University of Alberta.

Twitter Handle: @KarenLeeDr

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Sean Lecomber is a CBC Debaters regular who filmed his first Just for Laughs gala in 2013 and is the winner of the Just for Laughs homegrown competition. Sean’s other festival credits include 3 appearances at the Halifax comedy festival as well as the Winnipeg comedy festival in 2013 and 2016. He has written for this hour has 22 minutes and is a two time Canadian comedy award nominee. His work can also be heard on XM Radio.

Twitter Handle: @slecomber

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Kari Leibowitz is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at Stanford University and part of Stanford's Mind & Body Lab. Her research involves understanding how our subjective beliefs, or mindsets, can influence our psychological and physiological health and well-being. After receiving her BA from Emory University in 2012, Kari served as a U.S.-Norway Fulbright Scholar, during which time she lived in Tromsø, Norway and conducted research on wintertime mindsets at the northernmost university in the world. Her writing has been featured in The Atlantic and her research on wintertime mindsets has been covered in news and radio outlets in the U.S., Norway, Sweden, the UK, and Canada.

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Harold Madi, Senior Principal & Urban Places Canada Lead at Stantec, and former Director of Urban Design for the City of Toronto, has nearly two decades of private public sector experience leading numerous large-scale, multi-faceted and visionary projects across Canada and internationally. Prior to these more recent roles, Harold held a number of key positions in prominent Toronto-based firms, including Senior Associate at Brook McIlroy-PACE Architects, a founding Partner at Office for Urbanism, and Partner at The Planning Partnership. He brings an insightful, ‘big picture’ perspective on all aspects of urbanism — from land use policy to streetscape design — to his work, and has received a number of awards for master planning, revitalization, intensification and urban design strategies and guidelines for a variety of contexts and scales, including campuses, downtowns, corridors and waterfronts.

Twitter Handle: @haroldmadi

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Robin Mazumder

Darío Nuñez Salazar

Steve Patterson

Jason Roberts

Robin Mazumder is a PhD candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo where he explores how urban design impacts mental health. Prior to his PhD, Robin worked as a mental health occupational therapist and also taught courses in mental health at MacEwan University. He also a keen urbanist and has launched a number of placemaking initiatives, including Edmonton’s biggest pop up snowball fight.

Twitter Handle: @RobinMazumder

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Darío Nunez is an Architect and Lighting Designer based in Iceland. He has a very extensive experience in Architectural Lighting, and has worked for well-known offices in Europe, America and Asia. Darío works currently as the Lighting Design Leader for Verkís Consulting Engineers, and he is extremely enthusiastic about light thoughtfully applied in the built environment.

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Steve Patterson has been a professional headliner since 1997 and has taped numerous national television specials in the past decade including four Just For Laughs galas. His performance in 2010 earned him a Gemini nomination and caused host Steve Martin afterwards to exclaim “If I’d have known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.” Following that performance, Patterson was name Best Male Stand-up Comedian at the 2011 and 2013 Canadian Comedy awards and most recently has been nominated for the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards as Host on HGTV’s “I Wrecked My House”. Steve’s nationally toured and award nominated theatre show entitled “This is Not Debatable” is now available on itunes and his “Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send” is available in bookstores nationwide. Visit stevepatterson.ca for more details.

Twitter Handle: @patterballs

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Jason Roberts is the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, originator of the Better Block Project, co-founder of the Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and recent candidate for US Congress. In 2006, Jason formed the non-profit organization, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 Million dollar TIGER stimulus grant from the FTA to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking depressed blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, and on NPR. Roberts has spoken at TEDx Austin and Oklahoma and is the recipient of the Champions of Change award in Washington DC for work in Transportation Innovations.

Twitter Handle: @mannytmoto

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Tanya Rumak

Erica Sigurdson

Chris Tuan

Tina Varughese

Tanya Rumak is a passionate advocate for the environment, and loves finding sustainable solutions to modern-day living. She is currently the Sustainability and Public Relations Manager at Landmark Homes, an Alberta-based homebuilder targeting affordable net zero energy homes. Landmark Homes has often been at the forefront of the residential industry’s most significant innovations, most recently developing one of Canada’s most affordable net zero energy homes.

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Erica Sigurdson has appeared at every major comedy festival in Canada, recorded a television special on Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan and performed at the most Northern Point on the globe inhabited by humans. Erica was named “Funniest Female Comic” at the 2015 Winnipeg Comedy Festival and is also a Leo Award Winning comedy screenwriter. In addition to entertaining Canadians in comedy clubs and festivals, Erica is also one of Canada’s most in-demand entertainers for corporate events. Her first humour book is due in 2017.

Twitter Handle: @Erica_Sigurdson

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Dr. Christopher Tuan is a Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Tuan is the leading expert in electrically conductive concrete research in the world. He has successfully implemented conductive concrete technology in large-scale construction projects. Dr. Tuan had directed many multidisciplinary research projects while in the U.S. defense industry before he joined the faculty at UNL. His expertise includes specialized concrete, blast-resistant design, and finite element simulations. Dr. Tuan received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanics, both from the University of Wisconsin. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Nebraska.

Dr. Tuan has published more than 60 papers in archival journals and conference proceedings. He has received 9 patents with 4 additional patents pending. Dr. Tuan has won many awards for his conductive concrete pavement deicing technology and his work was featured in numerous news media, including the Discovery Channel. He has served on the ACI Committee 123 – Research and Current Developments, the TRB Committee (AHD65) on Winter Maintenance, and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Bridge and Tunnel Security Committee. He is an ASCE Fellow and a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

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Tina, President of tWorks, is a professional speaker and trainer specializing in cross-cultural communication, work-life balance and inclusive leadership. Prior to , she worked with Alberta Employment and Immigration where she spearheaded international recruitment missions in response to Alberta’s labour shortage.

She is a contributing writer for the Human Resource Institute of Alberta’s Network magazine, Calgary Real Estate News, and Home to Home magazine. She is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Tina has been the face of diversity, literally, when she was chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity.

With two kids, five fish and one husband, she resides in Calgary where she recently began hip hop classes.

Twitter handle: @TinaVarughese

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