LIVABLE CITIES FORUM
Thank you to all those who joined us in Mississauga, ON for LCF 2023!
2023 Livable Cities Forum
Most Canadian cities and towns were not built with a vision of a net zero, resilient, and sustainable future. So what does the transition to resilient, equitable, and livable communities look like? How can we embrace diversity and inclusion in the process? And, ultimately, how can we accelerate implementation to keep pace with challenges municipalities face? Thank you to everyone who joined us in Mississauga September 25 to 27, 2023 to explore these questions through the lens of “Intention to Implementation”.
LCF 2023 took place at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, on the traditional territory and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and traditional homeland of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee First Nations. This region has been and continues to be home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples since time immemorial. We are grateful to all past, present, and future caretakers of this land, and are committed to learning from Indigenous groups and knowledge keepers at LCF and on an ongoing basis.
RESOURCES, LEADING EDGE PRACTICES, AND MORE
LCF 2023 provided a space to discover and exchange innovative ideas and actionable insights to support local climate action. Sessions showcased practical tools, resources, leading edge practices, learnings from real world examples, and diverse perspectives.
Vivian Rosas, Blissful Release, 2021. mississauga.ca/publicart
LCF 2023 sessions were uniquely designed to go beyond presentation-style delivery. These included many interactive and engaging workshops, trainings, and discussions to offer hands-on learning opportunities over three days. Local study tours also allowed delegates to head out of the conference center and explore examples of energy transition and community climate action in Mississauga and neighbouring regions.
Lake Ontario, Jojo Santa Ana Photography, 2018.
EXPERTS, LEADERS, AND PRACTITIONERS FROM ACROSS CANADA
LCF 2023 delegates learned from and collaborated with climate experts, leaders and policymakers, urban professionals, and on-the-ground practitioners. Opportunities for networking were purposefully included in the program to allow delegates to share experiences and lessons learned, have candid conversations, make connections, create and strengthen relationships, and build support networks.
Gain insights on leading-edge energy transition and resilience practices.
Reach net zero, resilience, and sustainability goals
Local governments don’t have to navigate energy transition, equitable climate adaptation, and sustainable development alone. LCF is Canada’s preeminent event for local leaders, urban professionals, and on-the-ground practitioners working to transition to net zero, advance low carbon resilience, and build an inclusive and equitable future. The Forum is widely known for its high caliber practical sessions, diverse speakers, and meaningful networking opportunities.
"LCF is a fantastic forum for gaining insight on leading edge practice amongst local governments on sustainability and climate action. You'll meet and learn from local government leaders, as well as folks representing innovative non-profit and consulting agencies who can support you on your climate action journey. Highly recommended!"
— Ian McVey, Manager of Sustainability, Regional Municipality of Durham
"The sessions, networking, and events leave me full of inspiration and ideas for action."
— Jody Rechenmacher, Community Consultant & Principal, Urban Systems
"I have been fortunate to attend many LCFs over the years. Each year I leave the conference with new inspiration and enthusiasm for work we do. Take the time to network and attend the social events, you'll meet fabulous people that will be future collaborators and resources to you."
— Karina Richters
"I had the pleasure of working with ICLEI and other partners to host LCF in 2016 in Halifax. It was an impactful conference with great study tours and networking opportunities along with excellent learning. I've attended other LCF conferences and have always found them immensely valuable and enjoyable!"
— Shannon Miedema, Director, Environment & Climate Change, Halifax Regional Municipality
"The LCF conference I attended was very well organized and I walked away with so much to share with my colleagues."
— Amy Coomes, Project Manager, City of Thunder Bay
"I have had the opportunity to attend the Livable Cities Forum several times throughout my career, both as a presenter and attendee. Each time I have come away from this conference with new learnings that I can apply to my own projects, new friendships with colleagues from across Canada, and am reinspired to continue to push for climate action within my municipality."
— Trisha Henderson, Climate Action Officer, Town of Oakville
Climate action is becoming mainstream, but implementation is not keeping pace with the needs of municipalities and the challenges they are facing. The LCF 2023 program put the spotlight on implementation to help communities keep moving forward with a focus on equity and inclusion. Delegates walked away with tools, insights, and connections to address the challenges of implementation and make the most of opportunities in their communities.
Michel de Broin, Possibilities, 2012. mississauga.ca/publicart
INCREASE THE PACE AND SCALE OF IMPLEMENTATION
This theme examined how to increase the pace and scale of energy transition and climate resilience initiatives at the local level. Delegates explored how this can be achieved through partnerships and collaboration, multi-solving actions, and meaningful engagement.
RAW Design, Fossil Record, 2017. mississauga.ca/publicart
EXPLORE FINANCING SOLUTIONS
The costs of taking climate action can represent a barrier to implementation. This theme explored financing solutions versus the costs of inaction with various perspectives in mind to help delegates better understand the business case for climate action while connecting with financial experts from both the private and public sectors.
Moonlight Murals Collective, Interconnection, 2022. mississauga.ca/publicart
APPROACH CLIMATE CHANGE DIFFERENTLY
In most communities, the lack of effective climate action is not due to a lack of information, planning, or policy solutions. So what is missing? This theme explored unconventional approaches to climate action and how these can help reimagine engagement, motivation, and implementation.
LCF 2023 delegates learned from speakers, facilitators, workshop hosts, and panelists from across Canada. Speakers offered insightful perspectives, innovative ideas, and lessons learned on program themes and engaged with delegates through thoughtful dialogues.
Mayor Bonnie Crombie,
City of Mississauga
Author, Knowledge Keeper & Artist
Executive Advisor, Climate Investing and Community Resilience, Co-operators
Managing Director, ICLEI Canada
Executive Director, ICLEI Canada
Mary W. Rowe
President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute
Ojibwe Anishinaabe Grandmother from Shawanaga First Nation Reserve
Learn from leaders, urban professionals, and local practitioners who are also on the climate action journey.
Recieve the latest LCF updates.
The Livable Cities Forum is ICLEI Canada's annual event to bring communities together. ICLEI Canada supports local action to achieve net zero, resilience, sustainability, and biodiversity goals. We provide programming, training, and consulting services on a variety of local climate and sustainability issues.
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ICLEI Canada's work happens across Turtle Island which has traditionally been and is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples since time immemorial. We endeavour to listen to and learn from Indigenous Peoples on an ongoing basis in the process of our work.