Date:
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Ottawa and online

Date: February 7 – 10, 2023
Location: Ottawa and online

Canada’s leading event for municipal sustainability changemakers and champions

Learn from hundreds of municipal leaders, staff, and community partners and gain new insights on how to tackle your community’s most pressing sustainability issues.

Join us at FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference (SCC):

Don’t miss out on early bird pricing! If your municipality has three or more staff members, or elected officials, interested in attending SCC 2023 in-person, you’re eligible for a $50 discount.

 

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Why attend?

You’ll have the chance to:

  • Build a valuable network of municipal sustainability champions across the country.
  • Learn from other local leaders who are working to address climate change at the local level.
  • Level up with tools, case studies and knowledge from our workshops, training sessions and study tours.
  • Explore key trends in building climate-ready communities for elected officials, administrative tools and processes within City Hall, and citizen engagement at the local level.

What’s new?

  • Pre-conference study tours and training sessions – Partake in live tours and training sessions that focus on sustainability projects in and around the National Capital Region.
  • Curated Industry Showcase – All of our showcase vendors, suppliers and partners have been vetted to meet the GMF’s high performance standards and to align with our goals. Find solutions to support your community’s environmental goals.
  • Hybrid registration options – Choose the conference format that works best for you:
    • Attend SCC 2023 in person: Get on-site training, enjoy inspiring study tours in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, join networking and social events to build relationships with other local leaders and explore our tradeshow of high performing private sector suppliers and vendors.
    • Or join us virtually: Join workshops, keynotes and plenaries from the comfort of your office or home.
  • Group rates and refer-a-friend discount – Save on tickets when you attend the conference with a group, friend or colleague (For in-person delegates only).

Who will be there?

SCC 2023 brings together municipal staff, elected officials, federal officials, and private sector experts to discuss and share best practices for making Canadian communities more environmentally, socially and economically vibrant.

Conference themes

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Climate-ready communities
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City Hall toolbox: sustainable tools and processes
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Elected officials as change agents
 

Featured study tour

Zibi District: Canada’s new sustainable waterfront city

Arial view of the Zibi development
Get a close look at Zibi, the Waterfront City, when you sign up to tour the National Capital Region’s new borderless locality. It will be Canada’s most sustainable neighbourhood, a master-planned community offering endless paths for the over 5000 people who will call this place their home. When you sign up for this half-day tour, you’ll be taken into the One Planet Living sustainability framework behind the development of this transformative project, and you’ll explore the District Energy Plant to get into the heart of net-zero innovation. With this development, you will envision community, reconciliation, connection, and healthy living, all through eco-friendly planning. Join this tour to see for yourself how such a sustainable concept can come to life.

Tour Hosts:

  • Taryn Glancy, Project Manager, Zibi
  • Jeff Westeinde, CEO, Zibi
 

Schedule

From inspiring speakers to expert panel discussions to interactive workshops to a variety of networking opportunities, the SCC 2023 schedule has something for everyone.

See our program details page for more information on each session and speaker

All session times are ET.

Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, February 7 - Pre-Event Day

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Pre-conference trainings
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Study tours

Wednesday, February 8

7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Industry showcase
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9:30 a.m. Opening ceremony & political keynote
9:30–10:45 a.m. Workshops
10:45–11 a.m. Coffee break
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Keynote speaker
12–1:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch and learn sessions
1:15–2 p.m. Sustainable Community Awards (Part 1) and political keynote
2–3 p.m. Plenary session
3–3:15 p.m. Coffee break
3:15–4:45 p.m. Workshops
4:45–5:45 p.m. Transition and political keynote
5:30–7 p.m. Opening reception and awards ceremony

Thursday, February 9

7:30 a.m.–6:45 p.m. Industry showcase
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–9 a.m. Political keynote and transition
9–10:30 a.m. Workshops
10:30–11 a.m. Coffee break
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Keynote speaker
12–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch and learn sessions
1:15–2 p.m. Sustainable Community Awards (Part 2) and political keynote
2–3 p.m. Plenary session
3–3:15 p.m. Coffee break
3:15–4:45 p.m. Workshops
4:45–6:45 p.m. Showcase reception

Friday, February 10

7:30–9 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Project/Research showcase
9:30–10:45 a.m. Workshops
10:45–11 a.m. Coffee break
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Plenary session
12–12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30–1 p.m. Sustainable Community Awards (Part 3)
1–1:30 p.m. Closing ceremony

Plan your trip

We have all the details to help plan your trip to Ottawa for SCC 2023. Get started on your travel plans.

Conference Location: Westin Hotels & Resorts, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 9H4

Dates: February 7-10, 2023

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities

Interested in connecting with municipalities from across Canada? Showcase your innovative sustainability solutions at our Industry Showcase! Our exclusive and highly vetted showcase brings together the best performers and most innovative private sector partners to demonstrate high performing environmental solutions. Learn more.

Industry Showcase

In person delegates can meet experts at our diverse Industry Showcase and leave with sustainability ideas they can champion and implement right away in their own municipality. 

"It makes me infinitely happy to be able to speak to other elected officials, NGO's and stakeholders to see what issues they have, what we have in common, and what approaches are taken to deal with them."
—Andrew J. Black, Councillor, Town of Sackville

"SCC was an enjoyable and informative conference that I would definitely recommend. I love hearing good news stories about other cities and what they’re doing to be more sustainable, and I felt invigorated and re-inspired!"
—Madeleine Myhill, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, City of Guelph

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Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact us at events@fcm.ca.

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