First Speakers and Presenters announced!

We are pleased to announce we are setting up a terrific line-up of speakers and presenters for My City’s Still Breathing: A sympoisum exploring the arts, artists and the city. Check back for specific schedules an panels as they form! Here are the speakers we have confirmed so far:

Larry Beasley C.M., B.A., M.A., C.M.I.P.

British Columbia

Larry Beasley is one of the world’s top urban planners.  He helped establish the City of Vancouver as one of the most livable cities in the world. Among his recent initiatives are new land use and transportation plans that are dramatically reshaping Vancouver’s inner city. Beasley is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia in the School of Community and Regional Planning and lectures widely elsewhere.

Read Larry Beasley’s full bio here

Simon Evans

United Kingdom

Simon Evans is an entrepreneur, consultant and advocate for cultural business. His career includes events production, performance, venue development, cultural tourism, mentoring and business-building. Simon’s expertise is in initiating, guiding and delivering projects that seek commercial, cultural and political outcomes. He has been a lead player in developing Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter since its inception in the mid-80s. After fifteen years producing arts and entertainment events, Simon now works all over the world as a policy consultant and public speaker. He is currently Director of Creative Clusters, the international conference and network for the creative economy (

Read Simon Evans’ full bio here

Jon Hawkes


Sometime circus strongman, underground press editor, lighthouse keeper and bookseller, Jon is the author of the groundbreaking ‘The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: culture’s essential role in public planning’ (Common Ground, 01) and is one of Australia’s leading commentators on cultural policy.  ‘Fourth pillar thinking’ has spread worldwide, with Jon making presentations in the USA, Canada, Spain and New Zealand.

Read Jon Hawkes’ full bio here

Milena Placentile

Winnipeg, MB

Milena Placentile is a Winnipeg-based curator and writer. She recently served as Acting Director of the University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03, and she is presently a curator in residence at Konstfack University of Art, Craft, and Design in Stockholm.

Read Milena Placentile’s full bio here

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