In this age of rapidly evolving technology, disruptive social change, and extreme weather, there has never been a more opportune time to think about how Canadian municipalities can prepare for the future. Municipalities across Canada have the demanding task of making their shrinking budgets and dwindling resources work harder than ever to ensure their communities have the services, infrastructure, and social resources they need to thrive.
To start a lively conversation around these issues, JLT Canada, with its respected partners, organized the inaugural JLT Canada Public Sector Summit 2017. The Summit included three days of insights, presentations, and questions about what municipalities should do today in order to build a stronger community tomorrow.
JLT Canada engaged highly regarded speakers from different disciplines and areas of expertise to share their diverse knowledge and international experiences to help municipalities start planning for the future, now.
Municipalities are the level of government closest to the everyday lives of Canadian citizens. They are the first to see the effects of automation on manufacturing jobs, of artificial intelligence (AI) on the definition of smart cities, and of changing demographics on the way their residents live, work, and play. This is why it’s important for municipal leaders to be attuned to the latest technological advances, up-and-coming social trends, and most importantly, the needs of their people.
The JLT Canada Public Sector Summit 2017 explored the impact that key factors – like the economy, infrastructure, happiness, crime and security, leadership, and community engagement – will have on the future of Canadian municipalities. Sparking numerous conversations and ideas, the Summit encouraged municipal leaders to shift their focus when making decisions for their communities and planning for the future.