Jun 21, 2017
Now with its fifth year complete, the Collaborate to Compete (C2C) Regional Symposium has established itself as an annual national forum for city regions to explore regional aspects of global competitiveness.

Held in Ottawa May 31 and June 1 to coincide with the FCM National Convention, the C2C 2017 theme was Strong City Strong Region, featuring for the first time a panel of FCM's Big City Mayors Caucus (BCMC).

See 2017 C2C program here 

Edmonton Mayor and current BCMC Chair Don Iveson joined Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Toronto Mayor John Tory in discussing regionalism. All agreed that very often the Big City is seen as the "gorilla in the room" in regional situations, and therefore too easy to dismiss or vilify.

"Regionalism is practical, and when best implemented focuses on what you can give not just what you get" said Mayor Iveson.  

The symposium also featured panel discussions on the Regional Approach to Planning: How Elements of Regional Planning Assist in Economic Development, and Metro Regions, Thinking Globally: Capitalizing on Unique Regional Strengths as Key Attributes for Economic Development.

About 125 people attended the sessions, mostly municipal elected officials and representatives of regional economic development groups. The event received high approval ratings and interest was expressed in building on this year's themes.

Planning is underway for the next C2C in Halifax May 30 & 31, 2018, with Save the Dates and details out soon.

The C2C symposium is co-organized by the Capital Region Board, the Calgary Regional Partnership and the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region.