Municipal Innovators Conference (MiC2018) coming to Calgary this fall

­This year’s Municipal Innovators Conference (MiC2018) is coming to western Canada and landing right here in Calgary, September 19 - 21. MiC2018 is a game-changing conference full of carefully curated, high impact and thought provoking sessions, workshops and tours to expand thinking, ignite creativity and build better cities.

“We are excited that Calgary has been selected as the city for people to gather and share some of the innovative work that has been done both in Calgary and across Canada.” says City Manager, Jeff Fielding. “My colleagues and I at The City are excited to collaborate and share ideas so we can continue to provide quality municipal services and make life better every day.”Participants will join in three days of workshops, presentations and tours, with the following themes:

  • Re: think – applying ideas and insights from outside of government and learned best practices to provide thought leadership in policy processes and strategic planning.
  • Re: build – using resources, technology and partnerships in novel and unexpected ways to innovate infrastructure.
  • Re: invent – enabling risk, failure and seeking constructive feedback through demonstrated applications of experiment in action.
  • Re: work – developing and stewarding cultures that support innovation, and consider diversity, inclusion and global perspectives, and enable sustainable organizations that evolve with emerging needs.

“This conference is the most valuable and cost effective learning experience I have access to every year,” says Lisa Sierra, Manager, Innovation, Data and Internal Access with The City of Calgary. “We cannot underestimate the value of learning from other municipalities, collaborating to solve our challenges and inspiring municipal employees to use a human-centred approach in designing the next generation of civic services.”

This is the fourth annual MiC conference. In 2017 the conference held in Guelph, Ontario, brought together participants from 36 municipalities.

"Municipal employees are at the forefront of public sector innovation, finding creative and innovative ways to improve service delivery for residents. It was important to the MIC Steering Committee that we connect municipal innovators from across the country to share ideas, challenges and solutions. Calgary was a natural fit to host our first conference in Western Canada as a recognized leader in municipal innovation and two-time MIC presenter," says Dana Clarke, MIC founder and Steering Committee Chair

For more information on the conference or to find out more about the Municipal Innovators Community visit