Conference Program
(draft program ó subject to change)
Date/Time Session Guest Speakers
May 12
0730 Registration and Continental breakfast 
0830 Welcome to the Conference

Conference Overview

Angela Turner, Program Manager, Responsible Hospitality Edmonton 
Welcome to Edmonton Councillor Ben Henderson, City of Edmonton
Welcome to Alberta

Vice President, Compliance and Social Responsibility brings welcome from Alberta Government agency AGLC.

Shane Loxterkamp, 
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
0900 Keynote:
Edmonton's Transformation

Is Rogers Arena a catalyst for reshaping Edmontonís Downtown?  Mr. Daviss,  Executive Director for the Downtown Arena Project, will highlight the  reshaping of  Edmontonís downtown. 

Rick Daviss, Executive Director, Downtown Arena Project, City of Edmonton
Nightlife: A Serious Playground

Late night culture is an ecosystem and a cityís nightlife scene benefits from well-informed city governments. Raising political awareness leads to opportunities for the nightly creative industry in terms of cultural development. The Night-Mayor is an official ambassador for late night culture in city governments who strives for a dynamic nightlife scene in the city and helps to build bridges between the municipality and music venues/festivals. By creating a mutual understanding, the Night Mayor changes the game. Hear how this position can affect change in cities across the world.

Mirik Milan, Night Mayor of Amsterdam
1030 Break
1100 Keynote:
Women, Men and Nightlife: Issues and Potential

What role does gender play in a late night economy and how  has nightlife contributed to the changing roles and status of women and men in the past two decades? This session will look at club cultures, the rise of the 'ladette', stag and hen (batchelorette) parties, the LGBT scene and mainstream activities such as casual dining, shopping and cinema going. It will examine best practices that support a safe and inclusive nightlife experiences for women by addressing issues such as transport, street layout and policing. Finally it will look at  the potential for operators and legislators to go further in promoting forms of nightlife that offer an equal, but sometimes different, appeal to women and men.

Marion Roberts, Ph.D., Professor of Urban Planning, Westminster University, UK
1215 Hosted Lunch
1300 Breakout Sessions & Workshop
Half Day Workshop 1300-1600
Crowd Science

Is there a science to managing crowds? This session will help develop a greater awareness of how individuals and crowds react and behave in places of public assembly. Professor Still will provide an introduction to the application of crowd safety and risk analysis techniques to enhance public safety. 

(Half Day Workshop only ó with Keith Still, Ph.D. Workshop is already included as part of Full Conference Registration fee (May 12, 2016)

Keith Still, Ph.D., Professor of Crowd Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Breakout Sessions
Public Social Spaces for Everyone

Cities are complex and dynamic matrixes. REACH Edmonton will provide a comprehnesive real-life look at strategies for supporting marginalized populations and late night party goers.

Jan Fox, Executive Director, and Aiden Inglis, Crisis Diversion Outreach Worker, REACH Edmonton
Sugar with the Medicine

Good marketing is an art. Creating a marketing campaign that rewards its audience and creates measurable resultsis no simple task. This session will look at how to develop a successful campaign.

Matthew Gresiuk, Principal Sticks & Stones 
1415 Break
1430 Breakout Sessions
Understanding  Trends in Late Night Economy 

City of Edmonton completed Economic Impact of Late Night Venues. Using data to predict the next wave of late night businesses opportunities.

John Rose, Chief Economist, City of Edmonton 
Rapid Evolution = High Performance

As patron preferences and nightlife culture changes, how can the average venue know whether the changes they make will improve profitability. Learn about developing feedback systems in nightlife venues to improve measurement and performance in this session.

Graham Lancaster, Director, Sales and Marketing
Hospitality Policing Unit 

The. Hospitality Policing Unit is Edmontonís newest  policing model. Members of HPU will provide insight to the formation and management of the team. 

Edmonton Police Service
1530 Plenary: Wrap-Up Master of Ceremony
May 13
0730 Registration and Continental breakfast 
0900 Opening Remarks Carmen Longworth, Social Responsiblity Coordinator, Alberta Gaming Liquor Commission
Introduction of Captain DuVall
Deputy Chief Brian Simpson, Edmonton Police Service
0915 Keynote:
Hospitality Policing 

Back by popular demand, Captain Duvall of the Las Vegas Police Department, will bring insight to the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the community policing model. 

Captain DuVall, Las Vegas Police Department
1015 Break
1040 Keynote:
Entertainment Destinations Capacity Theory 

Responsible Hospitality Edmonton and the Analytics Centre of Excellence are working  to redefine how cities can better plan and manage mixed-use entertainment areas using data to make evidence-based policy decisions. This presentation will explore the "Entertainment Destinations Capacity Theory," and provide an overview of the analytics work that has been completed to date on this topic.

Miki Stricker-Talbot Responsible Hospitality Edmonton, Koosha Golmohammadi, Data Scientist, and Karen Parker Business Process Analyst, City of Edmonton 
1140 Keynote:
Raising Standards, Rewarding Excellence 

Best Bar None is an international accreditation program that encourages and rewards licensed premises that strive to provide a safer experience for patrons and staff.  Eric Baich will share the story of the growth of the program, the short and long-term goals and where the program is at today.

Eric Baich, Manager, Social Responsibility - Liquor, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
1210 Hosted Lunch
1250 Breakout Sessions
Urban Shift: A Revolution from Dusk to Dawn

Between 2000 to 2015, Bournemouth, UK underwent a dramatic change of its nighttime economy. "Bournemouth By Night", used  Best Bar None and Purple Flag as core programs to transform their city. Mr. Shipp will share their story and success. 

Jon Shipp, Night Time Economy Coordinator, Tourism Destination Development, City of Bouremouth, UK
Can Arena be Good Neighbor? 

Arenas can support the vibrancy of downtown cores. But, they also carry unique challenges. A siginifcant part of an Arenaís  success will be the work done to be a good neighbor. What does this mean and what does it look like? 

Kim Boulet, Director, Security & Event Management 
True North Sports & Entertainment Limited
Change and Evolution of Late Night Transportation 

Three cities provide perspective about late night transportation 
services and highlight various strategies to manage change. 

David Hales, Branch Manager, City of Edmonton 
Mario Henriques, Chief Livery Officer, City of Calgary, and Tracey Cook, City of Toronto 
1350 Break
1410 Keynote:
Planning for a Sociable City 

How to balance policy, and social development. 

Benjamin Van Houten, Business Development Manager, Nightlife and Entertainment Sector, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, City of San Francisco

Jim Butler, Manager, Creative Industries Development, Economic Development, City of Austin, TX

Angela Turner, Program Manager 
Responsible Hospitality Edmonton, City of Edmonton

1510 Hot Topics & Closing Remarks Councillor Scott McKeen, City of Edmonton and Jim Peters, Founder of Responsible Hospitality Institute