Agenda

Please check back for updates to the agenda below – the final schedule is TBD.

GCUC Canada combines the best of both the conference and unconference formats, with keynotes from industry pioneers and unique opportunities to exchange knowledge with a diverse community of peers. Over three full days of programming, you will also attend professional workshops and explore Toronto’s collaborative workspaces!

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Day One – Conference, September 16th

7.30AM
Registration begins at Artscape Wychwood Barns
8.00AM
Breakfast / Introductions
FreshBooks Fresh Start Coffee & Juice Bar
9.00AM
Welcome to Toronto: Councillor Mike Layton
9.10AM
Opening Remarks: Ashley Proctor, GCUC Canada
9.20AM
History of Coworking: Tony Bacigalupo, Indie Cities
9:40AM
Icebreaker
10.00AM
Keynote: Tonya Surman, Centre for Social Innovation
Building a Bricks-and-Meaning Business
10.40AM
Break
11.00AM
Collaboration: Coworking Toronto & Coworking Ontario Collectives
Christine Andrews – Coworking Toronto, Ashley Proctor – COHIP, Chad Ballantyne – Coworking Ontario
11.30AM
Panel: Coworking Coast to Coast
Moderator: Chad Ballantyne – The Creative Space, Minna Van – The Network Hub, Stephanie Brisson – La Gare
12.00PM
Lunch
1.15PM
Speaker: TBA
1.30PM
Speakers: Steve King & Carolyn Ockels, Emergent Research
Data & Trends: Coworking Survey Results
2.00PM
Keynote: Alex Hillman, Indy Hall
Where are my people? Finding a tribe where it’s least obvious
2.30PM
Speaker: Ilene Sova, Walnut Studios
Walnut – The Community Engaged Artist Studio
2.45PM
Speaker: TBA
3.00PM
Break
3.15PM
Speaker: Mike McDerment, CEO FreshBooks
3.30PM
Speaker: Angel Kwiatkowski, Cohere Bandwidth
How to Fxck Up Your 2nd Location
3.45PM
Speaker: Minna Van, The Network Hub
Building a Borderless World With Coworking Visa
4.00PM
Panel: Life After Coworking
Moderator: Tara Hunt – The Hat Factory & Citizen Space, Shaharris Beh – Hackernest, Tony Bacigalupo – New Work City
4.30PM
Day One Recap
Day Two Announcements
5.00PM
Reception – Sign Up for Workshops & Tours
7.00PM
Go for dinner with your new friends!

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Day Two – Unconference, September 17th

8.00AM
Registration & Check-In at Artscape Wychwood Barns
8.00AM
Breakfast
FreshBooks Fresh Start Coffee & Juice Bar
9.00AM
Unconference Welcome & Introductions
9.30AM
Propose and Vote for Unconference Sessions
10.15PM
Unconference Topics & Sessions Announced
10.30AM
Session 1 Begins
Main Hall 1: Marketing Strategies
Main Hall 2: Community Management
Courtyard: What’s the sweet spot?
Classroom: Things I wish I knew…
11.15AM
Session 2 Begins
Main Hall 1: Events and Activities
Main Hall 2: Programming to Remove Barriers
Courtyard: Small Spaces, Small Towns
Classroom: COHIP & Business Insurance
12.00PM
Lunch
Beach Volleyball
1.15PM
Group Photo
1.30PM
Session 3 Begins
Main Hall 1: Coworking Tools and Resources
Main Hall 2: Planning for a New Space
Courtyard: Coliving
Classroom: How to Build an Innovation Centre
2.15PM
Scavenger Hunt
3.00PM
Session 4 Begins
Main Hall 1: Coworking Alliances & Collectives
Main Hall 2: Integrating Building Tenants
Courtyard: How to find a Great Website Designer
Classroom: Space Layout and Design
3.45PM
Session 5 Begins
Main Hall 1: Sponsorship
Main Hall 2: Models for Long-term Sustainability
Courtyard: “That Guy…”
Classroom: Global Connectedness / Open Coworking
4:30PM
Unconference Wrap Up & Take Aways
5.15PM
Closing Remarks: Ashley Proctor, GCUC Canada
5.30PM
Reception – Outdoor Courtyard
7.00PM
Go for dinner with your old friends!
9.00PM
GCUC Canada Social
CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Street): 9pm – 11pm
Join us for a drink!

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On September 18th, we bid farewell to the Artscape Wychwood Barns and we head out to explore many exciting locations across the core of the city.

You will have the chance to customize your workshop track as well as your tour experience. In the morning, you decide which workshops you’d like to attend. In the afternoon we head out on one of six guided tours of Toronto’s most innovative and interesting collaborative spaces.

We can’t imagine a better way to explore the city!

 

9.00AM
Workshop #1 – The Foundery Buildings
Alex Hillman & Sam Abrams, Indy Hall
9.00AM
Workshop #2 – CSI Annex
Oren Salomon, Dallas Fort Work – Where to Look for Allies and Advocates: the 5 Layers of Office Community
10.30AM
Break
11.00AM
Workshop #3 – The Foundery Buildings
Chad Ballantyne, The Creative Space – Branding & Marketing
11.00AM
Workshop #4 – CSI Annex
Adil Dhalla, CSI: Culture Hacking Workshop
12.30PM
Take yourself to Lunch – Kensington Market
1.30PM
TOURS BEGIN: Meet at Foundery – 376 Bathurst St.
5.00PM
Tours Wrap Up
5.00PM
Happy-hour: Steam Whistle Roundhouse – 255 Bremner Blvd.
DAY FOUR – Sept. 19th
9:00AM – 5:00PM
Indie Con Toronto – An Unconference for Independent Workers
The Foundery Buildings – 376 Bathurst Street, Toronto
DAY FOUR – Sept. 19th
DOORS 8:00PM
AFTER-PARTY: SURFACE – EPIC Art Party & Gallery Showcase
99 Sudbury Street, Toronto