Thank you to all the attendees of this year's Autumn Forum, please find a brief summary of the Forum on our website.

The WALCC is pleased to announce this year’s Autumn Forum, the 15th World Low Carbon City Development Forum, will be hosted in partnership with co-founder Tsinghua University and this year’s Hosting Partner IBM, and the contributions of Knowledge Partners McKinsey & Company/Innovation Studio and the Center for International Governance Innovation as well as Community Partners Global Affairs Canada, Fundica, IG Liaison, and Enesoon.

The forum will be held on October 5th at IBM Canada’s offices (8200 Warden Ave. Markham, Ontario) and scholars and leaders from Canadian universities, SMEs and startups, as well as University students.

The Forum will explore issues relevant to the development of a green economy and the utilization of artificial intelligence in the pursuit of sustainability, seeking to answer how can analytics and technologies make positive impact for our day to day life and how can academia and industry collaborate to enable more technology applications and talent development for creating greater impact?

These questions will be addressed in four panel discussions on Green Economy: Global Trend and Policy Challenge; Smart City (I): Talents and Entrepreneurs; City Development: PPP Collaboration and Sustainability; and Smart City (II): Technologies, Data and Challenges.



8:30am to 9:00am


Opening Speech

9:00am to 9:30am

•Dr. Ying Kong (Tsinghua/WALCC)

• Steven Astorino (VP of Development, IBM)


9:40am to 10:40am

Green Economy: Global Trend and Policy Challenge

• Moderator: Peter Victor (Professor, York University)

• Panelist: Maria Panezi (Research Fellow, CIGI)

• Panelist: Feiyu Kang (Dean, Tsinghua University)

• Panelist: Zhiyong Zeng (Chief Scientist, Enesoon)

• Panelist: Ying Kong (Chairman, WALCC)


10:50am to 11:50am

Smart City (I): Talents and Entrepreneurs

• Moderator: Tanya Wood (Found & CEO, Kind Village)

• Panelist: Wendy Cukier (Professor, Ryerson University)

• Panelist: Chris Carder (EiR, Schulich School of Business)

• Panelist: Marcellus Mindle (Head - CAS, IBM)

• Panelist: Duncan Brown (Co-Founder, Distributed ID)


12:00pm to 12:30pm

Topic: The Future of Cars: How Will Cities Change?

By Jean-Francois Barsoum (Senior Managing Consultant, Smart Cities, Water and Transportation)


12:30pm to 1:15pm



1:15pm to 2:15pm

City Development: PPP Collaboration and


• Moderator: Ying Kong (Chairman, WALCC)

• Panelist: Jonathan Cocker (Partner, Baker McKenzie)

• Panelist: Yu Sun (Vice-Chair, Asian Development and Investment Bank)

• Panelist: Haitao Li (Group Deputy President, China Science & Merchant Capital Management Group)

• Panelist: Jean-Francois Barsoum (Senior Managing Consultant, Smart Cities, Water and Transportation)


2:25pm to 3:25pm

Smart City (II): Technologies, Data and Challenges

• Moderator: Catherine Chen (CEO, IG Liaison)

• Panelist: Bianca Wylie (Founder, Open Data Institute Toronto) • Panelist: Davies Sawyer (Co-Founder, Deeplite)

• Panelist: Shiva Bhardwaj (Founder, PitStop)

• Panelist: Guilin Lei (GM, Shenzhen BellData Information Co.)

Fireside Chat

3:35pm to 4:00pm

Fireside Chat: China Opportunities for Canadian Companies

• Anferny Chen (Advisor, Tsinghua University)

• KeHui Pan (Overseas Marketing Director, Tus-Clean Energy Technology Co., Ltd.)

• Haitao Li (Group Deputy President, China Science & Merchant Capital Management Group)

Closing Remark

4:05pm to 4:30pm

• Dr. Ying Kong (Tsinghua/WALCC)

• Marcellus Mindle (IBM)


4:30pm -



For more information on the Forum you can contact our contact person in Canada at IBM and the Forum’s lead organizer, Anferny Chen (anferny.chen (at) Read about Anferny’s experience at Harvard Business School for more about his background and interests in data and analytics.

You may also reach out to our contacts in China, Yahui Li (, or Finland, Jussi Hulkkonen (jussi.hulkkonen(at)


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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.