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 will welcome a 25-person delegation from China including leaders from Tsinghua University, Tencent Technologies and Huawei Technologies, 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.



Time (to be finalized)



8:30am to 9:00am


Opening Speech

9:00am to 9:30am

•Dr. Ying Kong (Tsinghua/WALCC)

• IBM representative

• Corporate partner/sponsor


9:40am to 10:40am

Green Economy: Global Trend and Policy Challenge

• Moderator: TBD

• Panelist: Maria Panezi (CIGI)

• Panelist: Ying Kong (Tsinghua/WALCC) • Panelist: Feiyu Kang (Tsinghua)

• Panelist: Zeng Zhiyong (Enesoon)


10:50am to 11:50am

Smart City (I): Talents and Entrepreneurs

• Moderator: Tanya Wood

• Panelist: Chris Carder (Schulich/York)

• Panelist: Wendy Cukier (Ryerson)

• Panelist: Marcellus Mindle (IBM)

• Panelist: Sidewalk Lab (Google)

Panelist:Haitao Li(to be confirmed?)


12:00pm to 12:30pm

IBM Smart City Leadcer


12:30pm to 1:15pm

Sponsor by corporate partner (TBD)


1:15pm to 2:15pm

City Development: PPP Collaboration and


• Moderator: Ying Kong

• Panelist: Shizhong Li (Tsinghua)

• Panelist: Yu Sun (Asian Development and

Investment Bank)

• Panelist: Hui Wei (VP, TUS Holding)

• Panelist: Allen Lalonde (IBM)

Panelist:Haitao Li(to be confirmed?)


2:25pm to 3:25pm

Smart City (II): Technologies, Data and


• Moderator: Catherine Chen

• Panelist: Bianca Wylie (CIGI)

• Panelist: IBM representative

• Panelist: Davis Sawyer, Co-Foudner, Deeplite

• Panelist: Shiva Bhardwaj (CEO at PitStop)


3:35pm to 4:05pm


Closing Remark

4:05pm to 4:30pm

• Dr. Ying Kong (Tsinghua/WALCC)

• IBM representative


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.