ICTC 2018

Guest Speakers

Ed McMahon
Urban Land Institute & Chair, National Mainstreet Centre, USA

Ed McMahon is the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development and Charles E. Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy at the Urban land Institute. Ed is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Main Street Center America.

He is recognised in the United States as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker and a leading authority on topics such as the links between health and the built environment, sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. He recently presented “Where am I? The Power of Uniqueness” at TEDxJacksonville.

McMahon has authored and co-authored 15 books, including Conservation Communities: Creating Value with Nature, Open Space, and Agriculture; Better Models for Development in Virginia; Developing Sustainable Planned Communities; Green Infrastructure: Connecting Landscape and Communities; Land Conservation Finance; and Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities. He also writes regularly for Urban Land magazine, Citiwire, Planning Commissioners Journal, and other periodicals.

Over the past 25 years, McMahon has helped communities in all 50 states of America with a wide variety of community planning and economic development issues. McMahon serves on several advisory boards and commissions, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Maryland, the Governor’s Institute for Community Design, and the Orton Family Foundation.

Earlier in his career Ed taught law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center for nine years.McMahon has an MA in urban studies from University of Alabama and a JD from Georgetown University Law School.

Kate Joncas
Owner PlaceStrategic
(Former Deputy Mayor & Downtown President, Seattle)

As owner of PlaceStrategic, Kate offers strategic planning, urban and community development and non-profit management strategies to clients who need to solve complicated problems.

As Seattle Deputy Mayor from 2014 - 2017 she managed City operations, led complex intergovernmental projects including waterfront redevelopment and Convention Center expansion, and developed a nationally recognized government performance initiative.

Before that she was Downtown Seattle Association CEO for 20 years where she led one of the most successful revitalization projects in the country, creating a vibrant Downtown with great retail, transportation and jobs, thousands of residents, a growing, diverse economy. She is active in the international downtown community and in Seattle, sitting on numerous Boards and commissions.

Professor Peter Newman
Professor of Sustainability, Curtain University WA

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtain University in Perth, Australia.  He has written 20 books and over 340 papers on sustainable cities.

In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councilor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and the Prime Minister’s Cities Reference Group.

He is a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the IPCC on Transport and his latest book is Resilient Cities: Overcoming Fossil Fuel Dependence.

More Guest Speakers announced in July.