The Leadership Crisis: “Leadership” is the hottest topic at conventions today. There is a huge need for smart, contemporary leadership for Canada’s towns and cities. As a best-selling author, elected official and expert on local government, Gord Hume is ideally positioned to provide training for elected officials and administrative staff, and as a keynote speaker on Leadership at conferences. He looks at the real-life situations facing leaders today, and offers smart ideas and inspiring directions for our government leaders. Gord’s 6th book, “The Leadership Crisis” is a contemporary look at the “7 C’s” of great leadership, reveals the national survey of attitudes inside city halls, and presents the ‘goods and bads’ of local government in Canada. A must-see presentation that appeals to a wide audience. Building Great Cities for the 21st century: “Places and Spaces” Public places and spaces are becoming the new urban living room. How municipalities design their public realm strongly influences their economy and culture. Why did people in one major city ‘fall out of love’ with their city? How do places and spaces help to shape the civility of cities and the people in them? Great urban design. These are just some of important themes in this exciting presentation by Gord Hume. This is how modern, prosperous and successful cities are built in the 21st century. “Places and Spaces” is Gord’s 5th book and is a brilliant look at our public domain, how the public and private realm intersect and often collide, and what we have to do as a society to ensure we provide sustainable, livable and prosperous cities. The Financial crisis facing our cities and our nation: “Infrastructure” is the buzzword today. Our municipal infrastructure is crumbling. There is a municipal infrastructure deficit of hundreds of billions of dollars; local governments cannot pay for these basic community building blocks on the property tax base. Gord Hume’s provocative look at how we have to change the system, invest in infrastructure or risk falling behind our global competitors is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at conferences. Billions of dollars will be spent by all levels of government in Canada over the next few years. Gord’s dynamic speech about what we can do about these critical challenges that are changing government priorities is a contemporary and stimulating look at what is becoming the biggest challenge facing our nation. The Canadian political system, why it is broken, and how we can fix it. The property tax system in Canada is broken and can’t be fixed. Our national infrastructure is crumbling. Dynamic new cities in Asia, SE Asia and the Middle East are becoming global leaders. Will our next generation be the leaders of the world, or the labourers of the world? 80% of us now live in urban areas in Canada, but local governments get only 8 cents of the tax dollar. We can’t build 21st-century cities on a foundation of 17th-century tax systems and a 19th-century governance model. Your conference will enjoy Gord Hume’s fascinating look at Canada’s urban future and why we need to change the system. A passionate presentation that will inspire delegates attending your next conference or seminar.