17 October 2013
Urban planning expert Professor Mario Polèse of Canada has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the annual Sunshine Coast Futures Conference on Friday 8 November.
The University of Quebec academic and author of The Wealth and Poverty of Regions will discuss how geography and location are still significant considerations for business owners and policy-makers, even though technology has made the globe seem smaller.
His topic will resonate with the theme of the conference – “The Sunshine Coast and its place in South-East Queensland” – which is being staged jointly by USC and Sunshine Coast Council.
This conference, to be held at USC’s Innovation Centre auditorium, will focus on the opportunities and challenges created by the region’s close proximity to Brisbane.
Other speakers will include Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, former Brisbane Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, former Queensland Trade Commissioner Andrew Craig, and author of the Regional and Infrastructure Plan and Program for South-East Queensland, Michael Kerry.
USC Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement Professor Mike Hefferan said Professor Polèse’s involvement in the conference was a coup for the region.
“Professor Polèse has acted as an advisor to municipal, provincial, federal and international agencies,” he said. “Now we can put his extensive knowledge to work for the Sunshine Coast.”
Professor Hefferan said the Sunshine Coast’s relationship with Brisbane and other neighbouring regions was often taken for granted and rarely discussed in detail.
“Delegates to the conference will come away with a better understanding on how the links, relationships and networks operate and how they can be developed to benefit our firms, associations, institutions and the region as a whole,” he said.
“In an era increasingly dominated by cities and the rise of urbanisation, this is an agenda that cannot be ignored.”
Attendance at the conference is open to all Sunshine Coast residents. Tickets are available online.
— Terry Walsh