Examples of guest ideas to date are:


Retail Strategist, Kelly Kost – for working with clients to adjust to the demands of the ever-changing retail landscape.

Founders JJ Wilson and Shannon Wilson, Kit & Ace – for taking pop-up shops into shops around the world and winning awards for their retail spaces

David Penner Storefront Manitoba – for its creation of a CommerceWinnipeg Award, Winnipeg’s Design Week and more

Chief Digital Officer Kevin McKenzie, Westfield Corp – for giving malls high-tech makeovers.

President Teresa Spinelli, Italian Centre – for combining culture, community, and a shopping experience

Art & Design

Artistic Director Nic Cha Kim, Niche LA Video Art – for creating Los Angeles’ Gallery Row and increasing the number of galleries in downtown L.A. from 5 to 50 in just 10 years.

Architecture Critic Alex Bozikovic, Globe and Mail – for what he’s learned writing about architecture and urban design in downtowns

Architecture & Development

Developer John Day – for having a vision and taking a chance on innovative downtown projects contributing in the process to entertainment and hospitality growth

President Brad Lamb, Brad J. Lamb Realty & Lamb Development Corp

Partner Pat Hanson, gh3 design – for award-winning projects that merge landscape, visual arts, and architecture 

Big picture 

CBC’s Amanda Lang – for a discussion about the economics landscapes of downtowns

CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, The Cape Town Partnership; CapeCreative Cape Town – for activating the creative industries to revitalize downtown and a more resilient and diversified city economy