Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Author

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Gord Hume

Traveling

Gord Hume Traveling

Keynote speaker

Gord as a keynote speaker at an international conference, Toronto

Wine Country

Gord in Wine Country

Gord Speaking

Gord Speaking

Sydney Building

In Sydney, Australia

Toronto Young Street

Gord Hume Speaking Downtown Toronto

TranzAlpine Train, New Zealand

TranzAlpine Train, New Zealand

Welcome Plenary at Jasper Park Lodge

Welcome Plenary at Jasper Park Lodge

About Gord

Gord Hume is recognized as one of Canada’s leading voices on municipal government financing and governance, sustainable urban development, cultural planning, and creative cities. He is a very popular public speaker, an advisor to municipal governments and a respected and often provocative author whose books are in more than 22 countries around the world. He is an articulate and thoughtful commentator on civic government and community issues.

Gord’s 6th book was published in 2016. “The Leadership Crisis” is a vigorous analysis of the leadership characteristics, strengths and weaknesses we find inside our city halls. Building upon the best qualities of leadership from business, academic and political research, the book includes the results of Canada’s first national survey of municipal staff and elected officials–and reveals some startling results. It is a must-read look at political and administrative leadership for communities today—and tomorrow.

Gord’s 5th book, “Places and Spaces” was published in 2014. It is a compelling look at the public realm, the importance of great urban design and development, how the decisions of a municipality influence local prosperity and community health, and whether municipalities roll out the Red Carpet or the Red Tape.

Gord is a highly respected and sought-after public speaker who is known for his passionate and inspiring presentations. He has addressed major audiences and local governments in Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and across Canada and the United States.  Gord was the keynote speaker at the 2nd UNESCO Congress on Creative Cities in South Korea.

Gord’s first book, “Cultural Planning for Creative Communities”, was published in 2009. It is considered by many in North America to be ‘the textbook’ on cultural planning for municipalities.

His second book, “The Local Food Revolution” was published in 2010 and broke important new ground by exploring how food has shaped municipalities. The hard-hitting book looks at the health crisis now confronting our society, and how municipal leaders need to understand how local decisions impact the health of their community.

His third book may be his most controversial. “Taking Back Our Cities” is an unblinking look at the relationships between Canada’s various orders of government and why municipal government has become the most important. It was released in 2011 to great reviews and comment, and boldly confronts issues from changing the current tax system to how local governments are financed. 

Gord’s fourth book, “10 Trends for Smarter Communities”, was published in early 2013.  It is a thought-provoking and thoroughly researched compendium of many of the biggest trends that are changing how municipalities operate and what they must do to succeed in the future. The book is “a must-read” according to comments by civic leaders.            

To order Gord’s books, go to www.municipalworld.com/Bookshop

Gord was elected to London City Council four times. His strong leadership was shown by his record of accomplishment while in public service, which included: Chair, London Police Services Board; Chair, London Public Library Board; Chair, London’s Creative City Task Force; Chair, London’s Creative City Committee; Chair, Small Business Task Force, and many other key civic appointments.

Gord is also a well-known writer of numerous newspaper and magazine articles on various aspects of municipal government, development and local planning issues, cultural planning, local food and health concerns, the new CRINK Economy, and building strong communities. He was a contributing author to the book “Rediscovering the Wealth of Places”, published in 2010, and to the 2015 compendium on sustainable cities, “12 Strategies to Re-Energize Your Community”.

He is a national columnist for the important Canadian web site “The Municipal Information Network” out of Montreal.  He is a regular contributor to Municipal World magazine, has been a columnist for the Canada West Foundation, the International Ivey Business Journal, and many other publications.

As an author, entrepreneur, successful businessman and community leader, Gord has a remarkable record of success. He was in the media industry for many years, winning two “Broadcaster of the Year” awards plus many other national and international awards. He was President of London Broadcasters Limited. He was the founding Publisher of what became Canada’s largest independent community newspaper. Gord created Symphonia Canada, produced three record albums, wrote and produced many radio and TV shows, and served terms as President of the Central Canada Broadcasters Association, Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, and board member of the International Broadcast Marketing Executives.

As a strong and respected community leader, Gord has consistently displayed his leadership skills and commitment to building strong, prosperous communities. He has served as President of the London Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Parkwood Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, board member of the Lawson Health and Research Institute, and many other community organizations and associations.

Gord was the first Chair of the Ontario Municipal Cultural Planning Inc, a unique private and public sector body devoted to helping municipalities with cultural mapping and planning. He was one of the original board members of Innovation Ontario, a unique Provincial government agency investing in hi-tech investments.

He has twice served as an international volunteer management consultant for CESO, assisting private radio stations in Guatemala and in Ukraine.

Gord has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, a college instructor at Conestoga College in Kitchener, and a guest lecturer at many other Canadian and US colleges and universities including Niagara University in New York, the University of Minnesota and the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Gord today remains President of Hume Communications Inc, which he founded in 1988. The company provides professional independent advice and assistance to municipalities and community organizations.

His personal interests include cooking, collecting chess sets from around the world, reading, and golf. Gord remains fascinated with exploring the people, cultures and cuisines of the world. He has travelled extensively in Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America and across North America.