Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Author

Gord Speaking

Gord Speaking

Toronto Young Street

Gord Hume Speaking Downtown Toronto

Waikiki Beach - Oahu, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach – Oahu, Hawaii

Market in Istanbul, Turkey

Market in Istanbul, Turkey

Sydney, Australia colourful building

Sydney, Australia

Speeches and Appearances


DateLocationHostTopicBook Signing
January 8St Pete Beach, FloridaSilver Sands Book Club"Alligator Alley"Yes
March 8-10Kelowna, British ColumbiaBC Economic Development Association"Economic Development through Collaboration"Yes
COVID-19 PANDEMIC has halted all my appearances until 2021. Stay safe!
February 13St Pete Beach, FloridaSilver Sands Book ClubSAPPHIRE BLUEYes

February 26Haslam's Book StoreSt Petersburg, FLSAPPHIRE BLUEYes
March 17Singaporebook research
March 20Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiabook research
March 25Rangoon, Burmabook research
April 1Mumbai, Indiabook research
April 7Muscat, Omanbook research
April 8Masdar City, Abu Dhabibook research and photo shoot
April 10Dubai, UAEbook research
April 22London, OntarioCFPL Radio 980political round-table
May 8Sudbury, OntarioThe Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities"Leadership"Yes
May 27Stratford, OntarioGrand Opening of 2019 Stratford FestivalOthello
May 31Stratford, OntarioStratford Festival Forum"Art, Architecture and Municipalities"Yes
June 2-3Quebec City, PQFederation of Canadian MunicipalitiesYes
June 5Belleville, OntarioCommunity Development Council of Quinte"Hard Decisions..."Yes
June 6Burnstown, OntarioBurnstown Publishing"Alligator Alley" pre-production!!Oui
June 13London, OntarioGrand Theatre Gala
July 28-30Moose Jaw, SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Urban Municipal Association"Local Governance Structures in 2040"Yes
August 18, 19Ottawa, OntarioAssociation of Municipalities of OntarioYes
September 23Toronto, OntarioStratford Festival GalaAndrea Martin tribute
September 26London, OntarioBurnstown PublishingBOOK LAUNCH FOR "ALLIGATOR ALLEY"!!Oh Yes!
September 28London, OntarioLIUNA 1059Jim McKinnon Tribute
October 25St Pete Beach, FloridaSt Pete Beach Library"Alligator Alley"Yes
November 1St Petersburg, FloridaHaslam's Book Store"Alligator Alley"Yes
JanuaryTampa, FloridaTampa Bay TimesOP ED: "In a Dysfunctional Age, look to Mayor's to lead"
February 12Montreal, PQMunicipal Information NetworkLaunch of "PERSPECTIVES" e-magazine
February 17St. Petersburg, FloridaDowntown MarketLocal Food Revolution
March 8Sarasota, FloridaUrban design and development
March 20Washington DCGOVERNING MagazineCommentary on the "Municipal Infrastructure Deficit"
March 28Miami, FloridaPublic Infrastructure
April 11London, OntarioProbus Club of London"Getting London Right"Yes
April 19London, OntarioBrescia CollegeAwards banquet
May 5Vaughn, OntarioOntario Municipal Leaderships Institute"Leadership for City Councillors"Yes
May 27-29Stratford, OntarioStratford FestivalOpening Week
May 31-June 2Halifax, Nova ScotiaFederation of Canadian MunicipalitiesMunicipal Information NetworkYes
July 5Lyon, France"Getting Cities Right"
August 3Halifax, Nova ScotiaCultural planning and urban design and development
August 19-21Ottawa, OntarioAMO ConferenceMunicipal Information NetworkYes
Sept 20Niagara Falls, OntarioMunicipal Finance Officers of Ontario"Smarter Cities"Yes
October 4Edmonton, AlbertaREALTOR'S Association of Edmonton"Commercial Real Estate and Local Government"Yes
October-NovemberEverywhere!!Gord HumeMedia and promotion and book signings of SAPPHIRE BLUEYes
January 4Ocala, Florida"Places and Spaces"
January 13Tampa Bay, FloridaMayor Bob Buckhorn"Getting Cities Right" interview
January 14St Petersburg, FloridaSt Petersburg Farmer's Market"The Local Food Revolution"
January 20Sarasota, FloridaDowntown "Places and Spaces"
March 6Durham, North CarolinaUS Local Government LeadersUS podcast re Leadership and Canadian municipal government
April 12Palm Springs, California"Places and Spaces"
MayLondon, OntarioKnee Replacement surgery--see you in the fall!
August 7London, OntarioRIBFESTJudging (ah yes, the tough invitations that I have to accept...)
August 27Huron County, OntarioRegional food exploration
Sept 18Toronto, OntarioStratford Festival Annual Gala and awards
Sept 24-26Birmingham, MichiganUrban design and development
Sept 27London, OntarioCTV News"Getting Cities Right"
October 6Chattanooga, TennesseeGetting Cities Right
October 12Tampa, FloridaMayor Bob Buckhorn"Getting Cities Right" book presentationYes
October 19Collingwood, OntarioJLT Canada Public Sector SummitInfrastructure and building great citiesYes
October 29London, OntarioScene Magazine feature interview"Getting Cities Right"
October 27Thunder Bay, OntarioThunder Bay District Municipal LeagueLeadershipYes
Nov 8London, OntarioGlobal News Radio"Getting Cities Right"
Nov 13London, OntarioAndrew Lawton Show, CFPL Radio"Getting Cities Right"
January 15Tampa Bay, FloridaHCI"Places and Spaces"
January 16St. Petersburg, FloridaDowntown Farmer's Market"The Local Food Revolution'
January 19Naples, Florida"The Future of Local Government"
March 30Webinar #1--Canada and the United StatesOntario Municipal Leadership Institute"The Leadership Crisis in Local Government"
March 31Canada and the United StatesMunicipal WorldNational book launch of "The Leadership Crisis"
April 9Portland, Oregon"Places and Spaces" research
April 12Seattle, Washington"Places and Spaces" research
April 20Webinar #2--Canada and the United StatesOntario Municipal Leadership Institute""The Leadership Crisis in Local Government"
April 23London, OntarioKiwanis Leadership Seminar"Rethinking Local Government"Yes
May 5Goderich, OntarioOntario Small Urban Municipalitiesbook signing re "The Leadership Crisis"Yes
May 13Innisfil, OntarioMayor's Community Breakfast"The Public Realm" and Innisfil's Official PlanYes
May 29Stratford, Ontario2016 Festival Grand Opening
May 31London, OntarioIVEY Business School: Excellence In Local Government Leadership"The Leadership Crisis"Yes
June 3-4*Winnipeg, ManitobaFederation of Canadian Municipalities2016 National ConferenceYes
June 9Webinar #3--Canada and the United StatesOntario Municipal Leadership Institute"The Leadership Crisis" in Local Government
June 14Amsterdam, NetherlandsNetherlands"Places and Spaces"
June 15Rotterdam, NetherlandsRotterdam Economic Partnership"Places and Spaces"Yes
June 16Rotterdam, NetherlandsCity of Rotterdam"Places and Spaces--Building Great CommunitiesYes
June 17Rotterdam, NetherlandsMayor Ahmed Aboutaleb"The Future of Local Government"
June 19Brussels, BelgiumBrussels"Places and Spaces"
July 2Lyon, FranceLyon"Places and Spaces"
July 22Toronto, OntarioYork University"The Leadership Crisis"
July 25Quebec City, QuebecQuebec City"Places and Spaces"
August 14Windsor, OntarioAssociation of Municipalities of Ontario2016 Annual ConferenceYes
August 17Anchorage, AlaskaAnchorage"Places and Spaces
August 24Vancouver, BCNational Speakers Bureau"The Leadership Crisis"
September 15Waterloo, OntarioOntario Construction Secretariat AGM"Re-Thinking the Future of Infrastructure"Yes
September 20Ottawa, OntarioMayor Jim Watson"The Future of Local Government"
October 4Edmonton, AlbertaAlberta Urban Municipal Association"The Leadership Crisis"Yes
October 5Edmonton, AlbertaAlberta Urban Municipal Association"Working with your Council"Yes
October 25Stratford, OntarioStratford Perth Centre for Business"Downtown Redevelopment and Heritage Properties"Yes
November 1Nanaimo, BCNanaimo Chamber of Commerce and Vancouver Island University"Leadership and the Knowledge Economy"Yes
November 2Nanaimo, BCNanaimo Chamber of Commerce YES Committee"Leadership in local government"Yes
November 3Vancouver, BCAsset Management BC"Leadership and local Asset Management"Yes
January 10Tampa Bay, FloridaPlaces and Spaces research
January 30Elliot Lake, OntarioCity of Elliot LakeCouncillor Training
January 31Toronto, OntarioOLBA/OLA Superconference"Libraries and the new public realm"Yes
February 4Huntsville, OntarioHuntsville Library BoardLibraries and design elementsYes
February 5Gravenhurst, OntarioGravenhurst Chamber of Commerce"Places and Spaces"Yes
March 23Kingston, OntarioImagine Kingston"Kingston 2025"Yes
April 10Tillsonburg, OntarioAssociation of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers"Places and Spaces"Yes
April 24San Francisco, CaliforniaPlaces and Spaces research
April 29Kitchener, OntarioCity of Kitchener"Smart Cities and the Public Realm"Yes
May 4Summerland, BCCity of Summerland City CouncilCultural PlanningYes
May 5Summerland, BCCreative City Task ForceCultural Planning
May 6Summerland, BCCity of Summerland Cultural Committee"Philosopher's Café"Yes
May 12Vancouver, BCCanadian Network of Asset Managers"Asset Management for Places and Spaces"Yes
May 21Midland, OntarioMidland Public Library Board"Libraries and the new Public Realm"Yes
May 21Stouffville, OntarioWS YOU 177 Community Collaborative"Places and Spaces"Yes
May 28Niagara Falls, OntarioNiagara Falls district Chamber of Commerce"Places and Spaces"Yes
August 2London, OntarioRibfest 2015Celebrity judge (whee!)
August 17Niagara Falls, OntarioAssociation of Municipalities of OntarioMunicipal WorldYes
August 19Huron County, OntarioThe Leadership Crisis research
September 2Birmingham, MichiganPlaces and Spaces
September 28Toronto, OntarioStratford Festival Annual Gala
October 9Calgary, AlbertaCalgaryPlaces and Spaces
October 15Quebec City, PQAssociation du Transport Urbain du QuebecUrban Transportation and the Public RealmYes
October 22London, OntarioUniversity of Western Ontario Chancellor Installation
October 29Flesherton, OntarioGrey Highlands Chamber of Commerce AGMPlaces and Spaces and the Rural EconomyYes
October 30Grey Highlands, OntarioMunicipality of Grey Highlands"Breakfast with the Mayor" town hall event
November 5Hamilton, OntarioPED Talk for the City of Hamilton"The Power of the Public Realm"Yes
November 6Hamilton, OntarioCity of HamiltonHamilton's Cultural Plan and Economic ProsperityYes
November 13Whitehorse, YukonAssociation of Yukon CommunitiesMunicipal GovernanceYes
November 14Whitehorse, YukonAssociation of Yukon CommunitiesEmpowering local governmentsYes
November 18Kingston, Jamaica Hume Communications Inc"Places and Spaces" research
December 9Waterloo, OntarioGreater KW Chamber of Commerce"Taking Back Our Cities"Yes
December 17St. Petersburg, FloridaHCI"Places and Spaces"
January 6Melbourne, Australia"Canada's Creative Cities"
January 14Auckland, New ZealandCity of Auckland"Canada's Creative Cities"
February 5Pelham, OntTown of Pelham"The CRINK Economy"Yes
February 8EdmontonCapital Region BoardMunicipal Planning: "Places and Space"Yes
March 1London, OntBrain Injury AssociationFundraising Gala
March10Detroit, Mich "Places and Spaces"
March 24Mississauaga, OntRegion of PeelRegional Planning conferenceYes
April 18Victoria, BC "Places and Spaces"Yes
May 14Windsor, OntAssociation of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario"10 Trends for Smarter Communities"Yes
May 16Istanbul, Turkey "Places and Spaces"
May 21Athens, Greece "The Leadership Crisis"
May 30Niagara Falls, OntFederation of Canadian Municipalitiesbook signing with Municipal WorldYes
June 14Quebec City, PQAction Canada"Future of Canadian Cities"
June 18Toronto, OntLiUNA National Conference"Building Great CIties"Yes
June 21London, OntLondon Potters GuildGrand Opening Ceremonies
August 18London, OntAssociation of Municipalities of Ontariobook launch of "Places and Spaces"--Municipal WorldYes
Sept 4Caledon, OntMayor's Business Breakfast"Dare to be Different"Yes
Sept 22Elk Ridge, SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Professional Planners Institute"Regional Planning"Yes
Oct 22London, England The Leadership Crisis
Oct 26Paris, France Places and Spaces
Nov 6Innisfil, OntarioTown of InnisfilNew Councillor TrainingYes
Nov 8Orillia, OntarioOntario Community Newspapers Association"The Future of Municipalities"Yes
Nov 12Cancun, MexicoPlaces and Spaces
Nov 17Woodstock, OntCounty of OxfordNew Councillor TrainingYes
Nov 26Middlesex Centre, OntMunicipalities of MiddlesexNew Councillor TrainingYes
Dec 3Meaford, OntarioMeaford and Grey CountyNew Councillor TrainingYes


January 14, 2013Niagara Falls, OntarioOntario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association"The Local Food Revolution"Yes
February 12Nanaimo, BCCity of Nanaimo"Cultural Planning and the Creative Economy"Yes
February 13Nanaimo, BCCity of NanaimoCommunity engagement re Cultural Plan
February 26Yellowknife, NWTGovernment of Northwest Territories"Good Governance" for municipalitiesYes
March 20Chatham, OntarioChatham-Kent Public Health UnitHealthy Communities and local food strategic plansYes
March 21London, OntStoney Creek Public LibraryAuthor reading: "Local Food Revolution" and "10 Trends for Smarter Communities"Yes
March 26Belleville, OntHastings-Prince Edward County Health Unit"Health in All Policy" symposiumYes
April 6Surrey, BCCity of Surrey"Community Summit"Yes
April 11Calgary, ABAlberta Municipal Clerks Association"10 Trends for Smarter Communities"Yes
April 19Kingston, OntCity of KingstonCity hall management forum
April 20Kingston, OntCity of KingstonCommunity Sustainability ForumYes
April 22Goderich, OntHuron County"Creative Communities"Yes
April 24Nanaimo, BCCity of NanaimoNanaimo Cultural Plan
April 29Kingston, OntCity of KingstonStrategic Planning
May 6Jasper, AlbertaGovernment Finance Officers Association of Alberta"Taking Back Our Cities"Yes
May 9Alliston, OntOntario Society of Nutritional Professionals in Public Health"The Local Food Revolution"Yes
May 29MIddlesex Centre, OntTourism Middlesex"Tourism and the Local Food Revolution"Yes
June 18Victoria, BCCanadian Union of Public Employees--Western Canadian Municipal and Skilled Trades conference"Building Strong Communities"Yes
Sept 13Kingston, OntOntario East Municipal Conference"Taking Back our Communities"Yes
Oct 7Jasper, ABAlberta Professional Planners Institute"10 Trends for Smarter Communities"Yes
Oct 16Sarnia, Ont.Tourism Sarnia Lambton AGM"Tourism and the creative economy"
Oct 17Port Dover, OntPort Dover/Norfolk County"Municipal Cultural Planning"Yes
Oct 18Woodstock, OntRoad Supervisors conference"Taking Back Our Communities"Yes
Nov 6Tillsonburg, OntCity Hall: Rogers TelevisionLocal Government
Nov 8London, OntMPA Local Government Alumni Society"Trends for Developing Smart Communities"Yes


January 9, 2012Atikokan, OntAtikokan Town CouncilAtikokan Cultural Plan
January 31-Feb 1Edmonton, AlbertaProvincial Agriculture Service Board conference"The Local Food Revolution"Yes
Feb 3, 2012Toronto, OntarioOntario Library Association"Stratford Library Strategic Planning"Yes
Feb 16, 2012Kona, HawaiiWestern Canadian Heavy Construction Association"Doing Business Differently"
Feb 24, 2012Bancroft, OntarioNorth Hastings Municipal Cultural Planning seminar"Implenting Cultural Plans"Yes
March 6, 2012Woodstock, OntOxford Tourism and Woodstock Environmental Advisory Committee"The Local Food Revolution"Yes
March 19, 2012Chatham, OntChatham-Kent Healthy Community Futures"The Local Food Revolution"Yes
March 24, 2012Toronto, OntOntario Trillium Foundation conference"Food Security"Yes
March 28, 2012Atikokan, OntTown of AtikokanCommunity meeting re Atikokan's Cultural Plan
March 29, 2012Atikokan, OntTown of AtikokanSeminar on Cultural Planning and Atikokan Cultural Plan
April 11, 2012Nanaimo, B.C.City of Nanaimo"Cultural Planning for Creative Communities"Yes
April 11, 2012Nanaimo, B.C.Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce"Nanaimo and the Creative Economy"Yes
April 26, 2012Kenora, OntNorthern Ontario Mayors and Municipalities Association"Taking Back Our Communities"Yes
May 2-3, 2012Huntsville, OntOntario Small Urban Municipalities"Taking Back our Cities"Yes
May 31-June 2Saskatoon, SaskFederation of Canadian Municipalities(Municipal World)Yes
June 7, 2012Hastings Highlands, OntarioTown Council"Sense of Place: Capitalizing on Community Development"Yes
June 10, 2012London, OntarioGovernor-General's Study Conference"Leadership"
June 21Hamilton, OntarioHamilton City CouncilHamilton's Cultural Policy
Aug 29Toronto, OntarioCelebrate Yonge Street"Creative Communities"Yes
Sept 10-12, 2012Regina, SaskNational Infrastructure Summit"Canada's Municipal Infrastructure Deficit"Yes
Sept 20Fort McMurray, AlbertaMunicipality of Wood Buffalo"Creative Economy"Yes
Sept 21London, OntMunicipal Finance Officers
of Ontario
"Taking Back Our Cities"Yes
Sept 29London, OntOntario Healthy Communities Coalition"Creative Communities"Yes
Oct 4, 2012Augusta, MaineMaine Municipal Association "Economic Development and the Creative Economy"
October 4Augusta, MaineMaine Municipal Association"The Local Food Revolution"Yes
Nov 26, 2012Winnipeg, ManAssociation of Manitoba Municipalities"Taking Back Our Cities"Yes
Nov 28Vancouver, BCMetro Vancouver Financial Summit"Taking Back Our Cities"Yes


January 8, 2011Hamilton, OntCitizens Reference Panel"Culture and City Building"Yes
January 13, 2011Windsor-Essex, OntWindsor-Essex Development Corporation"The Local Food Revolution"Yes
January 24, 2011Rochester, Minn.Downtown BIACultural Planning and Mapping 
January 25, 2011Rochester, Minn.University of Minnesota, Rochester DIA "Arts, Culture and the local Prosperity Agenda"Yes
January 27, 2011Kingsville, OntKingsville BIA"Community Economic and Cultural Planning" Yes
February 10, 2011Hamilton, Ont Healthy Living"The Local Food Revolution" Yes
February 14, 2011London, OntKiwanis Club"Creative Cities" 
February 17, 2011Leamington, OntF.A.R.M.S.  AGMFood issues and workers 
February 22, 2011Woodstock, OntOxford County TourismOxford County Local FoodYes
February 25, 2011Regina, SaskGovernment of Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport"Cultural Planning and the CRINK Economy" Yes
March 9, 2011Innisfil, OntInnisfil Town CouncilEconomic, Tourism and Cultural Plan 
April 14, 2011Camlachie, OntLambton County Municipal Association AGM Lambton County's Cultural PlanYes
April 18, 2011Orillia, OntSimcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit"The Local Food Revolution"Yes
April 26, 2011Red Lake, Ont. Town of Red LakeCommunity Cultural Planning Yes
April 27, 2011Red Lake, Ont.Town of Red LakeEconomic Development and Regional Tourism Yes
April 28, 2011Dryden, Ont.Government of OntarioARTpreneur conferenceYes
May 11, 2011London, OntCreative City Network of CanadaNational conferenceYes
June 17, 2011Barcelona, SpainBarcelona Business"Cultural Planning in Canada"Yes
July 6, 2011Wyoming, OntLambton County CouncilPresentation of Cultural Plan for Lambton-Sarnia 
July 12, 2011Atikokan, OntTown CouncilCultural Planning 
July 26, 2011Pembroke, OntRenfrew County Community Futures Development CorpRenfrew County Creative Economy ConferenceYes
Aug 22, 2011London, OntAMO annual conference Yes
Sept 12, 2011Atikokan, OntTown CouncilCultural Planning for Atikokan
Nov 3, 2011Pelham, OntCommunity Volunteer and Corporate Citizen Recognition Awards"Cultural Planning for Creative Communities"Yes
Nov 17, 2011Saskatoon, SaskSaskatchewan Heavy Construction Association "Taking Back Our Cities"
Nov 18, 2011London, OntCanadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions"Local governments and why you care"Yes
 Nov. 19, 2011London, OntCanadian Association of Fairs and Exhbitions"Local Fairs, Local Food"Yes
Nov 24, 2011Ottawa, OntCanadian Water and Wasterwater Association"Taking Back Our Cities"Yes
Nov 25, 2011Las Vegas, Nevadapolitical seminarCanadian cities... 
Nov 29, 2011Rochester, MinnUniversity of Minnesota, Rochester"UMR Connects--Taking Back Our Cities"Yes