Thank you for your interest in speaking at the 11th International Public Markets Conference in Toronto! This is the first time we are organizing a Call for Speakers for this conference, and we hope this process will introduce us to new issues, projects, friends, and colleagues across the globe to the benefit of our entire audience.
The Call for Speakers application closed on November 4th. If you submitted a proposal, please see the bottom of this page for the review and notifications timeline.
This year’s conference theme is Setting a New Table. Public markets have the potential to benefit towns, cities, and regions in countless ways, from fostering food justice to offering economic opportunity for people from all walks of life. However, many communities currently do not have access to these benefits, and existing decision-making processes often keep those inequities in place.
In order to create market systems for all, market leaders must do more than get a seat at the table—we must work with everyone who has been left out to reimagine the table entirely. This is especially important as we adapt to long-term changes brought about by COVID-19 and consider the impacts of new technologies. To that end, we aim to deliver a conference program that supports market managers, policymakers, and advocates in putting promises of a fairer food system, fairer economies, and social cohesion into action.
We want to hear your experiences, stories, tools, lessons learned, and maybe even some wild ideas for how we can leverage public markets for all. In the proposal form, we list program topics for you to choose from to help provide structure for the conference program overall, but we welcome new ideas and themes that emerge from this process. The hope is that our final program will be inclusive of topics we know appeal to our audience, based on our past experience with the event, as well as the themes that emerge from this process.
In your application you will be asked to provide (or select):
For our 2023 conference, we are offering two conference session formats. Each format is unique so please review the characteristics and expectations of each, and then in your application form choose the one that’s the best fit for your content.
For any questions about the Call for Speakers process, please email us at: IPMC@pps.org