The Rise of On-line Shopping and the Future of Brick and Mortar Retailing

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall, Heritage Building, Second Floor,  110 Laurier Ave. West

On-line shopping:  it’s easy, convenient, and there are great deals to be had!  But do we really understand the potential impacts of this emerging reality? What are the challenges and opportunities faced by the brick and mortar retail industry? What will be the implications for the social fabric and the built environment of the cities?

Join Professor Ian Lee and a panel of experts for a discussion about online shopping. Using local and international empirical data, Professor Lee will provide insights into how this paradigm shift is unfolding and where this is taking us, and lead our panelists us in brainstorming how we adapt to this.


Ian Lee, PhD, Associate Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Dr. Lee has 30 years of teaching experience at the Sprott School of Business with research interests at the intersection of business strategy and public policy. He has taught in Poland since 1991 and China since 1997 annually and published extensively.  He has testified on numerous occasions before House of Commons and Senate committees and has been in every federal budget lockup since 2008 as an expert advisor to Global TV. He is a frequent analyst in the media including CBC Power and Politics and On the Money, Global TV, CTV News, and BNN TV.  Prior to academe, Ian was previously a Loan and Mortgage Manager for 9 years in financial services.


Barry Nabatian, Director of Market Research, Shore-Tanner & Associates

Mr. Nabatian is an urban economist and a financial advisor with over 40 years of experience serving a wide variety of private, public and non-profit organizations. He specializes in real estate market consulting including retail market, consumer research, lifestyle trends and impact of social change on residential, commercial and industrial markets. He has appeared before the Ontario Municipal Board and Assessment Review Board as an expert witness, and is frequently interviewed by various media on real estate developments, economics, and social trends.

IBK Ajila, Director of Retail Engineering, Shopify

Mr. Ajila is the Director of Retail Engineering at Shopify where he leads the development of the Shopify POS mobile apps as well as Shopify’s retail hardware and payments solutions.

Stephen Willis, General Manager, Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development, City of Ottawa.

Mr. Willis is a Registered Professional Planner and Professional Land Economist with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors.   Mr. Willis’ mandate is to increase the City’s economic viability through long-range planning, development approvals, infrastructure initiatives, as well as implementing a new economic development strategy to create new growth and prosperity in the Ottawa area.  As General Manager, Mr. Willis is responsible for a $102 million operating budget and a $500 million capital budget, primarily related to the City’s non-P3 infrastructure projects such as the Ottawa Art Gallery expansion, the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel and the new main branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

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I Love Ottawa

April 2017

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To celebrate Urban Forum’s 20th anniversary, Urban Forum partnered with loveOttawa to host a night celebrating what people love about Ottawa and why. Ten speakers from various walks of life, discussed why they are so passionate about Ottawa in a short visual presentation in 20 images of the places, things and experiences that make Ottawa so great.

Please join us for a very unique, visual event celebrating Ottawa.


    Phil’s Village
    Ottawa: The City Less Seen
    Naturally Ottawa
    Sustained and Connected by Our Rivers
    Building a Bicycle Culture
    613 Permits not Required
    Ottawa: Technically Beautiful
  • HANNAH MANNING, APT613 4 Season in the 613
    Below the Hill
    Reasons to loveOttawa

Claude Cormier

September 2017

A special presentation in collaboration with the NCC’s Capital Urbanism Lab


Principal of Claude Cormier and associates, Montreal, Quebec

Cormier’s internationally recognized practice extends far beyond conventional landscape design to forge bridges between urban design, public art, and architecture. His landscapes celebrate the artificial and surreptitiously alter reality. His work is distinguished for its inventiveness and its tenacious optimism in the power of design. Based in Montreal,
in 2009 Cormier became a knight of L’Ordre National du Québec, the highest distinction for individuals who have contributed to the development and leadership of Québec. He was also selected as an Emerging Voice for North America by the Architectural League of New York. Recently he was invited by Phaidon Press to be featured in an upcoming publication as one of the top 30 worldwide Landscape architects in the world.

Les réalisations de Claude Cormier débordent du cadre traditionnel de l’architecture de paysage pour tisser des liens entre design urbain, art public et architecture. Tout sauf conventionnels, ses paysages exaltent l’artifice et mêlent subrepticement réalité et surréalité. Son approche est caractérisée par une attitude à la fois irrévérente et rigoureuse envers l’histoire et par une foi inébranlable en la puissance du design. La firme CLAUDE CORMIER+ASSOCIÉS a remporté plus de 75 prix et mentions. En 2016, la firme est sélectionnée par les éditions Phaidon Press pour une publication réunissant 30 architectes paysagistes reconnus mondialement pour le caractère innovant de leur pratique. En 2010, la Graduate School of Design de l’Université Harvard a présenté une exposition exclusive de l’ensemble de son œuvre. En 2009, il est reçu chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec.