Brampton’s Creative Economy Summit draws big crowd

May 1, 2013 - All News

Staff Report
More than 250 delegates attended the City of Brampton’s 2nd Annual Creative Economy Summit, which took place at the Rose Theatre late last month.
Keynote presentations by Mark Vonesch, a Vancouver-based visual artist, filmmaking teacher and founder and director of Reel Youth, and Jesse Hirsh, technology strategist and researcher, highlighted how an individual keen on entering the creative economy could find their passion and career.
“During the Brampton Creative Economy Summit bright minds debate ways to diversify and strengthen Brampton’s economy – all with the goal of creating good-paying local jobs,” said Mayor Susan Fennell.
“This year’s summit focuses on youth and digital media. The goal is to encourage youth to enter the creative economy,” Fennell added.
This year’s summit offered attendees with three interactive sessions that took place throughout the day. The sessions provided the opportunity to get up close with industry professionals and experts who provided the latest insight into their areas of specialization.
Sessions included panel discussions on Developing Brampton’s Creative Cluster; Show me the Money!; Turn Your Talent into a Business; Digital Media and Animation; Social Media; Digital Media and the Fine Arts; The Changing Face of Brampton’s HACE Sector; Youth and Business; Gaming Industry; So You Want to Work in Film?; and Brampton Creative Economy Success Stories.
The Creative Economy Summit achieved another first for the City of Brampton with live webstreaming of keynotes and various panel discussions. Webstream coverage was available throughout the day via a broadcast channel established on the City of Brampton’s website. A highlight video and some of the presentations will be available at
In line with the ‘Youth and Digital Media’ topic, the City of Brampton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre also announced the launch a new youth entrepreneurship program called ‘Make Your Pitch’. The new initiative gives high school students (Grades 9-12) an opportunity to create a two-minute video which “pitches” their ideal business. Entrepreneurial-minded students have a chance of winning an award of up to $3,000 to start their own business, as well as business coaching and mentoring.
The Creative Economy Summit is part of the HACETM (heritage, arts, culture and entertainment) initiative developed by the City of Brampton to pursue and promote the development of a creative economy in the city. It was held in partnership with the Brampton Arts Council, Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, Brampton Library and the Brampton Downtown Development Corp.