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CityAge is a platform that brings together a community of leaders who are building the future of our cities and planet. Through in-person, hybrid and digital events, along with  original content, we highlight some of society's biggest challenges and new opportunities.

Meet the CityAge Team

Alon Marcovici

Alon Marcovici

Managing Director

Alon leads the CityAge team as its Managing Director. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, sales leadership and digital media across multiple industries, he weaves together each facet of CityAge to deliver its impact globally. 

As a multi-award winning media professional, Alon ran his own consulting business before joining CityAge, working with businesses and not-for-profits on wide-ranging issues including brand-building, business strategy, sales leadership, human resource planning, digital media and much more. 

Prior to that, Alon led global marketing and consumer sales for the world’s leading small group adventure travel company, quite a pivot from his preceding stint as VP of Consumer Sales and Marketing and the Globe and Mail. He’s worked at the NBA in New York City, and held leadership roles at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, NBC Olympics, and the Florida Panthers, before becoming CMO of the Toronto Board of Trade, and subsequently being EVP of CTVglobemedia (now Bell Media). 

Alon studied Gerontology and Economics at McMaster University, before his professional journey began. He has been a director of multiple Boards and continues to volunteer his time with wide-ranging non-profit organizations across North America. Originally from Israel, he has been to all seven continents, lived in the USA and Canada, and calls Toronto home.

Anna Stafford

Anna Stafford

Content Lead

Anna leads CityAge content, including program development, and the researching, reporting, and writing of original stories.

She graduated from McGill University with a degree in English Literature and World Religions, before completing her Journalism Diploma at the College of the North Atlantic. She started her career at The Globe and Mail, as an Editorial Intern.

She also worked in programming for McGill student services, and led a student-run non-profit, in between finding the best dumpling spots in Montreal.

Edlyn May Siangco

Edlyn May Siangco

Researcher

Edlyn, one of CityAge’s first employees, is the company’s lead researcher. She connects the team with potential speakers, sponsors, and attendees, in addition to helping with daily administrative tasks.

Before joining the CityAge team, she was a Customer Relations Officer at St. Luke’s Medical Center.

All the way from the Philippines, she’s been dedicated to CityAge’s success for almost 10 years.

Lauren Lawson

Lauren Lawson

Marketing Manager

Lauren, CityAge employee No. 1, leads all aspects of CityAge's marketing and helps bring the CityAge brand, and its thought leaders, to markets around the world. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Connecticut, where she earned a degree in Marketing and Digital Marketing. She began her career in advertising and sales in Toronto, Ontario. Lauren is also active in the philanthropy community and is dedicated to contributing towards the healthy development of children and youth across Canada. She also has a wicked shot, which she developed as captain of her university's Division I field hockey team.

Heather Timm

Heather Timm

Event Manager

Heather handles all the logistics and production for CityAge events, as event lead. With 20+ years of conference planning and execution experience, she has produced conferences, programs and events for a range of clients from large multinational corporations to associations as well as smaller non-profit agencies, across Canada, internationally and of course, digitally.

Prior to joining the CityAge team, she was responsible for the end-to-end planning of multi-day, multi-track international software development conferences for four years. She also built her own small consultancy managing complex conference logistics and program production, as well as spent 15 years as a project manager with some of Canada’s leading event management firms.

Her success in being adaptable and dynamic….as well as her sense of humour...has proven valuable in forging new territory in the evolving world of digital events.

Max Hirtz

Max Hirtz

Graphic Designer

Max is CityAge's resident design guru and has been helping shape the company's brand over the last several years as the website and graphics designer. He built CityAge's current website and designs assets for its live and digital events, including social media graphics, event programs and email newsletters. A Vancouver-based designer, Max's clients include Logitech, Engineers Canada, and AmaZix. He has a Diploma in Digital and Print Publishing from Langara College.

Whitley Sprague

Whitley Sprague

Event Coordinator

Whitley is CityAge’s Event Coordinator, and a graduate of West Texas A&M University where she earned her bachelor's of science in Agriculture Media and Communications and a Master's degree in Agriculture Education. She began her career as a Family and Consumer Sciences county extension agent, with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Whitley is an active volunteer of the 4-H and FFA youth development programs. In addition to her volunteer work, Whitley is fascinated by leadership theory and development and spent her college days serving as president of her Chi Omega chapter.

Marc Andrew

Marc Andrew

Co-Founder

Marc is the Co-Founder of CityAge Media, launched in 2011 to connect interesting people and ideas. In 10 years, CityAge has built dozens of purpose-specific communities to drive business, technology and economic results across the United States, Canada and around the world. 

Prior to CityAge Marc was Chief of Staff to the Finance Minister in British Columbia, where he helped deliver three provincial budgets, North America's first carbon tax, BC's host duties of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and many other projects and policies.

Marc has written for The Economist Group in London, worked on trade policy between Canada and the European Union in Brussels, and is a graduate of UBC and the London School of Economics.

Miro Cernetig

Miro Cernetig

Co-Founder

Miro is the co-founder of CityAge, which he helped start after a long career in journalism, where he covered Asia from Beijing and the United States, from New York City, for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. His written work has also appeared in publications such as The Economist, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and People.

Miro is also the director and writer of ten documentary films, which have been broadcast around the world on networks such as the BBC, CBC, National Geographic/Discovery and many more. His subjects include U.S. presidents, international leaders, climate change, the Arctic and many others.

He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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CityAge live and Digital events act as campaigns that:

Introduce big ideas and technologies

Curate networks of people who can make those ideas a reality

Create public interest and drive
stakeholder engagement

testimonials

“CityAge is the best version of the professional conference that I’ve experienced."

Jeff Friedman

former Chief Innovation Officer, City of Philadelphia and Director of Modern Government, Microsoft

“I strongly encourage anyone considering a partnership with CityAge to jump on board, or get left behind.”

Sly James

former Mayor, City of Kansas City, MO

“[CityAge’s] curated speakers, the intimacy of the events, the longitudinal relationship-building and learning, and the unique and inspired “concierging” provided by Miro and Marc and their team are invaluable.”

Rick Cole

Executive Director, The Congress for the New Urbanism

“CityAge is an assembly of critical players in the future of North American cities. We formed some very valuable relationships with policymakers and peers from other cities through our involvement in CityAge and these conversations are continuing.”

Mike Jobes

Partner, Miller Hull

"It’s not a conference, it’s a dialogue with a bias to action among those that can effect change.”

Shelley Gilberg

Public Sector Leader, PWC

"Throughout the planning and event itself, I was thoroughly impressed by [CityAge's] professionalism and attention to detail. I’ve done many virtual talks this past year, but this was by far the most seamless experience I’ve had. No wonder the event series has taken off!”

Hannah Tucker

Director, Balance Point Ventures

"It's been a huge pleasure to be involved in CityAge since their very first event in 2012,  right through today. I appreciate the role in thought leadership that CityAge plays for cities across Canada, USA and around the world."

BERRY VRBANOVIC

Mayor, Kitchener, ON

PRIOR CITYAGE SPEAKERS INCLUDE


(among many others)

MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI

Mayor of Los Angeles

CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO

United States Senator for Nevada

Quentin Messer

President & CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance

BJARKE INGELS

founder,
BIG

PHIL WASHINGTON

CEO, LA METRO

Kathy Hochul

Lieutenant Governor of New York

boris johnson

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

sly james

former MAYOR OF KANSAS CITY

sam liccardo

Mayor of
San José

alicia glen

Former DEPUTY MAYOR, NEW YORK CITY

winsome bowen

Head of Regional Transportation Strategy, Facebook

Kathryn Wylde

President & CEO,
Partnership for NYC

john tory

MAYOR OF TORONTO

Dave Smardon

President & CEO, Bioenterprise

Hon Joyce Murray

Minister of Digital Government, Government of Canada

scott wiener

California State Senator

annise parker

FORMERS MAYOR, CITY OF HOUSTON

daniel libeskind

ARCHITECT, STUDIO LIBESKIND

alyson craig

DEPUTY PLANNING DIRECTOR,
CITY OF CHARLOTTE

rick robinson

DIRECTOR OF SMART PLACES, JACOBS

mike grigsby

DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY, CITY OF SIOUX FALLS

kelli bernard

evp & nATIONAL cITIES lEADER, aecom

michael lockwood

SENIOR PRINCIPAL, POPULOUS

bruce katz

Director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab, Drexel University

Janette sadik-khan

FORMER
COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATIon, NEW YORK CITY

richard daley

FORMER MAYOR, CITY OF CHICAGO

kasim reed

FORMER MAYOR OF ATLANTA

esther george

PRESIDENT, KANSAS CITY FEDERAL RESERVE

evan fraser

DIRECTOR, ARRELL FOOD INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

libby schaaf

mayor of Oakland

john weigelt

National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

dave dinesen

CEO,
CUBICFARM SYSTEMS CORP.

andy berke

mayor of Chattanooga

carolyn watters

Chief Digital Research Officer, National Research Council

mark forster

CEO,
geoctrl

faye dimassimo

Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS


(among many others)

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