gs2015 MEETS #gs2025: Brainstorm Your Way to the Future

Jan 16, 2015

Imagine that it’s the summer of 2025. You are entertaining friends from out of town for the weekend. During their stay they ask, “So, what’s new in Greater Sudbury?” You reply by saying, “It’s great! We recently….”

The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) invites citizens to exercise their imagination during a fast-paced evening featuring inspiring presentations, networking with old friends and new, plus no-holds-barred brainstorming to imagine our city’s economic and social landscape in 10 years.

gs2015 MEETS #gs2025 is the first open public consultation to begin building Greater Sudbury’s new Economic Development Strategic Plan. The event is open to all free of charge on Thursday, January 22, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Oscar’s Grill, 86 Durham Street in Sudbury.

“For Greater Sudbury to prosper over the next 10 years, we need a clear and common vision,” said Mayor Brian Bigger. “This evening’s events are a great way to start the discussion on economic development, as the first piece of our City’s Vision 2025 community-wide consultation later this year. I hope everyone can take part.”

Special guests will present brief thought starters through the evening to ignite creative ideas from participants. Guests confirmed to date include:

  • Yves Doyon, Partner, DOYON+DUPUIS
  • Patricia Mills, President, patriciaAmills inc. and former Publisher, Laurentian Publishing
  • Jeff MacIntyre, Chair, Downtown Sudbury
  • Amber Salach, Architect/Partner, Yallowega Bélanger Architecture
  • Mélanie-Rose Frappier, Local youth, Top 20 under 20 Award and National Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award recipient
  • Jeff Fuller, President, Fuller Industrial Corp
  • Dr. Thomas Merritt, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Laurentian University and Chair, Northern Water Sports Centre
  • Leonard Kim, Local Lawyer & former Chair, Diversity Advisory Panel
  • Eric Blondin, Owner, Les jardins Blondin and Store Manager, Eat Local Sudbury
  • Martin Lajeunesse, Administrative Director, Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario Inc.
  • Naomi Grant, Co-chair, Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury

gs2015 MEETS #gs2025 will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. To register or for more information visit, follow us on Facebook ( or on Twitter and Instagram using #gs2025. 

The City of Greater Sudbury’s 10 year economic development strategic plan, “From the Ground Up – #gs2025”, is piloted by an Economic Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee, representing a cross-section of the community and its economic sectors, for publication in June 2015. The overarching goal of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee is to stimulate the creation of a local economic climate that generates significant employment opportunities, attracts know-how and talent, provides a high quality of life and a higher than average standard of living.