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Ignite the Electric City Summit Returns to Fleming College


Peterborough, ON (May 22, 2024) – The second annual Ignite Summit took place at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus on May 9. More than 100 guests attended the day-long event.

Fleming College’s Ignite the Electric City: Healthy City, Healthy People brought together experts, policymakers, and community leaders to examine some of the critical health care issues facing our community.

“This was Ignite 2.0, now more than ever it is so important for Fleming to bring together experts, influencers, opinion leaders, and thought leaders to have disruptive conversation about the challenges we face, and we face profound challenges,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “I have deep belief in the collective in the room, that we can solve the problems that we are facing.”

Keynote speakers included Dr. Danielle Martin, Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and Dr. Lynn Mikula, President & CEO, Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Both encouraged Peterborough to embrace out-of-the-box solutions to these vital challenges.

Speakers Paul Bennett from Ashburnham Realty, Dr. Lynn Mikula, President and CEO of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Fleming College President Maureen Adamson and Peterborough Police Chief Stu Betts at Ignite the Electric City: Healthy City, Health People Summit.

“Let’s look at the intersection between health care, education, and innovation, because this is where we need to find our solutions,” said Dr. Mikula. “There is not enough money to solve this problem. We must get creative.”

Ideas came from all sectors of the region.

A range of discussions focused on the overlap between social services and policing, calls for a new way to support local media outlets and community leaders spoke of the growing need for greater civic engagement.

Peterborough Mayor Jeff Leal (centre), chats with guests as the Ignite the Electric City Summit gets underway.

There were calls to re-humanize public health care, and to take a proactive, preventative, and predictive approach to medicine. Some big-picture thinkers suggested breaking the mould entirely by dismantling our current health care system and replacing it with a collaborative, community-based approach to better care for everyone.

“There are tons of great ideas out there that are implementable here, and you have all of the assets you need in this community to implement them,” said Dr. Danielle Martin. “You have the institutions, you have the backbone, and you have a committed group of leaders to make them happen.”

Keynote speaker Dr. Danielle Martin, Chair of the Department of Family Health and Community Medicine, gets Ignite the Electric City Summit underway.

Fleming College is already taking steps to ensure the ideas and visions shared during Ignite the Electric City: Healthy City, Healthy People, become a reality for the Peterborough and the Kawarthas region. With the goal of becoming a hub of top-tier health care education, Fleming is preparing to offer multiple new programs in the health sector. This will help meet the growing demand for qualified, skilled workers while bolstering health care in our region.
The first of these programs, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, has recently been approved by Fleming’s Board of Governors.

Fleming’s School of Health and Community Services has been actively researching innovative programming that meet current labour market demands. Some examples include Medical Laboratory Technologist, Ultrasound Technician, Diagnostic Imaging Technician (X-ray, MRI, etc.), Anesthetist Assistant, Physician Assistant, Perfusionist and Veterinary Technician.

Fleming expects to make more announcements about these potential new programs in the coming year.

During Ignite the Electric City: Healthy City, Healthy People, illustrator Shannon Loomer captured the ideas of the day and turned those thoughts into a visual representation of this year’s summit.

Artist Shannon Loomer created a visual representation of the ideas and vision behind Ignite the Electric City: Healthy City, Healthy People.

Last year’s conference, Ignite: The Electric City Summit, reimagined the future of Peterborough. Details from that conference can be found here.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

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