Speaker - Steve Dunlop from Scottish Enterprise
Hosting the session on Place | How we Live
The Impact Summit will host four key sessions on the following themes: how we live, how we learn, how we work, how we play.
Steve Dunlop of Scottish Enterprise (and previously CEO of Scottish Canals) has confirmed to lead the session on Place (How we live).
Steve is an awe-inspiring speaker and his work at Scottish Canals has seen him recently nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year award (Entrepreneurial Scotland) making him the first ever public sector leader to be nominated for the prestigious accolade.
Steve is Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, a public corporation responsible for the restoration andrenewal of Scotland’s 137 mile canal network, which includes two of the nation’s most iconic tourist attractions - The Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies.
Over the last decade, Steve has become a leading public sector entrepreneur, expertly guidingScottish Canals through a renaissance with a new vision for the nation’s 250 year old inlandwaterways, asking not what the canals are for but who they are for. He has re-imagined theseimportant industrial assets as corridors of opportunity which greatly benefit the people andeconomy of Scotland today.
Steve’s forward thinking, innovation and passion has helped Scottish Canals diversify its corebusiness to go beyond the boundaries of traditional public sector thinking to generate more incomeand deliver positive lasting change for canalside communities. Examples of this can be seen with the Glasgow Canal Project, where the canal corridor in North Glasgow is being transformed into abustling arts and creative community with an urban sports playground, multiuse spaces and a newhilltop village featuring over 600 houses.
While urban areas benefit significantly from these regeneration projects, Scottish Canals alsocontinues to breathe new life into rural communities on the Crinan and Caledonian Canals with thedevelopment of sustainable tourism offerings aimed at creating new jobs and stimulating the localeconomy.
Also a member of the VisitScotland and Entrepreneurial Scotland Boards, previously Steve wasDirector of Regeneration for Newcastle City Council and, prior to that, held a Directorship at FalkirkCouncil.
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