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CanU 2020

(in collaboration with UBC/SALA, MODUS and Urbanarium) 

The final events in the STEP UP SERIES build on the ‘big ideas’ explored in the four Conversations. With insights and contributions from our guest urbanists and attendees, the goal is to transform these ideas into ‘big steps’, those actions for change that can affect more socially resilient city-building. This is especially relevant as Vancouver advances a city wide plan over the next two years.

CanU has committed to an online format for the entire STEP UP Series. While assembly in BC may be possible in October, this decision is in keeping with the idea of resilience and of the Series. 

Series Outline

 Monday October 26

Curious about resilience across Canada? Six city-builders shared innovative examples of community resilience from across the country.  With moderator, Gordon Harris, they explored how private and public investments can be prioritized to realize these projects, especially as people seek to make permanent those temporary urban innovations that have made pandemic living a little easier to bear. From Victoria to Iqaluit to Halifax, hear from decision-makers how they affect meaningful urbanism.


Lisa Helps

Mayor, Victoria


Jyoti Gondek


Calgary, Alberta


Gordon Harris

Madelaine Redfern

Ajungi Group & former Mayor

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Alex Spiegel

Windmill Development

Toronto ON

Renée Daoust

Daoust Lestage inc.

Montréal, Québec

Gordon Smith

Provincial Director of Planning

Halifax, N0va-Scotia