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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

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Ahmed El-Geneidy

(Montréal, Canada)

Jay Pitter

(Toronto, Canada)

Meet the panel

City Circle
  Tuesday October 27

City Circle
Interested in bold city plans? Khelsilem, and Circle guests involved in city-wide plans around the world, as they explore the bold steps their cities are taking to design neighbourhoods that better support community resilience – ie: cohesive, connected, mutually-supportive communities.

Hosted by Urbanarium, this is a golden opportunity to reach beyond conventional city-shaping to a deeper, more place-based approach with the following special guests.


Kalen Anderson

Office of the City Plan, Edmonton, Alberta

Gil Kelley

GM of Planning,
Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver


Gordon Harris

Olivia Haddon

Māori Design at Auckland Council, New-Zeland


Alain Miguelez

Manager, Policy Planning,
City of Ottawa, Ontario



Senior Urban Designer, Stockholm Plan,
Stockholm, Sweden

  Thurday October 29

Want to make a difference? Your voice is critical to the Forum’s concluding event. Facilitated by Robert Barrs and Joyce Drohan, the Roundtable builds on the ‘big ideas’ from the Conversations, C2C2C and City Circle events. Come and collaborate with fellow Canadian urbanists in small group settings to recommend ‘bold steps’ that cities can take for designing resilient communities.

Hosted by MODUS, a team seasoned in engagement and urban design, this is a highly interactive event with discussions supported by hosts, co-hosts and illustrators, all seasoned urbanists. The idea is a dynamic open exchange to raise the bar on equitable access for all to Nature, Housing, Mobility and Daily needs in the design of communities. With your help, CanU intends to publish a BOLD STEPS action plan following the Forum. 

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