CanU 2020: Forum

(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. NB: 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:

Mon Oct 26 – 3pm ET   C2C2C

Curious about resilience across Canada? Be part of the C2C2C event – an annual favourite! Six city-builders will share innovative examples of community resilience from across the country.  With moderator, Gordon Harris, they’ll explore 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 BC, Jyoti Gondek – Councillor, Calgary AB, Madelaine Redfern – Ajungi Group & former Mayor, Iqaluit, NU, Alex Spiegel – Windmill Development, Toronto ON, Renée Daoust – Daoust Lestage inc., Montréal, QC and Gordon Smith – Provincial Director of Planning, Halifax, NS


Tues Oct 27 – 3pm ET   City Circle

Interested in bold city plans? Join our City Circle moderator, 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, AB, Evelina Hafvenstein-Säteri – Senior Urban Designer, Stockholm Plan, Stockholm, Sweden, Olivia Haddon - Māori Design at Auckland Council, NZ, Alain Miguelez – Manager, Policy Planning, City of Ottawa, ON and Gil Kelley - GM of Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver


Thurs Oct 29 – 12pm ET  Roundtable

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. 


Make sure to add the ideas you want discussed at the Roundtable by 8pm ET, 28 Oct 2020 at: Event code is 20300

To register and for more details on all of the above, please go to:

Don’t Miss a Thing.

Subscribe to our mailing list today! 

Council for Canadian Urbanism (CanU) © 2010-2020. All Rights Reserved.

  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey LinkedIn Icon
  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Pinterest Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon