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Urban Studies appoints new advisory council

January 25, 2007

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SFU's Urban Studies program welcomed its new public advisory council at an inaugural meeting Jan. 12 at SFU Vancouver. Chaired by Ken Cameron, CEO of the Homeowner Protection Office, the nine-member group will advise the SFU graduate program on curriculum, research, program development and external relations.

The Urban Studies program offers Canada's newest master's degree in urban studies, providing students with the knowledge to build sustainable urban communities. Anthony Perl, professor and director of the program, says, "We are pleased this distinguished group of practitioners has agreed to be part of our program. They are each creative contributors to design, development, culture, social services and public policy for urban settings."

Cameron, who has been involved in senior planning roles in Greater Vancouver for years, says he welcomes "the opportunity to enrich the educational experience of those already in the work force. It was a major factor in my decision to take on this role.

"If we want to continue to have a livable, sustainable and inclusive city, we must equip the people who are, or will soon be, on the front lines with the knowledge, experience and contacts they will need to make a difference." SFU Urban Studies is based at the university's Vancouver campus and offers full-time and part-time graduate studies.

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