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Harcourt and Robertson: Then and Now. Two Mayors Reflect on Vancouver past, present and future, March 16

March 16, 2017
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On February 28, former Mayor of Vancouver Mike Harcourt received the City's highest honour, the Freedom of the City Award. Join SFU Centre for Dialogue for a special conversation between Mayor Gregor Robertson and former Mayor Mike Harcourt as they discuss Vancouver's changes over the past 30 years.

This discussion will reflect Mike Harcourt's living legacies as former Mayor of Vancouver and look at new opportunities for the City today.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
5:30pm-7:00pm
Free public lecture

Doors open at 5pm with light refreshments
SFU Vancouver Campus, Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Room 1900
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

The event is now full. Please email aretham@sfu.ca to be added to the waitlist.


Michael Harcourt is an exemplary activist, politician, and community builder. In 1973, Mike began over two decades in public service as a Vancouver city councillor before serving as the 39th Mayor of Vancouver, then moving into provincial politics and serving as the 30th Premier of British Columbia from 1991 to 1996. In 2002, Mike suffered a potentially devastating spinal cord injury. He turned tragedy into triumph by overcoming his situation and, and in turn inspired many other people with spinal cord injuries in their recovery journeys. Mike’s exceptional dedication to building better communities has earned him such honours as the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, the Canadian Urban institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Order of Canada.

In November 2014, Gregor Robertson was elected to a third term as Mayor of Vancouver. During his time in office, Mayor Robertson has dedicated himself to moving our city forward on priorities including improving public transit, working to end street homelessness, creating affordable housing, and making Vancouver the greenest city in the world. Mayor Robertson spearheaded the creation of the city’s first comprehensive Economic Action Strategy, and is committed to growing a sustainable and thriving economy in Vancouver focused on high-growth sectors like digital media, clean technology and renewable energy. Vancouver is the fastest growing, most resilient, most diverse and greenest economy in Canada, and is forecast by the Conference Board of Canada to lead Canadian cities in growth through to 2019.