City Conversations


About City Conversations

Urban design. Culture and art. Planning and architecture. The environment, agriculture and food. Health. The economy and what drives it. Housing, neighbourhoods and special places. Transportation. Social issues. These are some of the topics of City Conversations, a series of Thursday lunchtime meet-ups at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus.

Bring your sushi, sandwich and smoothie, and settle in for brief presentations from the most knowledgable people we can find on current topics affecting Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Whenever possible, we’ll provide experts with contrasting views, to get the facts out front and the conversation rolling. Then ask yourquestions and present your opinions, so we all can learn from each other. City Conversations doesn't have lecturers and audience, but rather presenters and participants. It's a conversation.

Make it a habit to drop by the first and third Thursday of each month. SFU’s Vancouver campus is only 100 steps from Waterfront Station, the heart of the region’s transit network. We start promptly at 12:30 PM, and end promptly at 1:30 PM, so you can get on with the rest of your day. No fees or registration, and just one favour: please unwrap your sandwich before the conversation starts.

City Conversations is a presentation of SFU Public Square. Sponsored by Bing Thom Architects and SFU Vancouver, with a special thanks to Wild Rice Restaurants.

Venue and access: SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre 515 West Hastings St., between Seymour and Richards or via Harbour Centre - rear entry on Cordova St. east of Waterfront Station. 

Bicycles: Parking at front of building.

Transit: Canada Line, Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines, SeaBus and West Coast Express at Waterfront Station.

Buses 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 16, 20, 44-UBC, 50 on Cordova St., 135 SFU Burnaby Mountain on Hastings St. Many other bus lines within a 5 minute walk

Driving: Parkade on Richards, Seymour and Homer Streets, and meter parking on Homer, Richards, Seymour, or Cordova.

Contact us: Questions, comments or ideas for a conversation topic? Email:

For media inquiries contact:
Scott McLean
Director, Public Relations
Simon Fraser University - Vancouver
P: 778.782.5151
C: 604.505.5519


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