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City Conversations Program Committee

Michael Alexander

Director, City Conversations

Michael is an urbanist and public policy wonk who brought the idea for City Conversations from San Francisco, where he is co-Chair of the Advisory Council for San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. SPUR is a non-profit, member-based organization promoting good government and good planning. SPUR hosts over 150 public events a year, including two to three lunchtime forums a week.

In San Francisco, Michael worked on removing the waterfront Embarcadero Freeway, creating two new mixed-use neighbourhoods south of Market St., and rebuilding the southern approach highway to the Golden Gate Bridge as a landscaped parkway. He was a member of the federal advisory commission for two national parks.

Gordon Price

Director, The City Program at SFU

Gordon Price is Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University, and writes the urban blog PriceTags. He was a six-term Vancouver City Councillor. He seeks to foster “flexible, responsive discussions to help reduce anxiety about urban change and development."

He received the Simon Fraser University 2012 President’s Award for service to the university through public affairs and media relations. In July 2013, he received the President’s Award at the annual meeting of the Canadian Institute of Planners “in recognition of an outstanding lifetime contribution to education and professional planning in Canada.”

Laurie Anderson

Executive Director, SFU Vancouver

Dr. Laurie Anderson is the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. He was Associate Superintendent and Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Vancouver Board of Education, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC. Laurie has also been a consultant on education reform for the Ministry of Education, a mediation consultant for schools throughout BC, a facilitator of the VSB's Leadership Development Program, and developer and instructor of the Instructor Training Program,

Laurie obtained his BEd, MA and PhD at SFU, served as a Director on the Canadian Bureau of International Education for six years and completed the Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute.

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