media release

Beyond the politics of Metro Vancouver transportation

March 12, 2014

Shauna Sylvester, Carbon Talks, 778.782.7895,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

With a transportation referendum poised to take place in British Columbia, a new consortium of business, government, and transportation leaders is working to create a long-term, sustainable funding regime for transportation in the Metro Vancouver region with the launch of Moving in a Livable Region.

Led by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue the initiative will formally launch with two upcoming dialogues designed to engage and educate Metro Vancouver citizens and stakeholders on transportation issues.

On March 14, a panel featuring Nancy Olewiler (director of SFU’s School of Public Policy), Ken Peacock (chief economist and vice president of the Business Council of British Columbia), Shauna Sylvester (fellow of SFU’s Centre for Dialogue) and moderated by Marnie McGregor (assistant director at the City of Vancouver), will discuss transportation, the economy and what is needed to ensure high livability in the region at SFU’s Vancouver campus.

Then on April 8, the conversation moves to SFU’s Surrey campus when Sylvester is joined by Anita Huberman (CEO, Surrey Board of Trade), Stephen Dooley (executive director of SFU’s Surrey campus), and representatives of the City of Surrey to discuss how the current transportation network can adapt to Metro Vancouver’s projected regional growth over the next 30 years.

Moving in a Livable Region also features a website that is designed to provide the public with facts and clarify common misconceptions about transportation in Metro Vancouver, like how transit is currently funded in the region, and the economic implications of transit policy.

For more on Moving in a Livable Region, visit:

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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