SFU CED Public Lectures

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Join us and the Town of Banff's Planning & Development Director, Darren Enns, as he shares wise practices and lessons for your community from the Bear Street Shared Street redevelopment; the Roam Transit system; the new Nancy Pauw Pedestrian Bridge installation; and so much more!

It's hard to believe how much one small town can pack into a few short years: come hear the story of how it all happened.

Wednesday, June 15, 12:00 PDT online. Registration required (below).

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CED Public Lectures: Archives

Climate-Proofing your Food Systems with Community Economic Development with Ione Smith, Upland Agricultural Consulting and SFU CED Instructor of CED Approaches to Food

Wednesday, May 25

Climate change is no longer a future scenario, climate change is here. What does this mean for BC’s food system? This seminar will explore some of the impacts of climate change on our food system and what we can do to mitigate effects. Particular emphasis will be placed opportunities to protect ecosystem services on farmland.

Video coming soon.

How to Use Data to Your Advantage; A primer on helping you find, analyze, and present data effectively with Mike Stolte from CIEL

Wednesday, April 20

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure” Peter Drucker, Management Expert

How healthy is your community? How do you measure it? Good data - combined with compelling stories - allow communities to access funding more easily, make decisions on where to put time and effort, and measure the impact of community and economic development initiatives over time. This webinar will use real-world stories to introduce you to key concepts in finding, analyzing and presenting data through the lens of community well-being.

Speaker Mike Stolte has been working in CED for more than two decades as the founder of CIEL (the Centre for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership – www.theCIEL.com ), based out of Nelson, BC. Despite being a former federal economist, Mike is quite a fun guy. And a nice one, too: he has graciously shared his slides from the presentation, including a few bonus ones! 


Game on! Building a Sustainable and Resilient Indigenous Economy 2.0

Wednesday, March 23

So, you think you can build an economy better than the experts? Put on your best economist cap (or bowtie) and make a series of strategic decisions to build your economy from the ground up. But the question is, how will it hold up to an economic shock? Will it be as resilient as a rubber band? In this webinar, we will learn about the Tulo Centre's Economic Growth Model and apply your knowledge to Tulo Centre's Building a Sustainable and Resilient Indigenous Economy 2.0 learning game.

We explored the complexities of building a native economy with moderators Norm Lavallee and Jesse James through their online game which allows you to choose a scenario and pick strategies to make it make it work before being evaluated on the strategies chosen. Thought-provoking, enlightening and educational: do try it today!

Small Towns, Big Steps in Active Transport Workshop
Rita Koutsodimos, Executive Director of BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society

February 9, 2022

We heard from Rita Koutsodimos, Executive Director of BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society as she discusses active transportation strategies. Come learn how leading communities that have successfully navigated challenges, including:

  • Creating a walkable downtown despite the main street acting as a highway
  • Building projects across jurisdictional boundaries
  • Navigating grants and funding for active transportation projects

We enjoyed a lively discussion about overcoming barriers and what works to support active transportation in smaller communities after her talk, as well. 

Thank you, Rita, and thank you all for a very interesting presentation and discussion! 
If you missed it, Rita very kindly shared her slides from the presentation here and the talk itself is here