The Annual Warren Gill Lecture Series Presented by Simon Fraser University's City Program

Dr. Warren Gill was passionately engaged in the cities and neighbourhoods in which he lived and worked. As a member of the senior administration at SFU, he was instrumental in the development of its downtown campus; as an urban geography professor, he inspired many students. Never satisfied with the status quo, Warren worked constantly to make life in the city more interesting and more inclusive. The intent of this lecture series in his honour is to continue his questioning, raise new ideas and invoke new ways of thinking about life in the urban context.

Canada’s Enduring Two Solitudes: Can we bridge the urban-rural divide?

In 1921, Canada became the first OECD nation to have 50 per cent of its population living in cities. Decades of economic and social development have magnified the differences between urban and rural communities, leading to discontent and alienation not only in Canada, but also across the Western world. Modern political movements increasingly pit city dwellers against rural residents, and downtowners against suburbanites, suggesting our differences are irreconcilable. Can we construct a new narrative that binds us together, and new approaches to governance and public decision-making that recognize the particularities of place?

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 7 pm

Admission: Free, but as seating is limited, reservations are required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

Webcast: Watch on our Facebook page

Venue: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (at SFU Woodward's), 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver 

Related topic: Community Building

 

Date: Friday, November 7, 2016, 7–9 pm

Admission: Free, but reservations are required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

Webcast: Free but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.  

Venue: SFU at Woodwards

Related topic: Community Building

Date: Friday, November 7, 2016, 7–9 pm

Admission: Free, but reservations are required. Reserve on Eventbrite.

Webcast: Free but reservations required. Reserve on Eventbrite.  

Venue: SFU at Woodwards

Related topic: Community Building

About the speaker

Mary Rowe is an impassioned civic leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors in Canada and the U.S. Over 30 years, Mary has been a steady advocate and champion for place-based approaches to building livable and resilient cities, and community-driven local economies. She has led campaigns, organizations, initiatives and companies spanning a few months to several years.

A resourceful social entrepreneur, dynamic personality and very convincing communicator, Mary is a sought-after project leader and most recently was chosen as one of 300 for 300: an honour roll of individuals selected over three centuries for their unique contribution to the City of New Orleans, where she supported local community leaders to foster resilience after Hurricane Katrina.

Mary has led national and international urban initiatives from Toronto and New York City, including Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to strengthen elements of the urban fabric that create social cohesion and community resilience, including libraries, community centres, parks and other 'third places.' Mary's current roles include empowering Canada's largest cities to be economically vibrant, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable as senior advisor to Evergreen (evergreen.ca) and Future Cities Canada (futurecitiescanada.ca) and as co-executive lead for the National Urban Project (theurbanproject.ca).

She is also senior fellow with Shorefast (shorefast.org), a charity and social enterprise focused on building place-based economic development strategies that strengthen local communities.

Sponsors

Watch previous lectures

David Hulchanski, December 2017
James Cheng, May 2015
Jennifer Keesmaat, December 2013
Mark Kingwell, March 2013

Sponsors of previous Warren Gill Lectures have included: