Food Security, Culture and Urban Development in the Context of Vancouver's Chinatown

January 20, 2018

In July 2017, hua foundation released the “Vancouver Chinatown Food Security Report”, where it was documented that Vancouver’s Chinatown has lost 50% of its fresh food assets since 2009. At this event, the report’s lead author, Angela Ho, will detail her findings and share insights into the impacts these changes have on the neighbourhood.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Andy Yan (SFU City Program Director), Wes Regan (City of Vancouver Community Economic Development Planner), and Elvy Del Bianco (Vancity Program Manager for Cooperative Partnerships) to explore ideas on how various stakeholders can play a role to retain and revive these unique spaces where history, culture, food security, local economy, and policy intersects.


Angela Ho

Angela is a second-generation Chinese Canadian completing her Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies at the University of British Columbia. Angela served as the Chinatown Food Security Coordinator with hua foundation over the past two summers, and is the lead author of the Vancouver Chinatown Food Security Report. Angela’s engagement with local food system efforts dates back to her involvement in various community initiatives with Windermere Secondary School. Since then, Angela’s interests have grown to include using food as a vehicle for unpacking issues relating to race, power, and representation, as well as a means for intercultural learning.


Elvy Del Bianco

As Vancity’s Program Manager for Cooperative Partnerships, Elvezio Del Bianco supports new cooperative enterprises, the creation of co-op-centred financial instruments and the development of a robust co-op development infrastructure. This work is largely informed by the activities of the Emilia-Romagna region, Italy’s cooperative heartland and the subject of Vancity’s Cooperative Study Tour, which Elvy has organized since 2008.

Wes Regan

Wes Regan is the City of Vancouver’s Community Economic Development Planner and Director of Simon Fraser University’s Certificate Program for CED Professionals. Previously he served as the Executive Director for one of the city’s Business Improvement Areas, Hastings Crossing BIA from 2011 to 2015, and before this he worked at Building Opportunities with Business, the lead agency implementing the Vancouver Agreement’s DTES Economic Revitalization Strategy from 2004 to 2010. Wes recently defended his graduate thesis at SFU examining mixed-use development and retail gentrification on Vancouver’s Main Street. His thoughts on urban issues and CED appear in the Province, Vancouver Observer, Georgia Straight and other publications and he also serves as the Green Party of Canada’s Shadow Cabinet Critic for Municipal Affairs, developing urban and municipal policy at the national scale.

Andy Yan

Andy Yan, MA, MCIP, RPP, GISP is the director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. Prior to his SFU appointment, Andy has extensively worked in the non-profit and private urban planning sectors with projects in the metropolitan regions of Vancouver, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Andy is also an adjunct professor in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University and in Planning at the University of British Columbia School of Regional and Community Planning. He is the recipient of the Planning Institute of British Columbia’s Award in the Leadership in Advocacy and Innovation and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Advocate for Architecture award.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

1:30 - 4:00PM

SFU Harbour Centre
Room 1400 Segal Centre
515 West Hastings Street


  • SFU David Lam Centre
  • SFU Department of Humanities
  • hua foundation