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SFU Public Square presents: City Conversations—March 2

March 02, 2017

From climate change to refugee settlement, cities around the world are tackling critical and complex global issues. Metro Vancouver’s municipalities are increasingly recognized for their efforts and their important role that goes beyond our region’s boundaries. For example, we were heavily represented in the large Canadian Delegation to Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that took place in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.

What are the opportunities for Canadian cities overall in the global arena? How are the leaders of Canadian cities having impact on the world stage and in addressing global issues? Where are they not yet, but should be?


Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, former Mayor of West Vancouver

Penny Gurstein, Professor and Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Centre for Human Settlements, UBC

Raymond Louie, Fifth term Councillor on the Vancouver City Council, member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors since 2009, currently acting mayor for the City of Vancouver

We will put these questions to our opening presenters to help frame the issue and then it’s your turn to ask questions, make observations, offer opinions. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

When: 12:30PM–1:30PM | Thursday, 2nd March 2017

Where: Room 7000
515 West Hastings
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus

Registration is not required but seating is limited. Please try to arrive early to ensure a seat.

Please note that we will be live streaming this event on our Facebook page.

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This special edition of City Conversations is part of SFU Public Square's 2017 Community Summit, happening February 27th to March 8th, where thought-leaders and courageous Canadians (like you!) are coming together to tackle the important question: Who Needs Canada? Don't miss these unique and provocative events—register today!