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2017, Democracy, Summit Who Needs Canada?, Cities, Series City Conversations

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?

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.

Thu, 02 Mar 2017

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (PT)

SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus
Room 7000
515 West Hastings

About Who Needs Canada?

The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a critical opportunity to think and engage on Canada’s role in the world. At the same time, global trends show a growing divergence between the values Canada upholds and events taking place outside of our borders.

In light of the possible futures before us, what role does Canada need to play on the world stage?

What risks might Canada face as a result of this shifting political landscape?

What value can Canada offer to the world?

Is Canada needed? If so, why?

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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.


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