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Councillor, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nation
Rosalind is from xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) where she is an elected councillor. She is also a lawyer whose practice in the area of Aboriginal Law has included corporate, commercial and governance. Rosalind has volunteered as board director of several non-profit organizations that support Canada’s indigenous peoples in the areas of live performance, education and social services for indigenous women and children. Rosalind has also volunteered on committees of several provincial government entities to assist with their implementation of some of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, UNDRIP principles and MMIWG2S Inquiry recommendations.
Zahra is the CEO of Monumental, an organization dedicated to supporting an equitable recovery from COVID-19. She is a public interest designer and strategist who has led organizations in the social and private sector that design and deliver participatory and equity-centred approaches to policy, service, and infrastructure development. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, the Chair of the Board of Park People, and the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Urban Institute.
Deborah leads research into adaptation to a range of climate change impact areas, spanning water, food, health, biodiversity, energy, infrastructure, and population displacement. ACT's focus includes integrated climate solutions that advance low carbon resilience and co-benefits. Under Deborah's guidance, ACT works with climate researchers, NGOs, industry, all levels of government, and professional practitioners across sectors. Deborah is a member of the expert adaptation panel of the new Canadian Institute for Climate Choices.
Founder and Chair, 8 80 Cities
Gil is the founder and chair of the internationally recognized Canadian non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. He is also first Ambassador of World Urban Parks and creator of the project Our Third Act. Gil is passionate about creating vibrant and healthy cities for all people. Because of his unique blend of experience, pragmatism and passion, he has been invited to work in over 350 different cities in all continents.
Co-Director, Atelier Anonymous
Alyssa Schwann co-directs a landscape architecture and public art practice undertaking research, design and advocacy in the areas of cultural landscapes, landscape conservation and ecological wisdom. Her professional experience includes practice in Canada, Britain and the Netherlands, with projects in North America, Europe, and North and South Africa. She is also a public policy researcher working with northern tribal and territorial governments. In 2013/2014, she was named an Action Canada Fellow. Alyssa is based in Vancouver, BC and Berkeley, CA, USA.
GSI Expansion Infrastructure Initiative Manager, Seattle Public Utilities
Tracy is the Grow Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Initiative Manager for Seattle Public Utilities, with over 20 years of drainage and wastewater project experience. Throughout her career, she has worked to incorporate sustainability goals with other City goals. As the GSI Initiative Manager, Tracy provides strategic direction and program oversight programs, projects and policies influencing the Drainage and Wastewater portfolio ($1.5B 2020-2026), including projects for stormwater conveyance, sanitary sewer overflow reduction, CSO reduction, water quality improvement.
T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss' diverse heritage includes Skwxwu7mesh, Sto:lo, Irish-Métis, Hawaiian and Swiss. An artist, she has extensive experience producing various formats of media art for almost 30 years, and works as an ethnobotanist with traditional training by Indigenous elders.
Professor and Director, SFU Urban Studies
Meg Holden is professor and director of the urban studies program and professor in the department of geography at SFU. Meg is an urban environmental pragmatist. Her engaged research program examines urban policy, planning and social aspects of sustainable development intentions and transitions in cities and communities, with foci in value-based measurement and indicators, community well-being and livability, neighbourhood housing, planning and experience, and local democracy and justice.