August 07, 2020

Conversations That Matter: Reimagining downtown Vancouver … again

The pandemic is just the latest force to shape the face of downtown Vancouver

It’s hard to imagine downtown Vancouver without Charles Gauthier guiding, nudging and cajoling us to be our best. For 30 years, Gauthier has led the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and by extension, he has led all of us to be contributors to a vibrant community.

“When I started, the association was small in every way — a small staff, a small budget and a small mandate,” says Gauthier.

“I knew we had to do something of significance but I also knew it had to be the right thing. So I spent the first six months just listening to members, to elected officials, to citizens. From there, we worked to transform downtown Vancouver into the live/workplace it is today.”

In addition to working with City planners to create a livable downtown, the rest of the plan emerged, which included securing continuing funding,  working to make the city safe and clean, to open up public spaces and to support public events  Gauthier says, “It included reimagining the city of the future. We worked with SFU Public Square and developed a blueprint for Vancouver 2040.”

Recently, Gauthier announced he will step down — an idea that is almost unimaginable.

Charles Gauthier of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association joined us for a Conversation That Matters about once again reimagining Vancouver in the COVID-induced safety state.

This article was published by The Province on August 7th, 2020.