Past Events


  • June 14, 2021
    Beyond COVID: Reimagining our City Centres: Vancouver
    Many of us are anxious for this pandemic to be over. While we don't know what these next few months will bring, or exactly when our cities will open, there is a growing opportunity now to identify how they will open when they do. Come join other residents and share your thoughts and ideas about how we can revive our city centres. Hosted in partnership with SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, along with our community and campus partners, Beyond COVID: Reimagining Our City Centres will be a fun, creative virtual dialogue, where you get to play the role of city planner and share ideas for restoring and revitalizing your city centre. This is a chance to dream the possible—for ourselves and for generations to come. This event is free, and no experience is necessary. Just bring your imagination! Don't want to join alone? Bring a friend.
  • June 02, 2021
    Public Internet Access
    Join us to discuss how Canada can better support our public internet infrastructure for the marginalized communities who rely on them and for everyone.
  • June 01, 2021
    Pandemics and Borders: How to Manage Travel Restrictions More Effectively
  • May 19, 2021
    Researching for Climate Justice
  • May 19, 2021
    People with Disabilities and Accessibility
    Join us to hear from experts, policy-makers and those with lived experiences as we try to unpack these questions and generate solutions for more accessible online spaces. The discussion will be followed by breakout rooms focused on workshopping innovative policy solutions to bridge divides in internet accessibility.


  • December 10, 2020
    Planning for the Post-Pandemic City
    When Planning Vancouver Together started in November 2019, no one could’ve imagined what was just around the corner. While a global pandemic altered our relationship with our city, it also laid bare and amplified the pre-existing inequalities of our society. COVID-19 has tested the resiliency and adaptability of Vancouver’s social, economic and physical fabric. While certain parts of the city have weathered this pandemic, others have struggled. In light of these dramatic events, what does planning for the next three decades of Vancouver mean? What have we learned and experienced in the last eight months that might shape the next 30 years? How can the Vancouver Plan – a long-term strategic citywide plan – course-correct and continue to plan for a future city that is resilient to new and existing shocks and stressors, while striving for a city that truly works for all who live, work and play here?
  • December 08, 2020
    An Unbroken Line: Haida Art and Culture
  • December 03, 2020
    MST Futurism: Decolonizing the City Through a Matriarchal Lens
  • November 25, 2020
    The Post-COVID-19 Urban Economy
    Part of Pandemonium: Urban Studies and Recovering from COVID-19, a lecture series presented by SFU Urban Studies in collaboration with SFU Public Square and financially supported by the Initiative in Sustainable Urban Development.
  • November 19, 2020
    Mental Wellness and COVID-19: What's Gender Got to Do With It?
    COVID-19 is taking a toll on everyone’s mental wellbeing, but evidence demonstrates that these threats to mental health are not experienced equally. Gender is one of the many intersecting lenses we can use to look at the pandemic’s unequal impact on mental health.