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Rethinking the Region IV: Video

Rethinking the Region is an annual day-long conference organized by SFU's Urban Studies Program. It provides an opportunity for dialogue, reflection and learning about the past, present and future of regional governance in Metro Vancouver.

This year for the first time, we co-hosted the event with SFU's School of Public Policy and also partnered with the City of New Westminster. The event took place on April 30 at New Westminster's Anvil  Centre.

Video of the day's proceedings is below. Download the program and backgrounder here.


Welcome and opening remarks by associate professor Meg Holden of the Urban Studies Program, chief Rhonda Larrabee of the Qayqayt First Nation, Peter Hall, director of the Urban Studies Program, and assistant professor Josh Gordon of the Public Policy Program


Panel: What vision gave rise to our regional government system?


Keynote on Regional Districts and Vancouver by Minister Peter Fassbender, with introductory remarks by SFU president Andrew Petter and New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote


Keynote on Regionalism and Legitimacy by Zack Taylor


Presentation of the Region at a Crossroads award by Gordon Price of the SFU City Program


Panel: Working within our regional system - local leaders' perspectives, with New West mayor Jonathan Cote and Langley Township mayor Jack Froese


Introduction to the solutions panel by David Hendrickson, grants manager of the Real Estate Foundation of BC


Solutions discussion with Burnaby North MP Kennedy Stewart and and Vancouver city councillor Raymond Louie


Closing remarks by Meg Holden of the Urban Studies Program


Reading by Ken Cameron from his in-progress book on Peter Oberlander, introduced by Professor Anthony Perl of the Urban Studies Program

As always, we are grateful to the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board for their financial support of Rethinking the Region via the Initiative in Sustainable Urban Development.