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Rethinking the Region IV

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. Some photos from the April 30 event and the event program are below. You can also look up tweets from the event by searching #RtR2016 on Twitter.

You can also watch video of the day's remarks and panels here.


  • Peter Fassbender, minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, former mayor of the City of Langley
  • Jonathan Cote, current mayor and former councillor, City of New Westminster
  • Kennedy Stewart, member of parliament for Burnaby-South, associate professor (on leave) in SFU's School of Public Policy
  • Raymond Louie, councillor for the City of Vancouver, vice-president of the board of Metro Vancouver, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Harold Steves, long-time councillor for the City of Richmond, architect of the Agricultural Land Reserve
  • Dr. Zack Taylor, political scientist at Western Univerity, expert in comparative urban governance models in Canada and the United States
  • Joy MacPhail, former Vancouver MLA and B.C. transportation minister, introduced the legislation that created TransLink in 1998
  • David Bragdon, executive director of NYC's Transit Center, former president of Portland, Oregon's Metro Council
  • Richard Hankin, manager of Metro Vancouver regional parks for 25 years, recognized as the architect of Metro Vancouver's regional parks system

Download the program and backgrounder here.

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.