SFU Vancouver Lunch 'n' Learn

About the Lunch 'n' Learn:

Date: Tuesday, December 5 
12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, room 1600, 515 W. Hastings St.

Communities and non-profits across B.C. and Canada have been finding innovative ways to build mixed-use housing that meets a host of needs: more affordable homes, climate action and building livable, resilient communities. Renewable Cities has connected with eight non-profits and local governments that redeveloped their land to include mixed-use housing on top of community infrastructure. Renewable Cities will share case studies of lessons learned, successes and challenges with building mixed-use housing.

Following a short presentation by Renewable Cities and a response from the panel, we will open a facilitated discussion about your thoughts on the path forward, particularly in terms of the solutions and perspectives you bring from your own areas of expertise and work.

This is an in-person event with lunch provided. 

About the Speakers: 

Facilitation + Presentation:

• Leanne Sawatzky is Interim Executive Director of Renewable Cities at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Renewable Cities is accelerating the transition to renewable, restorative, resilient cities. Our approach is driven by meaningful engagement, convening and analysis with public, private and social sectors.

• Amal Abdullah is Project Coordinator for Renewable Cities at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. She also supports strategic program and engagement activities such as dialogue events and workshops for policymakers, elected officials, service providers and residents. Amal holds a Master of Environmental Studies – Planning Program from the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University, where she focused on urban food systems planning. Prior to that, she completed her BA at Simon Fraser University, where she also earned a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a certificate in Sustainable Community Development.


• Dr. Alison Shaw is Executive Director of SFU Community-centred Climate Innovation. She has over two decades of experience leading cross-cutting climate change and sustainability science and policy research, and in mobilizing knowledge, developing tools and creating partnerships. She has worked as a scholar, a science-policy strategist, and a sustainability consultant and organizational coach. As Executive Director for ACT – Action on Climate Team, Shaw’s work on low carbon resilience (LCR) has gained her recognition as a resource for those seeking information on applying integrated and streamlined climate and sustainability solutions.

• Michelle Hoar directs the Hey Neighbour Collective project at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, a multi-stakeholder collaborative project aimed at building community, social connectedness and resilience in multi-unit housing. At Hey Neighbour Collective, she uses her skills as an engagement facilitator in areas she’s passionate about: affordable housing, social and environmental resilience and urban planning. She is also the co-founder of The Tyee, where she led the business operations of one of Canada’s most highly regarded independent media companies from 2003 through 2016.

• Jessica Mcllroy is a city councillor with the City of North Vancouver, Deputy Executive Director of Climate Caucus , and Manager of the Pembina Institute’s Buildings program, where she is working to rapidly scale our building decarbonization efforts. Jessica has previously held leadership positions with the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association, the B.C. Women in Energy Network, and Marine Renewables Canada, part of an extensive history of working to advance clean energy in B.C. and across Canada. She holds a B.Sc. in environmental science, an M.Sc. in environmental sustainability, and an MBA.