2020 Summit

The Vancouver We Want: The City We Need

The Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC) is a citizen advisory board mandated under bylaw to advise the Mayor and City Council on planning and development issues that affect the city’s future. VCPC is uniquely positioned to work as a catalyst, convening dialogues with other groups and partners to gather, analyze and consolidate information, formulate advice and recommend actions.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Between now and May 2020, the VCPC (in partnership with a wide representation of City of Vancouver advisory bodies, community organizations, and interest groups will be hosting a series of events under the theme of ‘Shaping the City.’ These events will culminate on May 14, 2020 in a summit about planning and design for a resilient city. The outcomes of this summit will inform the City of Vancouver’s City-wide Plan.


In 2016, the VCPC participated in the United Nations’ Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The conference resulted in the New Urban Agenda (NUA), an international guideline for urban development focused on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. The VCPC adopted the NUA as a guide to our own programs for the next five years.

In October 2017, VCPC, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, 100 Resilient Cities (pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation) and SFU Public Square, held our first summit: “Shaping Resiliency: A Summit on Resilience and Vancouver’s Future.”(see vancouverplanning.ca for the Summit report).

In December 2018, VCPC convened a Summit on “A City for All.” The goal was to improve Vancouver’s Resiliency by building our social capacity to respond to shocks and stresses. The Summit brought together over 225 participants in 19 Roundtables on topics under the broad themes of Belonging, Equity, Design, Intersectionality, Reconciliation and Resiliency. The resulting workbook chronicled the key findings and recommendations and included information on how to find out more information about the initiatives presented.  

Shaping the City 2020 will take the next step to designing and shaping ‘A City for All.’

2020 Summit: The Vancouver We Want: The City We Need

Summit Objectives

This section is still being developed

  • Raise awareness
  • Host genuine engagement and dialogue
  • Gather, analyze and consolidate results of partner pre-summit events.
  •  Make Recommendations
  • Catalyze action to implement ideas resulting from the Summit

Location & Timing

The 2020 Summit itself will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. Pre-registration will be required. A childcare allowance, transportation allowance, and honoraria will be available to those who might otherwise not be able to attend. A light breakfast, lunch, and beverages will be provided.

The full day invitational summit is intended to engage 200 thought leaders and influencers from the community and various sectors, including people from groups traditionally under-represented. Advisory committee members, planning professionals, not-for-profit organizations, business, academics, government officials (First Nations, municipal, regional), and community members will be invited. 

Pre-Summit Events

Pre-Summit partner events will range from public storytelling events, to meetings convened with specific groups with an interest in the topic who wish to contribute to the dialogue. The location and timing of partner activities leading up to the Summit will be determined by partner groups and posted on the VCPC’s website.

Next Steps

Over the next few months the VCPC will be meeting with relevant City Advisory Committees and other stakeholder groups to develop (co-design?) the Summit agenda and  identify partners and sponsors who are willing to organize lead up events and/or provide input and resources for the Summit content and process.

Interested parties are asked to contact: Yuri Artibise, Executive Director of Vancouver City Planning Commission at 604-992-4197, by email at vcpc@vancouver.ca or by completing the form below.