A Forum on Citizen Advisory Bodies and Urban Policy
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 the Metro Vancouver region.
In 2017, the Vancouver City Planning Commission co-hosted the conference. The topic was the role of citizen advisory bodies in shaping urban policy in Metro Vancouver and the Seattle region. Together, we reflected on big picture principles regarding how citizens can or should engage on policy issues with local governments. The day also provided opportunities to learn about specific examples of how local citizen advisory bodies have influenced urban policy.
- Program (pdf)
- Keynote Presentation (video)
- Wrap Up Comments by Ken Cameron (pdf)
- SFU Urban Studies event page
Panellists and moderators
- Tina Nabatchi , Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
- Kathy Nyland, Director, Seattle Department of Neighbourhoods
- Tim Wolfe, Director, Community Investment Division, Seattle Department of Neighbourhoods
- Members of the Seattle Planning Commission
- Members of citizen advisory commitees from around Metro Vancouver
- Nathan Pachal, Councillor, City of Langley
- Sav Dhaliwal, Councillor, City of Burnaby
- Adriane Carr, Councillor, City of Vancouver
- Linda Buchanan, Councillor, City of North Vancouver
- Gordon Price, fellow of the SFU Centre for Dialogue and former Vancouver city councillor
- Frances Bula, urban affairs reporter for The Globe and Mail
- Daniella Fergusson, Principal and Engagement Specialist, Modus Planning, Design & Engagement; Vancouver City Planning Commissioner
- Ken Cameron, adjunct professor of planning for SFU Urban Studies and UBC School of Regional and Community Planning, former manager of policy and planning for Metro Vancouver.