About The Event

Date & Time:

Friday, March 16, 2018 (8am to 7pm)


AMS Student Nest -University of British Columbia
6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

*The Nest is located on traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.


Early Registration:

General: $105 (includes tax)

Student $45 (includes tax)

Day Of Registration:

General: $115 (includes tax)

Student $55 (includes tax)

*Please Bring Exact Cash if purchasing the day of event*

Transit & Parking:

UBC Point-Grey campus is easily accessible through transit (bus routes: 4,14,25,41,44,49,84,99). Also, there are numerous parkades and meter parking on the UBC campus. Click here to see the hourly parking rates and popular metered parking locations at UBC.



8:00 - 8:30Breakfast and Registration12:30 - 1:30Keynote 2
8:30 - 9:00Opening Address1:45 - 3:00Session 2
9:00 - 10:00Keynote 13:00 - 3:30Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:30Session 13:30 - 4:45Session 3
11:45 - 12:30Lunch5:00 - 6:45Closing Address and Reception



Throughout the event, participants will have the opportunity to explore topics and issues of their choice. Each break-out session has several panel speakers that will explore a range of topics.

New Kind of Housing Market

Many average people and families can no longer afford to live in Vancouver. While the affordability crisis has tended to focus on subsidized housing for the most at risk populations, the reality is that even with a stable income, the high cost of housing is the primary reason people of all ages are leaving the city. This panel will discuss other potential solutions, such as co-housing, community land trusts, and inclusionary zoning. A so-called “third sector” of semi-market options would require unprecedented private partnerships, involving governments, social equity investors, private developers and non-profit organizations.

City Cycling: Exploring Issues of Equity in Transportation

This panel examines the critical issue of equity in city cycling by bringing together a diverse group of PhD students, faculty, and members from Vancouver cycling advocacy groups. Drawing from each panelists specific area of research or knowledge ascertained in practice, the purpose of this panel is to bring to light notions of equity in transportation. Our panelists will discuss questions such as: “Why do we advocate for city cycling?”, “What power relations are present in planning for city cycling?”, “How can city cycling be more accessible to all citizens?”, and “What gaps are present within city cycling literature and practice?”.

The First Schools of Planning: Indigenous Urban Planning and Reconciliation in Cities

Pre-contact, Indigenous peoples in Canada utilized their own specific methods and tools while planning and implementing their governance structures within their communities. Due to colonization, Indigenous people were forced to adopt Western styles of planning; such as the reserve system and band council structures. Non-Indigenous planning models are not completely beneficial to Indigenous community development, as they do not incorporate traditional knowledge and cultural identity. With reconciliation, the introduction of Indigenous ways of knowing and doing are becoming more valid and are being incorporated into Indigenous community planning. The reformulation of Western planning approaches that include Indigenous methods is beneficial to all communities and non-Indigenous planners.

Deconstructing Urban Displacement: Global Forces, Local Implications, and Community-driven Solutions from the Hogan’s Alley Society

Displacement of vulnerable peoples has become a widely acknowledged problem associated with city growth and development both in Canada and worldwide. However, the social complexities of displacement, and the pressures exerted on cities are not always discussed and explored. We are interested in exploring the implications of social displacement– both locally and globally. The local implications of social displacement will be explored through Vancouver’s historic neighbourhood area of Hogan’s Alley, and how the Hogan’s Alley Society is making a positive impact on redevelopment of Vancouver’s Downtown East- Side. Displacement has local implications that are often influenced by global political and economic forces, such as the Olympics and expanding global markets, which collide with existing problems of prejudice, inequality and racism. We are interested in how these forces combine to cause displacement, and how local displaced communities can gain a greater presence and more power to guide efforts in reclaiming areas significant to them.

Intersectional Planning: What does it mean to put an intersectional lens to planning?

In 1989, American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw developed the concept of intersectionality to challenge the original feminist rhetoric that had been created by and for women that were overwhelmingly white, middle class, cis-gendered and able bodied. Despite the term being coined almost 30 years ago, today, many remain puzzled in understanding the concept and practice of intersectionality. Different fields of study like sociology, medicine, law, and politics are achieving strides in raising awareness and building practices to operate with an intersectional lens. Meanwhile, the planning field is still to build a body of knowledge to operationalize this important approach. For instance, ‘intersectional planning’ is still not being taught in schools –at least not in ours. Only recently has the City of Vancouver allocated money to develop its first intersectional framework to be done in 2018. The key takeaways from this panel will be for the audience to gain more sensible skills to look within and beyond each person’s appearance, to be mindful that their identity –and struggles– are not always physically manifested, and, ultimately, to identify how power structures and social categorizations may be reinforced, but also contested and renegotiated. Furthermore, the speakers and participants will discuss how to best incorporate intersectionality into the urban planning field.

Learning from Mars: A roundtable discussion on (de)-colonization, the ‘turn-key’ project and planning futures

This panel seeks to explore the several roles of planners in shaping the future of Mars City:2024. What should planners contribute to the project of settling Mars? Could one pre-emptively de-colonize utopia? How did the Martian imagination move from Carl Sagan’s romanticizing to Elon Musk’s paternalist-capitalist vision? Who gets to go to Mars, and who should stay behind? Would Martian development be similar to pop-up, temporary, pilgrimage sites on Earth, such as at the Haj (Saudi Arabia) and the Kumbh Mela (India)? Will there be slums? Should Earthlings export memories of trauma, genocide and struggle, ‘Never Forgetting’ human foibles? What of citizenship and governance? What is the earthly, ethical, point of thinking about futures when history ostensibly repeats itself? Finally, what can we learn from Mars (Venturi, Brown, Izenour,1972)?

Resilience Planning for the Social Implications of Climate Change

The Climate Migrants and Refugees Project is a not-for- profit organization with a mission to create a response to the challenge of mass-displacement and resettlement by empowering cities and urban-practitioners to build the overall resilience of their communities, and capacity to help the most threatened and vulnerable moving because of climate change. To do so, CMRP seeks to build awareness, professional and institutional capacity, and a network of partnerships to champion and advocate for these initiatives. This panel will discuss the role of planners in responding to climate change and its impacts on communities and regions around the world. The discussion will bring together experts and practitioner from different perspectives and scales of work to ask each other questions, and to identify areas in planning and policy that must change to address the social implications of climate change.

Unsettling Environmental Review

Environmental review of projects such as Enbridge, Kinder Morgan and the Site C dam excludes or under-represents major areas of intangible value and commitment that are recognized in the ecological economics and ecosystem services literature as equally or more important than material values. The April 2017 SSHRC Connection Grant Pipelines and the poetics of place brought Indigenous spiritual people, natural and social scientists, artists, students of religion and residents of the Downtown Eastside into conversation on how to enable environmental review to receive and represent intangible values and commitments as coherently as they now present a narrow slice of traditional economic values. A 37 minute film of highlights from the 4-day event considers how Aboriginal and religious ceremony can help make processes physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually safer and more welcoming to all comers

Building Meaningful Connections

This panel focuses on the approach of municipal planners to planning with newcomers and immigrants. Many newcomers face challenges and barriers to feeling connected and supported in their communities. The panelists will be discuss their work on breaking down these barriers and creating a space for the inclusion of newcomer voices with a foucus on the metro Vancouver region. There will be an emphasis on the municipal level of government as there are many promising projects underway at a local level. A few projects that will be discussed in this panel will be:

1. City of Vancouver – The Dialogue Project. This city project, in collaboration with diverse community partners, aims to build increased understanding and strengthened relations between Aboriginal and immigrant/non-Aboriginal communities.

2. City of Surrey – Local Immigration Partnership (LIP). The Surrey LIP works with stakeholders in the region to determine what the community needs to be welcoming and inclusive. The council made up of 30 community organizations including community and immigrant serving agencies, education, business, government, libraries, health, parks and recreation, faith, and others.

3. City of Richmond – Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee (RIAC). The RIAC has adopted a vision to be “the most welcoming, inclusive and harmonious community in Canada”. The principles of inclusion, cooperation, collaboration, dynamism, integration and equality are incorporated into City planning, decision-making and service delivery to make this vision a reality

Campus and Community Planning: Walking Tour





Friday, March 3rd, 2017


The Great Hall, AMS Student Nest, University of British Columbia
6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

The Nest is located on traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.


There are numerous parkades, meter, permit, and pay lots on the UBC campus. Click here to see the hourly parking rates and popular metered parking locations at UBC.


8:00 - 8:30Breakfast and Registration12:30 - 1:30Keynote 2
8:30 - 9:00Opening Address1:45 - 3:00Session 2
9:00 - 10:00Keynote 13:00 - 3:30Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:30Session 13:30 - 4:45Session 3
11:45 - 12:30Lunch5:00 - 6:45Closing Address and Reception


Throughout the event, participants will have the opportunity to explore topics and issues of their choice. Each break-out session has several panel speakers that will explore a range of topics.

Session 1 [10:15 am - 11:30 am]

Planning for Urban Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous community planning goes beyond the boundaries of Indigenous communities – it must include planning for Indigenous peoples in urban areas. In 2014 the City of Vancouver was designated a ‘City of Reconciliation’, whereby Vancouver has committed to forming a sustained relationship of mutual respect and understanding with local First Nations and the urban aboriginal community, including key agencies; incorporating a First Nations and urban aboriginal perspective into their work and decisions; and, providing services that benefit members of the First Nations and urban aboriginal community. This topic is important for all planners to better understand how we can plan cities for everyone – especially urban Indigenous peoples.

Bricks, Beams and Brews: The Transition of Inner City Industrial Lands

Vancouver’s inner city industrial lands are currently in a state of transition, edging away from ‘traditional’ industrial to creative manufacturing. This session explores the transformation of our inner city industrial lands to accommodate emerging industrial typologies and external residential and commercial pressures. What does this evolving sector mean for the future of these areas in the city?

Turnip the Beet: Pushing the Limits of Urban Agriculture

With increasing pressures on land for residential development, and an affordability crisis in the region, why should we make space for urban agriculture? This exciting panel will explore how urban agriculture has the potential to transform urban fabrics by strengthening social and environmental systems, by bringing together experts who know the ins and outs of urban farming and food production.

Session 2 [1:45 pm - 3:00 pm]

Women, Gendered Bodies, and City-Building: An Intersectional Lens

The Women, Gendered Bodies, and City-building Panel seeks to discuss how current practices in communities and in municipal planning can disregard how ‘othered’ bodies, including women and girls - especially those who are racialized, Indigenous, young or senior, living with a disability, LGBTQ2+ or have a low income - interact with space. Additionally, this panel will uncover the audacious ways diverse self-identified women are actively engaging in the Metro Vancouver area to better create more inclusive urban spaces and access to social, economic and political power.

Public City, Private Transit?: Transit in the age of the autonomous vehicle

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will bring radical changes in transportation, from car ownership to traffic conditions to mobility itself. Zombie cars could circle streets to dodge paid parking or shared AVs could make personal vehicles unnecessary. Will AVs and transit work together to redefine mobility or will this be the end of public transit? Change is coming. Our panelists will discuss equity, ownership and innovation in the future city. What is the role of private transportation in future transportation? Note: Please bring a laptop or smartphone to this activity to fully participate!

 Shaking Things Up: Planning for an Uncertain Future

Sea level-rise, earthquakes, droughts, forest fires, and other climate change impacts… We know they’re coming but are we prepared to face them? This panel aims to shed light on what our region will face in coming decades, what has been done to prepare for such disasters, and what new ideas and innovations have been proposed to further advance our resilience.

Campus Walking Tour

The tour will focus on building a sense of place and community at UBC's Vancouver campus. The themes covered will be UBC's Commanding Position, Forest Edge, Modern Openness, Pioneering Spirit, and Community Building. 

Session 3 [3:30 pm - 4:45 pm]

Planning for the Night-time Economies

Night-time economies affect nearly all of us. It's more than just bars and discotheques; restaurants, transit, arts and culture, and tech are some of the fastest growing economic sectors in post-industrial settlements. 9 to 5 is becoming a term of the past and planners and civic staff should be prepared for the growing number of people who operate after dark. Night Mayors/Night Ambassadors can help navigate the often foreign terrain of the night-time's predominantly informal structure.

This is not an Open House - Pushing the Envelope on Public Engagement

The door has closed on the Open House. Cutting edge tech and tools enable us to engage deeper and more broadly while new-school design charrettes let members of the public draw, click and play their way to fresh community ideas. Through conversations with four public engagement leaders, we will learn about the creative, effective, and far-fetched ways that people are collaborating with the crowd.

Note: This is not an Open House will involve interactive and fun activities. Each panel speaker will lead separate activities and involve different topics (see the Speakers for different activity options). 

 Seeking Common Ground and Good Planning Outcomes in a Polarized World

Planners are accustomed to navigating divergent priorities and conflicting interests, but today, global warming, economic uncertainty and populist politics raise the stakes higher than ever. In the face of growing community polarization, and diminished confidence in professional expertise, how can planners stregthen trust, bridge divides, and find common ground for difficult conversations in the future? Hear diverse perspectives from panellists featuring experiences in China, Iran, the U.S.A. and Canada. Then participate in discussion with facilitator Aftab Erfan, who brings her experience working with groups seeking to make decisions in a climate of tension and conflict. 

Audacious Solutions to the Housing Affordability Crisis

Communities across Canada and in particular in British Columbia and the Lower Mainland region, are struggling with soaring prices, precarious housing and homelessness, coupled with shrinking vacancies rates and widening income and social gaps between renters and owners. This session will build on the bold solutions proposed in the Tyee “Home for Good” event on February 22. Diverse experts will debate audacious ideas that seek to solve the affordability crisis.