About The Event

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Theme: Pathways to Inclusive, Sustainable, and Resilient Futures

When: Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 8:30am – 6:00pm

Where: Ponderosa Ballroom, 6445 University Boulevard, UBC

Day Schedule


8:15 - 9:00 Registration + Coffee

9:00 - 9:10 Musqueam Welcome

9:10 - 9:20 Student Welcome (Slam Poetry)

9:20 - 9:30 Introduction by Dr. James Olson, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences

9:30 - 9:40 Planning Student Association (PSA) President Introduction

9:40 - 10:00 MCs Welcome

10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Speaker: Jessie Hemphill

11:00 - 11:10 Introduce Breakout Session 1

11:10 - 11:30 Coffee break + Transition

11:30 - 12:45 Breakout Session 1

12:45 - 1:00 Transition back to the Ponderosa Ballroom


1:00 – 1:55 


1:55 - 2:00 Introduce Breakout Session 2 + Transition

2:10 - 3:10 Breakout Session 2

3:10 - 3:30 Coffee Break + Transition

3:35 - 4:30  Keynote Speaker: Norma Kassi

4:30 - 4:45 Q&A with the City of Vancouver and Norma Kassi

4:45 - 5:00 Closing Address by Dr. Heather Campbell, Director of SCARP

5:00 - 6:30 Wine Reception: Networking Opportunity

Theme: Sharing Stories and Spaces Through Planning

When: Friday, March 1, 2019 from 8:30am – 6:00pm

Where: The Great Hall, AMS Nest, 6133 University Boulevard, UBC

[Re]present is about coming together to reflect on our history, re-examine how we engage in planning practice, and redefine our future. This event will examine how stories and narratives shape our relationships with each other and the built environment — as well as how to make room for all voices, bodies, and perspectives in our communities. Join us at the 11th annual SCARP Symposium to explore how stories shape our spaces and how spaces shape our stories. We hope you come prepared to renegotiate what planning is and what it can be.

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Day Schedule:

8:15-9:00- Registration & Breakfast

9:00-9:45- Opening address (Musqueam Welcome, Opening Address from Dr. Heather Campbell, SCARP Director)

9:50-10:50- KEYNOTE 1 (Ginger Gosnell-Myers)

10:55-11:05- Coffee Break 1

11:15-12:30- Breakout Session 1*

12:30-1:15- Lunch (Great Hall) Catered by Salmon n' Bannock

1:20-2:35- Breakout Session 2*

2:40-3:40- KEYNOTE 2 (Jay Pitter)

3:45-3:55- Coffee Break 2

4:00-5:15- Breakout Session 3*

5:20-5:30- Closing Address (Dr. James Olson, Dean of Applied Science)

5:30- 7:00- Wine & Cheese


*Breakout Sessions:

For more details on each session, see the Breakout Sessions tab.


Breakout Session #1- 11:15-12:30

  • Moving in the Right Direction: Equity and Diversity in Transit
  • Campus and Community Planning Walking Tour
  • Who is Public Space for? Unsettling Comfortable Conceptions of Who Can Participate in Public Space

Breakout Session #2- 1:20-2:35

  • All Our Relations: A Multicultural Storytelling of Chinese-Musqueam Connections
  • Representation: How Maps and Images can (Mis)Represent
  • CMHC: Reshaping Neighbourhoods Through Redevelopments

Breakout Session #3- 4:00-5:15

  • Planning with a Creative Lens: Exploring the Relationship Between Film and Planning
  • Making Space for Music
  • Getting Lost: Exploring Narratives of Childhood Spaces


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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 - 1:15Lunch
8:30 - 9:00Opening Address1:25 - 2:35Session 2
9:00 - 9:50Keynote 12:45 - 3:35Keynote 3
10:05 - 11:15Session 13:55 - 5:05Session 3
11:35 - 12:25Keynote 25:15 - 7:00Closing 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 Directions in Affordable Housing

Many people and families are struggling to afford to live in Vancouver. While responses to the housing affordability crisis are often focused on our most at risk populations, the reality is that even with a stable income, the high cost of housing is one of the primary reasons people are leaving the city. This panel will discuss potential long-term solutions for affordable housing, such as co-housing, community land trusts, non-profit development and policy interventions. These so-called “third sector”, “community housing”, or “semi-market” options will require unprecedented private partnerships, involving governments, social equity investors, private developers and non-profit organizations.


Yuri Artibise; Executive Director, Vancouver City Planning Commission; Board Member, Cooperative Housing Federation of BC

Tiffany Duzita; Director, Community Land Trust

Robert Brown; President, Catalyst Community Development Society

Kira Gerwing; Manager, Community Investment

Lance Jakubec; Innovation Fund Consultant

Larry Beasley; Founding Principal of Beasley and Associates, Planning Inc.; Professor of Planning at UBC; Former Director of Planning for City of Vancouver



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?”.


Rebecca Mayers; PhD Candidate, UBC SCARP

Melissa Bruntlett; Modacity

Sunny Nestler; UBC Alma Mater Society Bike Co-op

Nathan McNeil; Portland State University Centre for Urban Studies


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

Pre-contact, Indigenous peoples in Canada had their own methods and tools for planning and implementing governance structures within their communities. Due to colonization, Indigenous peoples were forced to adopt Western styles of planning, such as the reserve system and band council structures. As they do not incorporate traditional knowledge and cultural identity, non-Indigenous planning models are not completely beneficial to Indigenous community development. With reconciliation, the introduction of Indigenous ways of knowing and doing are becoming more vital 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.


Heidi Martin; Development Coordinator, Aquilini Indigenous Development Team

Kamala Todd; Filmmaker, Writer, Community planner,  Indigenous City Media

Kevin Barlow; CEO, Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC)

Spencer Lindsay;  Indigenous Engagement Specialist at the City of Vancouver


Urban Displacement: Stories of Memory, Instability and Hope

Displacement of vulnerable peoples occurs due to a wide range of global and local forces, from war and natural disasters, to urban growth and development. The human experience of urban displacement is complicated, and the emotional aspects of displacement are not often explored.

In this interactive session we will engage with experiences from post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans and Vancouver’s own historic Hogan’s Alley. Through their stories, our guests will speak to the themes of Memory, Instability and Hope surrounding urban displacement. Exploring Memory and Instability will deepen our understanding of what it means to feel connection to a place and subsequently uprooted from it. Hope will lead us towards community driven solutions that rekindle cultural ties and legacies in the midst of ever-changing cityscapes.

We will all contribute to this collective story as we explore our own intimate connections to places of personal importance, and have the opportunity to build a collective story of belonging within the complexities of our communities.


Anthonia Ogundele; Director: Hogan’s Alley Society

Vanessa Richards; Hogan’s Alley Society

Jeremy Stone; PhD Candidate, UBC SCARP; Sessional Instructor


Overlap: Intersectionality in Practice

The concept of intersectionality recognizes that as individuals, we inhabit a myriad of identities, and is a direct rebuke of feminist rhetoric designed by and for largely white, middle-class, able bodied, and cis-gendered women. As Canada continues on its path to reconciliation and inclusion, applying an intersectional lens to planning can set the premise in which to address and renegotiate power structures and social categorizations. This long-due approach promises to improve environments for a fuller spectrum of city dwellers. In this panel we seek to investigate what an intersectional planning framework could look like, and how this could set cities on a path to true social cohesion and resilience.


Stacey Forrester; co-founder of Good Night Out Vancouver; site leader for Hollaback! Vancouver; Harm Reduction Manager for Bass Coast Music Festival

Cicely Blain; writer, facilitator, consultant, and activist of Cicely Blain Consulting; a founder of Black Lives Matter, Vancouver

Parker Johnson; Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Specialist at BCIT

Dr. Joy Masuhara; Co-Chair of Women Transforming Cities International Society

Harlan Pruden; PhD Student, UBC; educator, Chee Mamuk program at the BC Center for Disease Control 


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

The colonization of Mars, as it relates to the future of human civilization, has occupied the imaginations of both the hard sciences and the arts and humanities—from utopic and dystopic science fiction to Elon Musk’s proposal to develop Mars City: 2024. This panel will explore the roles of planners in shaping the future of Mars. What should planners contribute to the settling of 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 stays behind? Would Martian development be similar to pop-up, temporary, pilgrimage sites on Earth? Will there be slums? What of citizenship and governance? By imagining future human settlement on Mars, this panel will invite us to re-evaluate assumptions of ‘the good [earthly] life’, and account for what we take for granted about life (and planning) on Earth.


Nicole Rallis; PhD Student UBC SCARP

Azhar Tyabji; PhD Student UBC SCARP

Jaymie Matthews; professor of Astrophysics at UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy

Jules Koostachin; owner of VisJuelles Productions Inc. & PhD candidate UBC

Taylor R. Genovese; PhD candidate Arizona State University


Unsettling Environmental Review: Thoughts from the Pipelines and the Poetics of Place project

The Pipelines and the Poetics of Place project draws a parallel between how lands, waters and lifeways are torn up to distil sand and bitumen into synthetic oil and how project review distills and pipelines the incredible passion and creativity around the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker proposals to dispassionate recommendations. In April 2017, a group of scholars, poets, scientists, artists, Aboriginal leaders and citizens gathered in Vancouver to ask: What values and commitments are lost in translation? What is excluded or under-represented? How might these values and the stories that bring them to life be conveyed to people of all ages, cultural and educational backgrounds? The film, Unsettling Environmental Review, focuses on ceremony as a step toward bringing the science and economics that dominate current reviews into conversation with the immeasurable values of love, compassion, gratitude and generosity.


Nigel Haggan

Tim Michel

Jennifer Rae Pierce

Natalia Rueda


Reflecting on Multicultural Connections: Planning an Inclusive City with Newcomers

Diversity and inclusivity are critical concepts for city planning processes as migration across the world is increasing due to changing environmental and political conditions, in addition to globalization. In the field of planning, it becomes essential for people to consider the intersectionality of multiculturalism. Therefore planning processes often involves bringing those cultures together through discussion and facilitation. This type of planning requires a shift beyond traditional, Western planning and asks people to expand their concepts of what planning is and how a culture or society moves, works, plays and talks.

Many newcomers face challenges and barriers to feeling connected and supported in their communities. We want to explore the question of what does it mean to build an inclusive city for newcomers. By looking at the current civic engagement process, how can we create the space and opportunity to empower the voices of newcomers? What resources can we leverage to connect newcomers with existing local cultural communities? These are some of the perspectives we aim to discuss at this panel, and hope that participants would walk out with a deeper understanding of how they can influence changes that support newcomers in our city.


Wafa Al-Jabiri; Member of the Surrey Immigrant Advisory Roundtable and City’s Social Policy Advisory Committee.

Olga Shcherbyna; Social Planner, City of Surrey

Saleem Spindari; Manger of Refugee Settlement Support Projects & Family and Settlement Services, MOSAIC

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 - 1:15Lunch
8:30 - 9:00Opening Address1:25 - 2:35Session 2
9:00 - 9:50Keynote 12:45 - 3:35Keynote 3
10:05 - 11:15Session 13:55 - 5:05Session 3
11:35 - 12:25Keynote 25:15 - 7:00Closing 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.