Join a group of like-minded placemakers and storytellers looking to shape passionate, inclusive dialogue about our built environment.
Our goal is to assess and audit the current methods of placemaking. Speakers will share their stories and identify the most relevant challenges we all face today.
Melissa is passionate about creating innovative public buildings and spaces where communities can come together. She has focused on designing recreation facilities and arts and culture projects and sees each design project as an opportunity to create spaces that foster social interaction and create potential for meaningful connections.
Founder of Many Things, Field House Brewing
Josh is a passionate entrepreneur and creative professional with 15+ years of brand and design experience. He is passionate about finding ways to help communities realize their cultural potential and creating opportunities for the teams and stakeholders he works with.
Principal, Hapa Collaborative
Landscape architect, urbanist, cultural placemaker: committed to building places that linger in public memory and are built to last, that ebb and flow with daily life and therefore become beloved by the people they serve; and that reveal stories otherwise unseen.
Partner, Make Space Group
Startup founder, tech entrepreneur and community builder. Developed over a million square feet of innovation spaces for modern creators and consumers. Currently building The Public Food Hub Co., a marketplace connecting food lovers and makers through online and neighborhood retail.
Founder, Nemesis Coffee
Growing up, we didn’t have much but we did have our times in the little neighbourhoods and cafes, spending hours as kids, enjoying the people, energy, and feeling that sense of community. These were my fondest memories. I want any project I’m tied to, to have the same positive impact on the people and the neighbourhoods we find ourselves in as these places that had on me when I was younger.
Co-Founder, Free Agency Creative
As a co-founder of Free Agency Creative, I've spent the last 20 years advocating the power of brand design and it’s ability to transform businesses. I believe that in order to create meaningful change in our urban fabric, we must first change the mindsets of the organizations that build them.
Former Mayor of the City of North Vancouver
Born and raised in North Vancouver, Darrell Mussatto was the Mayor of the City of North Vancouver from 2005 to 2018. After retiring he dedicated his time to municipal government with an emphasis on becoming a more environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive community.
Susanna Haas Lyons
Civic Engagement Specialist, Susanna Haas Lyons Consulting
Susanna creates opportunities for people to share their perspectives, listen to others' experiences, and then collaborate on a shared future. She's delighted when that shared future becomes a public space for connection and celebration.
Principal Strategist, Prism X Strategy
Jessica bridges the worlds of design and business to create meaningful experiences and products. She looks for opportunities to disrupt the way business is conducted through social innovation, collaboration and inclusivity.
Founder, Fabric Living
Jordan founded fabric living on the premise of building more than just physical spaces. Place making for fabric is rooted in the intentional process of creating spaces that enhance the interconnectedness of people and their relationships with one another. Simply put, people make great places.
Manager of Placemaking & Public Spaces, Downtown Van
Clare is dedicated to advancing the urban experience for those who live, work and play in Downtown Vancouver. Originating from Ireland, her personal mission is to design and program public spaces that are conducive to spontaneous and heart-warming moments through public art, live music and beautification.
Principal, Ginger Gosnell-Myers Consulting
Rooted in her Nisga'a and Kwakwaka'wakw ancestry, Ginger has been an advocate for Indigeneity in urban centres for 20+ years, connecting research, policy, and urban planning, while weaving Indigenous values into urban landscapes, promoting cultural resilience and equitable representation for Indigenous communities.
Arrive at Emily Carr Reliance Atrium at 1:00 pm to check in, then make your way to the Nemesis Bar for coffee and pastries before finding your seat in the Reliance Theatre by 1:30 pm for Opening Remarks from Tak Yukawa.
Joseph Fry from Hapa Collaborative talks to the former Mayor of the City of North Vancouver about the vision, trials and success of the Shipyards in Lower Londsdale.
SPEAKERS: Joseph Fry (Hapa Collaborative), Darrell Mussatto (Former Mayor of the City of North Vancouver)
Melissa Higgs from hcma architecture + design leads an exciting group of creative voices to elevate the spirit of collaboration in service of creating truly inclusive public spaces within our most critical urban areas.
Panelists: Melissa Higgs (hcma), Mari Fujita (University of British Columbia and Fubalabo Design Corp), Susanna Haas Lyons (Susanna Haas Lyons Consulting), Matthew Thomson (Matthew Thomson Design)
A short film offering thoughtful perspective and innovative new methods to convey the vision of our future places.
COLLABORATORS: Ryan Savella (Arcade Original), Mackenzie Page (Mackenzie Page Design), Amanda Oster (Provoke Studios), Geoff Hunt (Tiny Vikings), Andrew Emmerson & Joey Stevens (GBL Architects), Taizo Yamamoto (Yamamoto Architecture), Calum Srigley (Placemaker Design)
True collaboration is happening between the city of Chilliwack, developers and local businesses. Josh Vanderheide from Field House Brewing talks to developer Dave Algra about the amazing cultural change emerging in downtown Chilliwack.
Josh Vanderheide (Field House Brewing + East Abby Hospitality Group) and Dave Algra (Algra Bros. Development)
How do we design places to be truly unique places on earth? Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Urban Indigenous Decolonial Strategist and Planner, introduces how we can incorporate Indigeneity throughout the planning and design process, while avoiding the advancement of colonization through current practices.
Speaker: Ginger Gosnell-Myers (Ginger Gosnell-Myers Consulting)
Urbanization is transforming landscapes, cultures and economies at an unprecedented pace. Many are unprepared, hindered by outdated technology and slow-moving politics. Our panel will explore how everyone has a role to play in city building, sharing small (and big) ideas, pop-ups and pilots that are shaping cities, one project at a time.
Panelists: Ken Bautista (Makespace), Andrea Piccolo (Prado Cafe), Clare Warner (Downtown Vancouver BIA), Jordan MacDonald (fabric living)
A thriving and equitable night-time economy is one that promotes economic, cultural, and social resilience. Jessica Borich and Nate Sabine share insights from HVA's public consultation. Building on the collective power of the community can be a powerful driver of economic growth and community development.
Speakers: Jessica Borich (Prism X Strategy), Nate Sabine (Blueprint and HVA Chair)
Enjoy drinks and mingling in the Edit Studios Lounge, located in the Reliance Atrium.
After the symposium, attend a private dinner reception at Nemesis Coffee’s Great Northern Way location – just steps away from the Reliance Theatre. Mingle at the open-seating style dinner as you enjoy an array of options from our harvest table, raw bar, and yakitori grill prepared by the visionaries behind Nemesis Coffee and their fine-dining experience, Word. The meal will be accompanied by a curation of wine and locally crafted beers provided by our UEA members. Jess Reno (Nemesis Coffee) and Josh Vanderheide (Fieldhouse Brewing) will punctuate the evening with an exclusive talk on Food and Beverages' role in culture and place.
Dinner tickets are first come first serve and very limited.
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