RPSS 2013-2014

RPSS 2013-2014

Boomtowns: Planning for Resource Regions in Northern Canada

Date: October 30, 2013

Topic: Presenters from the planningAlliance, Toronto, Ontario, use case studies of the Athabasca Oil Sands Area, Alberta and Thompson Region, Manitoba to explore characteristics of resource regions. Jason and Michelle offer best practices for designing an effective regional planning process, and outline the benefits of implementing such a process in resource boomtowns. The presentation was followed by an interactive workshop on the topic of "planning for resource regions in Northern Canada."

Presenters: Jason Thorne and Michelle Drylie (planningAlliance, Toronto)

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Panel Discussion: Planning an Innovative City?

Date: November 19, 2013

Topic: Panel presenters spoke on the process of developing an innovative city from a variety of perspectives, including research/academic, industry, and public sector planner. Topics included the virtues of an innovative city, using space to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, building partnerships to foster innovation, incorporating local identities into innovation, and questions of environmentalism and sustainability.

Presenters: Dr. Kevin Jones and Dr. Rob Shields (City-Region Studies Centre); Chris Lumb (CEO, TEC Edmonton); and Mark Hall (executive director, Blatchford Redevlopment, City of Edmonton)

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Cities in the Age of Climate Change

Date: January 22, 2014

Topic: Introduced by Mayor Don Iveson. Mayor Iveson and presenter Sadhu Johnston spoke to his experience cleaning up landfills in the Chicago area. For Sadhu, addressing the climate crisis and growing population trend is an amazing opportunity for our cities, granting opportunities to partner with businesses, utilities, local communities, and rethink land revitalization and environmental policy. Cities have the influence and ability to redefine urban life, planning, and business, to transform industrial legacies, reduce climate change, and improve quality of life for residents.

Presenter: Sadhu Johnston (deputy manager, City of Vancouver).

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Resiliency, Planning, and Responding to Disaster

Date: March 18, 2014

Topic: Presenters explored challenges, issues, and best practices in responding to disasters in an urban context.

Presenters: Ed Wendtlandt (Emergency Response Management Consulting), Barrie Brand (Alberta Emergency Management Agency), and Jason Cameron (Calgary Emergency Management Agency)

Panel Discussion: Exploring Municipal Governance in Alberta

Date: April 29, 2014

Topic: Panelists presented on and responded to questions on their experiences and insights on municipal governance in the Alberta context. Key issues involved regional planning and transportation, the changing responsibilities of municipal leaders, the benefits and challenges of building partnerships across municipal boundaries, and resource development and budget sharing.

Presenters: Mayor Nolan Crouse (St. Albert), Mayor Bill Given (Grande Prairie) and Dr. Zachary Spicer (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto)

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Thank you to sponsors and friends of the 2013-2014 RPSS speaker series:

  • City of Edmonton, Sustainable Development
  • Stantec
  • Government of Alberta, Municipal Affairs
  • Brownlee LLP
  • Art Gallery of Alberta
  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension
  • University of Alberta Planning School