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City-wide Community Benefits Agreement Policy Lunch and Learn

May 17, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Woodwards Building
111 West Hastings Street, 5th Floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4 Canada
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ULI BC is delighted to offer its members the opportunity to meet with City of Vancouver officials for an open dialogue regarding the City’s plan to create a consistent city-wide policy for large scale developments, a Community Benefits Agreement Policy.

Examples of such CBA’s including the Hastings Racecourse & Casino in 2005 to the most recent Parq Urban Resort and Casino. These were both ad hoc processes and the City would like to implement a more solidified policy that is thoughtful and successful for all parties. Work has been underway to develop this policy since late 2016 and it will be presented to Council this July, 2018.

This luncheon is available to members only to join in for an open dialogue to discuss community needs, fostering workforce development, upskilling, capacity building in the social enterprise sector as well as consideration s for joint venture and material procurement innovations.


Wes Regan
Wes Regan is the City of Vancouver’s Social Planner Responsible for Community Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Initiatives and the Director of Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Programs. Wes has worked in sustainable community economic development, communications, and community engagement since 2009 beginning with the Vancouver Agreement’s DTES Economic Revitalization Strategy. From 2011 to 2015 he was the Executive Director of the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association, Canada’s first Social Innovation BIA. He holds undergraduate degrees in geography and urban geography from Langara College and Simon Fraser University respectively, and continued on at SFU to successfully write and defend a graduate thesis in the Master of Urban Studies Program. His thesis examined the relationship between urban densification through mixed-use development and retail programming diversity in neighbourhood shopping areas along Vancouver’s Main Street. Wes has extensive board governance experience in the non-profit sector and is a past Director of the Downtown Vancouver Association, past Chair of LOCO BC, past treasurer of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society and currently sits on the grants advisory board of the Vancouver Foundation.

Steve Johnston
Steven brings over ten years of experience in developing community led programs, creating long-term partnerships, and understanding the concepts and complexities of community economic development work.

Before coming to Vancouver, Steven had worked in Toronto with Dixon Hall, an integrated social services provider for at risk residents of Regent Park and surrounding neighbourhoods, as the Senior Director of Development. While in Toronto, Steven also took on a leadership role organizing the Waterfront Toronto Employment Initiative, an organization dedicated to creating employment opportunities for low-income residents.

Most recently, Steven has worked as the Executive Director for Tradeworks Training Society in the Downtown Eastside. From this experience he has come to understand and know the community of the Downtown Eastside and the complexities of the neighbourhood. In 2017 he became Director of Exchange: Inner-City, a multi-agency community partnership overseeing the implementation of the City’s Community Economic Development Strategy for the DTES. Steven holds a Master’s Degree from York University in Medical Anthropology.

Registration Details:

Members: Complimentary

*Although registration is complimentary, registration in advance is required. 

To register, complete a registration form (available here) and submit via fax or email, or call ULI Customer Service at 1.800.321.5011 or register online via the “register now” button below.

Space is limited, ensure to register early!

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