ULI BC: Wherefore Urban Education


Friday, September 13th, 2019
11:30am - 1:30pm PDT


Asia Pacific Hall Will open in a new window Sfu Morris J Wosk Centre For Dialogue Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3 CANADA


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Cities have been described as “humanity’s greatest achievement.” It is beyond question that cities are responsible for the bulk of the world’s worries and are the fount of solutions to the world’s great challenges. Cities represent the lion’s share of wealth, population, power, infrastructure, research, technology, crime, greenhouse gas emissions, corruption and scandal alike. They are variously seen as a cancer and as a reason for optimism for the future, depending on one’s mood and outlook. What is clear, however, is that cities matter, greatly, to our collective future.
This recognition of the significance of cities and their management to the future of humanity is markedly different from our worldview of even fifty years ago. How can people in British Columbia come to terms with what it means to face a significantly urban future? In this lunchtime dialogue, we will tackle this question from the perspective of the growing group of people aiming to equip themselves with the skills and education to lead the charge in this new urban reckoning. What would our education system look like if we take the urban challenge seriously, with both its opportunities and its constraints?
ULI BC, along with SFU Urban Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue are pleased to offer a lunchtime dialogue with Honorable Rob Fleming, Minister of Education on the question of what urban education means today in BC.  Moderated by Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies Ken Cameron, we will hear from learners and teachers from highschool to graduate school and beyond, as well as from the Minister of Education, about what urban education adds up to – and where its potential contribution lies. All members of the public are invited to attend.
All members of the public are invited to join us for a lunchtime dialogue with the Minister of Education on the question of what urban education means today in BC, from high school through to graduate school and the professions, and what “understanding cities” can offer to leveraging the individual’s potential to create a better world.
We hope you will join us and SFU Urban Studies within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences along with the Centre for Dialogue for this event as part of SFU Vancouver’s 30th Anniversary.

Asia Pacific Hall Sfu Morris J Wosk Centre For Dialogue Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3 CANADA

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Rob Fleming

Minister of Education,

Prior to his election as an MLA, Rob served two terms as a Victoria city councillor. He chaired the city’s finance committee and represented Victoria at the Capital Regional District, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, the Capital Region Housing Corporation and Tourism Victoria. As a city councillor, Rob was a leading advocate for public transit and affordable housing. He was instrumental in the creation of the Capital Region’s Affordable Housing Trust and the region’s transportation plan. Rob has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Victoria. He worked in research and communications, and was a research and policy analyst for the Ministry of Advanced Education. He was involved in many community organizations and travelled to El Salvador to monitor elections there. Rob lives in Victoria with his wife Maura, daughter Rory and son Jack. He is a dedicated soccer fan and player, and is now helping coach his son’s team.


Ken Cameron

Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University

Ken Cameron has 26 years of experience in senior planning and management positions in local government in the Greater Vancouver area, most recently as manager of policy and planning with the Greater Vancouver Regional District. He played a key role in the adoption of the Livable Region Strategic Plan in 1996 with the formal support of the region's 21 municipalities, an accomplishment that was recognized in 2002 by the UN Habitat Program's Dubai awards for outstanding contributions to the human environment. Between 2004 and 2009, Ken served as chief executive officer of the Homeowner Protection Office, a provincially owned corporation that licensed residential builders, oversaw the operation of the privately provided home warranty insurance system and provided financial assistance to owners of homes subject to premature building envelope failure. Since 2009, Ken has served as a consultant on regional planning and governance for a number of public sector clients. He is an adjunct professor of Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University and of community and regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. Ken is past chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities. He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. With former Premier Mike Harcourt and local writer Sean Rossiter, Ken authored City-Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions that Saved Vancouver, which was published by Douglas & McIntyre in 2007.

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