ULI BC is pleased to invite you to an interactive virtual discussion with Mayor Kennedy Stewart on Wednesday March 24th.
Mayor Stewart was elected the 40th Mayor of Vancouver on October 20, 2018, and is the City’s first independent Mayor in three decades. Mayor Stewart was also elected to a council in which there was no majority party, leading to a need for a new era of collaboration between four distinct parties and an independent Mayor. We are delighted to have Mayor Stewart back for another conversation with us!
Currently, the City of Vancouver and Mayor Stewart are setting their priorities on 3 initiatives. Housing: offering affordable housing for individuals to stay, live and build a future; Skytrain from Arbutus to UBC: working with partners on preliminary design with a goal to secure funding for final approval; and Drugs and the City’s overdose crisis: looking at next steps to prevent drug poisonings and overdose deaths, including advocating and supporting a safe supply of drugs. Along with these priorities, the City also is living through the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to hearing from Mayor Stewart to learn what the City has planned for economic recovery post the pandemic.
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Kennedy Stewart was elected the 40th Mayor of Vancouver on October 20, 2018, and is the City's first independent Mayor in three decades. Born in Nova Scotia, Stewart moved to Vancouver in 1989 with only $100 in his pocket and worked odd jobs like delivering beer, running a printing press, and playing in rock bands before joining the City of Vancouver's planning department where he fell in love with how cities worked. This newfound passion led Stewart to study urban politics and policy as part of his Masters degree at Simon Fraser University before moving on to complete a Ph.D. on world cities at the London School of Economics in the UK. Stewart moved back to Vancouver in 2002 to take a position at SFU's School of Public Policy where, as a tenured professor, he wrote, taught, and provided advice to governments and the United Nations about cities and housing. During this time he also met, fell in love, and married his wife Dr. Jeanette Ashe, Chair of the Douglas College Department of Political Science. After seeing the crisis of affordable housing and homelessness build, Stewart decided to take a break from his work at SFU and run for office under the leadership of Jack Layton. Elected as a Member of Parliament in 2011, he served in Ottawa for seven years working to fight climate change and increase federal investment in affordable housing. Today, as Mayor, Stewart remains committed to building a sustainable, carbon-free economy while making sure we keep housing costs low and the quality of public services high. As a long-time renter in downtown Vancouver, where he lives with his wife Jeanette, Kennedy is focused on delivering affordable rental housing and first-time home-buying opportunities that keep our city welcoming and vibrant - a Vancouver that works for everyone.