7PM, October 2nd
(immediately after the Annual General Meeting)
North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road
A sense of community, of connectedness and belonging is often considered a key factor in happiness. What could we change about our neighborhood of single-family homes to make it more conducive to creating meaningful personal connections beyond the ends of our driveways and cul-de-sacs? Drawing on our panel’s research and experience in planning and design, we will explore how the built environment can affect and hopefully enhance this aspect of our lives.
Convenor: Peter V HallPeter V Hall is Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches economic development, transportation geography and research methods. He received his doctorate in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and he previously worked in local government. His research examines the connections between cities, transport and logistics, as well as local economic, employment and community development.
Lisa Ogilvie is a recent Urban Studies graduate from Simon Fraser University (SFU) where her research interests included the relationship between sport, events and social connectedness as well as Healthy Cities. Lisa works at SFU where she is currently developing and implementing a strategy for a year-long campus community consultation around mental health and wellbeing. Lisa is also a North Vancouver resident and the mother of two young children.
Duncan Low worked for many years in the professional arts sector, including ten years as Executive Director of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. He is currently in the PhD program at SFU’s School of Communication examining the impact of cultural tourism on Canada’s artistic landscape. Duncan is an Open Learning faculty member at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops. He also taught at Capilano University’s Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate Program. He has recently completed a book chapter on ‘BC’s arts, cultural and creative sector’ for the forthcoming book (UBC press) examining Gordon Campbell’s decade in power.
Stephan Nieweler is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. His research is focused on the community planning and development impacts of megaproject developments in northwest British Columbia. Prior to undertaking his doctoral research, Stephan practiced as an urban planner for 9 years in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, London (UK) and Mumbai, following the completion of his Master of Science in Planning (U. Toronto) and B.A (Hons). in Urban Geography (SFU). Stephan grew up in the Delbrook neighbourhood of North Vancouver and remains an avid hiker and mountain biker in the area.