Jane’s Walks 2017

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Discover the city through 150 walking conversations

This year is the 9th edition of Montréal Jane’s Walk, programmed by the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre.

Spring is back, bringing with it warm weather, the greenery ... and Jane’s Walk! The Montréal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) invites you to rediscover the city with the unveiling of the 9th edition programming for this event organized by and for citizens. With more than 80 walks in 19 Montréal boroughs and districts, citizens will have plenty of opportunities to stretch their legs on May 5, 6 and 7! Find out where walks are happening HERE, or organize your own: https://www.150conversationsenmarche.com/en/organiser-une-promenade/creer-une-promenade/

Read the full press release here: http://citiesforpeople.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PJ2017_communiqu%C3%A9-presse_programmation_ENG.pdf

CIRM Lunch discussions at McGill University: March 21, 23, 24

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On March 21, 23, and 24, hear from innovators from academic, private, public and non-profit sectors, all of whom are seeking to ensure that 21st-century urban development balances economic, social and environmental concerns. These sessions will be bilingual (FR/EN), with no simultaneous translation.

March 21st, 10.00-11.30: Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning - Tufts University, Medford, USA

  • Respondent: Prof. Hoi Kong. Faculty of Law - McGill University
  • Location: 3438, rue McTavish, Room 100 (McGill University)

March 23rd, 12.00-13.30: Tessy Britton, Director – Participatory City – London, UK

  • Respondent: Prof. Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse. Faculty of Law - McGill University
  • Location: 3438, rue McTavish, Room 100 (McGill University)

March 24th, 12.00-13.30: Rony Jalkh, Visiting Fellow – Project for Public Spaces – Beirut

  • Respondent: Prof. Richard Shearmur, School of Urban Planning - McGill University
  • Location: McGill Faculty Club, 3450, rue McTavish (McGill University)

Discussions will be moderated by Gorka Espiau, J.W. McConnell Professor of Practice (McGill University).

RSVP required: xavier.phaneuf-jolicoeur@mail.mcgill.ca (CRIEM)

Cities Reducing Poverty: Bringing all voices to the table

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Poverty is a complex issue. It’s an issue that cannot be approached in isolation or solved by a select few – it effects everyone, is experienced by people in different ways, and involves a significant number of interrelated elements and stakeholders. We know this. We know that when working on complex problems, such as poverty, finding comprehensive solutions requires communities to come together to leverage and better understand their assets – knowledge, experience, skills and resources – to truly see and act on the issue from all angles.

Momentum around the importance of bringing everyone to the table to combat complex issues has been growing over the years, particularly with the introduction of collective impact in 2011 (See: Kania and Kramer, 2011). Over the last 15 years Vibrant Communities Canada (a division of the Tamarack Institute) has been building a network of cities committed to working collaboratively to reduce poverty. Cities Reducing Poverty is a collective impact movement of 57 member cities or regions who together aim to reduce poverty through local interventions at the individual and household levels and through policy and systems changes. These local, multi-sector initiatives are bolstered by provincial and territorial poverty reduction strategies and by the federal government’s recent mandate to develop a Canadian poverty reduction strategy. Together, we are in the midst of a country-wide movement to overcome poverty.

However, while we say bringing all voices to the table is key in moving the needle on issues like poverty, the practice of doing it is not so simple. Oftentimes it is the process of engaging the right people from across multiple sectors and viewpoints and harnessing that engagement to create lasting change that can be the most challenging. Overrepresentation of some sectors over others, too much emphasis on the ‘usual suspects’ and muted voices from individuals who might understand the issue the closest but lack the connections to participate, are all common challenges collaborative change-makers can attest to.

At a Cities Reducing Poverty summit last year in Edmonton, Ruth Kelly, President & CEO of Venture Publishing Inc., took to the stage in front of over 330 poverty reduction practitioners, people with lived experience and elected municipal officials and staff and stated that she was likely the only business person in the room.  She also warned the audience, “if you don’t engage them [the business sector] early on, they will be barriers to your success.” She spoke about the importance of educating all members of society about the benefits (social and otherwise) of poverty reduction and that everyone needs to be part of the solution. Before receiving a round of great applause, Kelly also shared her hope that, “next year’s conference would engage a broader group of people so that we’re not just talking about ourselves to ourselves, but that we are bringing in all of us to create solutions together.” See the full video here.

This year, Tamarack’s Cities Reducing Poverty: When Business is Engaged Summit will be hosted in Hamilton, ON from April 4-6 and the often-underrepresented voices will be given a new opportunity to join the conversation. Business leaders will join together with community organizers, mayors and municipal staff, federal and provincial/territorial governments, Indigenous leaders, as well as funders, policy makers, and persons with lived experience to talk about how together we can end poverty.

We know that the business sector has an immense and important role to play in our collective efforts to end poverty. However, let’s remember that this doesn’t mean that business leaders will have all of the answers. Only by meaningfully including representatives from all sectors can we begin to piece together the poverty reduction puzzle, and start to re-imagine, re-align and re-discover what we can do to make our communities more vibrant and prosperous for all.

To learn more about this year’s summit, Cities Reducing Poverty: When Business is Engaged visit the event website or reach out to Alison Homer at Alison@tamarackcommunity.ca

Winter Cities Shakeup 2017

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Information courtesy of Michelle Ménard, Winter Cities Shake-up 


Thrive, Prosper, Create and Have Fun! Please join us at the International Winter Cities Conference, February 16-18, 2017 in Edmonton, Canada.

The Winter Cities Shake-Up is three days of thinking outside the box about how we do winter.  Innovators, leaders, researchers, creators and makers from around the world will gather together to share and showcase new ideas and approaches for taking advantage of all winter has to offer.

Through interactive discussions and field trips giving you hands-on experiences, we’ll explore winter culture, winter design and planning, opportunities for businesses to take advantage of the season, and how this all ties into healthier citizens, more prosperous cities, and all of us having more fun during the world’s coolest season! Please click here for more information and to register.

Montreal’s Urban Sustainability Experience: May 27th

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Interested in the transformational power of cities? Join us for Montreal's Urban Sustainability Experience , a symposium hosted by McGill University, featuring Cities for People Curator and J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Program Director Jayne Engle delivering the keynote address.

Details about the MUSE course here.

MUSE 2016 symposium invitation

Photo from Open City Projects.


GSEF2016 Call for Proposals

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Local Governments and Social Economy Stakeholders:
Allies for the intelligent and sustainable development of cities

SEPTEMBER 7–9, 2016


What is GSEF? The Global Social Economy Forum, organized by the City of Montreal and the Chantier de l'économie sociale will bring together over 2,000 participants from every continent to discuss the theme of collaboration between local governments and the social and solidarity economy actors for the development of cities. Read more about the WHO and WHY of the GSEF2016.


  • Local governments– Have you co-developed an innovative initiative with actors of the social and solidarity economy that have had an impact on the development of your community?
  • Social and solidarity economy stakeholders– Have you co-developed an innovative initiative with public agencies of your community that have had an impact on the development of your city? 
  • Civil society stakeholders– Have you developed an innovative citizen initiative in collaboration with actors of the social and solidarity economy and/or public agencies in your community? Does it contribute to the social and solidarity economy? 
  • Private sector representatives– Has your enterprise developed an innovative initiative in collaboration with actors of the social and solidarity economy, for the development of cities? Does it contribute to the social and solidarity economy?

If so, present it at GSEF2016 and share your experience with the over 2000 participants expected to attend.

Those interested in submitting a proposal for GSEF2016 must complete the form and include a description of the proposed initiative (maximum 1,000 words).

For details, see the Call For Proposals guide.

Webinar! Voices of New Economies: Opportunity for All

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Mon, 9 Nov 2015


2:30pm Newfoundland, 2pm Atlantic, 1pm Eastern, 12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10am Pacific


Free! Register now.


Across Canada and around the world, people are rising up to shape new economies.  Recognizing that the ecological, social and even financial costs of our current economic system are unsustainable, innovative leaders are finding different paths forward.

As part of the third annual New Economy Week, this session will challenge us to explore how we can scale promising social innovations towards larger systemic change.

The contributors will share big ideas and concrete examples of real solutions to further explore perspectives that they and others shared in Voices of New Economies, a report produced as part of Cities for People by One Earth and the Canadian CED Network.

The session offers inspiration for new possibilities that can bring us closer to a just, sustainable, and democratic society.


Hosted by Dagmar Timmer, Managing Director and Co-Founder of One Earth, the session will begin with an introduction by Michael Toye, executive Director of the Canadian CED Network and Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director and Co-Founder of One Earth. It features insights from the following Voices contributors:

Marianne JurzyniecGovernance Liaison Manager, Affinity Credit Union

"We know youth are our future therefore investments to educate, mentor, and most importantly to ensure they are contributing to the decisions of today are invaluable.”

Sean GeobeySenior Associate, MaRS Solutions Lab

"Wealth comes from our capacity to invest materially, socially, and intellectually in the creation of institutions and infrastructure that support collective efforts to try and make the world a better place.”

Lis Suarez Visbal-Ensink, Executive Director, FEM International and Co-Director, ETHIK BGC

"The capacity to choose what is best for you and yours and embrace it, not to take what you can because it is your only option, or the only thing you can afford.”

Pallavi Roy, Youth Environmental Co-ordinator, CultureLink Settlement Services

"The energy sector, which has traditionally been highly controlled, has immense potential to be revolutionized through new economic practices.”

Victoria WeeComputer Science student, Stanford University

"Young people are the ingredient x to really carving out the future that we want.”

Nabeel AhmedNetwork Co-ordinator, Social Enterprise Toronto

"At the core, new economies have to be focused around people and protecting public interests, not falling prey to short- term, profit-driven private interests."

Alexa Pitoulis, Managing Director, OpenMedia

"How we interact with media has changed dramatically in the last 20 years.  Local ownership and control over Internet infrastructure is a key component to thriving new economies of the future."


You will need speakers or a headset on your computer to participate.  To ensure your system will be compatible with our webinar platform, try this connection test or look at the Adobe Connect quick start guide prior to the session.

NOTE: There will also be a French webinar on November 11 Voix de nouvelles économies : occasion pour tous. Visit the event page to register.

Colloque à Montréal: Les arts et l’espace public (4 déc)

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Créateurs, designers, producteurs, promoteurs d’événements culturels et gestionnaires d’espaces publics, venez discuter des particularités de l’espace public comme lieu de diffusion et des possibilités et défis à relever pour y réaliser des projets de création. Le colloque présentera également des exemples inspirants d’aménagements permettant l’appropriation citoyenne d’espaces publics de différentes envergures, ici et ailleurs.

Jeudi 3 décembre 2015, de 9h à 17h (suivi d’un cocktail)
au New Residence Hall de l’Université McGill,
3625 avenue du Parc, Grande salle, niveau C.

ANIMATION : Marc-André Carignan, chroniqueur Design urbain / architecture


Accueil et inscription

Mots de bienvenue

Conférence d’ouverture
Tendances dans le domaine de l’occupation et de l’appropriation des espaces publics

Conférencier invité
Fred Kent, fondateur et président, Project for Public Spaces, New York (en anglais)

Étude de cas
De la place Émilie-Gamelin aux Jardins Gamelin: les défis d’une réappropriation citoyenne

Études de cas
Espaces publics et participation citoyenne : portraits de projets inspirants

Table ronde
Occuper l’espace public l’hiver

Dîner (fourni sur place)

Table ronde
Créer pour l’espace public

Le modèle de Governors Island à New York

Conférencière invitée
Leslie Koch, présidente, The Trust for Governors Island, New York (en anglais)

Atelier de créativité – Mise en situation
Les défis et les opportunités de la création dans l’espace public.


Mot de la fin




Le colloque « Faire la place » est présenté par Culture Montréal et le Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, en collaboration avec l’Université McGill et l’UQAM.

RENSEIGNEMENTS : Sophie Lafrance • 514 879-0009 #232


Campus and the City

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Calling all Campus City Builders!


SFU Public Square, in partnership with RECODE, an initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is hosting a day-long, national conversation on the role of colleges and universities in city-building.

Designed by students from across Canada, this participatory, moving conference will bring together students, faculty and staff, city building leaders and community partners to reimagine how colleges and universities can be a driving force in creating vibrant, livable, and sustainable cities.

With visits to SFU campuses in three Metro Vancouver cities and case studies from campuses across the country, participants will have the opportunity to discuss national perspectives against the backdrop of living examples of community collaboration and city building.

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff at a university, a community partner or a leader involved in citybuilding, you have a role to play in shaping this national conversation.

Join us for an interactive, experiential and solutions-focused conference and help us co-create the future of our cities!

9:00am – 7:00pm
Oct. 31, 2015

How to Apply
Registration is free, and includes conference meals and transport during the day. Clickhere to register.

For More Information, click here

If you have any questions, please contact Tesicca Truong, Program & Engagement Coordinator at SFU Public Square by phone at 778-782-3510, or by email attesicca_publicsq@sfu.ca.

Webinar: The Role of Cities in Sustainable Consumption (20 Oct; also recorded)

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West Coast Climate Forum’s next webinar:

The Role of Cities in Sustainable Consumption: Making the Case for Local Action

Tuesday, October 20, 9:30-11:00 am, PT 

 Register here:  http://bit.ly/Oct20webinarSustainable Consumption Report_Cara Pike

In this webinar, we return to the role of cities in advancing sustainable consumption and explore how municipal leaders can effectively frame the issue for successful local action.  How do we engage in positive, meaningful conversations within our communities about changing our consumption patterns in a way that resonates with our shared values?

In this webinar, Babe O’Sullivan, Sustainability Liaison with the City of Eugene, will provide a review of the Eugene Memo which lays out the rationale and opportunities for cities to take action, and Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director of One Earth and Cara Pike with Social Capital Strategies will discuss the report, Sustainable Production and Consumption Framing: A Research Summary.

This webinar is free and open to the public.

If you are unable to attend this webinar, you can find the webinar recording here by October 27th.