City Debate #12: ELECT REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

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Is the current Metro Vancouver regional governance model adequate or would an empowered regional government be more effective?

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Metro Vancouver, a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation relies on consensus decision-making by nominated councillors to direct its planning and activities. Given the urgent issues of our times—climate change, Land Rights, housing, transportation/transit—require decisive regional action, is the current structure adequate? Or would an empowered regional government, directly elected by the region, be more effective and accountable?

MODERATOR: Larry Beasley

Larry Beasley is a senior Canadian city planner, urban designer, teacher, and author. He has completed game-changing assignments in Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Dallas, Scandinavia, and across Canada. He has been a Chief Planner for Vancouver and now sits on key public-sector Boards. He teaches at UBC. His books include “Vancouverism”, and, “Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs”. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.


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PRO: Christina DeMarco

Christina DeMarco was the lead planner for the current regional growth strategy, Metro Vancouver 2040. She has worked on regional plans under a variety of regional governance arrangements, in Sydney, Canberra, and Perth in Australia and in Helsinki, Finland. She teaches regional planning in the SFU City Program.


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PRO: Michael Heeney

Currently contributing to various organizations and projects through C+O Advisory, Michael is the past President and CEO of the Surrey City Development Corporation. Prior to that, he was the Managing Principal of Bing Thom Architects for over 28 years where he oversaw the company’s growth into a leading international practice.


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CON: Greg Moore

Greg is President and CEO of Icona Properties, and along with his wife is one of owner of Patina Brewing Company. Mr. Moore was previously the Mayor of the City of Port Coquitlam and was the Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors, prior to politics was a City Planner.


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CON: Carol Mason

Following an accomplished career working for regional districts, previously as Metro Vancouver’s Commissioner/Chief Administrative Officer and before that, as Regional District of Nanaimo CAO, Carol now works as a local government consultant sharing her expertise in regional governance, strategic planning, indigenous relations, financial management, regional growth, and board/staff relations.


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Organizer of City Debate #12: ELECT REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Urbanarium was founded by a group of urbanites in Metro Vancouver, including architects, planners and other leading residents who are passionate about city making.

Urbanarium believes in informing, educating and engaging the people in our region to help guide decision making to protect our future well being.

Urbanarium is starting to reach out to the community in different ways to provide stimulating and easy to understand information about how our urban system works, what forces are acting on it, what alternative futures might happen and what we can do to affect those outcomes.

Our intention is to become respected as a platform for advanced urban conversation in Metro Vancouver and a place where people can get reliable information without political or ideological bias.

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