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Impact Lab 2018

Impact Lab 2018

oikos Edmonton

Thursday, 18 January 2018 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MST)

Impact Lab 2018

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Workshop Topic: Rapid Urbanization

Keynote: Simon O’Byrne, Vice President, Community Development (Stantec Canada)

oikos Edmonton & MacEwan University's Social Innovation Institute are collaborating to bring you Simon O'Byrne for the first Impact Lab workshop on January 18, 2018 at MacEwan's Allard Hall.

Simon (@Simon_OByrne) is an award-winning urban designer and planner, who is Vice President of Community Development for Stantec in Canada. As a planning expert he is frequently quoted in North America media and is a sought after public speaker. Simon has led multi-disciplinary design teams in the planning and successful delivery of large, complex, and politically charged projects. His experience ranges from intensive urban revitalization redevelopments, to the Downtown Arena and Entertainment District, to redevelopment of the Alberta Legislature Grounds, to the Saskatoon City Centre Plan, Lower Athabasca Regional Plan, Alberta and Manitoba Capital Region Land Use Plans and the Hunts Point Plan, Bronx, New York. Simon has also been the principal planner on the creation of many master planned communities, brownfield and transit-oriented developments.

Simon was the 2015 Allard Chair in Business for MacEwan University. He has been named as one of Edmonton’s Power 30 by the Edmonton JournalAlberta Venture magazine named Simon as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Alberta. In 2009, Avenue magazine named Simon as one of the Top 40 Under 40.

Why is this important?

The world is rapidly urbanizing and doing so both unevenly and unsustainably. Farmers and villagers are moving to cities in search of better opportunities and hope. Throughout North America and Europe, major cities are struggling to balance development pressures, inequity, infrastructure strains, massive immigration and local politics, all whilst trying to reduce their ecological footprint. This session will look at the trends happening around the world in terms of urbanization and what governments, businesses and non-government organizations are doing to meet these challenges.

What you'll learn

Learn about how cities have begun to transform themselves to better adapt to rapid urban growth caused by migration, climate change, and economic conditions. This session will teach you some tools that urban designers use to approach these complex issues.

What you'll do

Work with a diverse group of students, professionals, and urban designers to tackle some challenges real cities face today. Your group will brainstorm long range, citizen centric solutions for these cities using the same process that urban designers use!


Workshop Format

Following a presentation on these trends and related best practices (e.g. employing radical incrementalism), the participants will break into teams where they will be challenged to work together to come up with pragmatic and attainable solutions to different urbanization scenarios.


Doors open at 4:30pm

5:00-5:45: Informative-style discussion & presentation led by Simon O'Byrne

5:45-7:45: Work on developing a long-range solution for the mini-case

8:00-8:45: Presentations & Refreshments

8:45-9:00: Comments & critiques



1 sandwich

2 cookies

Pasta salad

Veggie cup with dip

Can of juice


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When & Where

Room 11-204 of Allard Hall @ MacEwan University
11104 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, T5K1M9

Thursday, 18 January 2018 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MST)

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oikos Edmonton

We are the local chapter of an international non-governmental student-driven organization called oikos. oikos is a non-political, non-religious organization that provides a platform for encouraging discussions on sustainability within the spheres of management and economics.

We believe that the first step to ecological, economic, and social sustainability begins with changing the ways that we think and learn. When it comes to sustainability issues, we want students to be able to start conversations, contribute to discussions, and be a part of the solution.

Our vision is to have an impact on the community at large by embedding socially responsible, and ecologically conscious perspectives in education, research, and life. 

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