Public Hearings are frustrating for everyone; home builders, members of the public, elected officials and staff. Some voices are too loud. Many voices are not heard. The process wasn't designed for dual working parents or with the digital world in mind. How did we get here? More importantly, where do we go from here?
Join us for a conversation about how the Public Hearing process can evolve and improve.
DARRELL MUSSATTO - Former Mayor, City of North Vancouver (2005-2018)
Born and raised in North Vancouver Darrell Mussatto was the Mayor of the City of North Vancouver from 2005 to 2018 and was Chair of the Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee and Board Director. Prior to serving as Mayor he served as Councillor at the City for 12 years.
Mr. Mussatto has a long career in public service. He spent his first few years after university teaching in the public-school system prior to changing careers and working as a paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service. After retiring he dedicated his time to municipal government with an emphasis on becoming a more environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive community. His achievements include the reduction of both community and corporate GHG emissions and the addition of a more diverse and socially inclusive housing. At the regional level he participated in the Translink Mayors' plan, a 10-year 7.5 billion plan for transit and transportation and was a Director on the E-COMM 911 Board. As Chair of the Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee he was responsible for all the water and wastewater treatment and delivery and responsible for advising on many large-scale infrastructure projects.
He continues to make his home in North Vancouver.
JON STOVELL - President and CEO, Reliance Properties
Jon has been in the real estate investment and development industry for over 25 years. He works in all areas including acquisitions, finance, civic approvals, construction and marketing. For the past 20 years, he has served as General Manager and now President for Reliance Properties, a privately owned Vancouver company that has been active in the development, ownership and management of commercial and residential real estate for over 50 years.
At Reliance, Jon has developed a broad base of expertise in portfolio management with an emphasis on urban renewal through restoration and renovation of heritage buildings, together with new strata and rental residential and specialty office and retail projects. The firm has earned several awards for its contribution to the retention of heritage buildings, high rise excellence and affordable housing in the Gastown and Downtown Eastside Areas.
Recent or current projects include the 564 Beatty office and the one-million-square-foot 54-storey Burrard Place with Jim Pattison Developments. In 2013, Reliance was awarded the most innovative company in BC award by BC Business Magazine for its Burns Block Micro-Lofts. In 2014, Jon was named one of Vancouver Magazine's "Power 50" people. Jon also serves as the Chair for UDI.
SHAUNA SYLVESTER - Professor of Professional Practice and Executive Director, Simon Fraser University's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Shauna Sylvester is a Professor of Professional Practice and the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. She is an award-winning social entrepreneur, facilitator, and commentator and Co-founder and first Executive Director of five initiatives - the SFU Public Square, Renewable Cities, Carbon Talks, Canada's World and IMPACS - the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society. Shauna has also served on the boards of Vancity, Vancity Capital, Mountain Equipment Cooperative, the BC Assessment Authority and is currently the Chair of the Tamarack Institute and serves as a Senior Fellow of the Future Cities Canada Network.
Shauna is committed to excellence in public engagement and hosting difficult conversations. For over 30 years, she has served as a facilitator and host to hundreds of community and stake-holder dialogues related to housing, land-use planning, democracy, transportation and climate change. She has a passion for cities and has served as the lead facilitator for the Mayor's Task Force on Affordable Housing in Burnaby and Vancouver and the convener of Moving in a Livable Region - a consortium of transportation and land use planning leaders in Metro Vancouver.