As our city continues to grow in both size and complexity, stakeholder involvement in the planning process has become increasingly important and diverse. We have gathered a representation of significant, active stakeholder voices to participate in a robust discussion on the current planning and community engagement process in our city. The aim of this panel is to create an opportunity for development and non-development communities to engage in an open, respectful conversation about what works, doesn't work, uncover the differences and alignments of varying perspectives.
Ray is an architect and urban planner, and former Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver. He has spent half of his professional life in municipal public service and half as president of his private planning consultancy. His municipal service began in England and continued, from 1966, in Toronto and Vancouver. Since 1989 he has provided consultant services to numerous Canadian municipalities and several cities internationally. He first became directly involved in Community Engagement in the late 1960s and that involvement has continued to this day.
- Adrian Crook, Founder of 5Kids1Condo and Co-Founder of Abundant Housing
Adrian Crook is many things; an entrepreneur, housing activist, and downtown dad. When he's not mobbed by his brood of five children in their downtown Vancouver apartment, he runs a successful videogame design consulting business. He's long been an advocate for public transit and housing issues. To further that cause he co-founded Abundant Housing in 2016 to advocate for more housing, especially in Vancouver's currently single-family dominated neighbourhoods.
Veronika is an engagement innovator, community builder and urban sustainability enthusiast. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityHive, a social enterprise on a mission to transform the way that youth are engaged in civic processes, planning and decision making in Vancouver. She is a life-long Vancouverite and is passionate about amplifying the engagement of youth to address complex city challenges. She serves as a Director at Co-Design Engage,was awarded as a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in Canada in 2015 and has delivered a TEDxYouth talk on Urban Sustainability.
- Scot Hein, Urban Designer & Architect (USA) - Moderator
Scot Hein is the University of British Columbia's Urban Designer, and an Adjunct Professor of Urban Design in UBC's Masters of Urban Design Programme launched in 2014. Prior to this work he was the Senior Urban Designer for the City of Vancouver, leading the city's high profile Urban Design Studio for 10 years and involved with implementing new plans in many of the City's most prominent neighbourhoods. He has been in private architectural practice in the US and Canada and lectures frequently throughout North America on emerging sustainable urbanism. Scot was honored with the 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Advocacy Award. He has lived in Vancouver for 35 years with his wife Julia, also an architect.