CanU9 – Summit Program


September 13th – 16th – Winnipeg Manitoba

Evening Welcome Reception:  Wednesday 13 September

Location: Winnipeg City Hall – Second Floor Council Building

5:00 pm    Welcome from Mayor Brian Bowman and Reception.

7:00 pm     Industry Mixer – In Partnership with International Downtown Association and Winnipeg Design Festival. Food sponsored by RAW Almond.

Tickets: $35.00. Location: The Forks

Morning Session: Thursday 14 September

Location: The Forks Market

The Forks is a historic meeting place and downtown green space located at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River. For most of the last century the site was an urban rail yard, but today it is Winnipeg’s number one tourist destination with more than four million visitors annually. The market was originally two adjacent horse stables for competing rail companies that were joined together to create an indoor marketplace.

8:00 am    Breakfast

8:30 am    Welcome & “City-Making Math” Theme Introduction

  • Brent Toderian, Toderian UrbanWORKS, CanU President, Vancouver

8:45 am    Introduction to Winnipeg

  • Braden Smith, Chief Planner – City of Winnipeg

9:00 am    On the Banks of the Red and Assiniboine – Winnipeg City-Building

Presentation and dialogue about many Winnipeg city-building best practices and big challenges, as well as a specific presentation on the design and economic challenges of a new urban community to be constructed on publicly owned land at The Forks National Historic Site. Design Charette: Railside Promenade Ideas Competition.

  • Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic – 5468796 Architecture – Winnipeg
  • Tom Janzen – Scatliff +Miller + Murrary Landscape Architecture – Winnipeg

10:15 am    Break

10:30 am    The Math & Design of Urban and Suburban Growth

An in depth look at the economics of cities and how they grow in the 21st century. We will consider the costs of modern growth patterns, and the challenges of infrastructure and civic services financing.

  • Pierre St-Cyr (Moderator), President at Pierre St-Cyr urbaniste
  • Pamela Blais, Metropole Consultants
  • Lucie Careau, Chef de la division des Projets Urbains, Direction de L’urbanisme – City of Montreal
  • Jino Distasio, Director of the Institute of Urban Studies and Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation – University of Winnipeg.

11:30 am    Canadian Urbanism Coast to Coast – Pecha Kucha

A petcha kutcha style presentation of great urban design happening in cities across Canada.

  • David Gordon, Queen’s University – Moderator
  • Joyce Drohan, Director of Urban Design, Perkins + Will – Vancouver
  • Kalen Anderson, Director of Planning Co-ordination – City of Edmonton
  • Alex Taranu, Senior Advisor, Architectural Design – City of Brampton
  • Alain Miguelez, Program Manager, Community Planning – City of Ottawa
  • Pierre St.-Cyr, Urbaniste – Montréal
  • Jacob Ritchie, City of Halifax Urban Design Manager – City of Halifax

12:30 pm    Lunch – Forks Market

Afternoon Session: Thursday 14 September

Location: Red River College, Roblin Centre, 160 Princess Street

Red River College Princess Street Campus is an award-winning design that saw an abandoned city block of late 1880’s buildings and transformed them into a state-of-the-art learning centre. It was one of the first significant construction projects in the Exchange District.

1:30 pm    Urban Economic Revitalization Strategies in MidSized Cities 

A panel discussion about economic strategies for urban revitalization in Winnipeg and other Canadian mid-sized centres, building on CanU’s new “Mid-Sized City Caucus.”

  • John Fleming (Moderator), Chief Planner – City of London
  • Angela Mathieson, CEO CentreVenture Development Corp – Winnipeg
  • Jacob Ritchie, Urban Design Manager – City of Halifax

2:30 pm    Break

2:45 pm    Keynote Panel: The Value of Great Urban Design

 Mark Guslits (Moderator), Mark Guslits + Associates Inc, Institute Without Boundaries, Munk School of Global Affairs – Toronto

  • Richard Milgrom, Head, Department of City Planning – University of Manitoba (invited)
  • Joyce Drohan, Special Advisor, City Design Studio – City of Vancouver
  • Anne McIllroy, Principal, Brook McIlroy – Toronto

4:00 pm    Downtown Winnipeg Walking ToursTwo to choose from.

 Winnipeg Architecture Foundation – Winnipeg Architecture

Winnipeg Arts Council – Winnipeg Public Art

 5:30 pm    AGM

Number TEN Architectural Group Offices. 310 – 115 Bannatyne Avenue

Evening Session: Thursday 14 September

Location: Upper Fort Garry Park, Main Street

The historic site of Upper Fort Garry, known as the birthplace of Winnipeg, is now officially designated as a provincial park and is a recently opened interpretive plaza featuring the fort’s original gate.

 7:00 pm    Winnipeg Design Festival Opening

Third and Bird Market, Art Installations, Tyndall Stone Tour, Music, and Beer Gardens

Morning session: Friday 15 September

Location:    Millennium Library Park

Millennium Library Park is a redeveloped urban green space that fronts a Governor General Award Winnipeg library addition designed by Patkau Architects.

8:30 am    Breakfast

Picnic in the Park.

Location:    Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 256 Smith Street

The dramatic church was built in 1883 as a result of Winnipeg first architectural design competition. It is one of Canada’s finest examples of a 19th century Gothic Revival.

9:15 am    Infill Growth is Sacred and Smart!

A panel discussion about the economic and design opportunities of urban infill, including the challenges to development and densification of mature communities.

  • Kalen Anderson (Moderator), Director of City Planning – City of Edmonton
  • Barbara Myers, Planner, SvN Architects + Planners – Toronto
  • Jason Thorne, Chief Planner – City of Hamilton
  • Darin Dinsmore, CEO, InfillScore/Crowdbrite

10:30 am    Break – walk to new venue

Location:    Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre Lobby, 140 Rupert Ave.

The Warehouse Theatre is part of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Canada’s first English-speaking regional theatre. It is located in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District National Historic Site.

 11:00 am    Planning for Climate Change;

The Intersection of Urban Design, Sustainability, and Public Health

Dan Leeming, Partner, The Planning Partnership – Toronto

Climate Change is intricately interwoven and shares many common principles for remediation with urban design, sustainability, and public heath. One affects the other and solutions for one can instigate positive change for all. This presentation will examine current research in these areas, a global, national, provincial report card on action and an assessment of global cities in their ability to balance social, environmental, and economic needs.

12:00 pm                    Lunch – The Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre Lobby       

Afternoon Session: Friday 15 September

Location    The Tom Hendry Warehouse Theatre, 140 Rupert Ave.

1:30 pm    Big Ideas from Big Canadian Urbanists – Key Note Panel

 Brent Toderian (Moderator), Toderian UrbanWORKS, CanU President

  • Ken Greenberg, Principal Greenberg Consultants – former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto. http://greenbergconsultants.com/

2:45 pm    Break

3:00 pm    The Math on Smarter Mobility and Transportation

A panel discussion focussing on the economics of urban transportation and its role as a city-building tool.

 Alain Miguelez (Moderator), Program Manager – Community Planning, City of Ottawa

  • Anders Swanson, Director, Winnipeg Trails Association
  • Lon Laclaire, City of Vancouver Transportation Chief
  • Malcolm Logan, City of Calgary Transportation Chief

Evening Session: Friday 15 September

Location:    Winnipeg Art Gallery

Built in 1971, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is regarded as one of the finest late-modernist buildings in the country. The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic gallery and the 6th largest in the country, housing the largest collection of Inuit Art in the world. Construction has begun on a new addition, the Inuit Art Centre.

7:00 pm    10x20x20 Petcha Kutcha – Collaboration with Winnipeg Design Festival

At this Pecha Kucha event, ten speakers present 20 slides, giving 20 seconds to each slide, to bring the local design community together to share ideas, projects, and design in a fun and informative social setting. Prepare to be inspired!

Morning Session: Saturday 16 September

Location: Red River College, Roblin Centre, 160 Princess Street (to be confirmed)

 9:00 am    Breakfast

9:30 am    Facilitated Summit Brainstorm Session

 Moving the Canadian Urbanism Movement forward.

  • Brent Toderian, Toderian UrbanWORKS, CanU President – Moderator

10:30 am    Media & Urbanism Panel

Panel discussion focussing on the media’s role in the advocacy of Canadian urbanism and city-building.

  • Brent Toderian (Moderator), Toderian UrbanWORKS, CanU President
  • Matt Blackett, Publisher, Creative Director – Spacing Magazine – Toronto
  • Alex Bozikovic, Architectural Critic, Globe & Mail – Toronto
  • Bartley Kives, Reporter – CBC – Winnipeg

12:00 pm    Bus Tour (Limited availability – registration will be required)

We will board a bus to enjoy Winnipeg beyond the downtown. Visit the legendary North End, the vibrant community of the West End. See the city’s densest neighbourhood, trendy Osborne Village, and French speaking St. Boniface, its historic university and cathedral. Tour the city’s elm lined streets, the largest collection of elm trees in the world, all the way to Assiniboine Park.

Soak in our quirky little city. Light lunch provided.

Optional:    Celebrate Design with the Winnipeg Design Festival

The final day of the Winnipeg Design Festival will go late into the night, with exhibits, markets, and beer/wine gardens at Upper Fort Garry Park, Union Station, and the Forks Festival Stage. Come experience Winnipeg’s design culture.