CanU9 City Making Math: The Art & Science of Urban Design – Summit Program & Maps (PDF)

PLC Units are available

The Registration Desk has been moved to The Forks Market, Tower Entrance

Registration will be open from 8 am – noon on Thursday. If you are unable to register at these times please e-mail

Bring your walking shoes!

The summit is being hosted at venues throughout downtown Winnipeg to highlight the cities great venues so we will be walking/bussing between some sessions.

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 MixerIn 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, Tower Entrance

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 ProjetsUrbains, Direction de L’urbanisme – City of Montreal
  • JinoDistasio, 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
  • Jacob Ritchie, City of Halifax Urban Design Program Manager – City of Halifax
  • Alain Miguelez, Program Manager, Community Planning – City of Ottawa
  • Eric Turcotte, Partner, Urban Strategies – Toronto, ON
  • Alex Taranu, Senior Advisor, Architectural Design – City of Brampton
  • Daniel Leeming, Principal, The Planning Partnership – Toronto, ON
  • Kalen Anderson, Director of Planning Co-ordination – City of Edmonton
  • Joyce Drohan, Special Advisor, City Design Studio – City of Vancouver

12:30 pm   Lunch- Forks Market

Afternoon Session: Thursday 14 September

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

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 Program Manager – City of Halifax
  • Jo Flatt, Senior Manager, Policy & Partnerships, Evergreen – Toronto

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 McIlroy, Principal, Brook McIlroy – Toronto

4:00 pm    Downtown Winnipeg Walking Tours: Leave from Red River College 

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 and Broadway Avenue 

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, Donald Street 

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 – Donald Entrance 

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

Location: Air Canada Window Park, Carlton and Portage

10:15 am    Break – walk to new venue with a stop at a University of Manitoba Department of City Planning student charrette (Portage at Carlton).

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.

 11:45 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.

12:45 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
  • Larry Beasley, Founding Principal of Beasley and Associates – former Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver.
  • Ken Greenberg, Principal Greenberg Consultants – former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto.

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, 300 Memorial Boulevard 

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    10 x 20 x 20 – Collaboration with Winnipeg Design Festival

(Doors open at 7 pm, presentations are from 8 – 9:30 pm with a DJ starting at 10:30)

At this Pecha Kucha style 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 – Lecture Theatre 

9:00 am    Breakfast

9:30 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

10:30 am Facilitated Summit Brainstorm Session

Moving the Canadian Urbanism Movement forward.

  • Brent Toderian, Toderian UrbanWORKS, CanU President – Moderator

12:00 – 2:00 pm Bus Tour (Limited availability – registration will be required)

We will board a bus to enjoy Winnipeg beyond the downtown. Visit the storied North End, and the vibrant community of the West End. See trendy Osborne Village, named Canada’s greatest neighbourhood by the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2012. Visit French speaking St. Boniface, with its dramatic cathedral and college, Western Canada’s oldest post-secondary institution and its only French language university. 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!

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.

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