Can cities be both ecologically healthy and socially just? There are no easy answers, not even in Vancouver, one of the world’s greenest cities. Yet multiple solutions are emerging with new leadership and new partnerships. Ecocity 2019 is where these breakthroughs and advances will be shared.
Jointly hosted by the City of Vancouver and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, join Mayor Kennedy Stewart and a host of local, regional and global experts converging in Vancouver this October to build the bridge to socially just and ecologically sustainable cities. Day 1 - 2:
Cutting Edge Urban Research, Academic Presentations and Innovation Deep Dives
Day 3 - 5:
Main Messages, Visionaries and Global Thought Leaders, Top Practitioners and Solutionaries
and over 16 more! View all of our Featured and Plenary Speakers here.
Emeritus Professor, University of British Columbia, former director of the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at University of British Columbia, Canada.
William E. Rees
Prospects for Cities in the Age of Anthropocene
Dr. William Rees is a population ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning. His research focuses on the biophysical requirements for sustainability and the implications of global ecological trends. He has developed a special interest in modern cities as ‘dissipative structures’ and particularly vulnerable components of the total human ecosystem, and in the socio-cognitive barriers to sound environmental policy. Best known as the originator of ‘ecological footprint analysis’, Prof Rees has authored over 160 peer-reviewed papers and numerous popular articles on (un)sustainability. Rees’ academic work has been widely recognized: he was elected Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in 2006 and has since received a Trudeau Foundation Fellowship, an Honorary Doctorate from Laval, the international Boulding Prize and Herman Daly Awards in Ecological Economics, and a Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr Mathis Wackernagel).
Author, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, UK.
Kate Raworth is an economist dedicated to making economics fit for the 21st century. Her book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist is an international bestseller that has been translated into 15 languages, and it was long-listed for the 2017 Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award. She teaches at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and is an advisor to the Global Challenges programme of the Stockholm School of Economics and to the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity at the University of Surrey. Over the past two decades Kate has worked as Senior Researcher at Oxfam, as economist and co-author of the UN’s Human Development Report, and as a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute based in the villages of Zanzibar. She holds a BA and MSc from Oxford University and an honorary doctorate from Business School Lausanne.
Councillor City of Melbourne First Vice President, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Senior Enterprise Fellow in Informed Cities, Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne, Australia.
Dr Cathy Oke, First Vice President of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, was first elected to the Melbourne City Council in 2008, and has over 20 years’ experience in the sustainability sector. She is chair of Council’s Environment portfolio and deputy chair of the Finance and Governance and Aboriginal City portfolios.
Dr Oke is committed to supporting programs that enable a resilient, vibrant and creative community. She is passionate about engaging the community in strategies and plans for the city of the future, recognizing the need to build stronger relationships and partnerships with First Nations communities to better care for urban environments in line with traditional knowledge and practice.
Dr Oke has an interest in the intersection of arts and science disciplines as a response to the environmental and climate challenges facing cities, is a founding director of Tipping Point Australia and co-producer of The Living Pavilion. She was a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Ecocity World Summit hosted in Melbourne in 2017, and co-curated the city practice stream.
Dr Oke holds a PhD in molecular science from Latrobe University and currently works as Senior Enterprise Fellow in Informed Cities at the Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne.
Mayor, City of Vancouver, Canada.
Kennedy Stewart was elected the 40th Mayor of Vancouver on October 20, 2018, and is the City's first independent Mayor in three decades. Mayor Stewart is committed to building a sustainable, carbon-free economy while making sure housing costs are kept low and the quality of public services kept high. As a long-time renter in downtown Vancouver, where he lives with his wife Jeanette, Kennedy is focused on rapidly delivering housing for all income levels in every neighbourhood to keep our city welcoming and vibrant – a Vancouver that works for everyone.
Head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa.
Dr. Debra Roberts heads the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini District Municipality, Durban, South Africa. Previously, she founded and managed the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department in eThekwini (1994-2016). She co-chairs IPCC's Working Group II, Sixth Assessment, and she was lead author of Chapter 8 (Urban Affairs) and contributing author to Chapter 12 (Africa) of the IPCC's Working Group II Fifth Assessment. Debra is also an advisor to the Global Commission on Adaptation. Dr. Roberts is an Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the School of Life Sciences. She has written widely in the fields of urban space planning, environmental management and urban climate protection. She has received numerous awards for her work.
President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council
Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives. In 2018, he was appointed as CEO of Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI CA) to deliver advanced performance standards to the industry.
As a past Board member of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and as a Board member of Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), he supports the transition toward green building and cities at home and globally.
Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings, sustainable community development and market-based solutions for carbon emissions reduction. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on climate change and broader sustainability solutions and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.
He is currently participating in a number of initiatives and groups including the WorldGBC Global CEO Network, and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.
Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.
Kathy Kinloch is President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Canada's premier polytechnic institution which serves approximately 50,000 students annually, a position she has held since January 2014. Her focus is broadening and deepening BCIT’s partnerships with business, industry and community within B.C., across Canada and globally to meet the evolving needs of today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.
Kathy is recognized for leading organizational renewal in complex environments. Through a number of senior leadership and executive roles, she has spearheaded successful strategic change initiatives in the post-secondary as well as government and health care sectors.
Acknowledgements of Kathy’s accomplishments include Top 50 Power Lists, Vancouver Magazine; Most Influential Women in Business, BC Business magazine; Influential Women in Business Awards, Business in Vancouver magazine; Woman of Distinction, YWCA Metro Vancouver; Top 100 Hall of Fame and Top 100 Public Sector Leaders, Women’s Executive Network (WXN); and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University. Most recently, Kathy was selected as “Canada’s Most Admired CEO of 2018” in the Broader Public Sector category by Waterstone Human Capital.
Kathy holds a Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science (Nursing, with Distinction) from University of Alberta, a Master of Arts in Leadership (Chancellors Award) and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University.
Kathy’s board positions include the Business Council of BC; Surrey Hospital Foundation; the Public Policy Forum and TELUS Corporation. She is also a member of the Business Council of Canada’s Business ‘Higher Education Roundtable’, the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council of the Asia Pacific Foundation, and is currently chairing the provincial Emerging Economy Task Force.
Co-Founder and Co-Director, CityHive, Canada.
Tesicca Truong is a sustainability activist, a serial changemaker, and an engagement innovator. Her passions lie at the intersection of youth empowerment, citizen engagement and community building. She kick-started Vancouver Youth4Tap, a city-wide movement to promote tap over bottled water and co-founded the Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference, now in its seventh year. She has served on the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force, SFU Senate, and as board chair of Sustainable SFU. Currently, she leads the Starfish Canada as Board Chair and advises BC’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change as the youngest member of the Climate Advisory Council. For her work, Tesicca has been named on the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Top 30 under 30 and Corporate Knight’s Top 30 Sustainability Leaders under 30. She the Co-Founder & Co-Director of CityHive, a non-profit on a mission to transform the way that young people are engaged in the planning, design, and decision-making in their communities.
Building the Bridge to Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities
The Summit will help to build an infrastructure of ideas, strategies, and actions we can all use to promote cities that are socially inclusive and ecologically healthy. This year’s primary theme is “socially just and ecologically sustainable cities.” Important sub-themes include: climate action, circular economy, and informal solutions for sustainable development. These themes weave through the Summit tracks. The 2019 Summit brings focus to the International Ecocity Standards (IES) by using its four pillars as the Summit tracks:
From October 7–11, 2019, Ecocity World Summit will be held in Vancouver, Canada, recognized as one of the world's most livable and greenest cities. This is a great time to visit Vancouver because the City is wrapping up the first phase of its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. Vancouver is one of the few cities around the world that is achieving net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions despite a growing population. Vancouver is a diverse and multicultural city that represents International Ecocity Standards in action, achieving high-density, mixed use living with nature at the doorstep, and a commitment to manage its ecological footprint to achieve one-planet living.
BCIT Training the Next Generation of Ecocity Builders
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is a public, post-secondary, polytechnic institution with an educational approach that combines small classes, applied academics and hands-on experience. BCIT is proud to be working with the City of Vancouver and other strategic partners to convene the Ecocity World Summit in 2019. With six schools where students learn how to turn big challenges into new solutions, BCIT strives to embrace the complex world and explore opportunities within it. From green roofs and living walls to smart, micro grids, high performance buildings, zero emission transportation solutions, innovative health care and data analytics, BCIT is leading the way in training the next generation of ecocity builders.
BCIT BCIT School of Construction and the Environment
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The Ecocity World Summit addresses the way humanity builds its home — its cities, towns and villages. The aim is to unite people through a new way of living on the planet that provides the best possible cities while enhancing, not destroying, the biosphere.
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