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The Forum For Dialogue And Learning features an extraordinary panel of leading experts moderated by Jess Ketchum, President of Ketchum Communications Ltd. Jess has provided specialized strategic communications services to senior corporate and association executives and government officials for thirty years.
Our featured speakers are:
Gordon Harris – President + CEO, SFU Community Trust – an urban planner, development strategist and real estate market analyst. He leads the development of UniverCity, Simon Fraser University’s award-winning sustainable community on Burnaby Mountain. With a lifelong passion for sustainable practice, Gordon has provided land-use planning and development advice to clients from the Balkans to Central America and from the Middle East to China. He is currently consulting on a number of large-scale, master-planned community development projects in Canada and in Australia.
Mark Busse – Director of Creativity and Engagement, HCMA Architecture + Design – a communication strategist and designer with a strong desire to use design and creativity as a catalyst for positive change while serving communities. Mark helps lead HCMA interdisciplinary design team and heads up TILT Curiosity Labs initiative which explores creativity, design, and engagement in all its forms, including an artist in residency program. Prior to joining HCMA. Busse was managing partner of Industrial Brand, a design consultancy which he co-founded in 1997 that specialized in helping professional services firms realize brand and marketing potential through research-based strategy and communication design.
Noha Sedky – Planning Consultant, CitySpaces Consulting – In her 17 years as a planner, Noha has specialized in housing, land development, and social sustainability. At CitySpaces Consulting, she has worked extensively with municipalities and non-profits to help address questions of housing affordability and social inclusion. She’s worked on policy reviews, strategic planning, land development feasibility, community engagement and program evaluation. Noha is an Adjunct Professor at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning and has worked in Canada, Egypt and Pakistan. She is regularly called upon to speak about housing issues to local councils and planning audiences and she is actively involved with the Planning Institute of BC and the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Each of the panelists will present on the subject followed by facilitated audience participation through a Q&A discussion with the panelists.
Please join us to learn, share and participate! Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Forum will start at 7:00pm.
The WVCCS would like to acknowledge the generous support of our event sponsors, whose participation enables the WVCCS to continue to offer this program free of charge.