Communities of Tomorrow

Communities of Tomorrow

October 12, 2005 10:00 ET

Communities of Tomorrow: Conference Provides Tools for Creating Sustainable Cities

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2005) -

ATTENTION: Business, finance, science, health, culture, and public policy reporters and editors


"Building Our Communities," is a national conference about creating smart, cost-effective models for managing communities, now and for generations to come.

Speakers and panelists will include leading experts on placemaking, urban renewal, regionalization, affordable housing, cultural planning, community engagement, environmental design, infrastructure challenges and immigration.

This will be the first major conference in the nation to explore and address the specific needs of mid-sized cities and the burgeoning issues they face.

Organized by Communities of Tomorrow, a centre in research and development around new technology, this event is about generating solutions and tools.


7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25


Queensbury Centre and University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan


Keynote speakers and presenters include:

- Dr. David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster

- Glen Murray, President, The Glen Murray Group, and former Mayor of Winnipeg

- Evan Solomon, CBC broadcaster, journalist and author

- Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Places, New York

- Nancy Neamtan, President, Chantier de l'Economie Sociale, Montreal

Panel discussions will feature:

- Casey Vander Ploeg, Senior Policy Analyst, Canada West Foundation

- Joe Garcea, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan

- Dr. Roger Gibbins, President and CEO, Canada West Foundation

- Rob Horne, Director of Housing, Regional Municipality of Waterloo

- Dr. Tom Carter, Canada Research Chair in Urban Change and Adaptation, University of Winnipeg

- Prof. Paul Gingrich, Department of Sociology and Social Studies, University of Regina

- Marlene Mulder, Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration, University of Alberta

- Giovanna Pirro, Settlement and Immigration Officer, Immigration Branch, Goververnment of Saskatchewan

- Lorraine Johnson, Author of Grow Wild: Native Plant Gardening in Canada; Tending the Earth: A Gardening Manifesto; and, Green Future: How to Make a World of Difference

- Stewart Chisholm, Manager, Green Space Planning, Evergreen

- Michael Gordon, Senior Planner, City of Vancouver

- Sharon Chisholm, Executive Director, Canadian Housing and Renewal Association

- Len Usiskin, Community Economic Development Manager, Quint Community Development Corporation

- Mary-Ellen Tyler, University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design

- Will Garrett-Petts, Thompson Rivers University, Co-director for the Cultural Future of Small Cities

- Marius Lavoie, CANMET Energy Technology Centre, Varennes, Quebec

- Glen Ogilvy, Mayor of Aberdeen, Saskatchewan

- Terry White, Manager, Municipal Program Development, Office of Energy Conservation, Saskatchewan Research Council

- Dr. Greg Baeker, The Glen Murray Group

- Randy Pecarski, Community Vision Planner, City of Vancouver

- Nancy Schepers, Project Director, InfraGuide, National Research Council

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Contact Information

  • Communities of Tomorrow Partners for Sustainability
    Claude-Jean Harel
    (306) 569-1571