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Sustainable Neighbourhood Transformation


1:00 – 4:00 pm, Thursday, May 1, 2014

@The Flack Block (Hollyhock Room), 163 West Hastings St, Vancouver BC


Simon Fraser University, Vancity, Dunefield Consulting and Parallel 52° are honoured to invite you to our symposium on the importance of investing in the sustainability of existing communities. Our international speakers share Canadian and Dutch perspectives on the key to successful sustainable neighbourhood transformation.

Moderator: Professor Mark Roseland, SFU


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1:00 – 1:15 pm:



Johannes Vervloed, Consul General of the Netherlands in Vancouver, and     Bryn Sadownik, Vancity Community Foundation

1:15 – 1:30 pm:


Setting the Stage

Speaker introductions and opening words by Mark Roseland, Professor SFU

1:30 – 2:00 pm:


Keynote Address

John Dagevos of the Telos Centre for Sustainable Development (Tilburg University) on the Dutch experience with sustainability assessment and transformation

2:00 – 2:15 pm:

Response 1

Peter Whitelaw, ‘Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment’

2:15 – 2:30 pm:

Response 2

Ashley Hardill, ‘How Can Risk and Return Be Evaluated for

Community Impact Investments?’

2:30 – 3:00 pm:

Panel Respondents

Focus question: what is your community's / business' / project's interest in sustainable neighbourhood transformation and related metrics?

3:00 – 4:00 pm:


Facilitated discussion with speakers and panelists, then with the audience


Please join us for a reception following the seminar.



Limited seating available. Please confirm your attendance by April 28, 2014: [email protected].

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