An expert panel of activists and urban thinkers will set the context for the conference by outlining the global forces facing Vancouver and how they are impacting the lives of residents.
From international finance to climate change, from conflicts in other countries to migration, Vancouver’s future is shaped more and more by world events.
Our panel will explore how cities and their residents can and must come together to take collective action to meet these challenges head on.
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- Yuly Chan - Yuly Chan is a community organizer with the Chinatown Action Group, a collective of progressive and left Chinese activists working to build power among working class residents against gentrification in Vancouver's Chinatown. She's been involved in social justice activism for over a decade. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in sociology at Simon Fraser University.
- Grand Chief Stewart Phillip - Grand Chief Stewart Phillip has taken an active role in the defense of Aboriginal Title and Rights by readily offering support to Native communities in need. In 2014, he was arrested on Burnaby Mountain protesting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and continues to work in solidarity to defend B.C.’s land and coastline and demand urgent action to fight climate change. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
- Dimitri Roussopoulos - Dimitri Roussopoulos is a Montreal-based political activist, writer, editor, publisher, and community organizer. He helped establish the largest non-profit cooperative housing project in North America and was a founder of Ecology Montreal, the first municipal Green Party on the continent. He is a co-founder of the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology which is a pan-European resource agency that focuses on the democratization of democracy through the dual lens of ecology and the development of urbanization.
- Karen Ward - Karen Ward has lived in Woodward's since it opened, two days before the 2010 Olympics, and has volunteered with several local organizations since then. Ward's experience of mental illness, drug use, poverty, and activist politics in the DTES have informed an approach both artistic and collaborative to our converging crises. Karen is a former executive board member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users.
- Maria Dobrinskaya - Maria Dobrinskaya is committed to expanding the political arena and increasing the access and involvement we can all have with our governments. She brings over a dozen years of political experience to her work, having been involved in campaigns at all three levels of government, both in electoral and issue-based politics. Maria is the BC Director at the Broadbent Institute, an independent national organization that champions change through the promotion of democracy, equality and sustainability.
- Libby Davies - Libby Davies has been a social activist for 40 plus years and began as a community organizer in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in 1972. She was elected to Vancouver City Council from 1982 to 1993 and as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015. Libby has been an outspoken advocate for human rights, housing, peace and social justice throughout her political life. She's is currently writing about political activism and transformative change.