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Livable Cities Forum

November 30 - December 2, 2020

The 2020 Livable Cities Forum offered platform and venue through which to come together to discuss and workshop how to advance our work on climate change, while building resilience into our communities. 

Session Recordings and Presentations can be accessed here

About the Forum

COVID-19 has upended life across Canada, and around the world. More than ever, the well-being of Canada’s communities – both urban and rural – will be completely dependent on their resilience: their capacity to anticipate, adapt and respond to challenges posed by sudden shocks and chronic stresses.

Challenges and Opportunities

COVID-19 has exacerbated the pre-existing and often enormous challenges faced by Canada’s cities and towns. In addition to the challenges of COVID-19, Canadian communities are preparing for a changing climate, identifying and addressing chronic inequality, and managing aging infrastructure. All of this in an environment where the cost of addressing such resilience challenges far exceeds the resources available through public sector budgets.

The 2020 Livable Cities Forum offered a platform and venue through which to come together to discuss and workshop how to advance our work on climate change, while building resilience into our communities. Bringing together municipal practitioners, elected officials, resilience thinkers, and community experts, the Forum offered both keynote presentations and breakout sessions where, using a digital delivery format, participants were able to work through challenges and ideate solutions to these wicked problems.


Speakers at the 2020 virtual Forum :

  • Leya Barry, City of Mississauga (ON)
  • Dustin Carey, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Delphine Chalumeau, Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal
  • Ryan Cheung, City of Toronto (ON)
  • Anthony Daniel, Ville de Montréal (QC)
  • Angela Danyluk, City of Vancouver (BC)
  • Andrew Duffield, Ville de Beaconsfield (QC)
  • Joanna Eyquem, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
  • Lisa-Marie Gagnon, Ville de Percé (QC)
  • Elaine Gauthier, Ville de Montréal (QC)
  • Isabel Gordon, Director, District of West Vancouver (BC)
  • Deborah Harford, ACT – Simon Fraser University
  • Ewa Jackson, ICLEI Canada
  • Emanuel Machado, Town of Gibsons (BC)
  • Megan Meaney, ICLEI Canada
  • Josée Michaud, Quebec Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
  • Shannon Miedema, Halifax Regional Municipality (NS)
  • Chad Nelson, Infrastructure Canada
  • Duane Nicol, City of Selkirk (MB)
  • Amanda O’Rourke, 8-80 Cities
  • Chris Osborne, City of Campbell River (BC)
  • Jody Rechenmacher, Urban Systems
  • Andrea Reimer, University of British Columbia
  • Karina Richters, City of Windsor (ON)
  • Mary Rowe, Canadian Urban Institute
  • Pierre Valois, Université Laval
  • Heather Wheeliker, City of Edmonton (AB)

Meet the Partners

ICLEI CANADA ICLEI is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Seeking to drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, and resilient communities, our Members and experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.

GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC The Canadian Relations Support Program from the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes (SQRC) aims to: Promote citizen dialogue between Québec and the other provinces and territories; Support exchanges and transfers of expertise between Québec and the other provinces and territories; and Support the implementation of joint projects between organizations in Québec and in the other provinces and territories.

If you have questions about the 2020 Livable Cities Forum, please contact Ewa Jackson at

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