Quartier de l'innovation
Date : June 18, 2020
Time : 9 AM EDT

Resilient Cities :

Challenges and Lessons Learned
*Presentation in English, animation in French.*

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The current world is undergoing a profound and rapid transformation. Crisis, whether pandemic, economic, financial or linked to climate disasters, force cities to adapt and increase their prevention capacity. How the cities can learn to be prepared more quickly? What lessons can they learn from these different disturbances?

During this panel of experts, Mrs Mary Rowe, CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute and Mrs Ursula Eicker, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities of Concordia University will review different solutions to deal with disruptive elements and explain how cities can organize their actions to limit their vulnerability.

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  • Host

    Julie Bourgoin

    University Program Manager – Quartier de l’innovation de Montréal

Julie Bourgoin is the University Program Manager at the Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal. In this role, she oversees projects that highlight the research of QI's university members and is their resource person at the QI. She is also a Saint-Lambert city councillor, where she chairs both the Traffic Management and the Roundtable for Family Policy committees. She is also the city's representative to the Carrefour action municipale et famille.

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    Mary Rowe

    CEO – Canadian Urban Institute

Mary is President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute (www.canurb.org). An impassioned civic leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors in Canada and the US for over 30 years, Mary has been a steady advocate and champion for place-based approaches to building livable and resilient cities, and community-driven local economies. She has led campaigns, organizations, initiatives, and companies spanning a few months to several years.

Mary was deeply engaged in the self-organizing initiatives that emerged in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, providing support to two dozen initiatives that focused on various forms of resilience. She also supported, in her role at MAS NYC, community engagement efforts during the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and Rebuild By Design.

Subsequently, Mary has led local, national and international urban initiatives from Toronto and New York City, including the initial development of Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to strengthen elements of the urban fabric that create social cohesion and community resilience, including libraries, community centres, parks and other ‘third places’

Following her return to live in Toronto, in addition to her role leading CUI, Mary is a Senior Fellow with Evergreen (evergreen.ca) and Future Cities Canada (futurecitiescanada.ca), Lead Faciltator for the National Urban Project (theurbanproject.ca) and serves on the Boards of the New Cities Foundation (newcities.org) and The Bentway (thebentway.ca). Mary is also Senior Fellow with Shorefast (shorefast.org) a charity and social enterprise focused on building place-based economic development strategies that strengthen local communities and foster their resilience.

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    Ursula Eicker

    Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities - Concordia University

Prof. Ursula Eicker is the new Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) for Next Generation Cities at Concordia University Montréal. A German physicist, Eicker has held leadership positions at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences and its Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies. She coordinated many international research projects in the fields of energy efficiency in buildings and sustainable energy supply systems for more than two decades.

Since June 2019, she leads an ambitious research program to establish transformation strategies toward zero-carbon cities. The 7 year research program receives 10 million CAD government funding and is supported by a further 10 million Dollars by Concordia University, who invests in the city cluster research with five professor positions in buildings and electrical engineering, biodiversity, philosophy and design. The Concordia Next Generation Cities Cluster addresses the challenges of the urban transformation with a transdisciplinary approach and develops tools and strategies for a sustainable future.

Prof. Eicker has published 7 Books, 23 book contributions, 77 Peer Reviewed Papers and 317 Conference Papers.

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