CULC/CBUC Chair, Åsa Kachan, speaking at CUI 1000 and Beyond Summit

COVID 1000 and Beyond: Building Better Cities for a Robust Recovery

Wednesday, December 7
11:00 am – 3:00 pm ET / 8:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
Online summit, via Zoom – Registration:

Åsa Kachan, Chair of CULC/CBUC, and Chief Librarian and CEO of Halifax Public Libraries, will be participating on a panel at 1:00 pm ET.

Event description

To mark 1,000 days since the World Health Organization declared COVID a global pandemic, the Canadian Urban Institute is convening a day of urgent conversations about the future of cities.

On December 7, join participants from across the country to reflect on the lessons from our shared experiences and to brainstorm strategies for a robust recovery.

Canadian Urban Institute

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is the national platform that houses the best in Canadian city building — where policymakers, urban professionals, civic and business leaders, community activists, and academics can learn, share, and collaborate with one another from coast to coast to coast. Through research, engagement, and storytelling, our mission is to ensure Canada builds vibrant, equitable, livable, and resilient cities.

Program highlights

  • Ahmed El-Geneidy — Professor, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal
  • Alexandra Cropp — Senior Operations Manager, Mokwateh, Winnipeg
  • Alicia John-Baptiste — President and CEO, SPUR, San Francisco
  • Amina Yasin — Urban Planner and Co-Chair, Canadian Institute of Planners Social Equity Committee, Vancouver
  • Ana Bailão — Canadian Urban Institute Fellow, Toronto
  • Åsa Kachan — Chief Librarian and CEO, Halifax Public Libraries, Halifax
  • Benjamin de la Peña — CEO, Shared-Use Mobility Center, Chicago
  • Betty Lepps — Director, Urban Relationships, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver
  • Bruce Katz — Director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University, Washington D.C.
  • Carolyn Whitzman — Housing Researcher, University of Ottawa, Ottawa
  • Dale McFee — Chief of Police, Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton
  • Dan Hill — Director, Melbourne School of Design, Melbourne
  • Donnie Rosa — General Manager, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver
  • Dorian Moore — Vice President, Archive Design Studio, Windsor
  • Graham Singh — CEO, Trinity Centres Foundation, Montreal
  • Howaida Hassan — Director, City of Edmonton, Edmonton
  • Janine Theobald — Director of Collaborative Engagement, Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, Victoria
  • Jean-Noé Landry — Canadian Urban Institute Fellow, Montreal
  • Jen Angel — CEO, Evergreen, Toronto
  • Jennifer Moore Rattray — Chief Operating Officer, Southern Chiefs’ Organization, Winnipeg
  • Kate Graham — Senior Advisor, Colliers Project Leaders, London
  • Lacey Jones — Program Director, QomQem Coastal Connections, Victoria
  • Marcy Burchfield — Incoming Vice President, Transit Planning, Metrolinx
  • Michael Emory — Founder, President, and CEO, Allied Properties REIT, Toronto
  • Michel Leblanc — Président et chef de la direction, Chambre de commerce du Montreal métropolitain, Montreal
  • Peter Sloly — Canadian Urban Institute Fellow, Ottawa
  • Rachel Phillips — Executive Director, Peers Victoria Resource Society, Victoria
  • Rosanne Haggerty — President and CEO, Community Solutions, New York City
  • Sarah Murray — Executive Director, North Park Neighbourhood Association, Victoria
  • Steve DeRoy — Director, The Firelight Group, Vancouver
  • Tim Tompkins — Former President, Times Square Alliance, New York City
  • Zahra Ebrahim — CEO, Monumental, Toronto
  • and more names and surprises to be revealed soon!

⚠️ Safety is a top priority for Canadian public libraries. The CULC/CBUC Safety and Security Toolkit provides a menu of options to help manage and respond to security incidents more effectively. Visit to enhance your library's safety plan! 📚

Just released — OVERDUE: The Case for Canada’s Public Libraries is the product of three years of CUI’s engagement with Canada’s urban public libraries alongside @culc_cbuc.
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