Canada is well known around the world for its vibrant cities and multicultural identity. Cities like Vancouver function as “gateways” to foreign countries, providing a cultural reference point for local-to-global engagements.
The key to optimizing Vancouver’s “locational advantage” as a global knowledge and innovation hub is developing a curator’s instinct for new sources of social and economic value as well as a strategist’s aptitude for combining different, but complementary perspectives, in an integrated manner.
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Social and economic diversity make global cities more resilient and more adept at coping with complexity and uncertainty. Is Canada able to tell that story in a meaningful way that makes sense to policy makers, community leaders, and residents?read more
Micromobility solutions provide an economic alternative to automobile travel especially within dense urban cores. The question for urban transportation planners is how to integrate the multiplicity of micromobility options within a regional transportation framework.read more
Afghanistan’s complex mosaic of ethnic, linguistic, and tribal constituencies present formidable governance challenges. But with roughly 80% of its population under the age of 40, Afghanistan has considerable potential for long-term capacity-building.read more
Canada is facing important near-term decisions about the design, capability, and governance of its digital infrastructure and technology platforms. Supported by thoughtful planning around social and institutional resiliency, targeted technology investments could usher in another urban infrastructure “golden age.”read more
The proliferation of digital technology devices and platforms is transforming our engagement with the world along with our capacity for understanding the impacts. Intelligent solutions are needed to optimize the benefits and to mitigate the risks of the digital age.read more
Vancouver’s municipal governance “model” enjoys widespread appeal despite its international status as a “beta” city. Global economic competition could force a major policy rethink, but the choice about whether to become an “alpha” city-region is not an either-or proposition.read more
High-impact technology investments are critical enablers of innovation, productivity, and Canada’s competitive advantage in the global economy. Ironically, the proliferation of these technologies may raise the value of experiential knowledge and inclusive foresight.read more
While Vancouver continues to strengthen its global reputation as an innovation centre amidst a context of technological disruption and geopolitical uncertainty, Canada has much to learn from Japan about internationalizing its urban “soft power” advantage.read more
Canada’s global reputation for welcoming and integrating newcomers is unparalleled. But the world is changing and Canada’s immigration system will have to adapt accordingly. Meeting these challenges will require agility, risk-taking, and a new relationship with cities.read more
The continuation of large-scale irregular migration flows into Canada from the US has stirred a passionate debate across the country has the potential to overshadow the “soft-power” achievements of Canada’s long-established refugee resettlement efforts.read more