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    Wednesday, March 16




Mike Harcourt

Mr. Harcourt was Mayor of Vancouver for three terms (1980-1986) and past Premier of British Columbia (1991-1996). He is currently chair of the Advisory Board for the University of British Columbia's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability. In addition to acting as Chairman of QUality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow, he chairs the Canadian Electricity Association's Sustianble Electricity Program Advisory Panel and is the lead faculty in The United Way's Public Policy Institute.

9:30 - 9:50am: Welcome to Vancouver
Discover the history behind this city and its journey to becoming green. Communities are the key to long-term prosperity. This presentation outlines the importance of building communities with long-term vision, with consideration to the environment, economic, social and cultural impact. 





Egbert Roozen

Mr. Roozen is the Director of the VHG Association in the Netherlands, the Dutch Landscape and Garden Contractors Association. Roozen's background is in PR and Communications and he has worked for other associations.

9:50 - 10:30am: Society and Green Spaces
Roozen will bring real life examples from challenges he has faced from his experience with Green City Holland and the Floriade organization, and the green solutions that were used to overcome them. He believes that greenery can no longer be considered for decoration only, but a contributing factor to the quality of the environment, biodiversity and human health. 





Steven Peck, GRP, Hon. ASLA

Steven W. Peck is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GHRC), a non-profit industry association that is working to rapidly build the green roof and wall industry across North America. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has over 1500 members ranging from individuals to multinational corporations. The association has developed a Green Roof Professional (GRP) Accreditation program with over 700 accredited GRPs.  GRHC advocates for public policy support of the industry, facilitates research, organizes two annual conferences – CitiesAlive and Grey to Green. GRHC also publishes a quarterly magazine “Living Architecture Monitor” and within it, the scientific peer-reviewed “Journal of Living Architecture”.

11:00-11:45am: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
This session will provide an overview of the development and ongoing evolution of the green roof and wall industry in North America with emphasis on research, professional development and policy. Award winning projects will be provided as examples of the full-range of benefits which are possible from across North America. 





Paul Ronan

Mr. Ronan is currently the Executive Director of the Ontario Parks Association (OPA). He works closely with Landscape Ontario as a Professional Development Liaison and in his spare time, teaches Landscape Construction and Horticulture skills at Humber College. He represents OPA on the National Parks working group with the Candian Parks and Recration Association where green infrastructure policies and innovation are being developed and reviewed with a national perspective.

11:45am - 12:30pm: Measuring and Quantifying our Living Green Infrastructure Assets
It is well known that if we measure what do and place values on what we have we will have a much better idea chance of managing them appropriately.  Public works and transportation have done this very well , however our Green Industry has not kept pace when it comes to know our real costs of construction , maintenance and replacement of our treasured living green infrastructure. Establishing metrics by which to accurately cost and maintain these assets is crucial to making sure we have adequate funding  resources allocated for their sustainable future.  Find out what work is being done in this area and what we need to do to ensure politicians, leaders and senior managers are aware of these requirements.  





Phil Paxton, CLM, CLT

Mr. Paxton is the Treasurer and Landscape Canada Chair of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. During his 30-year entrepreneurial career to date, Phil has started and grown six businesses, all of which continue to prosper in the Calgary, Alberta area. He is the President and CEO of Beblake Ltd. and The Alpha Better Group of Companies, comprised of five separate companies.

2:00 - 2:30pm: Landscape Canada Summit Results
The CNLA Landscape Canada Committee, along with the European Contractors Association and other key stakeholders, is meeting to discuss living green infrastructure on a flobal scale. The group will work together to find solutions, which wil be presented during the conference. 





Daniel Roehr

Assoc. Prof. Daniel Roehr School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia (UBC) is a registered landscape architect in British Columbia and Germany, a horticulturalist and gardener. Roehr has practiced in Europe, Asia and North America and run his own firms in Berlin and Shanghai. He taught as Adjunct Professor and acted as External Examiner in Berlin during that time. From 1995 to 2000, he was project architect of the groundbreaking water sensitive, award winning Daimler-Chrysler Living Roof Project, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.

At UBC Roehr teaches studio, site engineering, advanced media, living roof research seminars and abroad drawing courses in the Landscape Architecture program. Since 2007 he runs the research group Greenskins lab. Current research focuses on the integration of living roofs as part of a holistic system for stormwater management. Daniel regularly publishes and is co-author of the book Living Roofs in Integrated Urban Water Systems, Routledge, England 2015. In addition, he and his team conduct expertise studies and consult professionally.

In 2013 Daniel was awarded a UBC Sustainability Research Fellowship and was selected by the Canadian Government as member of one of six teams to compete designing the Canadian National Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa.

2:30 - 3:15pm: Drainscape to Create "Green" Cities
With the infrastructure to manage stormwater threats in cities becoming increasingly expensive to build or repair, the design community needs to look at alternative approaches. Living roofs present an opportunity to compliment ground-level stormwater control measures, contributing to a holistic, integrated urban water management system. 

This lecture offers an insight to design living roofs in combination with ground-level stormwater control measures to effectively mitigate stormwater in cities. Plants play a significant role in the aesthetic appearance and have a huge influence on the amount of stormwater run-off reduction of those measures.





Karen Tambayong

Ms. Tambayong is the Chair of the Green City Committee of the International Association of Horticulture Producers (AIPH). She also sits on the Indonesian Chambger of Commerce and Industry as well as the National Horticulture Council. She is also the owner of Floribunda Nursery in Indonesia.

3:45 - 4:15pm: Greeting from AIPH
Ms. Tambayong will bring greetings from the association and remark on the green city efforts around the world. The Green City Committee seeks to set standards for green cities and to stimulate a real change in urban greening. 



Li Xiong

Li Xiong, Dean and professor of School of Landscape Architecture, Beijing Forestry University, and also the director of Committee of Landscape Architecture of Office of the State Council Academic Degrees Committee, secretary general of National Master of Landscape Architecture Education Steering Committee, vice director of Committee of Landscape Architecture of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, vice president of committee of Chinese Association of Parks, vice director and secretary general of the Education Working Committee of Landscape Architecture, executive director of Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture, vice president of Beijing Rooftop Greening Association, editorial board member of Chinese Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Modern Landscape Architecture.

4:30 - 5:00pm: Garden Cities in China: Patterns of development and construction



    Thursday, March 17

Katherine Isaac

A Planner in the Parks and Recreation department.

8:50 - 9:50am: City of Vancouver, Greenest City 2020 
Learn more about this innovative city from the people that make it possible. Staff from the City of Vancouver will share their thoughts and epeirences on living in a truly green city. Participants will catch a glimpse into what it takes to reach te goal of Greenest City in the World. 




Patrick Condon

Mr. Condon has over 25 years of experience in sustainable urban design: first as a professional city planner and then as a teacher and research. He has worked to advance sustainable urban design in many jurisdictions, in the USA, Canada and Australia. He has successfully focused attention on how to make systemic change in the way cities are built and operated, notably in his East Clayton project in Surrecy, BC. More recently, he and his research partners have collaborated with the City of North Vancouver to produce the "100 Year Sustainability Vision", a plan to make the City of North Vancouver a zero-carbon community.

9:50 - 10:30am: East Clayton Neighbourhood Project

The East Clayton Neighbourhood Project is the first phase of Headwaters Project, a real-life demonstration of sustainable development principles and performance standards in a community neighbourhood environment. East Clayton will represent the first-time sustainable principles have been used in British Columbia as the basis for developing a new suburban community.




Sara Barron

Ms. Barron is a PhD candidate in Forestry at UBC. The subject of her thesis is "The Role of Trees in Enhancing an Urban Environment". Sara received her masters in Landscape Architecture from UBC and is the recipient of several awards for her studies. She has eight years of professional experience working sustainable urban planning as well as volunteering at the grassroots level through a non-profit group call Community Studio.

9:50 - 10:30am: East Clayton Neighbourhood Project




Bill Hardy, CLM

Bill Hardy currently services as the Chair of the Public Relations and Environment Committee for the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Bill has also been involved with human resource development, apprenticeship, retail garden centre priorities and other key issues in the association. He is actively involved with the BC Landscape and Nursery Association, HortEducation BC and the International Association of Horticulturual Producers. Bill is also the General Manager of Northwest Landscape Supply Ltd. and co-owner of Grow & Gather - Trice Farms.

11:00am - 12:00pm: Pre-Tour Presentation
Learn more about the sites you will be visiting on both the walking and coach tours. British Columbia local, Bill Hardy, will provide an in-depth backgrounder on the sites and their 'green' highlights. 

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