Historically, Surrey has been talked about derisively and condescendingly as a suburb on the margins with questionable urban planning decisions.
Visionary SFU honorary doctorate recipient Bob Williams weighs in on why the growth and maturity of Surrey represents a game-changing disruption to how we view the Metro Vancouver region in the future. He will argue that the centre of gravity in the region is already shifting to the south of the Fraser.
Bob Williams is an urban planner and former provincial MLA and cabinet minister.
Wed, Oct 4
7 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


  1. Surrey has the advantage of lots of buildable land still at affordable prices, and cheaper housing. However, the real test would be if it can attract the office, retail and job density of downtown and central Broadway over the next couple of decades.
    When that happens, then you’ll have two urban planets instead of one with an orbiting moon.

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