Fit Cities Fit Towns Canada Conference
Wed. Feb. 24, 7am–noon PST

The 1st annual Fit Cities Fit Towns Canada Conference, organized by the Housing for Health Project and its partners, is a 1-day conference providing participants with a unique opportunity to learn about the built environment, and planning for healthier communities. The Fit Cities Fit Towns Canada Conference aims to enhance healthier planning, development, design, and construction in our towns and cities provincially and nationally. Strategies for building healthier communities have also been shown to have co-benefits for improving accessibility, the environment and the economy. The conference is being managed from Edmonton, Alberta.

The annual conference shares evidence-based strategies and practice-informed innovations for improving our buildings, neighbourhoods, streets and communities for Healthy Living, including Active Transportation and Active Recreation, Healthy Food and Beverage Access, and Social Connections. There will also be opportunities for connecting with other multi-sector attendees. The Fit Cities Fit Towns Canada Conference will feature expert Keynote presentations and multi-sector panels featuring national and international speakers.

Keynote speakers include
Jeffrey Shumaker AICP, Director of Urban Planning, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and Former Chief of Urban Design for City of New York

Jeffrey Shumaker, AICP, has been working at the intersection of architecture and city planning for more than twenty years, in both the public and private sectors, focusing primarily on the design of the public realm. Jeffrey is currently serving as the Director of Urban Planning at the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) where he is working on many of the firm’s large-scale urban design projects including BiodiverCity in Malaysia, Toyota Woven City in Japan and a Public Realm Plan for Downtown Brooklyn.

Nadha Hassen MPH, HBSc (Architectural Design), Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University

Nadha Hassen is a doctoral candidate and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. Her research, writing and projects explore health equity in different environments, and her doctoral work focuses on examining the link between urban green spaces and mental health and wellbeing for racialized populations, by exploring concepts like safety, access and belonging.

You can read the program and find out more details at this link.

Registration cost is $2.50 (you read that right) for students, and $10.00 for people that are not students. This rate is for registrants before February 12.

Date: WED, FEB 24, 2021
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m Pacific Time

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