Livable Cities Forum: highlights & presentations

Our team at SHIFT would like to extend a huge thank-you to everyone who made the Livable Cities Forum a success: from co-hosts ACT and ICLEI Canada to all of our speakers, participants, and volunteers. Read on for highlights, program notes, and more!

Highlight reel

Over 350 North American delegates gathered to be a part of the conversation on building community resilience. More than 83 local and regional governments were represented! View our highlight reel to learn about key Forum takeaways, which included the need to apply an equity, health & well-being lens when responding to the climate emergency in our communities. 

Program and presentations

Over 100 speakers, practitioners, and community resilience leaders shared their experience and knowledge with delegates through an array of interactive workshops, plenaries, and local study tours. Our speakers broke down silos through innovative, captivating sessions that wove together three Forum themes: the climate change and health nexus, the role of infrastructure in building better neighbourhoods, and low carbon resilience.

The Victoria Call to Action

Hosted by ICLEI Canada and the City of Victoria, the Leadership & Legacy session brought together 50+ Mayors and Councillors from across North America for a day-long dialogue on building social resilience, community belonging and inclusion. The elected officials took part in workshops and dialogue on topics such as building neighbourhood resilience, and applying a well-being lens for local budgeting and decision-making. The day culminated with elected officials finalizing a collective Call to Action for local leaders to advance work on the health, well-being and social cohesion aspects of climate resilience.

Conference attendees at the Livable Cities conference in Victoria.
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