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Friday March 10, 2017 08:30 - 09:00 CST
Salon A 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

09:15 CST

Building cities and changing health: lessons from Smart Cities, Healthy Kids research
How we build cities and how cities shapes the lives of citizens continues to feed our imagination and to inspire action. Recent years have seen health researchers and practitioners join the chorus of those advocating for more livable, age-friendly and health-promoting cities. In this talk, I present some evidence linking the built environment to health consequences, and consider policy actions informed by this evidence. I will showcase examples of built environment research and policy actions in the city of Saskatoon, and share insights learned from this work.


Nazeem Muhajarine

Dr. Muhajarine is a social epidemiologist, academic and mentor with a passion for investigating family and neighbourhood contextual influences in children and promoting action on this knowledge. His research expertise and interest include population health and primary care intervention... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 09:15 - 10:15 CST
Salon A 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

10:30 CST

Active Transportation and Health Outcomes
There is abundant evidence that demonstrates the built environment’s influence on physical and mental health through factors such as community design, safe and affordable housing, complete neighbourhoods, as well as multi-modal transportation networks that provide access to employment, education, healthcare and social services, recreational opportunities and healthy food. 

Planning, implementing and maintaining efficient, convenient, accessible and safe active transportation networks can positively impact the community health and well-being as well as improve health equity*.  
*Health equity exists when people can reach their full health potential, without being disadvantaged by where they live, how much money they make, or other personal circumstances  
Active transportation has many benefits, including health, but it also can be a catalyst for building social capital, supporting economic development and providing economical means of supporting people of all income levels to move around their communities. 

Join Cora in this session as she discusses active transportation, public health perspectives for planning for active transportation as well as the many public health benefits.


Cora Janzen

Cora Janzen has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Kinesiology and has worked within the health promotion field for over 10 years. She has developed a keen interest in how communities are built and how the physical and policy environments impact community health and well-being... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 10:30 - 11:30 CST
Florence Room 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

10:30 CST

First Nations Comprehensive Community Planning
Comprehensive Community Planning is a process that began in the B.C. Region close to ten years ago, and has since become a successful planning tool for First Nations across Canada. Planning for First Nations in Saskatchewan has generally been consultant driven, which makes the implementation of the plans a challenge for many First Nations. The unique aspect of CCP is that it was designed by First Nations, for First Nations, and has gained a lot of traction in Saskatchewan in the last few years. The development of a professional network in the province and across the country has begun to form, leading to shared plans, best practices, and mentorship from nation to nation. The Community Development Initiative pilot project in Saskatchewan originally started with 7 First Nations, but has now grown close to 20 in total. While some First Nations are currently not part of the CDI, many in the province and other regions have completed their own plans, and use them as governance documents, community visions that guide leadership, and a voice for their people. Flying Dust has a unique relationship with the city of Meadow Lake, being adjacent to one another; Flying Dust has land in Meadow Lake, returned to them as part of a specific land claim in which their land was expropriated by a railway right-of-way in in the 1930’s. Many First Nations choose to also purchase land in urban centers for businesses, and in other areas in the province as part of the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement signed in 1992 by the Federal Government, the Province of Saskatchewan, and the FSIN. This framework and history is important for planners to understand the opportunities for partnerships with First Nations, best practices, and how planning for cities, towns, and R.M.s can be inclusive of the interests of First Nations to expedite their planning initiatives.


Joseph Tootoosis

Joseph Tootoosis is a proud member of Canoe Lake Cree First Nation in northern Saskatchewan, and was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Studies, and plans on returning to studies in law at the University... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 10:30 - 11:30 CST
Venice Room 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

10:30 CST

Successful Growth in Saskatoon

Session: Building great communities and cities takes more than land, capital and market forces. It requires leadership.  Vision, goals, targets and commitment are driven by leaders.  It is not enough to say it, leaders must show the way. Saskatchewan cities are growing. Saskatoon is at a tipping point and requires leaders to move us from a ‘big’ small city, to a ‘small’ big city.

This presentation will explore some of the choices Saskatoon must make to move to the next level or tier and truly become a city of choice.


Alan G. Wallace, MCIP

Alan is the Planning Lead for Saskatchewan with V3 Companies of Canada Ltd. Alan is based in the Saskatoon office.Alan is the former Director of the Planning and Development at the City of Saskatoon. He retired from the City of Saskatoon after 32 years of service where he directed... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 10:30 - 11:30 CST
Salon A 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

11:30 CST

Healthy Environment, Healthy Community
An interactive session connecting how healthy ecosystems and biodiversity benefit community health. Participants will be asked to consider how we might design our communities to better support nature in the city.


Shannon Dyck

Environmental & Corporate Initiatives, City of Saskatoon
Shannon is an Environmental Coordinator for the City of Saskatoon, working in the areas of water conservation, waste management, regional food systems, and urban biodiversity. She has a background in both Fine Arts and Environmental Education, and is one of the co-founders of a sustainable... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:30 CST
Venice Room 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

11:30 CST

Supporting Communities through the Local Area Planning Program
This session will discuss the Local Area Planning model in Saskatoon, where community stakeholders play a lead role in developing recommendations to support the success of their neighbourhood.  The session will include activities to discuss how the program can help build upon past success while responding to new community needs and the availability of new planning engagement technologies. Session participants can expect to help identify ways to improve the Local Area Planning program and set it up for continued success in the community.


Lesley Anderson

Lesley Anderson is the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Saskatoon. With over 8 years at the City of Saskatoon, Lesley has worked in a variety of capacities, ranging from Local Area Planning (neighbourhoods), Heritage, Zoning and Future Growth. Lesley previously... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:30 CST
Salon A 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

12:30 CST

Friday March 10, 2017 12:30 - 13:30 CST
Salon A 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

13:30 CST

Safe Growth and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in Saskatoon

This presentation will highlight the principles of CPTED and the evolving philosophy of Safe Growth.  These concepts have evolved from a time when we all relied solely on a police service to address crime.

We all have a responsibility to prevent crime and we can do it using these principles.  CPTED is about reducing the opportunity for crime to occur, increasing people’s feelings of safety, and an overall increase in quality of life in the community.

Safe Growth employs these principles and a philosophy of community involvement to attain the safest community possible in which to live, work, and play.  Interdisciplinary, or some use transdisciplinary, teams are critical to the safer design and management of our neighbourhoods and cities.


The City of Saskatoon has formalize Safe Growth/CPTED in the Development Plan and establish an Administrative policy for ensuring the work is carried out in a rational manner.  As of September 2008, all civic structures, facilities, and developments are subject to a CPTED review.  City of Saskatoon has also developed a set of Safe Growth guidelines, for specific types of development, to ensure crime prevention is included in all development.

This interactive presentation will look at the opportunities and challenges to the implementation of the concept of Safe Growth and the principles and processes of CPTED.


Elisabeth Miller

Senior Planner, City of Saskatoon
Elisabeth Miller, MCIP, is an urban planner with the City of Saskatoon with a specialty in urban safety. Under her leadership the City of Saskatoon has embedded the philosophy of Safe Growth and the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) as a way to achieve... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 13:30 - 14:30 CST
Florence Room 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

13:30 CST

Sustainable Buildings
This presentation will provide insight into the building science of Passive House construction methods used to reduce CO2 emissions, through energy conservation.  This method will demonstrate how we can as planners, designers, and builders create a healthy environment both inside and outside the building.  


Robin Adair

Robin Adair the owner of the green builder inc. has, for many years been learning, reading and advocating for the environment.  The start of his career journey in construction had him building low energy houses, retrofitting houses, and installing solar hot water systems around Saskatoon... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 13:30 - 14:30 CST
Venice Room 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

13:30 CST

Urban Agriculture
The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Garden Patch and CHEP Good Food’s Askiy project are examples of community based urban agriculture projects dedicated to creating healthy, food secure communities, through education and food production. By exploring the role that these spaces can play in an urban foodscape we will discuss the opportunities and challenges of planning for community urban agriculture.


Jessica Russell

Jessica Russell is a student at the University of Saskatchewan in the Regional and Urban Planning program. She is interested in urban agriculture as a way to promote and practice food sustainability and community building in urban spaces.

Adrian Werner

Urban Agriculture Program Manager, Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre
Adrian Werner is the Urban Agriculture Program Manager at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre. Before moving to Saskatoon in 2015 he was a Research Associate and Library Coordinator at the Institute of Urban Studies and the Centre for Inner-city Research Community Learning and... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 13:30 - 14:30 CST
Salon A 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

14:30 CST

Infill Development Panel Discussion
A panel discussion on the benifits and issues associated with infill development topics include:
  1. How infill development benefits a city socially and economically.

  2. What constitutes good infill development both from a design and functionality standpoint?

  3. What can the city do better to facilitate infill development?

  4. What do you see in Saskatoon’s future in terms of infill and how does that compare with what your ideal vision would be?


Tanya Bell

Vice-President, Nutana Community Association
Tanya Bell has been Vice President of the Nutana Community Association for the past three years. Tanya moved to Saskatoon from the suburbs of Calgary in 2006 and has lived in the core neighbourhood of Nutana with her family ever since.   Being active with your community association... Read More →

Charlie Clark

Mayor, City of Saskatoon
Having served the City for over a decade, Saskatoon’s new mayor Charlie Clark has had his fair share of experience with the planning sector. He is well respected amongst planners and has found himself engaged in relevant topics such as urban development, affordable housing and community... Read More →

Curtis Olson

CEO/Founder, Shift Development
CURTIS OLSON is the CEO of Shift Development—a property development company at the heart of a collaborative, creative community in Riversdale. From the first warehouse-condo conversion in Saskatoon to The Hayloft—a 1930s grocery store turned live/work space and house concert venue—Olson focuses on urban infill projects in Saskatoon’s core neighborhoods.  He believes in creating commerical and residential spaces that facilitate rich urban lifestyles, with high walkability and connected... Read More →

Troy Smith

Principal Architect, Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd.
Troy is a Principal Architect at Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd. with nearly 17 years of experience. He brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to bear on complex, multi-user projects, often acting as primary client contact, design lead, and job captain. Having worked with... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 14:30 - 15:45 CST
Salon A 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

16:00 CST

Active Transportation Planning
Studies have shown that suburban living is leading to inactivity resulting in a rise of obesity leading to significant health issues where it is expected that children of today will not live as long as their parents. Globally the cost to the health system is anticipated to be in the order of $2 trillion dollars or amounting to 2.8 per cent of the global GDP every year and nearly as costly as smoking and war. The world health organization consider this to be a worldwide epidemic leading them to identify the major source of the problem as inactivity. Our world has changed where you don’t have to get out of your chair to do anything and our technology has made us addicts leading to sedentary behaviors along with the type of food we are consuming. How do we break this cycle and what can planning do to achieve this? A key element in solving the epidemic, identified by health professionals, is to design our communities to encourage active living. Consequently, the planning and engineering professions are being called upon to design communities that not only adopt active alternative modes to transportation and active living environments but also design them to be functional and attractive whereby the users want to use them. So how do we develop active transportation systems that are attractive and cost effective to construct? Nick Pryce will be presenting on the issues surrounding the epidemic we face, how planning is moving forward with addressing the issue. He will present project examples and share the challenges faced with implementation.


Nick Pryce

Nick has over 25 years of planning experience in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. Nick obtained his planning degree from Massey University, New Zealand and is currently the Director of the Planning Group for V3. His work experience has been in both the private and public... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 16:00 - 17:00 CST
Salon A 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6

18:00 CST

Dinner Gala
Come join us for a Dinner Gala to wrap up the conference. Menus coming soon!

Friday March 10, 2017 18:00 - 21:00 CST
2nd Ave Grill 123 2 Ave S