Planning to Thrive: A Discussion with Five City Planners from across Canada

Great Places has announced that five chief planners from across Canada will engage the Saskatoon public in an interactive discussion about the current planning challenges and solutions being deployed by Canadian cities and regions to create communities that citizens are happy to live in.

Join the discussion at 8:00pm on Sunday, June 28th at the historic Roxy Theatre in Riversdale for a lively debate about the lessons we can learn from some of the most dynamic cities and regions in Canada. The five panellists include:

*Bob Bjerke MCIP, LPP, Chief Planner, Regional Municipality of Halifax
*Sylvain Ducas MICU, MOUQ, Director of Urban Planning, City of Montreal
*Mary Lou Tanner MCIP, RPP, Chief Planner, Niagara Region
*Braden Smith MCIP, Chief Planner, City of Winnipeg
*Alan Wallace MCIP, RPP, Director of Planning and Development, City of Saskatoon

The discussion will be moderated by Ryan Walker MCIP, RPP (Associate Professor, Regional and Urban Planning, University of Saskatchewan) and Christine Gutmann MCIP, RPP (Project Manager, Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth).

This event is being held in conjunction with THRIVE 2015, the Canadian Institute of Planners and Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute annual conference. Admission is free.

Great Places is a discussion forum that focuses on current issues related to the built environment in Saskatoon as shaped by architecture, urban planning, public art and landscape design. The group brings together visionary design professionals, government officials and citizens to discuss projects, initiatives and precedents, locally and from abroad.

The Roxy Theatre is located at 320 – 20th Street West in Saskatoon.

For more information, please visit or contact Ryan Walker at 306.966.5664 or at