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IDW 2020 Panel Event: Creative Community Organizing in Challenging Times

February 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Creative Community Organizing in Challenging Times is a panel and interactive discussion moderated by Andrea Reimer that dives into the potential of creative (even radical) solutions to tackling global crises. This event focuses on the power of civic engagement and community organizing in a time when seemingly unstoppable threats loom large – including the climate crisis, the rise of authoritarianism, political polarization, and closing borders.

With the encouragement from a panel of brave and creative speakers, this event aims to leave participants feeling inspired to accept these challenges in their own communities.


The objectives of this event are:

  • To showcase creative or radical approaches to community organizing and civic engagement to address global crises
  • To hear from diverse and innovative voices
  • To facilitate a different type of conversation about threats to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, showcasing what can be done to combat these threats
  • To encourage various generations and identities to come together to address complex, high-stakes global issues

This event is part of International Development Week (IDW), a national initiative that seeks to inspire Canadians, youth in particular, to learn more about, and contribute actively to, global issues. IDW 2020 will involve several nation-wide events, activities, and opportunities for learning about local-global development issues and initiatives.

This event is hosted in partnership with the BC Council for International Cooperation, Amnesty International, ORICE, SFU International, UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics, and the Simon K.Y Lee Global Lounge & Resource Centre.

Panelists are being finalized. Watch this space for more information!

Join us on February 5, 2020. Doors open at 6:00pm, event starts at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Register here.

About our moderator:

Andrea Reimer has been a strong public voice in Vancouver and the metro region for almost two decades, with a focus on working with residents to build green, reconciled, engaged communities and making government easy for the public to access.

Andrea started her public work as a community organizer on community efforts to achieve greater social, environmental and economic justice. In 2002, she was elected to the Vancouver School Board, a first for the Green Party in Canada. In 2008, Andrea co-chaired Gregor Robertson’s successful campaign for Mayor, ran for Council herself, and went on to be elected to three terms on Vancouver City Council.

During her decade on City Council, Andrea spearheaded a number of initiatives, including the City’s effort to be the Greenest City on earth and Vancouver’s nationally significant municipal framework for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

As a long-time political lead on community planning in Vancouver and as Vancouver’s representative on Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning Committee, Andrea also brings a strong understanding of housing, transportation, and land use issues across the region.

After leaving municipal politics, Andrea was awarded a prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where she studied and taught about urban policy and strengthening democracy.

In addition to her public roles, Andrea has also been a prolific community volunteer serving on boards of diverse organizations ranging from a credit union to the Canadian Women Voters Congress. She ran a small business, worked in service, retail, and manufacturing, and survived as a street-involved youth.

She has been recognized with a number of awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award.  She is frequently asked to speak nationally and internationally on her policy achievements to inspire other governments to bolder action.


February 5, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm