Revitalizing Downtown Spaces in a Hybrid Work Environment

How do we respond to changing needs in downtown cores, when considering implications for community health and well-being, economic prosperity, inclusivity and sustainability?

As many jobs have implemented working-from-home opportunities, the use of downtown cores has changed as well. Discussions may cover topics such as creating more green spaces, pedestrianizing streets, supporting local businesses, investing in public transportation, and promoting social and cultural activities to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors. Overall, this event seeks to promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing among stakeholders in order to build more resilient and thriving cities.

Panelists include:

  • John J. Kiru - Executive Director at Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas
  • Dr. Penny Gurstien - UBC Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning
  • Shane Devereaux - Owner, Habit Coffee
  • Karen Chapple - Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto


The CSPC acknowledges the Songhees, Esquimalt, Tsartlip/W̱JOȽEȽP, Tseycum/WSIḴEM, Tsawout/SȾÁUTW, Pauquachin/BOḰEĆEN, T’Sou-ke, Scia’new and Pacheedaht Nations who have a historical and ongoing relationship to the land where our offices and work are based.

We also respect the wide diversity of nations and languages across the province. British Columbia is home to over 200 First Nations communities and approximately 50% of the First Peoples’ languages of Canada. For more information visit: