Lunch Time Lectures

Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps and Acting City Manager Jocelyn Jenkyns

This lunch time lecture series explores city-making in the 21st century. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall will provide doses of inspiration from near and far and will examine how, together, city hall, residents and businesses can seize the opportunities and challenges of being a leading-edge city in the 21st century.

All lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall and are webcast live and archived.

Click here for past lectures, as well as presentations and videos where available.

  • Monday, March 5 Steve Woolrich – Creating Safe and Compelling Environments:  Is It Possible?

    Community safety and crime reduction continues to be a high priority in cities across North America and there has been a tendency to lean towards fortifying properties in many designs. Are these the kind of cities we want and are they compelling? As community stewards can we explore the possibility of creating stylish, exciting, safe, supportive and welcoming environments? 

    Over the past 25 years Steve Woolrich has established a reputation for excellence in policing, corrections and corporate security and is the principle of Rethink Urban Inc.

  • Monday, April 9 James Hoggan – I’m Right and You’re an Idiot – The Toxic State of Public Discourse & How to Clean It Up

    Just as we pollute the natural environment we pollute the public square, not with chemical toxins but with our warlike approach to public conversations.

    Passionate public argument is healthy, but unyielding one-sidedness undermines the pluralistic, reasoned debate at the core of healthy democracy. The middle ground disappears, problems seem unsolvable and people turn away from public discourse.

    Best-selling author and communication expert James Hoggan interviewed thought leaders around the world to learn how to transform this social pathology and engage in higher-quality public conversations.

  • Monday, May 7 with Tesicca Truong and Veronika Bylicki

    Often, engagement is considered an afterthought or is treated as a checkbox, instead of being treated as an opportunity. CityHive is working on transforming the way that young people are engaged in shaping their cities: in decision making processes, city planning and urban sustainability issues. CityHive Co-Founders Tesicca Truong and Veronika Bylicki will share insight into meaningful youth engagement processes and examples from their own work, as to how youth engagement can result in more active citizens as well as more sustainable, resilient cities.

  • Monday, June 4 - Local Action Moves the World, with Beate Weber-Schuerholz

    The United Nations'  2016 New Urban Agenda requests States to prevent further damage to the world's ecology, economy, climate and social stability. Without cities taking the lead, nations will not be able to meet their sustainability goals. Cities have the potential to proactively live up to this challenge.

    The Heidelberg example demonstrates that involving all municipal departments and sectors such as planning, infrastructure, construction, utilities, economic development, mobility, education and public relations could move the World. This can only be achieved by including and mobilizing citizens, local entreprises, science and NGOs.

    Beate Weber-Schuerholz was a member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1990 and Mayor of Heidelberg, Germany from 1990 to 2006. Heidelberg was winner of the European Sustainable City (EU) twice.