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.

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

  • Monday, May 7 - Transforming Youth Engagement to Tackle Urban Challenges, 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.

  • Monday, July 9 - Building Welcoming and Inclusive Communities for Refugees, with Nour-Eddine Maghnaoui
    Violent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, and other regions have continued to disrupt the lives of millions of civilians around the world. This presentation will discuss refugees’ perceptions of their hosting countries, the rise of the anti-refugee sentiments in the west, as well as emphasize the sociopolitical backlashes of demonization and stigmatization of refugees.

    Nour-Eddine Maghnaoui is a prominent researcher and is currently writing his masters thesis about the ongoing conflict in Syria, exploring the paradigms of peace building processes in post-conflict societies, and the possibility of transforming Syria’s conflict.