Jonathan Coté will offer his initial reflections on urban leadership and progressive policy after stepping aside from elected leadership positions to pursue new routes to advancing urban change. In his master lecture, Jonathan will reflect on the keys to effective urban leadership as he encountered and grappled with challenging dynamics in policy areas that have ranged from: affordable housing, integrated transit planning and mixed land uses, urban climate policy, urban policing, effective greenspace planning and family-friendly cities. Across these diverse agendas and beyond, Jonathan will provide insight into how he found a constructive way to advance horizontal integration across jurisdictions and areas of expertise, to bring the organization as well as the community effectively into planning, policy and visioning; and to apply research to policy process and practice.
Monday January 16, 2023.
5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Lecture with Q&A
6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Pacific Time. Reception with light refreshments
This event is in partnership with SFU Urban Studies and SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
About the speaker
Jonathan Coté is a passionate urbanist who has dedicated his career to building better cities. Jonathan has recently finished serving two terms as the Mayor of New Westminster and has spent the past 17 years in local government. In his role as Mayor, Jonathan has served as the Chair of the Mayors Council for regional transportation, was the Chair of Regional Planning in Metro Vancouver and has played a pivotal role in the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue’s Moving in the Livable Region project. Prior to being elected Jonathan completed his Masters Degree in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University and has just been appointed an Adjunct Professor in the Urban Studies program and a Dialogue Fellow at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.