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The Learning Agenda
June 12-13, 2018

Over the last decade, much has been learned about the collective processes cities undertake to reduce poverty, including effective approaches to developing community plans, promising practices in managing large-scale collaborations, and strategies to influence large-scale policy shifts that create meaningful change for people living on low incomes.

Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty will facilitate learning and dialogue across sectors towards innovative solutions, harness the distinctive synergies of today's poverty reduction movement, and take our collective understanding of innovation in poverty reduction to the next level. Together, we will celebrate our successes and will co-generate innovative and impactful solutions to eliminating poverty nationwide.

Learning for this event will take place over a day and a half, convening at 8:30 a.m. PDT on Tuesday June 12th, and finishing at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 13th. Plenary sessions will feature leaders and change makers in the field of poverty reduction, including representatives from all orders of government.

Features of the learning agenda include:

A STRATEGIC OVERVIEW of Cities Reducing Poverty and our research into what makes this approach to poverty reduction so effective.

A VISION FOR ENDING POVERTY in cities across Canada including four high impact ideas that are already being implemented that will change the face of poverty nationwide.

RENOWNED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS who will share their expertise by delivering focused learning on innovation for poverty reduction, and on measuring innovation and impact.

A PANEL OF BC CITIES telling their stories of innovation and high impact outcomes in reducing poverty.

A JOINT PRESENTATION ON NATIONAL CONSULTATIONS with the Federal Government's Social Innovation and Poverty Reduction ministries, providing us with an opportunity to provide key feedback to the development of the upcoming Canadian social innovation and poverty reduction strategies. 

A STRATEGIC DISCUSSION between business leaders, not for profit leaders, lived/living experience leaders, and leaders from all levels of government.

WORKSHOPS WITH LEADERS from the business, government and not for profit sectors, each sharing their work and stories of poverty reduction, social innovation, and collective impact.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING where participants will explore Vancouver and beyond to engage with innovative people and cutting edge practices.

AN EVENING SESSION hosted by the City of Vancouver, including an introduction to their strategy, activities, and key people involved. 

Agenda at a Glance

Below find a snapshot of how the workshop will take shape. Check back often as we continue to update! Please note that this agenda is subject to change.

Day 1 
June 12th

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Welcome, Framing, and Convening the Learning Community

Welcome to Vancouver Address (Councillor Andrea Reimer)

Panel: Cities Reducing Poverty - The BC Experience (CRP Members)

Comments and Reflection (Hon. Shane Simpson)

CRP in Action #1

Presentation: The State of Cities Reducing Poverty (Adam Vasey)

CRP in Action #2

Reflection: The End of Poverty (Paul Born)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Networking

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Experiential Learning 

Vancouver Social Innovation Walking Tour

Workshops at SFU Harbour Centre

Eight workshops in two streams

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
City of Vancouver Reception and Celebration (
Keynote: Councillor Andrea Reimer)


Day 2 
June 13th

Library Square Conference Centre
Alice MacKay Room

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Reconvening the Learning Community

CRP in Action #3

CRP in Action #4

Social Innovation and Poverty Reduction Strategy

Introducing the Panel (Paul Born)

Framing the Conversation (Darcy Riddell and Al Etmanski)

Keynotes: What we Heard - A National Consultation (Catherine Scott [Social Innovation] and Colin James [Poverty Reduction], ESDC)

Panel Discussion

Closing Keynote: Measuring Impact (Mark Cabaj)

Closing Public Session


 (Cities Reducing Poverty Members Gathering: Wednesday 13th afternoon and Thursday 14th morning)

Have questions? Email or set up a call with Alison.


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