PLACE 18 | Join us for a Special Session!

PLACE 18 Conference Update


The PLACE 18 organizing team is thrilled to announce a special plenary session!

Transit (Re)Connections: The City of Edmonton Councillors Panel and Q&A

Sunday, October 14 | 11:30-12:30 PM | CCIS 1-430 University of Alberta

Join Councillors Aaron Paquette, Andrew Knack, Sarah Hamilton, and Michael Walters as they discuss the past and present of transportation in Edmonton and their bold visions for future.

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Aaron Paquette

Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 4

Councillor Paquette a lifelong Edmontonian raising his family of four children with his wife, Clarice, in Ward 4. He is committed to building strong, healthy communities and promoting good, stable jobs in a diverse economy.

Prior to his election to Council, Aaron worked as an award-winning Indigenous artist, author and business owner. His artwork can be viewed in museums, schools, hospitals and LRT stations across our city. His novel, Lightfinder, is taught in schools and post-secondary institutions across Canada. He has also worked with local schools in Edmonton’s north side to help create mural projects.

His passion for education also led him to work with Alberta Education, various school boards and teachers associations to help develop art curriculum and improve academic achievement.

He sits on Executive Committee, Utility Committee and the City Manager and City Auditor Performance Evaluation Committee.

He has sponsored the Council Initiative on Food and Agribusiness Diversification, and has also taken a leadership role working on the Child-Friendly Edmonton, End Poverty Edmonton, Multiculturalism, Literacy, and Urban Isolation/Mental Health Initiatives.

Andrew Knack

Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 1

Andrew was born in Edmonton, raised just west in the city of Spruce Grove and has lived in Ward 1 since 2001. Andrew received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 2006 and managed a retail business based in the ward until being elected.

He is a strong advocate of our community league system and served on both the Meadowlark and Jasper Park Community Leagues. Andrew currently serves as the Council representative on the City of Edmonton Youth Council and Edmonton NextGen. He also is responsible for five Council Initiatives: Seniors, Transit, Public Engagement, Post-Secondary and Active Transportation.

Andrew is honoured to have the opportunity to serve the people of Ward 1 and the rest of Edmonton.

Sarah Hamilton

Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 5

Sarah Hamilton is proud to be City Councillor for Edmonton’s Ward 5. Prior to her election, Sarah worked as an educator, a journalist, a small business owner, and in various public service-oriented roles in provincial and municipal government. Sarah grew up in Lessard and graduated from the University of Alberta. Later, she received a Master of Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago before returning home to Edmonton to be closer to family.

In her role with the Minister of Health, Sarah worked on several projects such as the Southwest Wellness Initiative, which sought to bring together wellness strategies at different levels of government. As an adjunct professor in Chicago she taught Media Studies and Communications, working with students from diverse backgrounds to help develop their communication and critical thinking skills. Most recently, Sarah founded and operated SPARROW Communications & Public Relations, working with several non-profit businesses throughout Edmonton. Sarah has spent much of her life steeped in volunteer work. Most recently, she served as the Marketing and Communications for the World Partnership Walk and was a board member for the Lessard Community League and Latitude 53, an artist-run art gallery here in Edmonton. Other organizations she has volunteered for include the YMCA and Fort Edmonton Park.

In her downtime, Sarah enjoys spending her time with family and friends. She does yoga regularly, is an avid consumer of local arts and culture, and as a former Chicago resident remains a die hard Cubs fan. She enjoys hiking and cycling through Edmonton’s River Valley and familiarizing herself with the many hidden corners of the city.

Michael Walters

Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 10

Councillor Michael Walters was first elected to Edmonton City Council in 2013 and recently re-elected to his second term on October 16, 2017. Prior to entering public office, Michael spent two decades working as a community organizer and public policy leader, committed to helping people and organizations across Alberta. Michael has received numerous awards for his work in the community, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work with homeless populations, Avenue Magazine’s Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 by Avenue Magazine for his work as a champion of neighbourhood revitalization and smarter urban planning, and Alberta’s Next 10 Most Influential Leaders by Alberta Venture Magazine.

Michael's vision for Edmonton and Alberta is to build vibrant and affordable neighbourhoods that can fill us with joy, an amazing city and province where we can raise healthy and resilient families, and strong community networks that enable people to work together to make the world a better place.

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Deadline for student presentations is October 5!

We are still accepting abstracts for student presentations and posters! Visit our website for submission requirements. 




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PLACE 18 Conference

Tuesday, October 9, 2018