PIBC series: Connecting Housing, Social Well-Being and Resilience

The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) represents professional networking opportunity for our students, and for alumni also represents an avenue for becoming a Registered Professional Planner (RPP). Their Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) System helps its members maintain professional standards and the latest planning-related knowledge and skills. Whether you're a student seeking knowledge and future networks or a member actively earning CPL credits, official PIBC events represent an invaluable avenue into the greater world of planning. 

Living Together: Connecting Housing, Social Well-Being and Resilience

Hey Neighbour Collective at Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

June 7th - 8th 2022,  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST
CPL Units: 10.5

Please join this two-day series of engaging presentations and dialogues about tackling loneliness and social isolation in our homes and urban communities. This symposium is co-hosted by Hey Neighbour Collective, Happy Cities, SFU Urban Studies and SFU Public Square.


Well before COVID-19, loneliness and social isolation were on the rise locally and globally, deeply impacting personal and collective health and well-being. Unlike the United States, which has declared a loneliness epidemic, or the U.K. and Japan, which have appointed Ministers of Loneliness, Canada has yet to meaningfully identify loneliness as a public health crisis, though trends here are similar.

Many socio-economic factors create higher vulnerability to loneliness and social isolation, including where and how we live. Some studies have shown that residents of multi-unit housing are less likely to know their neighbours or do small favours for them than residents of less dense housing types, and that they report higher levels of loneliness and lower levels of trust in neighbours.

In the Metro Vancouver region, most of our communities are growing up, making multi-unit housing the norm, particularly for low- and middle-income residents. This should compel us to creatively interrogate how we design, redesign and program housing and surrounding neighbourhoods.

The good news is that, although Canada does not have a unified or adequately funded strategy to help us tackle loneliness and social isolation, much is happening locally and across Canada.

Living Together is a space for concerned professionals and advocates to exchange ideas about efforts happening now and develop a stronger collective voice. You’ll be in good company: a diverse gathering of housing professionals, municipal planners, public health professionals, architects, non-profits, funders, emergency management professionals, academics and students are expected.

Speakers include (in alphabetical order):

  • Laurie Bates-Frymel, Senior Planner (Environment), Metro Vancouver
  • Michael Eliason, Founder, Larch Lab
  • Michael Epp, Director of Planning, City of North Vancouver
  • Ashley Flanagan, Research Fellow, National Institute on Ageing
  • Bruce Haden, Co-Founder, Human Studio
  • Sadhu Johnston, Former City Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Iris Lok, University of British Columbia, Department of Psychology
  • Madyson McKay, Project Manager, City of Calgary
  • Kent Patenaude, Development Manager, Lu’ma Development
  • Erin Rennie, Senior Regional Planner, Metro Vancouver
  • Joan Ramon Riera Alemany, Councillor, City of Barcelona
  • Sarah Silva, CEO, Hiy̓ám̓ ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Housing Society
  • John Wall, Public Architecture, Vienna House project

PIBC CPL eligibility:

June 7

  • Session 9am - 11am: 2 units
  • Session 11.30am - 12.30pm: 1 unit
  • Session 1.45pm - 3.15pm: 1.50 units
  • Session 3.20pm - 4.20pm: 1 unit

June 8

  • Session 10am - 12pm: 2 units
  • Session 1pm - 4pm: 3 units

Event link

Tuesday, June 7, 2022