2024 LIVABLE CITIES FORUM

Multisolving for a Net-Zero and Resilient Future

October 23 to 25, 2024
Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

Join us for LCF 2024!

Multisolving involves collaborating to address multiple challenges with a single action, maximizing benefits without increasing budgets or resources. When applied to climate action, this strategic approach can be used to achieve climate goals while considering diverse perspectives for more equitable solutions. Join us at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation from October 23 to 25, 2024 to explore how to build net-zero, resilient, and equitable communities through a multisolving lens.

What is multisolving?

Simply put, multisolving is when one investment of either time or money is used to solve many problems simultaneously. Building a stormwater solution that provides recreational opportunities, increases neighbourhood well-being, and retains flood waters is a great example of a multisolving climate action. Join us at LCF 2024 to discover many more!

Ai, Summer connections, 2022 - Mississauga Public Art

Discover practical tools, resources, and best practices

LCF provides a space in which people can discover and exchange innovative ideas and actionable insights to support local climate action. Sessions showcase practical tools and resources, leading-edge practices, learnings from real world examples, and diverse perspectives.

Vivian Rosas, Blissful Release, 2021 - Mississauga Public Art

Learn differently through a variety of engaging sessions

Sessions are uniquely designed to go beyond presentation-style delivery. These include many interactive and engaging workshops, trainings, and discussions to offer hands-on learning opportunities over three days. Multisolving will also be explored through local study tours where delegates will head out of the conference venue and explore examples of energy transition and community climate action in Vancouver and the surrounding regions.

Connect with experts, leaders, and practitioners from across Canada

LCF delegates can learn from and collaborate with climate experts, leaders and policymakers, urban professionals, and on-the-ground practitioners. Opportunities for networking are purposefully included in the program to allow delegates to share experiences and lessons learned, have candid conversations, create and strengthen relationships, build support networks, and make connections.

Gain insights on multisolving where one climate action can yield many benefits toward resilient, low-carbon, and equitable communities.

“The sessions, discussions, and ideas shared generated non-stop margin notes in my notebook to incorporate into my strategies as I build an adaptation program in my city and prioritize my work in the coming year(s).”

— LCF 2023 Delegate

“This conference was a super-charger for my work, and will continue to pay returns with the connections I've made."

— LCF 2023 Delegate

“The sessions covered a broad range of topics in the municipal climate action sphere and allowed many opportunities to connect with delegates. I am leaving the event feeling invigorated and inspired in my own climate action work.”

— LCF 2023 Delegate

“A must-attend if you are involved with climate change initiatives.”

— LCF 2023 Delegate

“Great exposure to new resources, people, networks, and different perspectives than I usually run into. We are facing multiple wicked systemic challenges and the equity lens was particularly helpful.”

— LCF 2023 Delegate

“Excellent event with motivational and thought-provoking plenary and other sessions. Great options for mobile tours and workshops!”

— LCF 2022 Delegate

“The Forum was well organized and it was great to connect with like-minded individuals from across the country. Thank you.”

— LCF 2022 Delegate

“Revitalizing! Thanks so much for an excellent conference.” 

— LCF 2022 Delegate

2024 Program

We introduced the concept of multisolving to the municipal climate space at the 2019 Livable Cities Forum. Since then, we have been deliberately working to approach our work through a multisolving lens — an approach we know many local leaders, municipal practitioners, and urban professionals also often discuss and apply to their work. So what have we collectively learned in the past five years? The LCF 2024 program will explore practical ways to apply a multisolving approach in order to reach climate goals, access innovative financing, and address equity priorities. Delegates will walk away with tools, insights, and real-world examples to support and accelerate climate action in their communities.

MULTISOLVE FOR EQUITY AND CLIMATE ACTION

Explore how climate action can simultaneously address climate priorities at the same time as equity and well-being. Discover how a multisolving approach can lead to local communities where benefits are equitably shared.

RAW Design, Fossil Record, 2017 - Mississauga Public Art

EXPLORE INNOVATIVE FINANCING SOLUTIONS

Learn how to use innovative financing mechanisms to fund initiatives by leveraging multisolving approaches. Explore how blended financing—combining public and private investments—can be used effectively to maximize the number of benefits from investments.

Moonlight Murals Collective, Interconnection, 2022 - Mississauga Public Art

LEARN FROM EXAMPLES

Gain insights and inspiration from real-world examples to learn how to apply multisolving strategies in your community. From projects that leverage the health-climate connection to initiatives where biodiversity protection is paired with climate resilience and many more, the LCF 2024 program will highlight promising practices and innovative examples from across Canada.

Check out the LCF 2024 schedule and program elements, and start planning your trip to Vancouver today!

2024 Venue

LCF 2024 will take place at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC. Located on the Coal Harbour Shores at the doorstep of Stanley Park and with Vacouver’s vibrant city centre just around the corner, this venue will make for a memorable Forum. We are also collaborating with local partners to host various sessions and events off-site to allow delegates to explore Vancouver and the surrounding region.

A special discounted rate is available for delegates to stay at the Westin Bayshore. Book your stay early to take advantage of this offer!

Discover practical ways to apply a multisolving approach to reach climate goals, access innovative financing, and address social priorities.

Reach net zero, resilience, and sustainability goals

Local governments don’t have to navigate energy transition, equitable climate adaptation, and sustainable development alone. LCF is Canada’s preeminent event for local leaders, urban professionals, and on-the-ground practitioners working to transition to net zero, advance climate resilience, and build an inclusive and equitable future. The Forum is widely known for its high-calibre practical sessions, diverse speakers, and meaningful networking opportunities. Many past delegates refer to it as their favourite conference of the year. Watch the LCF 2023 video highlight to get a glimpse of what LCF is all about.

Registration

Join us at the Westin Bayshore on the doorstep of Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver for three days filled with interactive sessions, inspiring real-world examples, study tours, delicious meals, and plenty of opportunities to meaningfully connect with delegates and speakers. Immerse yourself in a dynamic and interactive environment that is described as a “super-charger” for elected officials, municipal practitioners, and urban professionals. 

Explore how to maximize the benefits of climate action through a multisolving lens.

About

The Livable Cities Forum is ICLEI Canada's flagship event designed to bring communities together. ICLEI Canada supports local action to achieve net zero, resilience, sustainability, and biodiversity goals. We provide programming, training, and consulting services on a variety of local climate and sustainability issues.

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