LIVABLE CITIES FORUM
FROM INTENTION TO IMPLEMENTATION
September 25 to 27, 2023
The Livable Cities Forum has been exploring how to take action at the local level to make our communities more livable since 2011. The core themes of energy transition, climate adaptation, and meaningful and inclusive engagement are interwoven throughout program sessions from year-to-year. Each LCF explores additional themes to support local climate action based on emerging trends and lessons we are continuously learning through our work with communities across Canada.
LCF 2022: Conversations for an Inclusive Future
Livable Cities Forum: Conversations for an Inclusive Future was held in Victoria, BC from October 3 to 5, 2022. The event brought together more than 300 delegates from across Canada and the United States over three days of workshops, training, networking and hands-on learning opportunities. Over 100 speakers, facilitators, workshop hosts and panelists shared their perspectives on how to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion while advancing climate action.
LCF 2020: Advancing Adaptation and Building Resilience
Livable Cities Forum: Advancing Adaptation and Building Resilience was held online from November 30 to December 2, 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum focused on how the well-being of Canada’s urban communities is dependent on resilience and the capacity to anticipate, adapt, and respond to challenges posed by sudden shocks and chronic stresses. The Forum offered a platform and venue for communities to discuss how Canadian communities can navigate COVID-19 challenges, prepare for a changing climate, identify and address chronic inequality, and manage aging infrastructure. Keynote presentations and breakout sessions were designed to help participants work through challenges and ideate solutions to challenges faced by Canada’s cities and towns.
LCF 2019: Building Better Communities through Resilience
Livable Cities Forum: Building Better Communities through Resilience was held in Victoria, BC from October 28 to 30, 2019. The program showcased the importance of taking this synergistic approach to climate change planning and implementation at the local level. Delegates heard from powerful keynotes, took part in interactive workshops, and experienced new dimensions of resilience through art, music, and Indigenous performance.
LCF 2018: Managing Community Climate Risk
Livable Cities Forum: Managing Community Climate Risk was held in St. John’s, NL in November, 2018. Plenaries, panel discussions, and an interactive workshop focused on how to get started with climate change adaptation and identify local risks.
LCF 2017: Advancing Low Carbon Resilience
Livable Cities Forum: Advancing Low Carbon Resilience was held in Victoria, BC from September 18 to 20, 2017. The program explored a vision of Canadian communities advancing low carbon resilience through a wide range of sessions.
LCF 2016: Changing Climate, Changing Communities
Livable Cities Forum: Changing Climate, Changing Communities was held in Halifax, NS from September 12 to 14, 2016. The program explored a vision for resilient communities through a wide range of sessions.
LCF 2015: Building Flood Resilient Communities
Livable Cities Forum: Building Flood Resilient Communities was held in Calgary, AB from September 28 to 30, 2015. The program explored how to build flood resilience through a wide range of sessions.
LCF 2014: Building Resilient Communities
Livable Cities Forum: Building Resilient Communities was held in Vancouver, BC from April 2 to 4, 2014. The program explored how to build resilient communities by preparing, responding, mainstreaming, measuring, and through placemaking.
LCF 2012: Creating Adaptive and Resilient Communities
Livable Cities Forum: Creating Adaptive and Resilient Communities was held in Hamilton, ON from November 29 to 30, 2012. The program explored the themes of community engagement and partnerships, innovative action, mainstreaming adaptation, and adaptation linkages. Sessions covered a wide range of topics including community engagement strategies, adaptation tools and frameworks, synergies between adaptation, mitigation, and biodiversity synergies, and much more.
LCF 2011: Designing Biodiversity Friendly Communities
Livable Cities Forum: Designing Biodiversity Friendly Communities was held in Montréal, QC from August 21 to 22, 2011 as an official side event to the 2011 Ecocity World Summit. The program explored the role of cities as emerging leaders in biodiversity conservation and their contributions to worldwide awareness on biodiversity.
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The Livable Cities Forum is ICLEI Canada's annual event 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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