#WCCLivableCities Event Recap

September 24, 2018


Robert Lowdon Photography

Architectural projects and designs aimed to create a Livable City that highlighted various locations in Winnipeg provided by University of Manitoba Architecture students. Photography by: Robert Lowdon Photography.




We just wrapped up our first conference and luncheon of the season – Building a Smart, Livable Winnipeg for the 21st Century morning conference, and Livable Cities for the 21st Century luncheon – which took place on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at The Fort Garry Hotel to sold-out crowds of more than 600 people.

#WCCLivableCities ‘Building a Smart, Livable Winnipeg for the 21st Century morning conference built incredible momentum for Winnipeg’s future. The conference featured a panel discussion and eight keynote speakers, including former Winnipeg Mayor, Glen Murray.

#WCCLivableCities luncheon ‘Livable Cities for the 21st Century’ featured world-renowned architect, Jan Gehl of Gehl Architects, who hooked the crowd with his relatable perspectives on similar cities and world-renowned projects including New York’s Times Square; Moscow, Russia; Sydney, Australia; and more .

The conference and luncheon was a truly inspiring day for attendees – one that sparked change and showed the benefits of putting people first when it comes to city planning.


  1. Build cities for people, not for buildings and cars.
  2. Building high-density neighbourhoods creates healthy, vibrant, affordable and sustainable cities.
  3. Winnipeg needs to have a city planning strategy – one that encourages physical activity and prioritizes sustainability.

E.g. Jan Gehl shared Coppenhagen’s strategy: “Come out of your house. Leave your screens behind. Walk the streets. Meet people. Communicate directly. Walk. Be safe. Enjoy.”

We’d like to thank our sponsors for helping create such amazing events: 
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Luncheon Title sponsors:




Join us for our next luncheon:
​Competition, Innovation, and Collaboration 
with Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development


​Wednesday, October 10
​11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Fairmont Winnipeg

Member rate:
1 table of 10 – $550 +GST | 1 seat – $55 +GST

Future member rate:
1 table of 10 – $1100 +GST | 1 seat – $110 +GST