Greater Vancouver, with a population of 2.3 million, is Canada’s third largest urban area. Located in British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, the region covers nearly 2,900 square kilometers. Vancouver has a dynamic, highly diversified urban economy with growing knowledge-based sectors and strong global linkages. Vancouver’s economic strengths include world-leading expertise in advanced energy technologies, green buildings, and environmental services. Vancouver’s port is the busiest in Canada. The city is consistently ranked as one of the most livable in the world.
Leading Cities’ Team Coordinator: Moura Quayle, University of British Columbia
Moura Quayle’s interests lie in rethinking, refining, and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, and business. She is now integrating thinking strategies into the UBC Sauder School of Business curriculum. Moura’s experience includes leadership of the B.C. Pacific Coast Collaborative, Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Research and Innovation, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and Associate VP, Academic Programs of UBC Okanagan. A landscape architect and urban designer, she is a well-respected author, blogger and speaker on the principles and practices of creative thinking. Ms. Quayle chaired Vancouver’s Urban Landscape Task Force, which resulted in the city’s Greenways program. She is the Co-Chair of the Campus-City Collaborative, an initiative to bring together the city and its six post-secondary institutions to help achieve the city’s greenest city targets. She has been recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Distinction, was named Distinguished Alumna by UC Berkeley and received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Guelph.