Conference 2007 with Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue Programs at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver
The second Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation was held in Vancouver, B.C., on November 12-14, 2007. Over 220 participants from across Canada and abroad attended the event, which consisted of a mix of plenary and concurrent sessions, for two and a half days. The conference sessions and activities were held at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre and Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, which are located within a walking distance from each other. Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue Programs was a co-sponsor of the conference.
The planning for the conference began in November 2006, when the conference Steering Committee, consisting of 10 volunteers, was formed. The members of the Steering Committee had regular weekly meetings through a conference call throughout the planning stage. Over 100 volunteers contributed to the planning and organization of the 2007 Conference either as a member of one of the six sub-committees, chaired by Steering Committee members or as session leaders.
The overall theme of the 2007 conference was: Facing Complex Issues Together.
The conference was designed to showcase D&D efforts initiated by local governments, community organizations, school boards, and provincial and federal agencies, in various fields including, among others, climate change, youth engagement, education, electoral reform, multiculturalism, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations, regional and urban planning, public safety, public finance, and healthcare.
The plenary and concurrent sessions, held throughout the 2.5-day event, were aimed at exploring the extent to which these efforts:
The objectives of the 2007 conference were to:
The activities that took place during the 2007 conference included the following:
The conference was designed to be interactive, participatory and inclusive of diverse ideas.