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Climate and Climate Change
  • Adrian Bell, Principal, Activate Planning, Canada
  • Kristie Ebi, Professor, University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, USA
  • Simon O’Byrne, Vice President of Community Development, Stantec, Canada
  • Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds… well that was then. Climate may not stay the rounds of the mythical postal worker, but climate certainly has the power to curtain our activity profiles, especially when it comes to active transportation. What are the climatic challenges – and potential solutions – to active living and, from a future-proofing perspective, what can we expect and plan for in terms of climate change?


Smart Cities, Big Data, and New Technology: Implication for Active Living
  • Erin Baumgartner, Senseable City Lab, USA
  • Randy Goebel, Professor of Computing Science, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Lisa Nisenson, New Mobility Technical Adviser, Alta Planning + Design, USA
  • Ten years ago, many of the ways we get around in cities today – bikeshare, carshare, ride hailing (e.g. Lyft, Uber) – did not exist or were very rare, as were the smartphones we now use to navigate and track our activity. What will things look like 10, 20, or 30 years from now? How might big data be harnessed to research and promote active living? How will new and emerging technologies, such as connected and autonomous vehicles, affect our built environment, how we travel, and our physical activity? What policies would be necessary to ensure that “smart cities” are also healthy? Our expert panelists will discuss these questions as well as yours as we consider how to “future-proof” activity.

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