Panel Bios

The Year in Review – A Panel Discussion

“What were the defining decisions, actions and events in planning and development in 2015 that could prove to be transformative in Vancouver’s evolution?”

Bios of the panellists, moderator and presenters at the January 26, 2016 panel Event details

Bula-95x105Frances Bula has been a journalist for more than 30 years, covering urban issues and city politics for more than 20 of those years. She’s been a freelance writer for the Globe and Mail, B.C. Business, City Scope, which is a U.S. website in urban innovation, and more. She is a frequent commenter on CBC and other broadcast outlets. She’s also a journalism instructor at Langara College and a damn fine one. I hear that from my interns. She’s researched housing and homelessness under an Atkinson Public Policy Fellowship in 1998 and 1999 which allowed her to travel to cities in Europe and the U.S., as well as Canada, looking at housing solutions. Her work has been recognized by the National Magazine awards, Western Magazine awards, and other awards for business and feature writing.

Farevaag-95x105Marta Farevaag is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, chair of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, urban planning Principal at PFS Studio of Landscape Architecture, former chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, and the instructor for the 2015 UBC SALA chronology course.


MarshallJennifer Marshall has been actively involved in the architectural culture of Vancouver since 1975. She began her architecture career at Thompson Berwick and Pratt. She has been a registered architect and principal of her own firm, Urban Arts Architecture, since 1989. It’s an award-winning practice in Gastown, specializing in community-based cultural, recreation and education projects. Recent projects include the Queensborough Community Centre, the T’it’q’et Community Hall and Health Centre, the Summerland Library and the engineering student centre at UBC. Jennifer graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor of environmental studies and architecture in 1981 and then from Columbia University with a master’s in architecture in 1985. She sits on the board of the Gastown BIA and the Centre for Art Architecture and Design in West Vancouver, and she recently completed serving as chair of the Vancouver urban design panel.

Matas-95x105Robert Matas is a Commissioner on the Vancouver City Planning Commission and chair of its Chronology Committee.



Quinn-95x105Stephen Quinn is the host of CBC’s daily radio current local affairs program On the Coast, a radio journalist, and formerly CBC’s provocative civic affairs reporter. Stephen has hosted and guest-hosted many CBC programs. He has been honoured many times with awards from the Radio Television and Digital News Association.


Rennie-95x105Bob Rennie is the founder of Rennie Marketing Systems whose recognized leadership for envisioning new and innovative strategies in development risk management and marketing real estate has led to a landmark project like the restructuring of the Olympic Village and Woodward’s in one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods. He is also known for having built a world-renowned collection of contemporary art. Bob chairs the North American Acquisitions Committee at the Tate Modern. He is a member of the Tate International Council and serves as a trustee for the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Awards and the Order of B.C,. and a doctorate from Emily Carr University. He renovated and restored Wing Sang, the oldest structure in Chinatown, to include a privately funded museum space with regular exhibitions of works from the Rennie collection. All exhibitions are open to the public with free admission two days a week.

Sedky-95x105Noha Sedky is a planning consultant with City Spaces Consulting over the past 15 years. She’ has specialized in social and housing policy, project management and land development analysis. She has assisted municipalities and non-profits with policy reviews, affordable housing initiatives, feasibility studies and evaluations. Noha is currently the owner’s representative for a partnership development in East Vancouver that will include a new Vancouver public library branch in Strathcona and 21 social housing units for single moms that’ll be operated by the YWCA. Noha is often called upon to speak to planning and public audiences on topics related to housing and homelessness, social policy and community change and she’s an adjunct professor at UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. She has worked in Canada, Egypt and Pakistan as well.

Links to more highlights from the panel event
Panel event description
Panel event videos
Panel presentations – transcript
Community perspectives
Audience discussion with panel – transcript
Audience member video interviews
Audience comments on poster boards – post-its
Draft list of 2015 significant events – as reviewed at panel event