Facilitator - Charles Montgomery

Principal, Happy City


Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author, urbanist and leader of transformative experiments and interventions to improve wellbeing in cities. His acclaimed book, Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, examines the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness. Charles is principal of Happy City, a Vancouver-based consultancy which draws on research in psychology, neuroscience and public health to help create happier, healthier, more resilient places. Charles and his team have helped helped property developers, activists and governments from Mexico to Dubai translate evidence into pragmatic plans to achieve healthier, happier cities. In 2017 Charles was named a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) Global Happy Cities Council.

Keynote speaker - José Quadrio ALVEs

Vice President, Global Future Cities at CGI


As a leader in CGI’s Global Future Cities program, José Quadrio Alves shares CGI’s vision and best practices with clients around the world to help make cities more sustainable.

Quadrio works to transform innovative projects proven on a local level into global offerings and market them across geographies. Key to his approach is leveraging the technology and expertise of CGI’s industry partners to address the challenges inherent in providing a citizen-centric experience. He has a pragmatic approach to addressing the budgetary constraints typical in this environment, and he works to foster local economic development throughout engagements.

Prior to leading CGI’s Global Future Cities program Quadrio was an SAP Practice lead for 3 years, with a virtual team of 3,500 members distributed across Europe, South America, and Asia/Pacific. Developing high performance virtual teams across widespread geographies is a core skill for Quadrio. The ability to connect resources with diverse backgrounds, cultures, skills, and experiences in one that applies directly to Future Cities initiatives where CGI can deliver talent from any of the 40 countries we operate in.

Quadrio has over 35 years of experience in information technology in the areas of management consulting and Future Cities innovation and implementation. He holds an MBA in International Business and Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.


Todd Litman

Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

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Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.

Shannon Clarke

Community Facilitator, BC Healthy Communities Society

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Shannon is a community facilitator with a passion for supporting healthy, equitable and sustainable communities. After finishing her degree in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria she went on to complete her Masters in Public Health with a focus on social policy.  Her work experience includes healthy communities planning, multi-sectoral stakeholder engagement and collaboration, workshop development and facilitation, and outcomes monitoring. Shannon also sits on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Association of BC.  

Through her work Shannon has had the opportunity to engage with diverse partners, including local and provincial governments, health authorities, educational institutions, community funders, local businesses and community organizations. She strives to build strong relationships with community partners and work with them to identify opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing; bridging the gap between planning and public health. 

Veronika Bylicki 

Co-Founder & Co-Director, CityHive

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Veronika is an engagement innovator, community builder and sustainability strategist. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityHive, a Vancouver-based social enterprise on a mission to transform the way that young people are engaged in civic processes, particularly in planning, decision making and urban sustainability issues. Her experience includes working in Sustainability Education Facilitation, Student Sustainability Engagement at UBC and in participatory community engagement. She was awarded as a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in Canada in 2015 and has delivered a TEDxYouth talk on Urban Sustainability. She is passionate about creating more sustainable, youthful and liveable cities, and amplifying the engagement of youth in addressing city challenges. 

Paul Shorthouse 

Regional Director, The Delphi Group

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aul is a recognized economic development expert who has been at the forefront of defining and measuring key sectors of the green economy since 2009. He leads the Delphi Group’s activities in British Columbia and their green economy advisory services nationwide.

Over the last decade, Paul has successfully directed a range of industry development projects, research and stakeholder engagement initiatives, and workforce studies on sectors that include renewable energy, clean transportation, natural resources, circular economy / resources, and green building / construction. Outcomes have focused on building sustainable economic development strategies in order to promote energy and resource efficiency, stimulate job creation, and increase investment and trade for clean technology and environmental solutions.

From 2009-2016, Paul also served as the Conference Director for the GLOBE Series, the international Leadership Summit on Sustainable Business, considered one of the largest events of its type in the world that attracts nearly 10,000 participants from more than 50 countries to Vancouver. In that role, Paul brought together diverse interests in an effort to expand the global opportunities in cleantech and share best practices in line with reducing global GHG emissions, improving resource efficiency, and advancing corporate sustainability. 

Paul is currently on Board Chair for the Synergy Sustainability Institute, is a founding Executive Member of the BC Home Performance Stakeholder Council, and is a member of the Program Advisory Committees for BCIT’s School of Business as well as UBC’s Masters in Energy Leadership Program. Previously, Paul served as Managing Director of Vancouver-based GLOBE Advisors and has been on a number of advisory committees on energy and green economy subjects in Canada. 

Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UVic, a Certificate in Environmental Stewardship from Camosun College, and a Diploma of Technology in Entrepreneurship from BCIT’s School of Business.

Carol Anne Hilton

CEO, Transformation International

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Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO of Transformation International an award winning First Nation Social and Economic Development company. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. CarolAnne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.  

Carol Anne was recently appointed as a senior advisor on the Canadian Federal Economic Growth Council. The Council advises the Federal Finance Minister Morneau on Canadian economic growth. Carol Anne has led the establishment of a line of thought called #Indigenomics-  that focuses on building and developing local Indigenous economies. Carol Anne is  currently a Director at the McGill Institute on the Study of Canada, a Director on the Canadian Community Economic Development Network and faculty lead at the Banff Center Indigenous Business Program and an instructor at Simon Fraser University Community Economic Development Program.