2016 Beatrice and Arthur Minden Symposium on the Environment


FutureTalks Design Workshop: Best Practices in Citizen Engagement for a Sustainable Future

The second annual Beatrice and Arthur Minden Symposium on the Environment hosted by the University of Toronto's School of the Environment



Mr. Dave Biggs
Chief Engagement Officer, MetroQuest

Dave Biggs is an internationally recognized expert in stakeholder engagement, public outreach and the use of software tools to enhance community participation for planning projects. As a co-founder of MetroQuest, he has authored several books and papers on planning, sustainability and stakeholder engagement and has facilitated over 200 workshops and community forums for planning and visioning projects on four continents.

Ms. Sylvia Cheuy

Director, Deepening Community, Tamarack Institute

Sylvia is passionate about community engagement and the unique role that citizens play in creating dynamic and well-connected neighbourhoods and communities. She delights in delivering learning opportunities that profile, disseminate and share the resources, tools and experiences to Tamarack's vast network of learners primarily via the Tamarack Deepening Community Learning Community. From 2005 until 2013 Sylvia was the founding Executive Director to Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of well-being for Ontario's Headwaters region. Tamarack played a key role in launching HCIA and it has given Sylvia first-hand experience implementing a collective impact initiative. Sylvia recently completed her Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems.

Mr. James Goldstein

Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute, Boston, USA

James Goldstein is a Senior Fellow at Tellus Institute, where he directs the Sustainable Communities Program. His research centers on the development of analytic methods and stakeholder processes for community-based initiatives to integrate environmental protection, economic development, and social well-being. He has over thirty years of experience in the assessment of environmental problems and policies, with a particular emphasis on integrated approaches for water resource planning, solid waste/materials management, and long-range scenario analysis. His current focus is incorporating a global perspective in the design of local and regional sustainability efforts. He has developed sustainability scenarios for the Boston metropolitan area, advised on integrated resource planning for provision of regional water management, and advanced sustainable urbanization as a key component of the future UN Development Agenda.

Prof. Dr. Patrizia Nanz

Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany

Patrizia Nanz is Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Professor of Transformative Sustainability Studies at the University Potsdam as well as Chair of the European Institute for Public Participation (EIPP). After her doctoral studies at the European University Institute in Florence, she was researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute (Bonn) and at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster University (London). Since 2002 she holds a professorship in Political Theory at the University Bremen. Patrizia Nanz has also been Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies/Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin as well as at MIT (Cambridge, Mass.), and is a member of the Executive and Research Committee of the Wiki-Platform Participedia.net, a database on democratic innovations worldwide initiated at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Arnim Wiek

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA

Arnim Wiek is an Associate Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His research group focuses on participatory solution-oriented sustainability research and education. Main topics are water, food, urban development, and climate change. All projects are conducted in close collaboration with government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the public. Dr. Wiek was the Principal Investigator of the Phoenix General Plan Update 2009-2011 and the Reinvent Phoenix grant 2012-2014 - two undertakings with broad public engagement in future visioning and scenario building. Dr. Wiek holds a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, and had research and teaching engagements at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, the University of Tokyo, and Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.