The pandemic exposed the divisions and disparities within our cities and societies as never before. As we rebuild and rethink the meaning of space and place, how do we bridge these divides to create a city that is Just, Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive (JEDI)? Explore answers with our experts.
Aftab Erfan (she/her) is a long-standing scholar-practitioner in the field of inclusion and social justice, currently serving as the City of Vancouver’s first Chief Equity Officer. She was educated as an environmental scientist and urban planner. In 2013 Aftab completed a PhD in Community and Regional Planning at UBC.
Rena Soutar is of Haida descent and works as Reconciliation Planner for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. Her portfolio includes the ambitious goal of decolonizing the Vancouver Park Board. Among other initiatives, she works inter-governmentally with local First Nations on a long-term comprehensive plan for Stanley Park. Rena currently is leading the colonial audit for the Vancouver Park Board.
Tamara Taggart is a community leader, activist, veteran broadcaster, cancer survivor, mother, and former candidate in the 2019 Canadian election. Born and raised in Vancouver, Tamara is a community leader who advocates for others and raises much-needed funds for many important causes.