Community Engagement Opportunities in 2022: Lessons from the pandemic

Wednesday, Feb 2 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET.

Duration: 1 hour  Cost: Free

The past two years have changed how local governments engage with residents. From virtual open houses to online and hybrid engagement - we all had to adapt to the "new reality".

This year, local governments and engagement experts are facing a new challenge: how to keep communities engaged while having -even more- limited time and resources? 

Join host Andrea Reimer and community engagement experts from Local Government, Indigenous and Education backgrounds as they discuss what they have learned (and unlearned) over the past two years, and what engagement opportunities they see in 2022.

A live Q&A will follow this session, along with a variety of complementary content. Don’t miss out on this virtual experience — register now!

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Meet the Panelists


Rose LeMay

Rose LeMay is an unrelenting champion for the inclusion and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples. As a facilitator and trainer in cultural competence and anti-racism, she has supported thousands of Canadians from coast to coast to coast to deepen understanding and capacity for reconciliation. As a keynote speaker she can take people through difficult topics of racism and reconciliation to find common ground and hope for the future. Rose has a regular column in The Hill Times, Canada’s politics and government news service.

Rose has over 20 years of experience in policy and program development in health and mental health development in government and non-profit sectors. She was the founding chair of the Wharerātā (fare’eh rata) Group, an international network of Indigenous leaders and their allies working in mental health and addictions. She is a Certified First Nations Health Manager, and Certified in Prosci Change Management.


Am Johal

Am Johal is Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Co-Director of SFU's Community Engaged Research Initiative. He is the author of 'Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene' and co-author with Matt Hern and Joe Sacco of 'Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale.' He is currently President of the Indian Summer Arts Society and 221A.


Marnie McGregor

Marnie is the Head of Communications & Strategic Partnerships for the Global  Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) ─ the largest global alliance for city climate leadership.  

With more than two decades of urban affairs experience, she provides government relations, communications and engagement advice to clients on a broad range of topics. Previously, she worked at two large North American municipalities, served four mayors, and has worked in five global cities.  

From 2015 to 2019, she was the first Director of Intergovernmental Relations &  Strategic Partnerships with the City of Vancouver, where she coordinated the  COP21 Paris Climate Conference delegation led by Mayor Gregor Robertson.  

Meet Our Host

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Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer spent four terms in local government including 10 years as the lead on public engagement on Vancouver City Council, where she also served as Deputy Mayor and Chair of Policy and Strategic Priorities. She recently completed a fellowship at Harvard in recognition of this work and is currently teaching about power, policy and engagement at UBC and SFU in Vancouver, Canada.


What is Ethelo?

Ethelo is a leading organization in integrated online and offline engagement. ​​Ethelo is used by over 150 communities across North America to bring meaningful solutions to complex and divisive issues. Ethelo’s mission is to empower decision-makers and community members to make better decisions together.

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