Building Back Better: Meeting the Needs of Canadian Cities

Friday, March 5th at 12:00 PM PST / 3:00 PM EST.

In February, the eDemocracy Network along with Corporate Knights ran a national engagement on the federal government's multi-billion dollar COVID recovery budget.

Against the backdrop of the results from Help Canada Build Back Better, you're invited to a discussion about how federal policies and spending can better meet the needs of Canadian cities - especially as they begin to recover from COVID-19.

Come with your questions for Adam Vaughn, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing, and Raymond Louie, a former President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. They'll bring their perspectives on how cities can make sure their priorities are being heard by the highest levels of government. 

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Meet Our Guests


Adam Vaughan

Adam Vaughan is Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing). He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Spadina—Fort York in 2014. As an activist and journalist, Mr. Vaughan has played a significant role in the social and economic growth of Toronto. Mr. Vaughan served two terms as a Toronto City Councillor where he played a major role in reforming Toronto’s public housing policy. He led successful campaigns to rebuild and revitalize existing public housing, while initiating new policies to create family housing, supportive housing, and co-op housing programs. 


Raymond Louie

Raymond Louie was elected to the Executive of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2012 and served as President from 2015-2016. He was elected to five terms on Vancouver City Council from 2002-2018. He also served as a trustee and board director on numerous regional, provincial, and national boards including the BC Municipal Finance Authority, TransLink, Metro Vancouver, and Chair of the Green Municipal Fund Council. Raymond is the current Chief Operating Officer for Coromandel Properties and leads his own consulting firm R.P.Louie Consulting Ltd.


John Richardson

John is the founder and CEO of Ethelo, and has worked to support local governments and public agencies in a broad variety of public engagement processes across Canada. John invented the Ethelo algorithms, which enable groups to find broadly supported solutions to complex and contentious decision problems. Previous to Ethelo, He founded and was the Executive Director of Pivot Legal Society, one of Canada's leading human rights organizations. 

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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.


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Ethelo is an online platform that empowers groups to collaborate on decisions. Ethelo helps communities focus collective intelligence to reach the best decisions quickly and fairly.

Ethelo's unique technology enables groups to analyze millions of decision possibilities, producing smart results that everyone can support. Ethelo enables organizations to break the ceiling on the maximum size of effective groups, scaling group intelligence with group size.

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