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Author: Terry Klassen, Senior Associate and Placemaker

Cities around the world, Calgary included, are grappling with inevitable, momentous growth by 2050. Collectively cities will be occupied by upwards of 70% (currently 51%) of the world population rising to 6.72 billion people. This means matching consumption of the global energy supply and keeping pace with mounting infrastructure demands.  

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“The race is on for cities around the globe to meet the needs of a rising population amid a changing climate and shifting technological landscape.” – Carina Kolodny & Ashley Woods, Huffington Post, March 28, 2015

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Author: by Lindsay Blackett, Chair of the Board

“WE ARE ALBERTA”  - A Vision of what we can be. 

As I was planning to write this blog, I realized that Alberta is in many ways misunderstood and is also a dichotomy.  Alberta from the outside seems to be an area rich in natural resources, primarily in oil, gas, and an economic drive for the country.  What people do not see is our use of new technology to reduce our carbon footprint, the image of being good environmental stewards and Alberta as a culturally sophisticated bastion for clean technology.

What Alberta is and has been is a place where all things are possible.  We enjoy tremendous natural resources for sure but, our greatest gift is the 3.7 million people who are above the ground.  If you need any further evidence, look at the great flood of 2013 and how Albertans have responded through unparalleled acts of kindness, courage and generosity.  Thousands have volunteered for those who they did not know, but needed help in cleaning out their basements, providing food and shelter to friends and neighbors.  In Calgary alone where one hundred thousand people were evacuated from their homes, only fifteen hundred needed a shelter, all of the rest were taken in by friends, family, neighbors and strangers.

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Associate Profile Terry Klassen

Senior Associate, Placemaking Leader

Terry Klassen 2014

Terry Klassen’s career is about global context placemaking and the role of connecting community inspired innovation. What does inspiring innovation mean where we live now and evolving into future cities? It means new ways to listen, talk, and learn how to turn today’s innovations into tomorrow’s collaborations. The outcomes are transformational culture and creating endearing community places.


In the process of founding the SEAWalk Initiative following Alberta’s 2013 floods, Klassen conveyed a climate context perspective that connects community geography to ‘mountains and oceans’. How we look at where we live in community is the opportunity for facilitating tactical urban innovation. Opening the perspective to innovative mixed use development and collaborative active safe school travel possibilities is the campaign.  Driven by a vision of active community stakeholder involvement and strategic partnerships he connects influential multi-platform leaders to integrate outcomes. Strategically it is facilitating mixed use land development with good transit, pedestrian objectives, ecology indexing, and riparian stewardship – the nexus of future cities.