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Special Panel within ICCASU: 

Sharing Canadian Urban Experiences

October 24-25, 2015

Ottawa, Canada







University of Ottawa


Panel Chairperson:

Ben Gianni, Carleton University (TBC)

Kenza Benali, University of Ottawa

Randolph Wang, City of Ottawa


Coordinator: Canada China Thinking Network

ICCASU Website: http://chinaeam.uottawa.ca/ICCASU/

Canada is one of the most urbanized countries in the world, with just over 80% of its population living in cities. This is a dramatic increase from the 1920s, when roughly half of the country’s population was considered urban. Increasing concentrations of the country’s population in cities leverages the opportunity for economic growth in these areas, but also increases stress on infrastructure and services to serve the needs of increasingly diverse groups. As a result, Canada faces considerable challenges related to urbanization, such as access to housing, the inclusion of Aboriginal people and minority populations, urban poverty, and environmental sustainability among others. Given this context, Canada’s experiences related to managing diversity in urban contexts may be instructive for developing countries of the world such as China or African states, which are currently experiencing unprecedented rates of urbanization. This series of panels within ICCASU, “Sharing Canadian Urban Experiences” is co-organized by UN-Habitat and the University of Ottawa. Papers on issues related to new models for urbanization, community participation in urban planning, and other topics are especially welcome. These panels will provide a platform for scholars, professionals, policy-makers and the private sector to exchange views on the opportunities and challenges of urbanization in Canada today. Scholars and practitioners across disciplines are invited to submit abstracts and/or suggest specific panels corresponding with the themes listed below.

Topics of interest for papers, presentations and poster sessions include but are not limited to:

      • Urbanization, sustainability and planning
        1. Urbanization, environment, sustainability and planning
        2. Ecosystem approaches for urbanization assessment
        3. Urbanization and land use
        4. Urbanization, social equality and economic efficiency
        5. Urbanization, globalization and climate change
      • Urbanization dynamics
        1. Urbanization mode
        2. Urbanization process, analysis and modeling
        3. Urbanization and ecotourism
      • Urbanization, strategies and policies
        1. Western urban development
        2. Urbanization strategies
        3. Urban governance
      • Urbanization, 3S application and analyzing methods
        1. GIS, GPS, and RS applications
        2. Mathematical and spatial modeling
        3. Intelligent Information Processing
      • Urbanization and Smart cities.
        1. Tele-Health
        2. Information and communication technology application.
        3. Clean and renewable energy
        4. Green cities and environment.
        5. Low carbon footprint economies
        6. Creative economies
  • Keynote speakers:


    Conference official languages: English and French


    Important dates:

    Deadline for submission of abstract: July 31, 2015

    Abstracts of 250 words accepted in English and/or French

    Deadline for Registration: September 30, 2015

    Deadline for Early Bird Registration: July 31, 2015


    Registration fee*:  Early bird registration*:

    Regular participants: CAD$150  Regular participants: CAD$100

    Student participants: CAD$100  Student participants: CAD$50


    *Registration includes two lunches and refreshments


    Contact: ICCASU@uottawa.ca

    Website: http://chinaeam.uottawa.ca/ICCASU/