Building Bridges 2019

A National Forum on Town and Gown Issues and Opportunities — June 3 to 6, 2019 — Niagara, Ontario

In recognition of the value of the relationships between cities and post-secondary institutions, Brock University, Niagara College and the Cities of St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, and Niagara-on-the-Lake are organizing a national “Town and Gown” Conference to explore the connections between post-secondary institutions and municipalities, local citizens and students. The conference will gather stakeholders to discuss the issues surrounding campus and community relations and will focus on sharing of ideas, experiences and methods of best practice.

This conference will:

  • Bring together stakeholders in the Town and Gown equation from universities, colleges and municipalities from across Canada, providing a national forum for the open discussion of campus/community issues.
  • Facilitate the sharing of experiences and ideas among university, college and municipal partners, with each bringing perspectives unique to their circumstances and history to the common table.
  • Initiate and encourage ongoing communication and connection among stakeholders regarding Town and Gown issues.

Who should attend:

Post-secondary officials, local citizen groups, students, first responders, community agencies, and representatives of the various levels of government are invited to share their experiences and ideas to foster positive interactions and collaboration among parties with varying interests, lifestyles, and history.

TOP 12 Conference Issues:

  1. Unsanctioned street parties
  2. Taking your Code of Conduct off-campus
  3. Building networks  for off-campus students
  4. Memorandum’s of Understanding with community partners
  5. Education and learning
  6. Community perception vs. institution perception
  7. Effects of post-secondary expansion
  8. Safety, security and enforcement
  9. Housing and neighbourhood aesthetics
  10. Infrastructure
  11. Zoning and by-laws
  12. Communication

Call for Programs

There are many opportunities for you to contribute and to get involved!
Program proposals can be submitted online by March 1, 2019.

Registration Open

Registration is now open!
Early bird deadline is 11:59pm on April 1