Program & Schedule

Important dates

January 14, 2019Call for Programs Open
January 14, 2019Conference Registration Open
March 29, 2019Call for Programs Closes
April 12, 2019Program Decisions Communicated
April 19, 2019Conference Program Released
May 7, 2019Early Bird Registration Deadline
May 20, 2019Conference Registration Deadline
June 3-6, 2019Building Bridges Conference

Conference Program (subject to change)

Monday, June 3, 2019
5:00pm – 8:00pmRegistration
6:00pm-8:00pmOpening Event and Senior Leaders Panel Discussion
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
9:00am – 9:30amRegistration
9:30am – 10:30amKeynoteMax Valiquette - Innovation, Transformation and Marketing Expert *See keynote speaker section
10:30am – 10:45amBreak/Travel Time
10:45am – 12:00pmPlenary sessionIntersectional Town and Gown Issues
Leanne Holland Brown, James Craig, Tanja Curic, Mark Dykstra
– Waterloo TGAO

Members of the Waterloo T&G Committee will present on relevant “intersectional issues” affecting it, the municipality and universities. Five priority areas where there is intersection will be identified (e.g. student mental health/wellness, off campus conduct, unsanctioned public gatherings) and discussed. Information will be shared about the topic, including pressures, challenges, along with new ideas, potential solutions and synergies that attempt to make it better for all involved.
12:00pm – 1:00pmLunch
1:15pm – 2:30pmAfternoon concurrent sessionsHabitats: Students in their Communities
Britney DeCosta and Ryan Tishcoff – Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)

This presentation will be a discussion between the speaker and attendees. A PowerPoint will be used with some lecture-style presentation, in addition to a discussion, not only on the issues that students have highlighted, but also areas of improvement/future collaboration in their communities. Materials: 2019 Habitats will be published on the first day of the TGAO Conference. Digital copies will be sent to attendees and available online.
Institutional Responses to Off-Campus Misconduct
Darryl Veld - Associate Director, Student Affairs, Brock University
Lindsay Winger - Assistant Dean, Support Services and Community Engagement, Queen’s University

The rise of unsanctioned street parties has reached a critical level for many institutions across the sector. In effort to address high risk alcohol behaviours and reduce alcohol related harms, stakeholders are engaging in collaborative discussions and strategic actions to minimize the harms caused by these events on our students, community members and first responders. This presentation will examine the role of the institutions in the wake of large street gatherings and discuss the successes and potential limitations that exist in addressing behaviour off campus.

Comparisons will be drawn between the University District Safety Initiative approach undertaken by the City of Kingston, Kingston Police and Queens University, and the educational approach by Brock University in collaboration with their community partners.
2:30pm-2:45pmBreak/Travel Time
2:45pm – 4:30pmGenerative DiscussionParticipate in a group roundtable activity related to top 12 conference issues.
4:30pm - onwardNight on your own
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
9:00am – 9:30amRegistration
9:30am – 10:30amKeynoteMarcus Moos – Associate Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo; registered professional planner *See keynote speaker section
10:30am – 10:45amBreak/Travel Time
10:45am – 12:00pmMorning Concurrent SessionsTravel Planning for University Campuses: The Western University Story
Alexander Wray – Research Associate, Human Environments Analysis Lab, Western University

The closure of the University Drive Bridge to vehicle traffic on Western University’s campus in London, Ontario during the winter of 2018/19 sparked broad campus discussion of transportation issues in the community. The Western Active Transportation Society was formed to lead the discussion of transformative change in campus-community transportation issues such as cycling, parking, transit, and vulnerable road user safety. This session will explore the impact of this situation on Town and Gown relations.

Brock University’s U-Pass Program and its Implications for Town-Gown Relations in Niagara
Christopher Fullerton
– Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, Brock University

The presentation will provide an overview of Brock University’s highly-successful U-Pass Program, with an emphasis on its implications for town-gown relations in Niagara. Initiated in the 2003-2004 school year and administered since then by the Brock University Students’ Union in partnership with numerous Niagara transit agencies, the U-Pass Program has generated an exponential increase in public transit ridership among Brock students. The various transit route and schedule enhancements made over the program’s sixteen years have provided students with a level of service that far exceeds that enjoyed by students at most other post-secondary institutions across Canada. At the same time, the popularity of the U-Pass program, and its influence on student travel behaviour, has presented both benefits and challenges for the communities in which Brock students reside, including improved student access to shopping destinations and the influx of students into new residential neighbourhoods.

Supporting Off-Campus Students: Case Studies from University of Guelph, Brock University, and Niagara College
Kathryn Hofer
- Manager, Off-Campus Living, University of Guelph
Tanya Bradley – Manager, Student & Community Experience, Brock University
Sean Coote – Director, International Division, Niagara College

Providing students with the resources and supports they require to have a successful experience living off-campus is critical to fostering positive community relations. This presentation will provide an overview of innovative programming for off-campus students and international students at the University of Guelph, Brock University, and Niagara College.

12:00pm – 1:00pmTGAO Annual General Meeting & Lunch
1:15pm – 2:30pmAfternoon concurrent sessionsA Campus-Community Planning Tool? Learning about LEGO as a Town and Gown Relationship Building Technique
Alexander Wray
– Research Associate, Human Environments Analysis Lab, Western University

Student housing and other campus buildings have caused significant conflict between near-campus neighbours and their institutions due to the sheer density and height of some newer building formats. Using LEGO as an interactive tool, coupled with role-playing, this session will work through multiple case studies in Waterloo, Kingston, Hamilton, Guelph, and London to illustrate how playful materials can be used to bridge the gaps between campus and community visions of near-campus neighbourhoods.

Afternoon concurrent session
Description to follow
2:30pm – 2:45pmBreak/Travel Time
2:45pm – 4:30pmGenerative DiscussionParticipate in a group case study activity related to top 12 conference issues.
6:00pm onwardTGAO Dinner and Social
Thursday, June 6, 2019
9:00am – 9:30amRegistration
9:30am – 10:30amKeynoteMichael Fox – Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Environment, Mount Allison University; author of two books related to Town and Gown relations
*See keynote speaker section
10:30am – 10:45amBreak
10:45am – 12:00pmClosing Plenary DiscussionThe Closing Plenary Discussion will provide a “capstone” to the Building Bridges 2019 conference and a launching point for emerging items, next steps and legacy initiatives related to the TGAO.
12:00 PMLunch and Travel Home