A Seminar on Regenerative Neighbourhoods – Nov 29

November 23, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

The Consulate General of the Netherlands and Light House Sustainable Building Centre would like to invite you to a seminar on Regenerative Neighbourhoods, comparing experiences from the Netherlands and West Canada.

Chair: Tracy Casavant, Executive Director at Light House


Sustainable building: New developments and options for sustainable renovation and revitalization – examples of building retrofits and revitalized neighbourhoods

Jan Westra – Business Developer at Priva, the Netherlands – will give a presentation on different Priva projects, varying from state-of-the-art inner-city Greenhouse development combining office, leisure and local food production, to cost effective sustainable urban renovation using simple and low cost software and hardware solutions. Jan Westra will finish with a discussion on the Priva head office, as a landmark in sustainability.

Priva is world leader in the field of greenhouse process control and water treatment technology, and is market leader in building automation and office climate control in the Netherlands. Priva has been active in the greenhouse industry in Canada since 1970 and since 2009 in building automation control as well, and has completed many projects in the field of building automation.


Regenerating Neighbourhoods in the Netherlands and Canada – Practical experiences from Rotterdam and Vancouver

Gerben van Straaten – CEO of the Walas International Group – will share his practical work of regenerative urban areas and communities by showing examples of revitalizations in different cities in the Netherlands. He will talk about the starting conditions, governance and grass root activation, politics and policies, the challenge to work with and against the traditional forces of real estate development, and the special Walas-toolbox that was built through experience. He will compare Rotterdam and Vancouver to emphasize the difference of practice in the Netherlands and Canada.

The Walas International Group has main offices in Rotterdam and Vancouver area.


The Dutch-Canadian Sustainable Planning & Building Network

Johannes Vervloed – Consul General of the Netherlands in Vancouver – will introduce this new network.


Date: Thursday November 29, 2012 from 16:00 – 18:00

Location: BCIT Downtown Campus, Atrium Room (825), 8th floor

555 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Please confirm your attendance to van@minbuza.nl before November 23, 2012

This seminar will be followed by a reception at the Residence of the Consul General of the Netherlands at 1180 Wolfe Avenue, Vancouver, BC


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