Past Nanaimo Event: VOL 4

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June 07, 2016
@ Shaw Auditorium


Exploring how we connect people and places through architectural spaces.


At PechaKucha Night Nanaimo Vol.4, presenters will explore the role architecture and design play in connecting people and places, in ways that stimulate community, encourage identity, and create meaningful context for the world around us.

Using Nanaimo as a case study, inspiration, or reference, speakers will share experiences and insights that have influenced their practice.

PechaKucha is an innovative style of presenting that uses a 20x20 format (that’s 20 images for exactly 20 seconds each). Each presentation lasts about 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

PechaKucha Night Nanaimo Vol.4 has been developed in collaboration with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2016 Festival of Architecture.

Doors & Drinks @ 7pm | Show @ 8pm



Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith: HELLIWELL + SMITH • Blue Sky Architecture Inc.
Bruce Halliday: General Manager, The Port Theatre
Craig Goodman: Principal, CS&P Architects, Toronto
Robert Plante: Designer and Art Director, Balbina Studio
Maarten Van Wamel: Team Leader, Life Skills Program, Malahat Nation
Amanda Scott: Owner, The Vault Cafe
Chris Midgley: Manager of Water Services and Asset Management, RDN
Sarah Chauncey: Writer
Nicole Vaugeois: Where is Here Cultural Mapping project
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Creative Places, Open Spaces

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Amanda Scott opened the Vault Café in 2014 with the intention of creating a space where the creativity of Nanaimoites could be showcased and celebrated. The downtown coffee shop hosts everything from open mic nights to movie nights, poetry readings, live music and book launches in an effort to create a social atmosphere that is open to everyone. Thanks to the early success of the café, the City of Nanaimo has awarded Amanda with the 2016 Emerging Cultural Leader Award. 

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Blue Sky West Coast Modern

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Based in West Vancouver since 1989, Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith from Blue Sky Architecture have built works in the Lower Mainland, the mountains, islands, and valleys of British Columbia, as well as national and international projects. First established in 1975 as Blue Sky Design on Hornby Island, they have evolved a design approach that is humane and works poetically and economically with site, local materials, climate and program.

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All Is Water

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

In addition to being the Manager of Energy and Sustainability for the Regional District of Nanaimo, Chris is an adjunct professor in VIUs new Master of Community Planning program. Chris’ areas of expertise include sustainable community design and planning, urban design, sustainable transportation, policy development, and organizational change.

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Generative Leadership and the Basics of Wellbeing

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Maarten van Wamel helps organizations, individuals and communities develop plans for a successful future. He has worked with First Nations, not-for-profits, various levels of government, and from small to multi-national businesses. Over the past two years, as team leader of the Malahat First Nation’s Life Skills Program, Maarten has been supporting the community define and plan their desired future.

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Creating a Story of Place

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Sarah has been a professional writer and editor for more than two decades.
An award-winning writer of creative nonfiction, she’s also written for organizations from MTV Networks to NASA. For several years, Sarah was a strategic storyteller for destinations, helping residents, investors and planning teams to envision the experience of place, then weaving the threads together into vision stories.

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Where Is Here

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

As Regional Innovation Chair in Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development, Dr. Nicole Vaugeois supports rural communities to use amenity based industries like tourism and recreation to diversify their economies. Nicole was the lead investigator of the cultural mapping project Where is here? which examined what connects residents to their downtown core. Nanaimo was one of three cities included in the project.

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Private Views in Public Places

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Craig Goodman is a skilled designer and architect with CS&P Architects in Toronto who has led a wide array of the firm's projects. With over 25 years of professional experience, Craig has worked on a variety of scales. As an LEED-accredited professional, Craig provides leadership in the sustainable design culture of the practice and incorporates sensitive environmental strategies into the conceptual framework of his projects.

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Show Me Your Vision

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

"In any process, in whatever you do, in any discussion you have about development in the city, it all comes does to just one question - 'What will it look like?' - So sketch it for heaven's sake! Show me your vision!"

In Show Me Your Vision from PechaKucha Night Nanaimo Vol. 4, Designer and Art Director at Balbina Studio, Rob Plante ignites our imaginations with something as simple as a sketch. Trained in typography, graphic design, photography, and illustration at the Royal Academy for Visual Arts in The Hague, the Netherlands, sketching is the cornerstone of his work, having informed everything in his design process throughout a prolific career. Here Having branded thousand companies and organizations as an art director, creative director, graphic designer, filmmaker, copywriter, illustrator, and coach, Robert speaks a language of design that all can understand, especially here in this simple, compelling, and charming presentation about what his city can become through sketches.

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It’s Personal

@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Over the last 17 years as General Manager of the Port Theatre, Bruce Halliday has formed strong connections with artists, artist’s agents and the presenting network across B.C. and Canada. Bruce is very excited to be leading the Port Theatre team into a capital fundraising campaign to complete the community vision of a purpose built performing arts centre. With the support of The City of Nanaimo through City Council, The Port Theatre Society has been given a rare opportunity to make this dream a reality for our community.

Sarah Chauncey
Writer, Self-employed in Nanaimo
Bruce Halliday
general manager, The Port Theatre society in Nanaimo
Craig Goodman
Architect, CS&P Architects in Toronto
Maarten van Wamel
Leadership Developer, Dynamic Leadership Development & Consultancy in Nanaimo
Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith
Principal, Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture in West Vancouver
Nicole Vaugeois
Professor, Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo