Maude Barlow

Kevin Bone

Robert France

Drew Gangnes and Grant Stewart

Peter Kulchyski

Anne Loes Nillesen



February 25 - 27, 2016

University of Manitoba

Faculty of Architecture

John A. Russell Building

Winnipeg MB Canada


Average High (FEB): -8.3°C

Average Low (FEB): -18°C


-40°C in 2004 & 2007



Program of Events

Thursday, 25th



Welcome Reception

Welcome, Dean Beddoes

Maude Barlow


4:00 PM

4:30 PM

5:40 PM


Friday, 26th



Symposium Welcome

Kevin Bone



Peter Kulchyski



Student Photo Competition Awards

Anne Loes Nillesen

Trans: Plan Water+ Competition

Ice Bar*

8:30 AM

9:30 AM

11:00 AM

12:30 PM

2:30 PM

4:00 PM

4:40 PM

6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Saturday, 27th



Robert France



Drew Gangnes and Grant Stewart

Panel Discussion

Closing Remarks



Appetizers to be served. Ice bar runs until 8:00 PM


9:00 AM

10:30 AM

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

2:45 PM

Maude Barlow

[Author, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Co-founder of The Blue Planet Project, and Chair, Food and Water Watch, Washington DC]


This event is open to the public for the cost of $10 per person payable at the door.  Full conference registration includes access to this event.


Maude is also Senior Advisor on Water to the United Nations and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude Barlow was one of the “1000 Women for Peace” nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In the same year, she received the prestigious Lannon Cultural Freedom Fellowship as well as the Right Livelihood Award. Known as the “Alternative Nobel” and given by the Swedish Parliament, the Right Livelihood Award cited her “exemplary and long-standing worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental right to water.” She also won the Citation of Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Canadian Environmental Awards, Canada’s highest environmental honour, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (U.S.).



Kevin Bone

[Principal, Bone Levine Architects, and Professor, The Cooper Union]


Kevin Bone has been a professor of architecture at the Cooper Union since 1983, teaching design, building technology, advanced concepts, and sustainability. He has worked to integrate issues of environment into the curriculum, teaching classes devoted to infrastructure, landscape and sustainability. He is the founding director of the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design where he has worked to develop the Institute’s programs and organize academic events on issues of environment, architecture, and resources. Most recently Bone and his Cooper colleagues published Lesson’s From Modernism, Environmental Design Considerations in Architecture, 1925-1970 (Monacelli Press 2014).  Other works related to infrastructure and environment include; The New York Waterfront, Evolution of the Port and Harbor, (Monacelli, 1997) and Water-Works, and The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply (Monacelli, 2006)


Bone is also a principal at Bone/Levine Architects and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. For over thirty years his practice has pursued a mix of contemporary architectural design, technical consulting, and historic preservation.



Robert France

[Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada]


Robert teaches at Dalhousie University focusing on the influence of landscape processes and urbanization on watershed management, and on best management design practices to restore degraded waterways. Robert has authored close to two hundred scientific publications, and is author or editor of over a dozen books about water sensitive and regenerative landscape planning and design, in addition to popular books about historical and experiential relationships with water. Recently, he has written forewords for the books or special journal issues entitled  Water, Women, Waste, Wisdom, Wealth, Canada’s Water, Yours to Protect:  A Primer on Planning Together, and Buildings are for People: Human Ecological Design. Presently, he has a book and several papers in press on the subject of integrative urban agriculture and restoration design.


Robert was one of twelve members of the Water Partner Advisory Committee, established to advise the national Water Stewardship Council on how to implement Canada’s Water Charter.  During his decade as a professor at the Harvard GSD, he participated in many, high-visibility water design and management plans in such locations as Abu Dhabi, Israel, China, Mexico, and the United States.


Drew Gangnes

[Senior Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, Washington, USA]


Drew is a Senior Principal at MKA and leads the firm’s civil engineering practice. His 29-year design portfolio reflects an emphasis on civil site design for prestigious architectural projects with complex engineering challenges. He has led the civil engineering design on sites up to 178 hectares (440 acres), several LEED Platinum projects, a complete re-sculpting of historic Governors Island in New York Harbor, and rejuvenation of Seattle’s waterfront with Olympic Sculpture Park (recognized as the top engineering achievement in the nation in 2008 by ACEC). Along with his innate ability to translate architectural designs into effective and efficient civil engineering solutions, Drew has a passion for site and water sustainability and is nationally recognized for his pioneering green roof, water balance analysis, and storm water management innovations.


Grant Stewart

[Principal, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Seattle,Washington, USA]


With professional experience from around the world, Grant Stewart brings a diverse design and management background. His extensive experience in urban design, commercial development, and campus and town planning allows him to provide leadership on many of GGN’s most comprehensive and complex projects. In his project work, Grant strives to provide unique and contextually sensitive design solutions while maintaining a focus on delivering quality, cost effective, and buildable landscapes. His leadership has contributed to GGN’s work on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, the Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation, and the Norton Museum of Art, amongst others.


Peter Kulchyski

[Graduate Program Director, Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; Co-Director, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas]


Peter is a professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba and a long-term activist around Indigenous land rights. Peter has written extensively on Aboriginal rights, cultural politics and history. Among his many publications are: Like the Sound of a Drum, the Red Indians, and Aboriginal Rights are Not Human Rights. He is currently active with hydro-electric project affected communities in northern Manitoba and has a manuscript nearing completion on the Northwest Territories Mountain Dene struggles for justice.


Anne Loes Nillesen

[Principal, DEFACTO Architecture and Urbanism, Rotterdam, Netherlands]


Anne Loes is the founder of the research and design firm DEFACTO Architecture & Urbanism (2006). She specializes in urban research and design in the domain of water and flood risk management. She has worked on large-scale complex urban and flood risk protection projects, such as the Dutch Deltaplan, Bangladesh Deltaplan, several local scale adaptation projects and a flood risk protection strategy for Houston.


Anna Loes is also founder of the Climate Adaptation Lab and the Delta Interventions integral Msc graduate studios at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture. As a PhD candidate, she studied the relation between urban design and water protection. She graduated with honors as an Architect and Urban designer in Delft, and undertook postdoctoral studies in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Together with Jeroen Singelenberg, she authored and published ‘Amphibious Housing in the Netherlands’ and she has a new book titled: ‘Delta Interventions’, to be published in January 2016.





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