Capital Urbanism Lab Event: Winter Cities

Capital Urbanism Lab Event: Winter Cities

Location Info


National Capital Commission


40 Elgin St.


A discussion on the importance of design and planning for active winter cities.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to invite the public to a discussion about best practices regarding design and planning for winter cities. Topics to be explored include: climate responsive design, optimizing outdoor public spaces, winter cycling, and the use of colour and sense of place. Through its land assets, the NCC plays a significant role — with its partners and the public — in building a winter capital worthy of this great country and region. The following experts will explore how winter cities can be dynamic and invigorating.

Patrick J. Coleman, Executive Director, Winter Cities Institute

Vivian Manasc, architect, Manasc Isaac Architects, and member of the NCC’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty

Mike Ellis, MCIP, Senior Planner, City of Whitehorse, YT


Patrick J. Coleman, AICP, is the Principal of North of 45, an urban and town planning firm based in northern Michigan and serving the upper Great Lakes Region, Alaska and other Northern places. Mr. Coleman is recognized internationally as an expert in Northern city planning issues, solutions and placemaking. He also leads the Winter Cities Institute, an organization that promotes liveable and sustainable winter cities through technical assistance and an online archive of resource materials. He has presented workshops on winter cities at conferences in Siberia, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, all across Canada, Alaska, and in the northern United States.

Vivian Manasc is an architect and senior principal at Manasc Isaac, one of Alberta’s leading architectural practices. Vivian is known as a green building pioneer, and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top “green” architects and integrated design facilitators. She leads the design of outstanding sustainable buildings, as well as reimagined existing buildings, for public and corporate clients. Manasc Isaac is an innovator in cold-climate sustainable design, and has been recognized with many significant architectural awards, including the Governor General’s Medal for Excellence in Architecture. Vivian Manasc is a past president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a director of the Canada Green Building Council, founding member of the Sustainable Building Symposium, and adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Calgary. She is a LEED® accredited professional, and co-author of the book Agora Borealis: Engaging in Sustainable Architecture, as well as a frequent speaker on sustainable design across Canada. She received her architectural degree from McGill University and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.

Mike Ellis is the Senior Planner at the City of Whitehorse, where he has worked for the last 10 years. He specializes in issues relating to residential land development, innovative zoning and long-range planning. Whitehorse is the largest Canadian city north of 60 and, led by Mike and others, has produced numerous innovative solutions to cope with the challenges of sustained steady growth (21% over the last 10 years) in a remote northern context. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from McGill University and a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently on a one-year leave of absence from work while he and his family have an adventure in Ottawa.

This event is open to the public.

Please RSVP to by noon, Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Space is limited.


Thursday, February 12, 2015
6 pm to 8 pm


NCC Headquarters
Capital Urbanism Lab
40 Elgin Street, 5th Floor
Ottawa ON K1P 1C7

Thank you for your interest in the National Capital Commission.

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