VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBA--(Marketwired - June 27, 2016) - The members of the Granville Island 2040 Plan Advisory Board were announced today by Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The advisory board represents a broad and diverse range of disciplines, including planning experts, entrepreneurs, artists, and representatives from the Granville Island business and cultural communities. The board will help guide the process and decisions of the plan for the continued long-term success of Granville Island. Dr. Michael Stevenson is leading the project on behalf of CMHC.

The plan, which will set out the future of Granville Island for the next 25 years, is being developed with the City of Vancouver and will set out plans for the Emily Carr University buildings, revitalization of the popular Public Market, and the advancement of the arts and cultural industry on the island.

"This esteemed group of community leaders, with the guidance of Dr. Stevenson, will ensure the continued long-term success and sustainability of the Island as a year-round cultural, recreational, and educational centre," said Minister Duclos.

It has been forty years since Granville Island was redeveloped from a derelict brownfield to a popular urban park and cultural hub for Vancouver. CMHC is the federal crown corporation responsible for managing Granville Island.

Schedules for broad community consultation will be announced in the coming weeks.


Larry Beasley, Principal, Beasley and Associates

Douglas Coupland, writer and artist

Michael Geller, President, Geller Group

Anne Giardini, Chancellor, Simon Fraser University

Howard Jang, Professor, Professional Practice and Director, SFU Woodward's Cultural Unit

Am Johal, Director, SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Sadhu Johnston, City Manager, City of Vancouver

Wendy Grant-John, Senior Aboriginal Advisor, Deloitte

Carol Lee, Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee

Gloria Loree, Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations, Destination Canada

Dale McClanaghan, Chair, Granville Island Trust

Yashau Nijati, Founder, thisopenspace

Eric Pateman, President & Founder, Edible Canada

Robin Petri, Vice-President, Development, Catalyst Community Developments

Geoff Plant, Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Gordon Price, Director, The City Program at SFU

Jessica Schauteet, President, Granville Island Community and Business Association

Maged Senbel, Associate Professor, PhD Program Chair, and Associate Director of UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning

Ron Stern, President, Stern Partners

Erica Tao, Regional Director General, Heritage Canada


Granville Island is Vancouver's premier artistic and cultural hub, located in an urban, waterfront location and steeped in a rich industrial and maritime heritage. A unique public space that attracts millions of visitors each year from Vancouver and around the world, the charm of Granville Island lies in its unexpected mix of uses, including its famous Public Market. The Island is home to 280 businesses employing about 3,000 people.

Contact Information:

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Mathieu Filion
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Duclos