reimagine granville street

Join this critical discussion about the future of Vancouver’s arts and entertainment hub on June 15, 2021.

Join us for a critical conversation with leaders in arts, entertainment, and commerce on the future of one of Vancouver’s most culturally significant streets.

As Vancouver’s arts, culture, retail, and business sectors work to recover from the impact of a global pandemic and adapt to meet modern needs, investment in Granville Street will need to breathe new life into this historic entertainment district so it can remain relevant for decades to come. 

Please join us on June 15, 2021 from 11:00AM – 12:30PM for an online panel discussion on the future of Granville Street, presented by the DVBIA and Daily Hive. 

In February, the DVBIA published the Granville Street Reimagining Report (available here). The report, prepared by Resonance Consultancy, includes bold ideas and practical strategies to reinvigorate Granville Street in the short and long term.

Chris Fair of Resonance Consultancy will give a presentation on the Granville Street Reimagining Report, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Karm Sumal of Daily Hive. Panelists will explore strategies to reinvigorate Granville Street as a vibrant main street, with a strong creative ecosystem and diverse, resilient, local economy. 


Karm Sumal (moderator)

Karm Sumal (moderator)

CEO & Co-Founder, Daily Hive

A born and raised Vancouverite, Karm Sumal started Vancity Buzz back in 2008 after seeing an opportunity to connect locals, share untold stories, and celebrate the community. What started out as a passion project has grown into one of the largest digital media publications in Canada, expanding from coast to coast and amassing 18 million monthly page views.

charles gauthier

charles gauthier

Outgoing President & CEO, DVBIA

Charles holds a Masters of City Planning from the University of Manitoba and has been steering the DVBIA since 1992. He’s been the recipient of Business In Vancouver’s prestigious ‘40 Under 40 Achievement Award,’ and the Downtown Vancouver Association’s President’s Award, in addition to other accolades. He has served on numerous boards during his career including the Business Improvement Areas of BC, the BC chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the International Downtown Association, and the Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society.

christina kuypers

christina kuypers

Senior Vice President, Revenue Management, Exhibition, and Location-Based Entertainment, Cineplex

Christina Kuypers is an entertainment and hospitality executive with over 17 years of experience in concept development, operations management and consulting with leading hotels, restaurants, theatres and entertainment venues in Canada, the US and the Middle East.  As SVP of Revenue Management at Cineplex, Christina currently oversees Concept Development & Design, Food & Beverage, Amusement Gaming & Attractions, Entertainment, and Groups & Events for a multi-brand portfolio of 174 theatres and large-scale entertainment venues across Canada. Christina is passionate about creating memorable guest experiences and developing talent.

nate sabine

nate sabine

Director of Business Development, Blueprint

Nate’s background in marketing and culture lead to his current role of Senior Business Advisor at Blueprint. Dealing variously with government, brand partnerships, public relations, and sponsorship, Nate touches every one of Blueprint’s ventures. In addition, he serves as President of Music BC, and sits on the boards of the DVBIA and Hospitality Vancouver Association. 

kristina lao

kristina lao

Prolific Media Holdings

Kristina Lao (she/her), is an Artist-Advocate from Hong Kong with over 15 years working internationally as a curator and creator. As Executive Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Prolific Media Holdings, she specialises in career pathway initiatives in Media & Entertainment, with a passion for reducing barriers to entry and championing sustainable creative careers. Kristina is a podcast host, actor and songwriter, and serves on the Board of Directors at Music BC and Cushy Entertainment.

chris fair (guest presenter)

chris fair (guest presenter)

President & CEO, Resonance

Chris is a futurist, development strategist and facilitator who holds a Masters degree in Studies of the Future. As President of Resonance, Chris leads a team that has completed more than 100 visioning, strategy, planning and branding projects for destinations, districts, cities and developers in more than 20 countries. Chris is the Chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Travel Experience & Trends Council, a member of the Project for Public Spaces Leadership Council, and a past instructor in Placemaking at New York University. 

Date: June 15, 2021

Time: 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Cost: Free

Location: Zoom webinar (link to be sent upon registration)

Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit their own ideas and questions to the panel. 

If you have a question you know you’d like to have answered by our panel, please email it in advance of the session to dvbia@dtvan.ca 

We look forward to seeing you online!