This Urbanism Lab event will explore responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from two different perspectives:

  • How have cities pivoted in response to COVID-19, and what role can tactical urbanism play in responding to sudden events like the pandemic?
  • How can cities plan with public health in mind, and what are some of the likely effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on planning in big cities?

Meet our expert speakers

David Cooper, MPl, MCIP, RPP
Principal, Leading Mobility Consulting

Since 2005, David Cooper has contributed to numerous transformative transportation initiatives across Canada. David is the founder and principal of Leading Mobility, a transportation planning firm that offers strategic and planning support for public transit, infrastructure delivery, stakeholder support, and government relations projects and initiatives.

Some of David’s significant transportation contributions include launching TransLink’s first battery-electric buses in Vancouver, implementing LRT/BRT expansion, regional transit projects in Calgary, and planning the Relief Line Subway and King Street Transit Priority Pilot in Toronto. David recently authored the Canadian Urban Transit Association’s national COVID-19 transit recovery strategy, which outlines funding and policy support required from the federal government to continue public transit as a lifeline service for essential workers and to ensure longer-term viability for our transit systems into economic recovery.

David’s contributions to city building and transportation have been nationally recognized. He is the recipient of the President’s Award for Young Planner of the Year, granted by the Canadian Institute of Planners and an Individual Leadership Award from the Canadian Urban Transit Association, as well as having received Mass Transit’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in North America.

Monique Goffinet Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Provincial Capital Commission, Saskatchewan

Monique Goffinet Miller is the chief executive officer of the Saskatchewan Provincial Capital Commission (PCC) in the province’s capital city, Regina. As the former director of Saskatchewan Government House, Monique focused her keen interest in heritage, culture and community development to benefit the public service and the people it serves.

With a background in public relations, marketing and broadcasting, Monique applied these skills working at the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. After receiving her Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C., Monique worked as a leadership and change management consultant in both B.C. and Saskatchewan.

Monique is the treasurer of the Canadian Capital Cities Organization and a partner of the National Capital Commission in her work as the CEO of the PCC.

Virgile Lautier
Economic Development advisor
Ville de Québec

Virgile’s work has involved the revitalization and development of the downtown area and commercial arteries for over 15 years. He has served as economic development advisor to Québec City since 2014.

As head of the Commercial Development team, he is responsible for Québec City’s 2020–2022 Business Plan. He is involved in planning and coordinating numerous development projects and programs to support commercial activity.

Since the beginning of COVID-19, he has been working with the municipal organization for civil security, which is coordinating the city’s response to the pandemic.


December 9, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (EST)


This Urbanism Lab event will be held virtually, via YouTube (with interpretation audio).