Civic Asset Naming Committee

The mandate of the Civic Asset Naming Committee is to advise Council on matters pertaining to the naming of City-owned assets, with the exception of assets operated by City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation, and the Vancouver Public Library.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update: advisory bodies

We're transitioning to virtual advisory body meetings as an interim response to the health emergency. These meetings will be convened by electronic means as authorized by the updated Ministerial Order No. M192, Local Government Meetings and By-law Process (COVID-19) Order No. 3.

The next meeting will be held on October 26, 2020.

A link to join the live meeting broadcast will be posted below 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Virtual meetings will be held using Cisco WebEx Events. No software download is required, simply use the link below to view the meeting live through your web browser. 

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Following the meeting, minutes will be posted online and can be found in the ‘Meetings’ tab below.

Terms of reference

The committee:

  • Approves names to be added to the Civic Asset Name Reserve List based on input from staff regarding compliance with naming policies and guidelines; and
  • Recommends names for streets and roads, development areas, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, City-owned assets and facilities (excluding Parks and Library assets).

Policy advice

The committee:

  • Provides input to City Council and staff about issues of concern;
  • Considers any matters which may be referred to the committee by Council or staff; and
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the committee.

Collaboration

The committee:

  • Works co-operatively with other agencies whose activities affect constituent communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects; and
  • Acts as a resource for staff doing public involvement processes and civic events.

Awareness and outreach

The committee:

  • Exchanges information with the constituent communities and the general public about relevant programs and issues of interest; and
  • Engages in outreach to disseminate information and encourage participation from constituent communities.

Planning and reporting

The committee:

  • Produces an annual work plan with specific objectives by no later than April of each year, in consultation with Council and staff liaisons, for distribution to Council and civic departments for information;
  • Presents accomplishments and progress to date at the annual Council of Councils event; and
  • Submits an annual report to Council describing its accomplishments for the year, including reference to each objective set out in the work plan and any arising issues to which the committee has responded.

Meeting frequency

The Committee will meet six times a year. Meetings are not scheduled in August.

Time commitment

Committee meetings will last approximately 2 hours. In addition, working sessions of up to 2 hours are held on an as-needed basis. 

Attendance requirement

A member who is absent from more than two consecutive formal meetings without a leave of absence is deemed to have resigned.

Members

  • John Atkin
  • Mali Bain
  • Kyle Krawchuk
  • Fahrah Mawani
  • Felix-Marie Badeau, Racial and Ethno-Cultural Equity Advisory Committee
  • Annie Danilko, Urban Indigenous Peoples' Advisory Committee
  • Madeleine de Trenqualye, Vancouver Historical Society
  • Sara Jellicoe, Vancouver Public Space Network

Liaisons

  • Council Liaison: Councillor Adriane Carr
  • Council Liaison: Councillor Melissa De Genova
  • Park Board Liaison: Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon
  • School Board Liaison: Trustee Barb Parrott
  • Staff Liaison: Heather Gordon, City Archivist 

Terms and Membership Composition

Persons appointed to an advisory body shall meet the following essential criteria:

Not be employed by the City of Vancouver;
Live or work in Vancouver, or have a significant body of experience with issues in Vancouver; and
Be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities and skills related to the mandate of the advisory body.

Composition:

9 members (5 is quorum), with five appointed from the community and one from each of:

Vancouver Historical Society
Vancouver Public Spaces Network
Cultural Communities Advisory Committee
Urban Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Committee

2 non-voting Council liaisons
1 non-voting staff liaison

The appointment of civic members to each advisory committee shall meet the composition objectives set out in the Diversity on Advisory Bodies policy.

Length of term:

Committee members are appointed until December 31, 2020.
No member of the public shall serve for more than four consecutive years on the same advisory body. A former member is eligible for reappointment after one year out of office.

All regular meetings are open to the public.

In addition to the regular meetings listed here, the Committee also meets several times per year for informal working sessions. Please contact the Meeting Coordinator for more information.

Meetings, agendas, and minutes

2017 Year in Review

An overview of the committee's 2017 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Councils on October 12, 2017

2017-2018 Work Plan

The 2017-2018 Work Plan summarizes the high priority objectives for the committee term and establishes an action plan to achieve those objectives.

2016 in Review

An overview of the committee's 2016 accomplishments and future goals as presented at the Council of Council's on November 9, 2016.

2012-2014 Term in Review

An overview of the committee's closing term accomplishments and recommendations for continuation of the work was presented at the Council of Council's December 2014.

Resources for advisory committee members

Contact the Civic Asset Naming Committee

names@vancouver.ca

Staff contact
Heather Gordon
City Archivist

Phone: 604-829-4266

heather.gordon@vancouver.ca

Meeting coordinator
Rowena Choi

Phone: 604-873-7191

rowena.choi@vancouver.ca

Naming City-owned assets

How City assets are named

How you can get involved with naming facilities, streets, and more in Vancouver.

Criteria for names on the Name Reserve List

Find out what kinds of names will be considered for naming City-owned assets.

View names on the Reserve List

See the list of names that have been suggested and approved.

Suggest a name

Propose a name that honours people, places, events, and things related to the city of Vancouver.