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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.

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
  • 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
  • May take positions on policy initiatives from other levels of government within the mandate of the committee


The committee:

  • Works co-operatively with other agencies whose activities affect constituent communities, including initiating and developing relevant projects
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Members may miss no more than four consecutive meetings without obtaining leave of absence from the committee. Membership will be terminated following the fourth such absence.


The Civic Asset Naming Committee is comprised of nine voting members (5 is quorum) with five appointed from the community and one from each of:

  • Vancouver Historical Society
  • Vancouver Public Space Network
  • Cultural Communities Advisory Committee (CCAC)
  • Urban Indigenous Peoples' Advisory Committee (UAPAC).

Committee members are selected through the City of Vancouver's Civic Committee public selection process.

The Committee Chair is selected by the members at the first meeting for the Council term of the Committee.

Committee members appointed in 2015 will serve until February 28, 2017.

Members must reapply to be reappointed.


  • John Atkin (Chair)
  • Scott Anderson - Vancouver Historical Society representative (Vice-Chair)
  • Mali Bain
  • Nellie Cheng - Cultural Communities Advisory Committee representative
  • Lois Evans
  • Lynne Kennedy
  • Paola Qualizza - Vancouver Public Space Network representative
  • Teyem Thomas - Urban Aboriginal Peoples' Advisory Committee representative 


  • City Council - Councillor Andrea Reimer
  • Park Board - Commissioner Catherine Evans
  • School Board - Trustee Allan Wong
  • Staff - Heather Gordon, City Archivist 

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.

Contact the Civic Asset Naming Committee

Staff contact
Heather Gordon
City Archivist

Phone: 604-829-4266

Meeting coordinator
Nicole Ludwig

Phone: 604-873-7191

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.

Resources for advisory committee members

How City assets are namedCriteria for names on the Name Reserve ListView names on the Reserve ListSuggest a name