Global Learning Forum 2017


Join us at Global Learning Forum 2017 to participate in a solutions-focused dialogue on the transition to 100% renewable energy in cities. 400+ leaders from local governments, the private sector, utilities, and the NGO and research communities will gather to engage and learn in Vancouver, British Columbia from May 17-19, 2017.

From electricity to heating/cooling to transportation: From policy to building political will, from finance to technology, learn about cross-cutting solutions.

A unique experience: Engage in small group workshops and inspiring plenary sessions with participants from 70 cities from around the world.

Ambitious goals and practical ideas in Vancouver: Meet and learn from international policy and technology innovators in a city that’s committed to 100% renewable energy.

Join us and we’ll deliver connections, ideas, and inspiration for your work. Experience dialogue difference by engaging in our participatory format. Global Learning Forum 2017 includes 32 workshops, five plenary sessions, site visits, networking receptions, and more! Sign up for newsletter for updates.


In May of 2015, Renewable Cities, a program of the SFU Centre for Dialogue, officially launched at Global Learning Forum 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Over 300 leaders—from Calgary to Copenhagen, from Boulder to Berlin—came together to discuss the implementation of ambitious renewable energy targets in cities.

Through highly participatory sessions and multisectoral dialogue, the event galvanized a community of practitioners on cutting edge urban energy issues. The Forum inspired urban leadership towards renewable energy, and—most importantly—demonstrated that the transition to 100% renewable energy (RE) in cities is not only possible, but that it is underway.

Since Global Learning Forum 2015, three participating municipalities have adopted 100% renewable energy targets and several more have reported that they are actively investigating such a move.

Here’s a sample of what participants said about Global Learning Forum 2015:

Best conference I’ve ever attended/ “It brought business and local government together on urban energy more so than I have ever experienced before.” / “I have never participated in a conference as focused and results orientated as the Renewable Cities Forum.” / “Catalytic for the Directors who attended.” / “Very engaging event, I’m planning on lots of concrete follow-ups.”  

Who came to Global Learning Forum 2015?

Over 300 implementers, decision-makers, business leaders, and policy-makers from over 60 Canadian municipalities and international jurisdictions, including Berlin, Boulder, Calgary, Copenhagen, Durban, Hamburg, London, Melbourne, New York City, Ottawa, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC, and Yokohama.

Top sectors represented: Municipal staff; private sector; NGOs/city networks; universities; and municipal elected officials.

Top occupations represented: Managers (energy, engineering, sustainability, etc.); directors; city councillors and mayors; executives (principal, founder, president, vice-president, CEO).

For more information on Forum 2015, see the event’s websitemedia coverage, videos, and photo gallery. Check out our Front Line of Energy interview series to learn about what Global Learning Forum 2015 alumni have been up to.


Registration rates Before Feb 1 Before Apr 1 After March 31
Regular $560 $680 $800
Government, non-profit, and university $420 $510 $600
PhD student & post-doc (no further discounts) $250

– All prices in Canadian dollars, plus applicable taxes. Payable by credit card.

  • Group rate: 20% off groups of three or more. Email us to arrange (may be combined with an early bird rate)$560
  • Scholarships: Local government staff/elected officials and individuals from developing countries can apply here
  • Venue: Four Seasons Hotel (791 West Georgia Street).  Book your stay using the conference rate



    Day 1:

  • 10:00 AM: Registration opens
  • 1:00 PM: Optional site visits
  • 3:00 PM: Optional event
  • 7:00 PM: Opening night

    Day 2:

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM: Forum open, sessions
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch
  • 1:30 PM: Sessions
  • 5:30 PM: Networking reception

     Day 3:

  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM: Sessions
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM: Sessions
  • 2:00 PM: Close and optional site visits

Access digital program or download draft program



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