Five DIALOG Delegates to attend FCM 2019

Five DIALOG Delegates to attend FCM 2019

A team of DIALOG delegates will be heading off to Quebec City to attend FCM 2019, May 30 to June 2. From a Connected Lab session, to the closing plenary, our five delegates are excited to connect with the municipal leaders we already know, and look forward to getting to know many more!

DIALOG Delegates

How to Find Us at FCM

Here’s where you can find our delegates during the conference. If you’d like to connect for a conversation, they’d love you to get in touch via email or Twitter.

Jim Anderson: ac.ngisedgolaidnull@nosrednaj
Marion LaRue: ac.ngisedgolaidnull@euralm
Antonio Gomez-Palacio: ac.ngisedgolaidnull@pga @aurbanist
Jill Robertson: ac.ngisedgolaidnull@nostreborj @jilly_robertson
Tai Ziola: ac.ngisedgolaidnull@aloizt @taiziola

Connected Lab – June 1, 12:45-1:00 PM

Antonio Gomez-Palacio will be presenting Community Wellbeing: A Framework for Decision Makers during a lunchtime Connected Lab session. Join this talk to learn  more about the framework we developed with the Conference Board of Canada, and how it can be used to guide decision making to allow communities to flourish and prosper. After the session, our delegates will be on hand to answer your questions.

Women’s Breakfast – June 2, 7:00-8:15 AM

Marion, Jill and Tai will join FCM delegates for the Women in Local Government Scholarship breakfast fundraiser. Let’s grab a coffee together!

Closing Plenary – June 2, 3:15-4:30 PM

DIALOG is the presenting sponsor of The Walrus Talks Wellbeing, helping to bring attention to the role municipalities can play to help their communities flourish. On Sunday Antonio Gomez-Palacio will participate in an engaging discussion at the conference’s closing plenary. Join this talk to learn more about how design can proactively address wellbeing through the built environment.

Interested in learning more about the Community Wellbeing Framework? Read on.

The Community Wellbeing Framework

DIALOG is passionate about design and believes it can and should meaningfully improve the wellbeing of our communities. As such, we partnered with The Conference Board of Canada on a research initiative to develop a practical tool–a framework–for guiding and evaluating project design decisions to enhance community wellbeing.

The Community Wellbeing Framework is grounded in a definition that identifies the essential dimensions, or domains, of community wellbeing as the combination of social, economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish and fulfill their potential.

The Framework provides design professionals, project stakeholders and the communities they work with a holistic approach for design. It examines how the built environment can contribute to community wellbeing; facilitates decision making around design options; and enables a project to continue contributing, throughout its life, to the wellbeing of the community.

The Community Wellbeing Wheel

There’s a Community Wellbeing wheel in your delegate bag! Hold on on to it–it’s a great tool for initiating conversations with your stakeholders.

The wheel captures the five domains and 18 indicators that comprise the Community Wellbeing Framework.

The Community Wellbeing Framework in Use

Since the launch of the report Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Design Professions in July of 2018, our project teams have been using the framework to guide their thinking. The framework itself has sparked the imaginations of many though workshops, presentations, and conversations in-the-round.

Town of Petrolia and Bluewater Health CEEH Masterplans

While our framework was still in draft form, we tested the methodology on this innovative project in which two entities collaborated on join masterplans to address community wellbeing.


During Toronto’s late winter design festival, DIALOG hosted an out-of-the-box panel discussion. Using a large Community Wellbeing wheel placed on the floor, invited panelists each donned the colours for the Social, Environmental, Economic, Cultural, and Political domains. A moderated discussion in-the-round allowed each participant to examine issues through their own lens. This format is a great way to draw stakeholders into the conversation!

South Niagara Visioning Consulting

Niagara Health wanted to develop a different kind of vision to give clear and measurable guidance to their project and design teams. Using the Community Wellbeing Framework for their stakeholder workshops and public open houses, provided them with the methodological rigor and depth of research they needed to plan for improving wellbeing in Niagara Region.

Ready for more? The Community Wellbeing Framework report and methodology are available for download at

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