How Vancouver Became a Global City

Logo with red maple leaf and blue star to represent Canadian-American studies

Thursday, March 2, 2023
12:00-1:15 p.m. (Pacific Time)




Check out this video to watch the How Vancouver Became a Global City.

Why Canada Matters Speakers Series

Co-sponsored by:
the Center for Canadian-American Studies,
the Department of Economics,
the Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor Fund,
the Department of History,
and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Vancouver has transformed itself from a small, homogeneous city largely dependent on exports of timber, minerals and fish into a modern city with a diverse population and economy. From Expo '86 to the 2010 Olympics to the upcoming 2026 World Cup, Vancouver has been a success story in selling itself to the world. But the city faces enormous challenges dealing with the consequences of that success, including sky-high housing costs, crowded roads and crime.

Frances Bula smiles warmly. She has white skin, auburn hair, large tortoise shell glasses, and wears a grey scarf and black top.


Frances Bula

Frances Bula covers Vancouver and the region for the Globe & Mail, and is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism. She has written about urban issues and city politics in B.C.’s Vancouver region since 1994, covering a broad range of issues in this endlessly changing city: drug policy, bike lanes, billion-dollar development projects, homelessness, garbage debates, and more. She holds a BA in French Literature from UBC and a Master’s in Communication from Simon Fraser University. Her reporting has won multiple journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award for best column and several Webster awards for breaking news and business stories.

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