Welcome CityStudio Thunder Bay!

CityStudio launches in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay, ON – CityStudio Global  announced the newest member of the growing CityStudio Network today, bringing civic innovation and city-campus collaboration to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

CityStudio Thunder Bay, is  led by Lakehead University in collaboration with Northern Ontario School of Medicine University, Confederation College, and the City of Thunder Bay. CityStudio Thunder Bay is part of a growing movement of cities worldwide engaging the unique CityStudio framework of city-campus collaboration to innovate and experiment with the way their city is built working with post-secondary students. 

Thunder Bay has a long history of strong partnerships amongst the City, and post-secondary institutions to do community campus engagement projects. Adopting the CityStudio model more formally allows Thunder Bay to build on the existing partnerships, and expand them across the Region to have a more profound and lasting impact. 

“It is a great honour and pleasure to welcome CityStudio Thunder Bay to our Canadian network. They join the network at a time of significant transition in Canada, toward healthier, equitable communities. Congratulations and thank you to the Thunder Bay team for their ongoing leadership and innovation on this front. We look forward to many years of learning, growing, and collective impact together.”

Duane Elverum, Executive Director and Co-Founder of CityStudio Vancouver.

CityStudio Thunder Bay will help increase the problem solving capacity of City staff by leveraging the skills, knowledge and creativity of post-secondary students and faculty in the city. Together, students and staff will co-design experimental projects that contribute to key strategic goals and priorities in the city in an effort to advance sustainability, increase engagement and make the city more liveable. For students, this is a unique experiential-learning opportunity to work directly with city staff to solve urban challenges and gain valuable employment skills.

“CityStudio Thunder Bay is an exciting opportunity to break down silos in our community and provide important opportunities for post secondary students to work on helping find innovative solutions to challenges affecting our community. We are looking forward to engaging with all of our post-secondary, municipal and community partners to build a safer, more joyful and sustainable Thunder Bay,” says Karen Kerk, CityStudio Thunder Bay Coordinator.

Thunder Bay joins the following cities in the CityStudio Network; Abbotsford, BC; Chilliwack, BC; Durham, ON; London, ON; Montreal, QC; North Vancouver, BC; Ottawa, ON;  Sault Ste. Marie; South Island; Vancouver, BC; as well as Logan and Bendigo, Australia, and Oslo, Norway.


CityStudio was first launched in Vancouver in 2011 with the support of founding partners, the City of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University, as well as the University of British Columbia, Langara College, British Columbia Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. 

CityStudio provides students with direct opportunities to work in and with cities on urban challenges. CityStudio membership includes partnership administration, training and ongoing project and knowledge exchange between member cities and their post-secondaries.  Read our Annual Report and Impact Report.

Learn more at https://citystudioglobal.com/start-a-studio/.

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