Vancouver welcomes the most successful global thought leaders, real estate and development influencers and industry innovators to share concepts that impact our city now and into the future. Presented by the Urban Development Institute, Wesgroup is proud to once again support RED Talks as an Event Partner.

This year’s theme is Demography Collision. Populations will continue to shift, cultures will come together and urban centers will continue to become more dense. Our cities, particularly Vancouver, have become regions of rapidly changing demographic melds. How do we create new solutions?

In these expanding global hubs, the values and viewpoints ranging from Millennials and Boomers to International Cultures and Home-grown Traditionalists collide in a very visible, often provocative, manner. How do we make the city affordable and livable for all? How does it emerge as a new and stronger element? How do we balance industry and culture? How do past learnings and future technology combine?

The pre-talk reception will get us ready for a great night ahead. Check out the Rennie Pop Up Gallery with the works of renowned photographer Ed Ruscha while enjoying complimentary cocktails and canapes, provided by Cocktails & Canapes.

Ben Nemtin

Photo: Ben Nemtin (via Wikipedia Commons)

After a special musical performance by Hey Ocean! , #1 New York Times best-selling author Ben Nemtin, visionary disruptor Tony Seba, renowned urbanist Jennifer Keesmaat and “the Millennial Oprah” Cleo Wade hit the stage to dive into our theme for 2018 – Demography Collision. (On a side note – Cleo has really taken off since the release of her first book “Heart Talks” earlier this year…so much so that she was a guest at Anna Wintour’s table at the 2018 Met Gala!)

This event is greatly anticipated by students, city planners, developers, and anyone who is interested in thought-provoking conversations on the future of our city.

Every year, RED Talks looks for answers to how a city can perfect its decision-making, to create the most livable place for its citizens and how we, as planners, builders, and residents can shape our community and industry for the future. RED Talks 2018 will take place on Thursday, May 31 at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre (600 Hamilton Street). Tickets are $75 each and are available at