UrbanCSA End of Year Wrap Up 2016


We know its been a busy year.. So come take a night off, and hang with your peers, the executives and UrbanCSA alumni! Ask the alumni for tips and pointers for life after graduation and wish our graduates good luck! We hope to see you there for some beers and pizza!

Register here!


Arts Co-Op Program

A message from the Arts Co-OP Program:
The next application deadline for the Arts Co-op Program is May 1st and there will be an Information Session for interested students on March 30, 12-1pm, in SS010. Register for the event at career link.ca, or for more information check out arts.ucalgary.ca/co-op!
This is a opportunity to find out more on how you can “Work, Earn and Learn” at the same time. Click here for the brochure (right click, open in new tab if it doesn’t work the first time).

Executive Positions 2016/2017

Hello everyone,

It is that time again when the school year of 2015/2016 is almost coming to an end. This means that we are looking for three (3) new members for our Executive. Rajbir Dhaliwal and Dustin MacDonald have assumed the roles of Co-Presidents.

We are looking for:

  • VP – Operations & Finance
  • VP – Communications
  • VP – Marketing and Events

For a description of this positions click here, and for the application form click here. (if the link doesn’t work by clicking on it, right click and open in new tab)

Email the applications by MARCH 21ST 12:00PM to dus.macd@gmail.com

We look forward to your interest in UrbanCSA!

Green Line LRT Lunch and Learn

The Green Line will be an important piece of Calgary’s transit network, adding 40 KM of track to the exisiting 59 KM LRT system. End-to-end, the line will connect north and southeast Calgary with fast, reliable transit service and create neighbourhoods where Calgarians can live, work and play close to transit.

We are very thrilled to announce this event! The City of Calgary is hosting, in conjunction with UrbanCSA, a lunch and learn regarding the new Green Line LRT! Come with your UrbanCSA membership, or you can buy one at the door for lunch and refreshments! Your membership is payable at the door with either Cash or Credit Card transactions!

WHEN: Thursday, 26 November 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

WHERE: Excalus Room, MacHall. MH 234

Please visit the Eventbrite website to register for this event!

Hult Prize

Hurt Prize is an organization that holds a yearly challenge to students to solve global issues. In exchange for creating a sustainable social-enterprise that provides a solution, the team will be awarding $1 Million for start up funding. The challenge this year is surrounding Crowded Urban Spaces!

One of our members, Erin Lloyd is holding a meeting in TFDL 260F on Monday October 26th, from 2PM to 4PM to brainstorm ideas and determine the interest levels of individuals. You can email her, or attend the meeting if you wish to join this team.

Check out the Hult Prize website for more details!

Speaker Series #1

Please join us and our guest speakers Andrew Sedor and Guillermo Guglietti, UrbanCSA and U of C alumni, to hear about some opportunities that are availale to students who graduate with an Urban Studies degree, to find out what it’s really like to work in the field after graduation, the importance of project management, other practical applications and a chance to ask some further questions.

Our first Speaker Series is commencing on Wednesday October 21st, 2015. Starting at 6:00PM in SA109

Please RSVP by going to the EventBrite page!

Volunteer Opportunities

A message from our VP-Academic,  Jaffra.

Getting involved in your local community association planning committee is a great way of gaining valuable experience in urban planning and giving back to the community in which you live. If you are looking to better understand the urban planning process and how residents can influence development in their area I highly recommend getting involved!

Obviously some community associations are more active than others and have more development than others, so it may be worth asking a community other than the one you reside in if they will allow you to volunteer on the planning committee. Many of the inner city communities are facing significant development pressures and have a strong need for dedicated volunteers to help advocate for the needs and desires of the community.

Volunteering is a great way to build up your resume while networking with different people and organizations that provide future career opportunities, but I strongly recommend that you only volunteer if you are willing to commit to helping out for a longer period of time. Many of the projects that community planning committees are working on are long-term projects, and they rely on motivated and dedicated people to see these projects through to the end. As Calgary residents and people who are interested in urban development, politics and social issues in your city you are a great asset to these organizations if you are willing to commit the time.

In addition to learning about the planning process through volunteering at community associations, there are also workshops that are put on by the Federation of Calgary Communities. The Partners in Planning Program (PIP) is an award-winning planning certificate training program offered by the Federation of Calgary Communities in partnership with The City of Calgary. It is geared towards helping community association planning volunteers and the public develop skills for effective participation in the planning process. The workshops occur on Saturday mornings and free as long as you pre-register and are a member or volunteer for a community association that is a part of the Federation.