Community seeds innovation

From hip-hop music to aboriginal art, digital media to traditional crafts, our city’s creative vitality is not defined by one lens. In cities around the world, that diversity of talent is ignited through intentional communities of place and practice. Innovation happens when disciplines intersect, boundaries are crossed and barriers between sectors are eliminated. Collaboration is triggered and risk is shared by engaging the different skills of many. Hear from Reid Henry, CEO of cSPACE, how creative hubs are designed and delivered as platforms for community building among artists, non-profits and entrepreneurs.

About the speaker

President and CEO, cSPACE Projects Reid has over 20 years of experience working on complex, multi-sector development initiatives that build vibrancy in cities. With a focus on executing real estate projects in the non-profit sector, he is passionate about adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and shaping urban districts as places for entrepreneurial communities to thrive.

Appointed as the first President and CEO of cSPACE Projects, Reid is leading the development of a network of large scale, multi-disciplinary creative workspaces in Calgary, Alberta. The award-winning flagship project of cSPACE is the redevelopment of a 3 acre, inner city site including artist studios, rehearsal space, non-profit program offices, coworking space, cafe, meeting/event venues, new public park and private sector residential development.

In Toronto, Reid led the cultural planning practice of Office for Urbanism (now Dialog) in various cities across Canada. Previous to that role, he led the consulting group of Toronto Artscape focused on creative hub development and facility planning in municipalities across Canada. He was also an independent consultant on numerous strategic business plans for regenerating commercial districts across Toronto’s inner city. In Edmonton, Reid project managed various regeneration and building reuse initiatives as part of a public-private development corporation focused on downtown revitalization.

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