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The review panel consisted of a group of seven Vancouverites who all have a strong interest in making Vancouver a better place to live. They are:

  1. Jim Green,
    Vancouver City Councillor
  2. Henry Hawthorn,
    Vancouver architect
  3. Landon Mackenzie,
    Vancouver artist
  4. Kevin Millsip,
    Vancouver School Board Trustee
  5. Chris Phillips,
    Vancouver landscape architect
  6. Anita Romaniuk,
    Vancouver Park Board Commissioner
  7. Joe Wai,

Jim Green,
Vancouver City Council
Jim Green was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002. He holds an MA in Anthropology from UBC and a BA from the University of South Carolina, and has also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Millennium Film Institute in New York, and the University of Colorado. He is a Professor of Anthropology, co-founded UBC Anthropology's Urban Field School, and teaches opera and architecture classes for Humanities 101.

Jim is a long-time activist and advocate for the Downtown Eastside and the founder of Four Corners Community Savings. He was the provincial lead on the Federal Homelessness Initiative and has developed over $60 million in social housing including Four Sisters Co-op. Jim has been involved in countless committees, including Counting the Homeless National Steering Committee, the Vancouver Opera Association Outreach Committee, the Habitat International Committee, and the Vancouver Heritage Commission.

Henry Hawthorn,
Henry Hawthorn was raised in Vancouver and attended UBC and Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in architecture. After graduation, he practised architecture for twenty-five years, based in Vancouver and designing projects throughout British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon. The majority of Henry’s work involved cultural, First Nations and heritage projects, for which he won a number of design awards. Now retired, he participates in various architecture and planning projects and travels widely. He has visited many of the major cities of the world in his travels through more than sixty countries. A past Chairman of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, member of the Urban Design Panel and the Heritage Advisory Committee, he currently sits on the Vancouver Street Decoration (Banner) Committee. He has been elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Landon Mackenzie,
Landon Mackenzie has been a practising artist for thirty years. She has been a member of the faculty of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design since 1986 where she is an Associate Professor in Visual Arts. Landon's work has been collected by institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her work is featured in magazines and several books on Canadian art, and she has won many awards and received critical acclaim for her large format paintings of Canadian landscape. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Art from Concordia University. She and her partner Donald MacPherson have three children.

Kevin Millsip,
Vancouver School Board
Kevin is a Vancouver School Board Trustee. He has worked with educational programs both overseas and in Canada including Youth Challenge International, the Anglican Church, Leadership Initiative for Earth, Axis Theatre and Katimavik. He has more than 10 years’ experience working with youth as an educator in program and curriculum design. Kevin is one of the founders and a co-director of Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network.

Christopher Phillips,
Landscape Architect
Chris Phillips is a founding partner of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. He is widely known and respected for his ability to create highly memorable design solutions on a wide variety of open space projects. Chris has created many award-winning urban design and public spaces over the past 20 years and was Principal in Charge of the redevelopment of Hastings Park, Vancouver’s second largest urban park, Richmond City Hall, and the often noted Residences on Georgia in downtown Vancouver.

Chris is currently leading the open space design teams for the UBC Main Mall redevelopment, Bellevue City Hall, and the Washington Mutual Bank Headquarters in downtown Seattle.

He is interested in the integration of context, metaphor and meaning and their collective contribution to the design of urban open space. He is committed to weaving public art into his work whenever possible.

Anita Romaniuk,
Vancouver Park Board
Anita Romaniuk is a Vancouver Parks Commissioner, as well as Park Board representative on the Vancouver City Planning Commission and the Vancouver Library Board. She was elected in 2002, and served as Vice-Chair in 2003 and Chair in 2004. Prior to her election, Anita was on the Board of Directors of the Douglas Park Community Association for six years, and was a founder and member of the Douglas Park Arts Committee from 1994 to 2002. She was also the Secretary of the Neighbour-to-Neighbour Association of Residents’ Associations from 1998 to 2001. She was born in Port Alberni, educated at the University of Victoria (B.Sc., M.Sc.) and the University of British Columbia (MBA), and has lived in Vancouver since 1980. She works as a systems analyst for a distribution company.

Joe Wai,
A graduate of the UBC School of Architecture, Joe Wai began his involvement in community affairs with the Vancouver freeway debates and the Strathcona Rehabilitation and Infill Housing Programs. Since 1969, Joe has been involved with various aspects of the restoration and revitalization of Chinatown, serving on local civic panels and committees as well as the B.C. Heritage Trust, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the UBC Board of Governors.

His projects have included neighbourhood, community, and cultural centres, multiple social/senior housing for various groups, public realm commemorative projects, the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, the Museum Archives in Vancouver, the Chinatown Millennium Gate, the Chinatown Parkade and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden. He has received three City of Vancouver Heritage Awards.

In 2001, Joe received the AIBC Dalrymple Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community Service and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Emily Carr Institute. His current work includes the Seattle Classical Chinese Garden, the restoration of the Chinese Freemason Building in Vancouver, and public realm spaces at UBC.