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Wes Regan

Working in community economic development in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside since 2009 Wes Regan is the Executive Director of the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HxBIA) and co-founder of Shape Content, a content development and communications firm focused on social innovation and community programming. He is a Graduate Student in Simon Fraser University's Urban Studies program and holds an Associate's Degree in Geography from Langara College and a BA in Human Geography from SFU. Passionate about his city and his neighbourhood Wes serves on numerous volunteer boards including the Downtown Vancouver Association, The Inner-City Safety Society and is a founding board member of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society.


Mar 24th, 2014
As Greater Vancouver prepares to accommodate another 1.2 million people by 2041 it's time we talked about all that unused density right below us.
Mar 16th, 2014
As the saga of our several community plans continues to unfold in Vancouver the DTES Plan proves to be perhaps the most complex and innovative, but surprisingly not the most controversial.
Dec 5th, 2013
With the federal government focused squarely on resource extraction and export Canada's urban centres like Vancouver have been forced to adjust and get creative.
Oct 17th, 2013
British Columbians from all walks of life are showing their support for an increase in welfare rates by eating no more than $26 worth of groceries over the next seven days.
Sep 17th, 2013
Vacant storefronts plague some areas of Vancouver, current tax policies play a major role argue local businesses
Aug 29th, 2013
New tax will make musicians avoid Canadian stops on their tour and impoverish the cultural scene, critics say.
Jul 20th, 2013
The recent assault on Vancouver by Licia Corbella is knee jerk reductionism. But we Canadians love taking pot shots at each other's cities don't we?
Jul 20th, 2013
A recent op-ed piece by Sid Chow Tan, long-time Downtown Eastside (DTES) activist, captured nicely the current false dichotomy of self-interested gentrifying businesses vs. attention-loving, if...
Mar 5th, 2013
While poverty activists' concerns are valid, working to bring jobs and business to the Downtown Eastside is the surest way to alleviate poverty.
Jul 20th, 2012
A big overview of Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) and their role in Vancouver's communities.
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