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CityStudio Global


The year was 2010 and the City of Vancouver was alive with ambition and plans to become the greenest city in the world. They were asking for big ideas to help make that happen. Our idea was CityStudio. We imagined students – with their hope, energy and enthusiasm – at the heart of City Hall helping to solve the city’s most complex problems. Hearing this, the Deputy City Manager said “Yes!” and the City gave us keys to an office under a bridge. CityStudio Vancouver was founded in 2011 with the support of founding partner, Simon Fraser University (SFU). We began actively sharing and supporting the development of other CityStudios in Canada and abroad in 2015.

Our Vision

Our Vision

A global network of CityStudios,
working locally and collectively for
more sustainable, inclusive, joyful
and equitable communities.

Our Mission

We support the launch of new
CityStudios through a proven
inter-institutional partnership
model, customized training and
support, and membership within
the CityStudio Network.

Our Mission

Theory of Change

Our Theory of Change revolves around strong, open, trusting relationships among stakeholders.

Through collaborative city building we will foster the next generation of leaders and change-makers that inspire action in the community and government. We also aim to shift culture at City Hall and normalize civic action as a key element of higher education.

Our Theory of Change drives how we achieve this, beginning by building trust-based relationships and connecting city staff with students, faculty and community members to tackle the city’s challenges. Together, we co-create innovative solutions and launch experimental projects on the ground that advance key City goals and plans

Theory of Change -Graphic - CityStudio Global

Our Team

Duane Elverum
Executive Director + Co-Founder
Ken O'Grady
Ken O'Grady
Business Development Lead
Fawzia Karim, Financial Controller for CityStudio
Fawzia Karim
Financial Controller
Nina Abizadeh Coordination and Program Strategy
Nina Abizadeh
Coordination and Program Strategy