Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. ET Thursday, August 4, 2022.
Sheena Jardine-Olade is a co-founder of Night Lab, a research, strategy, policy and engagement consultancy group that focuses on the nighttime economy, and a cultural equity and accessibility planner for the City of Vancouver. She joins the Chautauqua Lecture Series to share a holistic view of what a flourishing nighttime economy can look like for cities — especially following and amidst the pandemic — and how a vibrant nightlife can create a more robust civic identity and social infrastructure.
Night Lab, founded in 2019, is a collection of researchers, artists and designers working to help unlock the creative and economic potential of cities' nightlife. Before working as a social planner at the City of Vancouver, Jardine-Olade worked with the Canadian Institute of Planners as the manager of strategic initiatives and an analyst at Sustainable Calgary. Her projects have included Sustainable Calgary's "State of our City Report," Active Neighbourhoods' "Participatory Planning Toolkit," Indigenous speaker series REDx Talks and ArtsDance, a symposium that brought Indigenous and settler creators and educators together for a day of cultural exchange.
Additionally, while working toward her Master's in Urban Planning, Jardine-Olade started Freq. Magazine, a print publication about arts, culture and issues in urban environments. Her experience as a planner and musical performer has led people to seek her expertise on various committees regarding music cities and cultural policy strategies since 2014.
Jardine-Olade received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from Canadian University College, a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental management from Mount Royal College, and a Master of Urban Planning from The University of Calgary.
About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.