The Catalyst Committee is an ad hoc committee of City Council, set up July 13, 2022. They will be looking at city building projects in the downtown and setting priorities.
Terms of Reference:
- Prepare a report and recommendations respecting the findings of the Arena Planning Study Committee, the Aquatics Facility Feasibility Study and the Baseball Needs Assessment, including the siting, staging and financing of these potential civic infrastructure projects, along with any other related civic infrastructure projects which, when considered together, create an economic, recreational, cultural, placemaking and activation opportunity for Regina and its citizens in the decades ahead;
- Pay close attention to how these identified opportunities, when considered collectively, could interact and reenforce each other to create a transformative moment in the growth of Regina;
- Engage and consult with the community, City administration and with city planners and other experts, locally and externally, on leading practices for advancing and realizing these opportunities; and
- Report back to City Council with recommendations by Q4 2022
CBC REPORT, August 18, 2022
The City of Regina’s Catalyst committee must prepare a report by the end of 2022 and the committee itself is set to be disbanded by March 31, 2023. The CBC story reports, “The committee will likely be a significant political entity because of the scale of the projects it will be in charge of.They include an aquatics facility that would replace the aging Lawson Aquatic Centre, a possible replacement for the Brandt Centre and a feasibility study for a multipurpose outdoor facility geared toward high-performance baseball. The committee is intended to make sure the possible developments are developed in tandem, rather than being siloed from one another. “
The 14 members named to the Catalyst committee Wednesday include co-chairs Bob Hawkins, the city councillor for Ward 2, and Tim Reid, CEO of REAL.
Couns. Lori Bresciani (Ward 4) and Andrew Stevens (Ward 3) will round out the council representatives.
The other committee members approved Wednesday are:
- Tiffany Stephenson, who co-chaired REAL’s arena strategic planning committee.
- Lisa McIntyre, Regina Downtown Business Improvement District board of directors.
- Jeff Boutilier, vice-chair of the Regina Warehouse Business Improvement District.
- Chris Lane, president and CEO of Economic Development Regina.
- Jeff Keshen, president of the University of Regina.
- Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, CEO of YWCA Regina.
- Edmund Bellegarde, former tribal chief and CEO of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council.
- Cindy Kobayashi, Regina Public Library board of directors.
- Ruth Smillie, former artistic director of the Globe Theatre.
- Kyle Jeworski, president and CEO of Viterra.
- The mayor also said a motion proposed by Coun. Andrew Stevens, and approved by council on Wednesday, will see a spot on the new committee allocated to a member representing an inner-city community association. That spot is one of two that have yet to be filled. The other open spot must be filled by someone from the development, real estate or construction community, the committee’s terms of reference say.
CITY OF REGINA APPROVAL OF TERMS OF REFERENCE – AUGUST 10, 2022 – MEETING MINUTES
At its meeting on July 13, 2022, City Council considered item CR22-82: Baseball Needs Assessment, and authorized Councillor Bob Hawkins and Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL) President & CEO Tim Reid to assemble and co-chair a committee to be known as the Catalyst Committee with responsibility to:
· Prepare a report and recommendations respecting the findings of the Arena Planning Study Committee, the Aquatics Facility Feasibility Study and the Baseball Needs Assessment, including the siting, staging and financing of these potential civic infrastructure projects, along with any other related civic infrastructure projects which, when considered together, create an economic, recreational, cultural, placemaking and activation opportunity for Regina and its citizens in the decades ahead;
· Pay close attention to how these identified opportunities, when considered collectively, could interact and reenforce each other to create a transformative moment in the growth of Regina;
· Engage and consult with the community, City administration and with city planners and other experts, locally and externally, on leading practices for advancing and realizing these opportunities; and
· Report back to City Council with recommendations by Q4 2022
The Catalyst Committee will bring a strategic level of leadership to the proposed projects considered within the core of the City of Regina. This strategic consideration will include the three primary projects (Arena, Aquatics, Baseball), but will remain flexible to support the inclusion of future identified sport, recreation, culture, and community projects that support the seamless alignment of private and public transformational infrastructure opportunities. The intent is for the Catalyst Committee to align a recommended site plan for key projects within the core of the City, propose multi-modal connectivity opportunities, and develop a phasing and financing model that considers total Economic Impact.
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The Catalyst Committee will:
· Engage industry leaders, local and regional stakeholders and the public; and
· Consult with the community, City Administration, City Planners, the Arena Planning Strategy Committee, the Aquatics Facility Feasibility Committee, and the Baseball Needs Assessment Committee, industry experts locally and externally, and those delivering best practices in similar project scopes.
The Catalyst Committee is an Ad Hoc Committee of Regina City Council. The Catalyst Committee will be disbanded no later than March 31, 2023. This committee is a joint initiative between the City of Regina (COR) and the Regina Exhibition Association Limited (REAL). Regina City Council will act as the sole governing authority of the committee and will retain all final decision-making authorities related to the work or the Committee, the deliverables of the Committee, and the final report acceptance of the Committee. Regina City Council will:
· Appoint the Co-Chairs of the Committee: Councillor Bob Hawkins, City of Regina and Tim Reid, President and CEO, REAL;
· Approve the Terms of Reference as developed by the Co-Chairs;
· Approve the Committee membership framework as developed by the Co-Chairs;
· Approve the Committee appointments recommended by the Co-Chairs;
· Approve the budget recommended by the Co-Chairs;
· Approve any extensions in timelines requested by the Co-Chairs; and
· Retain final governance decision making authority on any final report or Committee deliverables.
To fulfill its core function, the Catalyst Committee will prepare a report and recommendations respecting the findings of the Arena Planning Strategy Committee, the Aquatics Facility Feasibility Study, and the Baseball Needs Assessment. This report will include the siting, staging and financing of these potential civic infrastructure projects which, when considered together, create economic, recreational, cultural, placemaking and activation opportunity for Regina and its citizens.
The members of the Committee will be appointed by resolution of Regina City Council. Each member of the Committee will continue to be a member until a successor is appointed, unless the member resigns, or is removed by resolution of City Council
The time and place of meetings of the Catalyst Committee and the procedures at such meetings will be determined from time to time by the members of the Committee, provided that:
a) a meeting of the Committee is called on the direction of the Co-Chairs of the Committee;
b) a quorum for meetings is a majority of the Committee members, present either in person or by telephone or other telecommunications device that permits all members participating in the meeting to speak to and hear each other;
c) the Committee meets at least monthly, or more frequently as circumstances dictate, and, it adopts a work plan to ensure that duties listed in the mandate are scheduled and achieved;
d) reasonable notice of the time and place of every meeting is given in writing or by electronic communication to each member of the Committee prior to the time fixed for such meeting (preferably a minimum of five (5) days before the meeting);
e) the Committee Chair approves an agenda in advance of each meeting;
f) the agenda and associated material is sent to each member of the Committee prior to the time for such meeting, preferably five (5) days before the meeting; and
g) the Administration of the City of Regina and/or Regina Exhibition Association Limited is invited to attend all committee meetings at the direction of the Co-Chairs.
The Catalyst Committee will be required to provide a report with recommendations by Q4 2022, in accordance with the direction of City Council on July 13, 2022.
City Council adopted a resolution to create an ad hoc Catalyst Committee at its meeting on July 13, 2022, during consideration of item CR22-82: Baseball Needs Assessment.
Just posted by the City of Regina on Friday at 2:30 (ish) pm before the long weekend, a media release outlining the “opportunity” of 4 hours time to comment on the RPL proposal about Central Library. This Committee will make recommendations to the City of Regina about City support of major projects, including Central Library.
Regina Residents Invited to Provide Input on Once-in-a-Generation Catalyst Committee Projects, October 7, 2022
- Consultations will be from 11 am to 1 pm and 5 to 7 pm from Oct. 17 to 20
- Central Library will be discussed on Oct. 20
- People can go there and make a presentation – apparently a 30-minute time limit.
- Currently there is no arrangement for broadcasting the event on the internet, so no ability to make a presentation or to hear what is being said.
- People can create display storyboards for display, to be at the AGT location by Friday Oct 14 (presumably at close of the business day?).
- There is no downtown location for a discussion of the downtown.
- There will be a BEHEARD survey on the City of Regina website (www.beheard.regina.ca/catalyst-committee) starting on October 17th.
- You can currently send them questions now.
- In an interview with Paul Dechene of Prairie Dog Magazine, Councillor Hawkins, co-chair of the Catalyst Committee, said they will be accepting written submissions. Written submissions or questions should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject line as Catalyst Committee.
- Paul Dechene’s Oct. 6th interview “Catalyst Committee Interview With Councillor Hawkins” where the goals of the Committee are explained. Queen City Improvement Bureau Podcasts http://queencityib.com/podcasts/2022/10/7/oct-07-2022-catalyst-committee-interview-with-councillor-hawkins