In keeping with its passion for “inspiring community conversations for sustainable change,” the Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) hosted its first CommUnity Innovation Lab (CIL) in Kamloops, BC February 3rd to 5th at Thompson Rivers University.

CIL 2015 was a community-inspired conversation that helped participants from Kamloops and beyond explore and then drive positive change in their communities. The event combined best facilitation and public engagement tactics with emerging social learning, social innovation, and collective impact tools to stimulate multi-sector conversations and inspire actionable change.


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What is CIL?

CIL is a community-inspired conversation that will help participants explore and then drive positive change in Kamloops and beyond. In a step-by-step process, they will get ready, informed, connected, inspired, and organized before getting busy making their communities healthier, happier, and more prosperous!

Why is CIL unique?

CIL combines best facilitation and public engagement tactics with emerging social learning, social innovation, and collective impact tools to stimulate multi-sector conversations that inspire actionable change. To set the stage for those conversations to unfold, dozens of community leaders in Kamloops collaborated to set the overarching themes and related topics shown below that will be explored during CIL.


HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT: Environmental Protection, Climate Action, Zero Waste, Smart Growth.
HEALTHY PEOPLE: Social Resources, Food Security, Sustainable Mobility, Cultural Abundance.
HEALTHY ECONOMY: Local Economy, Resilient Economy, Clean Industry, Entrepreneurial Opportunities.


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What can you expect?

Pre-event fact-finding activities will help you prepare for your lab experience. Pre-lab workshops and tours will also increase your understanding of community sustainability and, therefore, improve lab outcomes. Keynote presentations and walk-about table talks will then help prepare you for the final planning session, during which you’ll create action-maps to drive specific sustainability efforts in your home, organization, or community.

What is the story behind CIL?

FOF hosted its first few Building SustainABLE Communities (BSC) conferences in Kelowna with the aim to enable multi-sector conversations about environmental, social, cultural, and economic issues. Since then, ‘sustainability’ has evolved from being a general concept to being a specific call to action for individuals, organizations, and communities. To that end, FOF reformatted and rebranded BSC as a CommUnity Innovation Lab, which is designed to help participants deliver actionable, measurable, and replicable change.

Mission #1 accomplished!

In September 2014, a dozen people from all sectors met with FOF in Kamloops to talk about the lab and how it could help accelerate sustainability efforts in the host community and beyond. The core planning team was born.

Mission #2 accomplished!

In October, about 60 community leaders gathered to envision the lab’s focus. They answered questions like: What does community sustainability look like? What actions would accelerate the move toward community sustainability? How can we take meaningful and productive action together? The outcomes identified Healthy Environment, Healthy People, and Healthy Economy as the three overarching themes and related sub-themes.

Mission #3 accomplished!

A series of multi-sector workshops held in November 2014 further defined the themes and breakout topics and identified local organizations and experts who would help inform and guide lab conversations. The resulting framework is shown above.The CIL program continues to evolve as we confirm speakers and topic experts for each breakout to ensure meaningful and productive conversations.

Mission #4… underway!

In concert with its community partners, FOF is promoting CIL to local government folks; business people; nonprofit and community groups; TRU students, faculty, and staff; and citizens who are interested in learning about and contributing to community well-being. CIL is also being promoted to municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations throughout BC, as well as other universities and trade associations such as the Local Government Management Association, Planning Institute of BC, and Public Waste Association of BC.


CIL combines best facilitation and public engagement tactics with emerging social learning, social innovation, and collective impact tools in a step-by-step process to stimulates cross-sector conversations that inspire collaborative change.

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Step #1: Get Ready

(November 2014 to February 2015) 

CIL’s pre-event information and fact-finding activities will help you prepare for your CIL experience and optimize outcomes.

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  1. Before the event, you’ll receive links to information pieces that define ‘sustainability and ‘innovation’ in the community context. These are also available at
  2. You’ll receive links to CIL GET SMART Primers and/or videos that define the three overarching themes (Healthy Environment, Healthy People, Heathly Economy) and the 12 breakout topics (e.g., food security, climate action), outline benefits and best practices for each, and showcase related community successes. All primers and any corresponding videos will be available at
  3. You’ll also receive the CIL GET SMART Study Kit to help you identify your communities’ current performance and potential for improvement in each of the 12 topic areas. This will ensure you’re ready to work when you arrive at the event! While not mandatory, these fact-finding activities and questions for consideration will help you build networks at home and then generate meaningful and productive insights, ideas, and contacts right from the start of the CIL event.


Steps #2, 3 & 4: Get Informed, Connected & Inspired

(February 3rd-5th)

The CIL program will first inform you, then connect you with the information and other delegates.


  • Workshop #1: Vibrant Solutions for City Centres, with Gil Peñalosa
    Sponsored by: BC Sustainable Energy Association (Kamloops Chapter)
  • Workshop #2: Environmental Protection & the Built Environment/ Develop with Care 2014
    Sponsored by: Ministry of Environment
  • Workshop #3: Engaging Neighbours with Climate Change Using Do-It-Yourself Visual Media
    Sponsored by: Dr. Stephen Sheppard
  • Workshop #4: Shedding Light on Solar Electricity in BC Communities
    Sponsored by: BC Hydro Net Metering program & Riverside Energy Systems



  • Environmental Innovation Keynote
    Be inspired by Dr. John Robinson, UBC (2012 Canadian Environmental Scientist of the Year)
  • Plenary Presentations About Environmental Health & Innovation
    Learn about natural capital, each sector’s contribution to environmental health/innovation, and environmental performance infrastructure such as planning, policy-making, programming, partnering, resourcing, and evaluating/refining
  • Walk-About Table Talks
    Engage with experts from all sectors about environmental protection, climate action, zero waste, smart growth, and sub-topics for each


February 4th: HEALTHY PEOPLE

  • Social Innovation Keynote
    Be inspired by Milton Friesen (Program Director for Social Cities at Cardus)
  • Plenary Presentations About Social/Cultural Health & Innovation
    Learn about social and cultural capital, each sector’s contribution to social and cultural health/innovation, and social/cultural performance infrastructure such as planning, policy-making, programming, partnering, resourcing, and evaluating/refining
  • Walk-About Table Talks
    Engage with experts from all sectors about social resources, food security, sustainable mobility, cultural abundance, and sub-topics for each



  • Economic Innovation Keynote
    Be inspired by Michael Shuman (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies / Cutting Edge Capital / Post-Carbon Institute)
  • Plenary Presentations About Economic Health & Innovation
    Learn about economic capital, each sector’s contribution to econmomic health/innovation, and economic performance infrastructure such as planning, policy-making, programming, partnering, resourcing, and evaluating/refining
  • Walk-About Table Talks
    Engage with experts from all sectors about resilient economies, local economy, clean industry, entrepreneurial opportunities, and sub-topics for each


Step #5: Get Organized


During this session you’ll learn about the different kinds of ‘action’ you can take to help meet your sustainability goals, and what they might look like in your community. Facilitated exercises using creative action maps and other innovation tools will then inspire and guide you in the design and delivery of specific strategies to accelerate your sustainability efforts. Details will be shared as they become available.

Access Action Map Here!


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Who will be there?

CIL is the first event of its kind in Canada, so it’s hard to predict who will join us at the table. Given that CIL evolved from FOF’s highly acclaimed Building SustainABLE Communities conference, which was held in Kelowna six times since 2006, we’re expecting strong support from previous delegates. We’re also hoping for extensive participation from Kamloops and surrounding areas.

If you’re from out of town… welcome!

Wherever you’re from, we know you have great insights and ideas and are already doing your community proud with innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. We invite you to share your successes and learn from others’ achievements in an interactive, inviting, and inspiring environment. You belong at the CIL table!

And as Canada’s Tournament Capital, Kamloops is a great host! It’s no surprise that its friendly folks want to welcome and serve you throughout your CIL experience.

If you’re from Kamloops… lucky you!

If you don’t already know how awesome Kamloops is, join us at CIL to see some of the cool thing local folks are doing to build a more resilient, vibrant, and prosperous community. And if you’d like to help orchestrate yet more positive change, you really do need to be there!

As BC’s first-ever full-scale, citizen-inspired CommUnity Innovation Lab, this made-for-Kamloops-by-Kamloops event will showcase local successes while drawing insights and ideas from communities throughout the province and beyond. It will also engage local folks in discussion about environmental, social, cultural, and economic challenges and solutions, while preparing out-of-town participants to do the same in their own communities. Join us as Kamloops leads the way!

Who made it happen?

CIL is being hosted by the Fresh Outlook Foundation in partnership with Thompson Rivers University (TRU), the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC), SustaiNet Software, the City of Kamloops, the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA), and Urban Matters. A huge THANK-YOU to these folks for getting behind something brand new!


Specials thanks to the Core Planning Team:

  • Jim Gudjonson, James Gordon, Peter Tsigaris, Dale Parkes, Paul Michel (TRU)
  • Councillor Donovan Cavers, Shannon Hardman, Marc Solomon (City of Kamloops)
  • Cheryl Kabloona (BCSEA)
  • Trina Wamboldt (Urban Matters)
  • Lisa Strachan (Tourism Kamloops)
  • Traci Anderson (Boys & Girls Club Kamloops)
  • Sharon Shuter (Shuswap Nation Tribal Council)
  • Mike Simpson, Erin Vieira (Fraser Basin Council)
  • Marcia Dick (Waste Naught BC)
  • Barb Waters (BC Conservation Foundation)
  • Carrie Dan (Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc)
  • Rob Purdy (BCSEA / Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations)
  • Joanne de Vries, Janelle Zimmer (Fresh Outlook Foundation)



What sponsorship options are there?

We offer two opportunities for your organization to support CIL while building your brand in Kamloops and beyond.

Registration Sponsorship provide subsidies for students, seniors, and people from nonprofit and community groups who couldn’t attend otherwise. With your support, they’ll have seats at the table and add their voices to this important community-changing conversation.
Click Here for registration sponsorship opportunities!

Themes/Breakout Topic Sponsorships provide meaningful and productive opportunities for you to showcase your organization’s expertise, experience, insights, ideas, and passions in a specific topic area, and to help lead dialogue that prompts actual change in Kamloops and beyond.
Click here for theme/breakout topic sponsorships!


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The Community Innovation Lab will be held in partnership with Thompson Rivers University at the Campus Activity Center February 3rd-5th, 2015.


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The bright and spacious Mountain Room will host all plenary presentations during the Healthy Environment, Healthy People, and Healthy Economy sessions. The stunning rotunda will be transformed into a SustainAbility Village, where organizations from all sectors will showcase their products, services, and sustainability successes. The Grand Hall will feature walk-about table talks during the engagement portion each of the three major sessions.

The registration desk will be in front of the Grand Hall, where you’ll pick up your registration package.

Parking will be available in Lot ‘H’ and Lot ‘N.’ Although the Ramada and Best Western on Columbia Street are within walking distance of the event venue, there will also be a shuttle three times a day to and from those hotels.

Click here for map of Thompson Rivers University

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Thompson Rivers University
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC
V2C 0C8



Where to Stay

Kamloops is not only a hub, where major highways and waterways meet. It’s a great place to stay, and CIL is featuring four great hotels! You can chose a hotel within walking distance, where we will have shuttles transporting delegates at key times. Or you can stay at a hotel located downtown that is accessible to local restaurants and retail outlets.

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Best Western Plus
has reserved 32 rooms at a reduced rate between $115 to $165 plus tax, with breakfast included. Call 1 (877) 302-7878 to reserve your booking. Group reservation name is Community Innovation Lab.


has reserved 40 rooms at a reduced rate between $95 to $105 plus tax, with hot breakfast included. Call 1 (800) 663-2832 to reserve your booking. Group reservation code is Group #CG0562.


Downtown Accessibility


Double Tree by Hilton
has reserved 40 rooms at a reduced rate of $90 plus tax, with an optional hot breakfast for $5 per person. Click here to book online or call toll-free at 1 (855) 851-0026 and select option 0.  Group reservation code is FOF.


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The Plaza Hotel
has reserved 40 rooms at a reduced rate of $79 plus tax, with a hot breakfast made to order. Call 1 (250) 377-8075 to reserve your booking. Please quote Fresh Outlook Foundation upon reservation.


How to Get Here

If you are traveling by air, why not choose WestJet? A 10% rate discount is available to delegates who fly to Kamloops with WestJet. The code for these bookings is CC7065.

  • For WestJet delegates wishing to use this offer please call the WestJet Conference/Convention Department @ 1-877-952-4696. Hours are Monday to Friday 7:00am to 5:30 pm Mountain Standard Time.
  • The discount code CC7065 must be quoted at the time of booking. This is not a promo code which can be used on
  • The discount can only be applied to flex or plus fairs, not econo seat sales.
  • Blackout dates applicable: February 5-9, 2015
  • For further details please view the WestJet Convention Promise.


Offset Calculator

If you are traveling a long distant to come to the Kamloops Community Innovation Lab this year, you might consider purchasing carbon offsets for your journey. Use the widget below to calculate the CO2 emissions created by your journey. Clicking on offset now will take you to the Offsetters website. Offsetters is a Canadian company based in Vancouver.

SustainAbility Village

CIL SustainAbility Village

Showcasing your sustainable products and services!

Sponsors, exhibitors, and local nonprofit/community groups can showcase their products and services as part of the SustainAbility Village in the Rotunda at the Campus Activity Centre during CIL.

For-profit companies would benefit from connecting with the foundation’s extensive audience of sustainability-minded individuals, organizations, and communities in Kamloops, throughout BC, and beyond. For just $2,500, we can help you build your brand, your customer base, your creditability, and your bottom line, all while you’re helping to build more sustainable communities.

Nonprofit groups would benefit by increasing awareness of and participation in their community activities. These exhibitors will receive half a free 6’ x 2.5’ table, but must register as a citizen delegate for the full conference ($79).

All exhibitors will set up their booths or tables on Tuesday, February 3rd between 3pm and 5pm. You will man your table on Tuesday from 5pm-7pm and Wednesday and Thursday during all breaks, including lunch. You will stand in front of your booth or table rather than behind it to enable better conversations. We will provide table cloths and a street sign on sorts for each exhibitor.


Please email for more information and request your table today. Limited spots are available.

Engagement Forum

Have Your Say at Kamloops CIL!

A community engagement forum that inspires ongoing conversations!

‘Your Say FOF’ is the Fresh Outlook Foundation’s community engagement space for connecting with people in the communities in which we live, work, and play.

The Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) envisions a future in which people of all ages and from all sectors communicate and collaborate to make our communities more environmentally, socially, culturally, and economically sustainable. This is possible only when people talk with one another about important community issues, challenges, and opportunities. To that end, the Fresh Outlook Foundation’s passion is “inspiring community conversations for sustainable change.”

The community engagement space will be available before, during and after the CommUnity Innovation Lab February 3rd to 5th in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University. It is an opportunity for community members to find/add resources, connect with other community members looking to collaborate on projects, and of course to inspire conversations. We want to hear from you!

To get started, simply login or register.

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Special Thanks to SustainNet Software Inc.
for supplying the community engagement forum.



We have plenty of sponsorship opportunities for this wonderful experience!

PARTNER: $20,000 +

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GOLD: $5,000

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BRONZE: $1,000

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