USING TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & COLLABORATION

8:40 am  -  8:50 am

In our spirit of collaboration this year, we have partnered with Wayblaze.com to facilitate on-line engagement and collaboration before, during, and after the conference. We want to feature great project examples that can inspire others, and capture and share your best ideas for sustainable communities. So, click here to start adding your projects and ideas. […]

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DISRUPTING THE STATUS QUO WITH UPSIDE-DOWN THINKING

8:50 am  -  9:10 am

Are you trying to collaborate with other agencies, businesses, and/or governments around complex issues and challenges, but feeling stuck or frustrated by the lack of traction, how long things are taking, or resistance to collaborating to the extent that you know is needed? Taking new ideas into reality requires not just more thinking, but thinking differently […]

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ARGUING FOR THE RELOCALIZATION OF GOVERNANCE & ECONOMIES

9:10 am  -  9:45 am

Most mainstream economists, policy makers, and ordinary citizens assume that the next few decades will resemble the past fifty years on steroids – rapid economic growth facilitated by globalization and technological progress. But this is already a world in overshoot – climate change, ecosystem collapses, resource shortages, and geopolitical strife will increasingly inhibit growth, disrupt […]

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

1:00 pm  -  1:05 pm

KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Jack Wong, Real Estate Foundation of BC

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MOBILIZING ‘NEXUS’ THINKING: The Vital Intersection of Energy, Water & Food Systems

1:05 pm  -  2:00 pm

KEYNOTE PRESENTER: Margaret Catley-Carlson, Order of Canada, Global Water Partnership PANELISTS: Peter Robinson, Community Energy Association; Anna Warwick Sears, Okanagan Basin Water Board; Heather Deegan, Interior Health; David Hendrickson, Real Estate Foundation of BC; Mark Holmgren, Tamarack Institute

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INNOVATING FOR A REGENERATIVE ECONOMY

8:40 am  -  9:15 am

Hunter Lovins will describe the work of an international team of scholars, business leaders, investors, and activists to craft a narrative for an economy in service to life. A Regenerative Economy meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. It integrates the pragmatic business case of Natural Capitalism Based, with the Planetary Boundaries work of […]

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CLIMATE CHANGE & COMMUNITY HEALTH BREAKOUT: The Anatomy of Change – Examining Human Health in the Age of Climate Uncertainty

9:15 am  -  9:30 am

The global climate is changing and the health effects we are experiencing locally are becoming more apparent. On average, the temperature of the earth is rising and causing extreme weather events, flooding, and droughts. These changes affect natural and human environments like air quality, clean water, and food sources, and can have negative effects on […]

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LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE BREAKOUT: Ecological Governance – Managing A Community’s Natural Capital

9:30 am  -  9:45 am

Gibsons’ natural capital assets, and the ecosystem services they provide, are a fundamental and integral part of the Town’s infrastructure. Natural capital assets provide clear advantages over engineered (or grey) infrastructure. They are cheaper to operate and maintain, if not degraded; may provide “free” ecosystem services; do not depreciate, if properly managed, and are carbon […]

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SHARING ECONOMY BREAKOUT: Share Aware – Mobilizing Local Government for the ‘Right’ Sharing Economy

9:45 am  -  10:00 am

We all learned to share in kindergarten, and hopefully that value has remained with us as we continue to share within our family units (shelter, clothing, food, etc.) and beyond. So how do we hold on to this shared value and scale it up, so that our communities can utilize Sharing Economy strategies to advance […]

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ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BREAKOUT: Improved Circulation – Getting to the Heart of Community Mobility & Health in the Netherlands

10:00 am  -  10:15 am

(Lessons from a year studying how the Dutch do “it” – Building Sustainable Communities – the Dutch New Towns) For 16 years, including a year living in the EU during his 2014 sabbatical, Gord has studied what makes the Netherlands tick, and what we can apply in Canada to help us create more sustainable communities. […]

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CONVERSATIONS FOR A ONE PLANET REGION

1:00 pm  -  1:45 pm

Canadians have one of the highest ecological footprints in the world, more than five times the Earth’s biocapacity per person. Yet we only have one planet. So if others are to have a fair share of the Earth’s resources and a chance to satisfy human needs (not to mention the needs of non-human species), we […]

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LOCAL PROSPERITY BREAKOUT: Community Transformation – A Tour of the Centre For Rural Creativity

1:45 pm  -  2:00 pm

Peter Kenyan asks, “What do you care enough about to act upon?” It is an inclusive question about building community revitalization from the grass roots up. The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC) is an innovation, education, and arts centre set in the village of Blyth in the heart of rural Ontario. Building on the […]

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COLLABORATIVE CHANGE BREAKOUT: Cooperatives – Re-emerging Tools For Innovation Through Collaboration

2:00 pm  -  2:15 pm

The food system has multiple points of entry that enable farmers and food producers to collaborate. From accessing land, sharing equipment, and hosting work parties, to aggregating product and marketing collectively, cooperatives are emerging throughout the food chain. And when people work together to reach common goals, the results can be magnetic, inviting even more […]

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BREAKOUT: Lighter Footprint Cities – The Needed Leadership, Innovation, & Collaboration

2:15 pm  -  2:30 pm

Cities are at the front line of sustainability. From innovative partnerships to city regulations and new business models, we’ll explore ways we can be supported in our daily lives to repair our things, commute differently, share more, use less toxic stuff, grow more food, and reimagine the way we live to be more fun and lighter on the […]

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ECOLOGICAL IMPERATIVES BREAKOUT: The Last Straw – Exposing the Growing Swell of Plastic Pollution

2:30 pm  -  2:45 pm

Midway Atoll is a series of small islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, just about equidistant from California and Japan. Midway, BC is a small town with a big role in railway history. Between these two disparate places lies a lot of land, a big ocean, and a plastic pollution problem. During […]

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EXPLORING THE ECONOMICS OF A LOW-CARBON ECONOMY

8:40 am  -  9:05 am

Chris Ragan will discuss why a broad-based price (or tax) on carbon emissions should be a vital component of any policy package, which is aimed at enhancing the transition to a low-carbon economy. He will review the state of play for carbon pricing across Canada. He will also address whether other policies will be needed […]

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FUELING THE CHANGING CLIMATE OF GREEN ENERGY

9:05 am  -  9:30 am

To have any chance at avoiding the more catastrophic effects of climate change, a sharp acceleration of clean energy production is needed – a pace of change in our energy systems we have never seen before. Tom Rand will speak to the barriers facing accelerated cleantech adoption, ranging from financial to psychological to political.

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TAPPING INTO THE WATER METER DEBATE

10:00 am  -  10:30 am

If research shows that using water meters to set user-pay rate structures are such a good idea, why is it still such a challenge to get communities onboard? Some communities embrace water meters with nary a fuss, while others are met with opposition, citing lack of control, calling it a tax grab, or just plain […]

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BRIDGING THE AGE GAP FOR INNOVATION & COLLABORATION

10:30 am  -  11:45 am

I believe in the importance of intersectionality, allyship, feminism, climate action, and love in creating a truly sustainable world. But climate change is a meta-issue of our generation, and solving its many problems can only be done while acknowledging the disparities that exist between social hierarchies and categorizations. Viewing these through a lens of compassion, […]

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WAYBLAZE ENGAGEMENT & CROWDFUNDING OUTCOMES

11:45 am  -  12:00 pm

In the months leading up to the conference and during the conference itself, Fresh Outlook has invited conference participants to use the Wayblaze online crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform, to contribute ideas for community projects in each of the four conference themes:  food security, climate action, water stewardship, and community capital. We have also invited participants […]

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