FLASHBACK TO 2007: Creating Our Workshop Workshop initiated a call to action to “design with nature” on Vancouver Island to achieve water sustainability outcomes

The workshop was an action item arising from an earlier consultation workshop held in conjunction with the Water in the City Conference in September 2006. “If we are to control our destiny and create our future, then we need to challenge our fellow Vancouver Islanders to visualize what they want Vancouver Island to look like in 50 years," stated John Finnie.

FLASHBACK TO 2006: Consultation workshop, held as an adjunct to the “Water in the City Conference” in Victoria, launched CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island

The workshop focus was on bridging the gap between talk (interest) and action (practice) in advancing a water-centric approach to community development. To provide breakout groups with context for their brainstorming, Erik Karlsen addressed this question: “SO WHAT are the ways we inform, inspire and enable people to work together through partnerships to ACT NOW?” In addition, he introduced possible elements of a water-centric framework for land development approvals.

FLASHBACK TO 2005: “Meeting of the Minds” in Parksville – the genesis for the CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island initiative

"The group was asked to identify what issues, problems or concerns exist currently within the Vancouver Island region," wrote Kerry Elfstrom. "It was agreed that Vancouver Island could be the focus since it has clearly defined geographical boundaries, every element of the industry represented (suppliers, operators, consultants, educators, interested Associations etc.) and advantageous proximity to the provincial Government."

“CAVI” is moving forward under a new name – The Partnership on Vancouver Island: Leadership in Water Sustainability


"The VI2065 initiative envisions a Vancouver Island based on long-term sustainability and water resiliency models that involve innovative partnerships. The results guide us towards effective land and water management practices. Water is an entrance point for the discussion on climate change, for the connection on this complex issue is clearly understood in light of the increase in floods and droughts," states Eric Bonham.

Flashback to a Watershed Moment: CAVI was subject of inter-ministerial announcement at 2008 Gaining Ground Summit

Vancouver Island is the demonstration region for implementing 'Beyond the Guidebook: The New Business As Usual'. The shared vision is to move toward water sustainability by implementing green infrastructure policies and practices. “We wish to advance water-centric planning and a Design with Nature way-of-thinking and acting. The desired outcome is liveable communities in balance with ecology," stated Jack Hall in 2008.

FLASHBACK TO 2007: “Vancouver Island was a proving ground for local government ideas and programs initiated by the Green Infrastructure Partnership,” recalls Paul Ham, Chair (2005-2008)

“I see my years of chairing the Green Infrastructure Partnership as helping to get the ball rolling and ideas disseminated, on green infrastructure, all of which has subsequently been taken up by others to a much greater degree of implementation and success. Our efforts a decade ago moved the state of-the-art of green infrastructure to a more mainstream level," said Paul Ham.

FLASHBACK TO 2008: Eric Bonham explained CAVI at Ministry of Environment Workshop (video)

"We took ourselves up and down the island. We asked the same question: What will Vancouver Island look like in 50 years? There was a sense of urgency. We wanted to talk about and establish some way of collaborating on Vancouver Island. We found that the north is not talking to the south, and the east is not talking to the west. So, we said why don’t we pull these people together," stated Eric Bonham.

CAVI – Leadership in Water Sustainability

"CAVI is the acronym for Convening for Action on Vancouver Island. Launched in 2006 at the Water in the City Conference, CAVI is an initiative of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia, a not-for-profit society. CAVI is being delivered under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia," states Tim Pringle.