“Effective change will be the result of a new form of governance, one that recognizes the collaborative role of business, local government and community that enables the creation of a healthy economy within a sustainable environment. A reliable and sustainable water resource is a critical component of a healthy and progressive economic development strategy,” states Kim Stephens.
Convening for Action in 2013
“At the Summit, we will announce the launch of ‘Vancouver Island 2065’. Through collaboration, this project will engage local and regional governments with the private and academic sectors, to address long term sustainability issues on Vancouver Island,” foreshadows Eric Bonham.
Day after day, week after week Gary Mason displays a perspective on current affairs in BC and in Canada that is broad, penetrating, balanced and insightful. Gary’s perspective on a range of issues affecting life in BC and life on Vancouver Island will provide a provocative beginning to the 2-day Economic Summit.
“A panel of experts will look at accelerating the commercialization of ‘greentech’ innovations & solutions while providing insights & perspectives from Vancouver Island sector leaders. The presentation will be one of 16 similar sessions at the 7th Annual State of the Island Economic Summit,” reports George Hanson
FLASHBACK TO 2010: Regional District of Nanaimo hosted "Worth Every Penny: A Workshop on Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing and Sustainable Service Delivery
“Water users are not even coming close to covering the full costs of the water services they enjoy. A solution is to begin charging individuals and businesses what water really is worth, based on the volume they use,” states Kirk Stinchcombe.
“Through the Urban Containment Boundary, we have avoided urban sprawl and we are doing our best to do what is right; and that is why the RDN Board is both supporting and partnering with CAVI. As a Board, we believe it is our job to protect the quality of life values that attract people to Vancouver Island,” stated Joe Stanhope, Chair.
Mayor Larry Jangula congratulated staff, in particular Derek Richmond for his work as Chair of CAVI, and also Kevin Lagan. “You have both produced excellent work on water sustainability within the City and for the province in general,” stated the Mayor.
Comox Valley local governments are aligning efforts, building leadership capacity and striving for consistency. “We have moved beyond continuing education solely for the purpose of professional development. We are exploring what implementation of regional policy means on the ground,” states Glenn Westendorp.
“The change in approach starts with land use planning and determining what infrastructure and services can be provided sustainably, both fiscally and ecologically. Another key message is that all those involved in land development have a role to play in achieving Sustainable Service Delivery,” states Judy Walker.
FLASHBACK TO 2007: "Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series" provided springboard to success for "CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island"
“A showcasing event is not a conference. Neither is it a workshop nor seminar in the conventional sense. Rather the purpose of the presentations is to whet the appetites of participants for the site tour that follows. Then the quality one-on-one conversations take place,” reported Kim Stephens.