Penticton Forum showcases “Smart Planning & Living Water Smart” – Approaches & Tools for Doing Business Differently in BC


The Penticton Forum was held at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre as an adjunct to the 2009 Annual Conference of the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA).

Convening for Action in BC

The following challenge statement provided context for advancing a ‘regional team approach’ at the 2009 Annual Conference of the British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) on April 29 in Penticton.

  • How do we align our efforts at three scales – provincial, regional and local – to do business differently, prepare communities for change, and choose to be water smart

The Penticton Forum showcased how partnerships, collaboration, innovation and integration are helping local governments in three regions make the best choices for living water smart: This is what we want to achieve, and this is how we will get there.

Story of the Penticton Forum

Penticton forum - glen brown (160p)“The Province’s Living Water Smart and  Green Communities initiatives provide a framework and direction for convening for action in the Okanagan, on Vancouver Island and in Metro Vancouver. Each regional initiative is developing a vision and road map for achieving settlement in balance with ecology,” states Glen Brown. He is an Executive Director with the Ministry of Community Development; and is Chair of the Water Sustainability Committee.

Okanagan basin water board - anna sears (120p)“The forum program comprised four modules built around the creating our future and doing business differently themes,” adds Anna Sears, Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board. “The Forum was an exciting day because regional leaders elaborated on new approaches and tools for ‘living water smart’, and changing the way land is developed and water is used.”

Surrey wbm forum - ray (120p)

“Since 2004, Convening for Action in British Columbia has evolved into a ‘made in BC’ approach and process for moving from awareness to action. The Convening for Action vision is that water sustainability in British Columbia will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies, practices and standards,” states Ray Fung, Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership.

Downloadable Documents:

Leading up to the Forum, a series of downloadable documents were published on Water Bucket. These stories progressively connected the dots and described the elements of the Forum program in order to establish participant expectations. Briefly:

The six are consolidated in a stand-alone document titled Convening for Action and Making Green Choices in British Columbia: The Story of the 2009 Pentiction Forum.