GETTING AHEAD OF THE WAVE: 2009 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series—selection of YouTube video clips capture the flavour of the day for Seminar #2 on “Regional Plans – Pathway to Water Sustainability”

Seminar #2 Overview

“Seminar #2 had an inter-regional focus, with the goal of sharing and learning from stories about the experiences of Metro Vancouver, Regional District of Nanaimo, Cowichan Valley Regional District, City of Nanaimo and City of Campbell River,” reports Derek Richmond, Manager of Engineering with the City of Courtenay.

“The session introduced a Water OUT = Water IN framework for achieving water sustainability; and coupled this with a design with nature approach to climate change adaptation.”

To learn about the program design, click on CAVI releases program details for Seminar #2 in Comox Valley Learning Lunch Series.

Mission Possible

Eric Bonham set a tone for the session by telling an anecdote about John Muir, the Scottish-born visionary who was responsible for the national parks system in the United States in the late 19th century.

“John Muir said when we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. This is the approach that we are taking with CAVI. We are trying to connect people…up and down Vancouver Island…we are talking about creating our future.”

Links to PowerPoint Presentations

  1. Kim Stephens & Eric Bonham: Mission Possible: Convening for Action on Vancouver IslandPDF
  2. John Finnie & Mike Donnelly: Regional District of Nanaimo: Drinking Water & Watershed Protection Action PlanPDF
  3. Ed von Euw: Metro Vancouver: Integrated Liquid Waste & Resource Management PlanPDF
  4. Town Hall Sharing Session: Application of Bill 27 to Achieve Water OUT = Water IN PDF

Links to YouTube Videos

The first set of video clips capture key moments from the part of the seminar program that preceded the Town Hall Sharing Session. The inter-regional sharing provided an integration and collaboration context that helped structure the ensuing conversation.

Eric Bonham: Mission Possible: We can create our future (9:55)

Kim Stephens: What Ed von Euw brings from Metro Vancouver to the Comox Valley Series (1:54)

Ed von Euw: Paradigm-Shift: from RAINwater to STORMwater (2:24)

The following set of video clips capture key moments when key messages crystallized during the Town Hall Sharing Session:

Michael Zbarsky: A regional perspective on “Water OUT = Water IN” (2:36)

Judith Walker: Introducing the concept for a “Planning & Engineering Collaboration Protocol”(2:37)

Laura Tate: Understanding how local government works in BC – You are enabled!(1:39)

Jack Minard: The goal is “An Integrated Watershed Approach to Settlement”(2:35)

Kevin Lorette: Integration that Leads to Action!(2:18)

Rob Lawrance & Gary Noble: City of Nanaimo develops Green Design Guidelines to establish expectations(4:47)

Rob Lawrance & Gary Noble: Comments on importance of industry buy-in to a development check-list (2:09)

Recap and Look Ahead

Seminar participants were given a response card that listed three questions for them to answer:

  • What was your ‘Ah-Ha’ moment today?
  • How should Seminar #3 build on today?
  • What is your vision for a 2010 Series?

The 2009 Series is outcome-oriented. This feedback loop will help the organizing team ensure that actions flow from the conversations.