VANCOUVER ISLAND: "Coming Together is a Beginning. Keeping Together is Progress. Working Together is Success."
“One of the highlights at this year’s Economic Summit will be the ‘What We Heard’ document,” states Cori Lynn Germiquet. One of the most pressing priorities that has emerged on Vancouver Island is creating awareness of the role that regional collaboration plays in strategic economic development.
British Columbia's Premier Gordon Campbell speaks to the "convening for action" vision for Vancouver Island
“We get to make our own choices. We get to make our own future. We just have to have the vision to imagine, and the tenacity to pursue it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it,” stated Premier Gordon Campbell.
Eric Bonham connects the dots between Nanaimo Water Pricing Workshop and Vancouver Island Economic Summit
“From all corners of Vancouver Island and in all sectors, leaders are wanting opportunities to collaborate, communicate and share best practices, resources and information. The general consensus is that there is unnecessary comnpetition and that everyone on the Island would benefit from more collaboration and sharing on all levels,” statged Eric Bonham.
Convening for Action on Vancouver Island: Visionary People Face the Same Problems Everyone Else Faces
“The phrase water for life and livelihoods conveys the fundamental principles of sustainability of natural systems in their own right and in relation to the health and wellbeing of people who benefit from the use of water for basic life needs and economic activity,” states John Finnie, CAVI Chair.
2010 State of the Island Economic Summit: "You Never Change Things by Fighting the Existing Reality"
“Sustainability ranks high on the legislative agendas of most governments, media coverage of the topic is widespread and sustainability issues are on the tops of minds of many Vancouver Islanders,” states Iain Cuthbert. “What is less known are the business implications and opportunities related to sustainability on Vancouver Island. What are businesses doing now to capitalize on sustainability driven agendas and to participate in the ‘Green Economy’?”
VIEA announces that Bruce Sampson will make keynote presentation at 4th Annual State of the Island Econcomic Summit
Bruce Sampson spent much of his early career in the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Finance in Victoria. The latter part of his career was spent at BC Hydro where he had several positions, including Vice President of Strategic Planning and finally Vice President of Sustainability.
“Sustainable service delivery is an emerging issue in BC. Changing and/or additional demands mean the local government workload is expanding. Local governments are being challenged to maintain and/or replace existing infrastructure over time, and to ‘do more with less’,” states Kim Stephens.
Worth Every Penny: Regional District of Nanaimo will host workshop on 'Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing' in September 2010
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: “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.
Worth Every Penny: Regional District of Nanaimo releases program details for 'Water Pricing Workshop' on September 9, 2010
SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT: “The desired outcome for the workshop is that participating practitioners will connect the dots between three initiatives; and will understand why ‘conservation-oriented water pricing’ is a tool to achieve a larger end – that is, Sustainable Service Delivery,” stated John Finnie.
Worth Every Penny: An Introduction to Conservation-Oriented Water Pricing and Sustainable Service Delivery
THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT: “Provincial grant programs provide local governments with incentives for implementation of new ways of doing business. Those who are proactive and show leadership are the ones who are being rewarded,” states Glen Brown.