Jun 2015

“Fin Donnelly, Ted van der Gulik and Jordan Point – this may be one of the heaviest-hitting panels I’ve ever participated on,” states Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board

“The Canadian Water Summit holds breakout sessions early in the afternoon to get people out of their normal chairs and shake things up. We are the only panel that will be talking about watersheds. Because our audience will be national and international in nature, we will be as frank and forthcoming as possible about the challenges and opportunities. To provide the audience with a common understanding, each member of the panel will speak to Water/Land Use interactions in BC, and along the Fraser River in particular. Each will elaborate on the biggest concerns for the future, anticipated positive changes, what civil society can do to ensure a better future, and where we are going from here,” states Anna Warwick Sears.

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“We witnessed the motivational power of celebrating successes,” says Raymond Fung, Past-Chair, BC Green Infrastructure Partnership

In May 2005, the City of Surrey hosted a consultation workshop on green infrastructure. This was the first regional event held in Metro Vancouver under the umbrella of Convening for Action in British Columbia. The workshop was designed to engage the Metro Vancouver Regional Engineers Advisory Committee (REAC). “The workshop proved to be a revelation for all those who participated. As we went around the table, the stories came out as to what Metro Vancouver municipalities were doing. A common refrain was: ‘We didn’t know you were doing that!’ The energy in the room just kept building and building. At the end of the day, we literally tore up our work plan. It was clear that practitioners did not need another guidance document that would go on a shelf. Rather, they needed to network and learn from each other,” recalls Ray Fung.

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“The genesis for CAVI was ‘Meeting of the Minds’, a grass-roots initiative that started in 2005,” says John Finnie, Founding Chair, CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island

“Ten years ago, when Eric Bonham organized the first ‘Meeting of the Minds’ workshop to talk about water sustainability on Vancouver Island, I was a bit skeptical that it would take more than just a group of ‘minds’ getting together to move water-centric thinking and actions forward,” states John Finnie. “But that first meeting evolved into a significant initiative. In a relatively short period of time, Convening for Action on Vancouver Island successfully engaged governments, the development community, academia, consultants and the public in making the importance of water sustainability a common thread in discussions and decisions around land development, water use and water conservation.”

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