Fraser Basin Conference "The Many Faces of Sustainability: Strategies and Success Stories for Today's Leaders"

02/19/2009 10:00 am
02/20/2009 10:00 pm

The 2009 State of the Fraser Basin Conference, "The Many Faces of Sustainability," taking place in Vancouver on February 19-20, is all about the power of people to bring about positive change. From inspiring stories of personal transformation to practical tools for organizations and communities, this Conference has something for everyone. Come ready to shake off old assumptions and find fresh ways to lead change in your own community, home and workplace. Do you see yourself in the picture yet? We do!

Gain Valuable Insights

Over the course of a day and a half, you will hear stories of transformation: of people who recognized opportunities for positive change, and acted; diverse communities of people who pulled together to improve their lives; and trail-blazing organizations that have changed their work, and the world, for the better.
Our Speakers
Some of North America’s most respected leaders join Fraser Basin Council Chair Dr. Charles Jago in this exciting event.
Dr. Charles Jago
Chair of the Fraser Basin Council, Dr. Charles Jago, will open the with Conference with a thought-provoking State of the Basin Address, delivering highlights from Sustainabilty Snapshot 4 -- the Fraser Basin Council's report on sustainability indicators and trends, to be released at the Conference. It's your chance to find out what's going well (and what's not) on social, economic and environmental sustainability in communities across the Basin, and ideas on next steps we can take together.
Frances Westley
Keynote speaker Dr. Frances Westley, author of Getting to Maybe and the  JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo, will show how change -- including great social change -- often comes from the least likely places. Whether the issue is the prevention of AIDS or the alleviation of poverty, great leaders harness the forces around them, rather than single-handedly trying to set the forces in motion. If you are looking for new ways to foster change for sustainability where you live and work, you won’t want to miss this session!
Virginia Greene
Virginia Greene, President and CEO of the Business Council of BC, will share her insights on why corporate social responsibility is so important in current economic times and how it will shape the future of BC's economy.
Shawn Atleo
Assembly of First Nations BC Chief Shawn Atleo will share his vision on how people can be empowered and how communities can embrace self-determination and build hope for the future.
John Furlong
John Furlong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Organizing Committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). A resolute believer in teamwork, he credits his leadership style to the lessons he learned as a young athlete: "Leadership is about finding a way to contribute to the success of your teammates and face the challenges together. While sport and the Games can advance the Olympic ideals of tolerance, equality, and fair play; the third pillar of the Olympic Movement, Sustainability, has been woven into the culture of our organization and it has become part of everything that we do." HearMr. Furlong share his ideas and inspiration about the important role the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games can play in fostering sustainability awareness and action.
Emily Jubenvill
Emily Jubenvill was recently voted "Canada's Greenest Person" inan international contest sponsored by 3rd Whale. Hear her insights into the next wave of sustainability. She'll share the story of the recently launched mobile application, 3rdWhale Mobile, which allows iPhone users to access business information "on the go," helping them makegreener choices. She'll also touch on how social media is being used to mobilize change.
Graham Whitmarsh
BC Climate Action Secretariat's Graham Whitmarsh is taking aim on some aggressive targets: to cut provincial greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020, and to make the BC government carbon neutral by 2010. Graham will discuss how a world-class team of professionals from business, government and the environmental movement have come together to help meet these ambitious goals, and what transformations are taking place around him.
Al Etmanski
Hear also from Al Etmanski, President and founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network, a leading advocate for people with disabilities and their families. Al is known for his success in fostering social enterprise within the civic sector, converting social capital to economic capital and developing innovative partnerships among the private, public and citizen sectors.
Andre LaRiviere
Food writer, trained chef and executive director of the Green Table Network, André LaRivière, will reveal how he turned cutting-edge sustainability practices into a profitable business that meets the needs of today’s most discerning restaurateurs.
Art Dick
Art Dick is a hereditary chief from Namgis First Nation, who will reveal how "My Big Fat Diet" helped him and others in his communityrediscover their traditional foods, incorporate these into their diet, and transform personal health challenges into triumphs.
Jon Sigurdson of Bison Transport will describe his company's journey on the road to sound environmental practices and a healthy workplace where employees thrive. By introducing sustainability programs across the company, engaging in fleet fuel efficiency programs, training drivers on fuel economy practices, and signing on to initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions from ground freight transport, Bison is a transformative business leader and a standout within the transportation industry.
Chief Fred Sampson
Chief Fred Sampson will share some of Siska First Nation's inspired successes involving traditional fish and forest management. Partnering with the Kamloops (Tk'emlups) Band to increase economic enterprise, the First Nation invested in traditional fish processing. It then analyzed the different nutritional (and contaminant) values of fish caught at key locations along the Fraser, as well as the nutritional values delivered by old and new processing methods. As well, training was provided to forestry workers in harvesting techniques based on traditional methods, which has led to new certification processes and job creation within the community.
David Diamond
And if you’ve ever wanted to know what stands in the way of a much-needed change in behaviour, you’ll want to join Headlines Theatre Director David Diamond as he leads an engaging and interactive exercise of self-discovery. This is a chance to probe your own personal barriers to sustainability, and those faced by other people. Gain fresh insights on how each of us can change course and find a new way forward.
Nancy Knight
Join Nancy Knight as she acquaints you with University Town, an integrated community that supports UBC's academic mission and is transforming the Vancouver campus at Point Grey from a commuter campus to a more sustainable, work-live community. Nancy will share how - by putting sustainability first - UBC created new residential and mixed-use neighbourhoods that are more pedestrian friendly, energy efficient and culturally transformative.
Emanual Machado
Emanuel Machado will tell how creation of an energy plan led the City of Dawson Creek to a much deeper understanding of sustainability, and ways to measure it. The community now has a process and reporting system covering the social, environmental and economic implications of all its decisions and actions.
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