Creston conference comes to Kaslo, courtesy of the Kalso Institute



An important conference focused onn the future of the Columbia Basin region will take place in Creston, October 18, 19, 20. While the public is invited, many will be unable to afford the time or expense to attend.

For those who would like to take part in the conference but for whatever reason cannot make it to Creston, the Kaslo Institute, with the cooperation of the Village of Kaslo, will provide a large screen web connection to the proceedings in Creston, affording the public an opportunity to listen to — and interact with — speakers and panelists over the course of the three-day event.

Here is a complete agenda, with dates and time. All sessions will be held in the Village of Kaslo Council chambers, on the top floor of the Kemball Memorial Centre:




1:30 – 2:00 PM WELCOME & OPENING featuring Neil Muth, Pres. CBT; Chief Jason Louie, Lower Kootenay Band, Mayor Ron Toyota, Creston; Michelle Mungall, MLA; Laurie Page, Board Vice-Chair, CBT; Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy & Mines.


2:00 – 2:45 COLUMBIA RIVER TREAT REVIEW with BC’s Minister of Energy & Mines Bill Bennett, and Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy


3:00 – 4:30 TRENDS… What is the data telling us & how can it guide rural development in the Basin? The pitfalls and promises of using data and research to effectively inform decision making will be discussed.


7:30 KEYNOTE HOW A COMMUNITY TRANSFORMS: A COLLECTIVE IMPACT JOURNEY, featuring Paul Born, Pres., Tamarack Institute. Come hear and learn about the collective impact approach, now used across North America to restore ecosystems, improve high school graduation rates, and renew economies.




10:45 – Noon BUILDING EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION Moderator Mike Stolte, panelists Paul Born, Marleen Morris, Co-Director, Community Development Institute, University of Northern British Columbia, Brad Woodside, Mayor, Fredericton, NB. Using concrete examples, panelists will look at toolks for building collaboration, and share strategies for overcoming common barriers to collaboration.


3:30 – 5:15 CONVERSATION, COLLABORATION, AND COMMUNITY CHANGE Paul Born leads this session based on Paul’s book, “Community Conversations: Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Businesses and People.” Communities around the world are entering a new era of community building. At the heart of this are community conversations, in which common goals are embraced by a diverse array of people with different backgrounds and needs, and influencers are drawn from multiple sectors, including community organizations, various levels of government, and business leaders big and small.




9:00 AM – 11:30 SEEDING IDEAS FOR COLUMBIA BASIN TRUST’S FUTURE CBT is forecasting a significant increase in revenues beginning in 2016. This facilitated discussion will provide one source of input to the CBT Board around some of the strategic issues and opportunities that come with that increase.



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