BC Rural Communities Summit Conference Coming to Kaslo!

Kaslo's Front Street
Kaslo’s Front Street



February 21, 2014 Noon Pacific

The British Columbia Rural Network is pleased to announce that the 2014 8th BC Rural Communities Summit will be held in the beautiful lakeside village of Kaslo, in the spectacular West Kootenay region.

The Kaslo Institute, a non-profit “think-and-do-tank,” will serve as the local host for this biennial event that brings together British Columbians, keen to focus on challenges and opportunities facing rural BC communities.

BCRN Chairman Andy Ackerman noted that, “We’re pleased to unanimously award the 8th BC Rural Communities Summit to Kaslo. We know that the Kaslo Institute, with the support of the Village of Kaslo, the Regional District of the Central Kootenays and a long list of other supporters, will ensure this year’s Summit is a rousing success.” This year’s summit theme Creativity, Communications, and Collaboration: Exploring new & innovative solutions to the challenges & opportunities facing BC’s remote rural communities, is designed to provide a broad focus for specific workshop and session topics.

“We’re tremendously excited to have been chosen to host this year’s Rural Summit,” said Kaslo Institute President, Randy Morse. “Working closely with our colleagues at BCRN and a number of other stakeholders, we’re determined to put together a three-day event that will provide rural British Columbians with some fresh new ideas on how to deal with our common issues. We intend to focus on solutions rather than problems – for example, we’re going to explore how new & emerging technologies can be effectively used to help provide enhanced healthcare and education opportunities for rural citizens, boost our ability to communicate with one another and the world, and create well-paid, 21st century jobs for our young people, “ he added. Concluding, Morse said, “We know how to throw a party here in the West Kootenays! The Kaslo Jazz Fest has been named one of the 10 best places in the world to enjoy outdoor music, and we’ve been whooping it up over the Victoria Day long weekend for 120 years. We plan to make sure this year’s Rural Summit isn’t all work and no play – this is a stunningly beautiful place, full of wildly creative people, so I can pretty much guarantee Summit attendees will have a great time during their stay in Kaslo!”

 2014 8th BC Rural Communities Summit

Kaslo, BC

J.V. Humphries School

Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15

For further information please contact:

Donnella Sellars

BC Rural Network

(250) 392-1400



Randy Morse

Kaslo Institute

(250) 353-2853



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