On the occasion of High Ground 2018, we presented the first public screening of the documentary Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change in Vancouver on Thursday, March 22. Set in the context of the Paris climate change agreements, the new film tells the stories of climate change leaders from Canada’s West Coast working in renewable energy, city government, READ MORE
Our work to ensure that our communities truly are “communities for all” has never been more important. One leader at a time. One citizen at a time. While global currents surge – climate change, moral leadership on equality, a global conversation on gender and power, international trade, a rising tide of newcomers amidst ecological disruption READ MORE
During FCM in Ottawa, on Thursday, June 1, we held our annual Columbia Institute reception at the South Block Whiskey Bar. The event featured a Report Card on Top Asks for Climate Action: Ramping-Up Low Carbon Communities.
2017 High Ground: Leadership in Transitioning Times was held from March 31 to April 1 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver, BC.
A webinar on “Back in House: Why Local Governments are Bringing Services Home”
We held our second gala dinner in partnership with The Tyee on March 6, 2017 at the Creedside Community Centre in Vancouver. The evening program, which included an Ethiopian buffet dinner and raffle, celebrated the work and stories of changemakers in BC. Click here to view photos.
With input from eight seniors centres in Metro Vancouver, the Columbia Institute report, Our Future: Seniors, Socialization and Health, spotlights how municipalities are frontline in seniors health by offering a wide variety of programs that help keep seniors healthy and independent and delay/prevent seniors from requiring more costly health care services. Read full report Read executive summary News release In the Media Older and Wiser: READ MORE
We held our annual Columbia Institute reception during UBCM in Victoria on September 27. Thanks to the West Coast Environmental Law and the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC for joining us as lead sponsors.
We held our annual Columbia Institute Reception during FCM in Winnipeg on June 2 at the historic Fort Garry Hotel.
2016 High Ground: Tools for Engaged Leaders was held at Harrison Hot Springs Hotel & Resort from April 1-2.
Under the banner, “Building Community… at Home and in the Horn,” we held our first fundraiser in partner with Parnters in the Horn of Africa on November 30, 2015 at the Ukranian Orthodox Church in Vancouver.the evening program includes a networking reception, an Ethiopian buffet dinner, a live speed painting presentation with the painting being READ MORE
2015 High Ground: Tools for Inspired Leaders was held at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites in Vancouver, BC from March 20 to March 21.
On May 29, 2014, we hosted an extended lunch forum on ‘Rising to the Climate Challenge’ with IPCC Climate Scientist Dr. Danny Harvey, and Toronto Councillor Mike Layton. Download Dr. Harvey’s presentation on the latest climate science here . Download Councillor Layton’s presentation on Toronto’s ground breaking home retrofit financing program here .
The full agenda and more information about Food For Thought, which ran April 4-5, 2014, at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver, can be found here . Videos from the Pecha Kucha style presentations, and Paula Daniels’ Keynote, can be found here . Conference Session Resources: TAKING ACTION – As global discussions work towards a READ MORE
Our Progressive Civic Governance Forum is happening April 4th – 5th, 2014 in the Coast Plaza Hotel in downtown Vancouver, BC. The theme is: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Growing Local Economies, Strengthening Local Leadership Access resources from Food for Thought here . View videos from Food for Thought here. Pre-Conference Sessions: Public Speaking for Local Leaders – Persuasive communications training teaches concepts of message delivery in an intensive, interactive READ MORE
Join us Friday, April 4th for a Dinner & Keynote with Paula Daniels! And help spread the word: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Growing Local Economies, Feeding Local Communities Friday evening Dinner and Keynote with Paula Daniels April 4th, 2014 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver Register for the dinner at: http://www.eply.com/2014CivicGovernanceKeynote Find out more about READ MORE
Listen to our webinar on Tools for Fair Taxation, with economist and CCPA research associate Hugh Mackenzie on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013. Click here to watch and listen to the full Webinar. Click here to download Hugh Mackenzie’s Powerpoint. Click here to read Hugh’s article on Local Government Finance in Ontario, in our Innovative Strategies Leadership Handbook. Hugh Mackenzie is principal in READ MORE
Listen to our webinar on Tools for Fair Taxation, with economist and CCPA research associate Hugh Mackenzie, that happened Tuesday, Oct 29th, 2013. Click here to watch and listen to the full Webinar. Click here to download Hugh Mackenzie’s Powerpoint. Hugh Mackenzie is principal in an economic consulting business, Hugh Mackenzie and Associates, based in Toronto. He has worked for over 35 years in a variety of capacities related to READ MORE
Literally Place-Making was a conference for Saskatchewan municipal leaders and school trustees to help you look at how you can act on your intention to build more sustainable and inclusive communities. Download the full Literally Placemaking Agenda here. Keynote Speakers: Featuring Keynote Presentations by Candace Savage, author of the new Governor General Award Winning Book A Geography of READ MORE
What do climate action, local economies, citizen engagement, mindfulness, equality, community, rule of law, and freedom of speech all have in common? Democracy! And our schools and communities are where it all begins. Our future depends on nurturing a healthy and vibrant democracy, and leaders who exercise their ‘democratic jurisdiction’. Join us in deepening democracy. Join READ MORE
The Columbia Institute Centre for Civic Governance is pleased to be a co-sponsor for the elected official stream for the ICLEI Liveable Communities Forum. The theme of this forum is Creating Adaptive and Resilient Communities. The event will provide a forum for municipal practitioners and elected officials to discuss the importance of urban climate change READ MORE
The Columbia Institute is pleased to invite you to our Nature of Leadership Book Launch and Reception. The Nature of Leadership is the Third Volume in the Innovative Strategies Leadership Series for locally elected leaders. Inspired by conversations at our Centre for Civic Governance forums, this handbook is intended as a resource for your own innovative and inspiring READ MORE
The conference will bring together 200-300 British Columbians from across the Labour and Environmental movements, as well business, First Nations, community, government, and other sectors interested in building a strong green economy. Through a combination of panel discussions, educational seminars, and plenary speakers, participants will deepen their understanding of the issues, and be part of READ MORE
Shaping the Future of our Communities, Friday, October 12th – Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites located at 600 Highway 7 EAST, Richmond Hill Ontario JOEL BAKAN ANNOUNCED AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER! Joel Bakan is a Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. He teaches READ MORE
This workshop will explore practical options for engaging young people in small and large communities. This workshop is running in concert with the Craik Eco-Village tour. Youth Engagement Workshop: Catalyzing Youth and Intergenerational Conversations Despite having much to add to the conversation about public policy directions, youth are becoming increasingly disenfranchised. This workshop will explore READ MORE
Coming to Saskatoon for FCM? Join us a day earlier for a tour of one of Canada’s most sustainable municipalities, Craik Saskatchewan. We are also offering a discussion and workshop on Youth Engagement. Eco-Village Tour of Craik, Saskatchewan Craik Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s leaders in sustainability. The small town boasts an Eco-Village, an Eco-Centre, READ MORE
The Sharing of Good Ideas, Saturday May 26th, 2012 Workers Arts and Heritage Centre 51 Stuart Street, Hamilton Ontario Join other locally elected leaders and policy experts for stimulating discussion on incorporating key social and environmental initiatives at the local level. Just announced, keynote speaker Jim Stanford! Jim Stanford: Jim Stanford is an Economist READ MORE
The Centre for Civic Governance presents: Catalyzing Conversations: Innovative Strategies for Engaging the Public Saturday, March 17th, 2-4pm Delta Bessborough Hotel, Kelsey Room Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Tickets $30 Featuring presenters: Philippe Leclerc, Interactive Communications Manager, City of Regina Phillipe Leclerc has been working in the Interactive field for 13 years. His work as Interactive Communications Manager READ MORE
Join us at our Centre for Civic Governance Forum for Progressive Governance in Harrison Hot Springs Friday March 30-Saturday March 31st. 2012. Joel Bakan at The Future is Local from Centre for Civic Governance on Vimeo . Equality and Public Education from Centre for Civic Governance on Vimeo . Local Is Global with Craig Keating and Alisdair Smith from Centre for Civic Governance on Vimeo . Funding Formulas: When More is Less and Less -Joan Axford from Centre for Civic Governance on Vimeo . Featuring: Joel Bakan is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of British READ MORE
First Nations educators are offering inspiration and hope to a new generation of learners. Join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussion about K-12 programs that go beyond usual practice. Educators from Chief Atahm School on the Adams Lake Reserve, and the school districts of Haida Gwaii and Vancouver BC share successful stories from READ MORE
Progressive Governance Forum 2011 at Harrison Hot Springs Friday March 25th-Saturday March 26th THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTICIPANTS! WE ENJOYED ANOTHER INSPIRING FORUM: Michael Shuman Keynote: Revitalizing BC Communities From the Inside Out with audio! David Thompson Plenary: Green Jobs for BC Patrick Condon: Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities with audio! Mayor Darrell Mussatto: Leadership for a Sustainable Future with audio! Sharon Gregson: Early Childcare and Learning Blair Redlin: Canada/EU Trade Agreement (CETA) and Municipal Purchasing Claire Beckstead: Municipal Financing for Energy Efficiency Ken Melamed: Competence or Knowledge with audio! Grant Pearsell: Four Strategies for Achieving Biodiversity Barinder Rasode: Child Focused Communities FINAL AGENDA PRESENTER BIOS
Panel Discussion and Book Launch with Dr. Val Schaefer, Grant Pearsell and Briony Penn Panel Discussion and Book Launch with Dr. Val Schaefer, Grant Pearsell and Briony Penn Monday October 4th, 2010 1:00-4:30pm Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville St. Room 1500 Local governments can play a cruscial role in the conservation and promotion of global biodiversity; but where to start? This forum explores some of the practical and legislative READ MORE
This all-day workshop focused on the tools that the public sector can use to reduce GHG emissions in buildings and operations, and tactics that can successfully be used to overcome resistance to climate action within your community. This workshop is aimed towards local elected officials and staff, school trustees and facilities managers, as well as READ MORE
“Inspiring thinking”“Gives me a sense of possibility” Since its launch two years ago, the Columbia Institute’s successful forums Sustainable Communities, Leadership Matters and Communities in Action brought together Mayors, Councillors and School Trustees from every region across Ontario to discuss key issues and imagine creative ways to improve public policy. With the massive economic change READ MORE
A series of workshops aimed at providing the tools and best practices necessary for local leaders to build sustainable communities. Program Highlights Friday Morning 11:00 – 12:15 How Big is Your Magic Wand? Municipal Powers and Sustainability. This session explores practical definitions of sustainability, the cost of climate change and integrating a triple bottom READ MORE
The keynote speaker at this year’s Forum is former mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson. Click here to link to videos taken from the Columbia Institute’s 2nd Annual Governance Forum at Harrison Hot Springs . Videos include: Donna Morton, alternative economies, tax-shifting Julie Spezia – affordable housing Emanuel Machado & Josha MacNab – Dawson Creek’s energy planning Rick Quail – sustainable Okotoks Felice Mazzoni – community planning in Ucluelet Blair Redlin – READ MORE
The Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance presents the 2008 Governance Forum at Harrison Hot Springs. WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: ROCKY ANDERSON In 1999 Rocky Anderson was elected mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, the capital city of America’s most conservative state. Within 8 years he had instituted some of the western world’s most progressive policies READ MORE
PLACEMAKING: COOL IDEAS FOR LOCALLY ELECTED LEADERS Progressive Governance Forum 2011 at Harrison Hot Springs Friday March 25th-Saturday March 26th Keynote Speaker Confirmed! MICHAEL SHUMAN, BALLE research and public policy director, holds an A.B. with distinction in economics and international relations from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. An economist, attorney, author, READ MORE
Beyond Habitat: Tools for Biodiverse Communities Panel Discussion and Book Launch with Dr. Val Schaefer, Grant Pearsell and Briony Penn Monday October 4th, 2010 1:00-4:30pm Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville St. Room 1500 Local governments can play a cruscial role in the conservation and promotion of global biodiversity; but where READ MORE
Ahead of the Curve,: Tapping into the Prairie’s Rich Leadership History A forum for the Prairies’ locally elected leaders. The forum provides tools, resources and inspiration for building strong and sustainable local economies. Ahead of the Curve: Tapping into the Prairies’ Rich Leadership History October 29th, 2011 9:30 am – 4:30 pm At Wanuskewin Heritage READ MORE
Gaining Ground 2010 Conference "Eco-Logical" The Power of Green Cities to Shape the Future Vancouver, BC October 4-7, 2010 Conference location: downtown Vancouver campuses of BCIT, SFU and SFU Woodwards. www.gaininggroundsummit.com, firstname.lastname@example.org This year’s Gaining Ground Conference, Eco-Logical, will emphasize practice, execution and innovation in policy, urban-system and community design, green economy, education…and the full READ MORE
"Connecting to Communities" May 14-15, 2010 Kingbridge Conference Centre, King City, ON Forum Keynote: Marshall Ganz Marshall Ganz teaches community engagement at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. His work draws on experience as an organizer in the civil rights movement, as well as READ MORE
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTICIPANTS! WE ENJOYED ANOTHER INSPIRING FORUM: Powerpoint presentations: Children and Cities, Seniors and Cities Presentation by Juan Torres New Directions in Economic Development Presentation by Elvy Del Bianco Presentation by John Restakis [em]Powering Communitites Presentation by Eric Hunter The Jeckyll and Hyde of "Resilience" Presenation by Bill Rees Carbon Offsets Presentation by Briony Penn Engaging Your Community on Climate Change: An integrated Approach to Addressing Complex Issues Presentation by Kerri Klein Municipal Finance Presentation by Neil Monckton Prosperity for Everyone: Living Wage READ MORE
Forum Keynote: Robert Pollin Robert Pollin is the founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and one of the leading researchers on green jobs in North America. He co-authored the reports “Job Opportunities for the Green Economy” (June 2008) and “Green Recovery” (September 2008) which explore the READ MORE
The Centre for Civic Governance at Columbia Institute presents Inspire, Inform: Half-day forum held on Tuesday, November 3 Featuring Keynote speaker Jeb brugmann Forum included sessions on smart growth, children’s nature deficit, talking sustainability with constituents, and more. Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts — 205 8 Avenue SE, Calgary Keynote speaKer Jeb Brugmann is READ MORE
Community Energy Association and Centre for Civic Governance present: Collaborating on Carbon Commitments – October 19, 2009 – A training ground for Gaining Ground For local elected officials and staff, school trustees and facilities managers as well as hospitals and health region representatives. This all-day workshop focused on the tools that the public sector can use READ MORE
"Inspiring thinking" "Gives me a sense of possibility" Since its launch two years ago, the Columbia Institute’s successful forums Sustainable Communities, Leadership Matters and Communities in Action brought together Mayors, Councillors and School Trustees from every region across Ontario to discuss key issues and imagine creative ways to improve public policy. With the massive economic READ MORE
Photos from the event Presentations from the event Adrienne Montani: Living Wage In BC Andre Isakov: Going Local Program Highlights Friday Morning 11:00 – 12:15 How Big is Your Magic Wand? Municipal Powers and Sustainability. This session explores practical definitions of sustainability, the cost of climate change and integrating a triple bottom line (social, economic and environmental) framework. It will look at local government tools READ MORE
The Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance presents 2008 Governance Forum at Harrison Hot Springs MARCH 28-29, 2008 WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: ROCKY ANDERSON In 1999 Rocky Anderson was elected mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, the capital city of America’s most conservative state. Within 8 years he had instituted some of the western world’s READ MORE
Last June, "Sustainable Communities", the first annual Centre for Civic Governance Forum, brought together mayors, councillors and school board trustees from every region across Ontario to discuss key issues. Participants gave the Forum high marks calling it “brilliant”, “fantastic” and “the best I’ve seen in years”. Now Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance is offering READ MORE