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Building SustainABLE Communities: Innovation Through Collaboration

Water Stewardship Forum 1
Wednesday, November 22nd / 10:15-Noon 


  • Exploring Indigenous Water Law (Oliver Brandes & Rosie Simms, POLIS; Deborah Curran & Val Napoleon, UVic) 20 mins
  • Making Informed Watershed Decisions: The Need for Quality Data (Suzan Lapp, Climaterra Consulting Ltd.) 15 mins
  • Diving Into the Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (Tentative) 10 mins 
  • Q&A 10 mins
  • Fighting Invasive Species with the ‘Don’t Move a Mussel Campaign’ (James Littley, Okanagan Basin Water Board) 10 mins
  • Understanding the Dollars & Sense of Protecting Peatlands (Eliza Olson, Burns Bog Conservation Society) 10 mins
  • Preserving Invaluable Shorelines Through Education, Planning & Design (DG Blair, Stewardship Centre for BC) 10 mins
  • Q&A 15 mins 

Water Stewardship Forum 2
Wednesday, November 22nd / 2:30-4:30 

SPONSOR: TBD / FACILITATOR: TBD (Would IIABD consider sponsoring this session? Any other ideas for sponsors?)

  • Comparing Apples to Oranges: Lessons for BC from California’s Drought & Water Law Reform (Oliver Brandes & Rosie Simms, POLIS Project) 20 mins
  • Using Indigenous Knowledge to Inform Watershed Management Planning (Lisa Wilson, Okanagan Nation Alliance) 10 mins 
  • Exploring the Evolution & Successes of Sponge Cities (Ramin Seifi, Township of Langley) 10 mins
  • Q&A 10 mins
  • Interweaving Science & Spirit Through the Blue Ecology Model (Michael Blackstock, Blue Ecology Model Founder) 10 mins
  • Introducing a Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre (Colleen Hannigan, District of Barriere) 10 mins
  • Celebrating the Social Life of Water (Christine Mettler, Canadian Fresh Water Alliance) 10 mins
  • Exploring Trends in Residential Irrigation Efficiency (Shauna Burnell, Waterkind Irrigation Consulting) 10 mins
  • Sponsor slot 10 mins
  • Q&A 15 mins



  • Reviewing the Health Impacts of Climate Change on Food & Water (Interior Health)
  • The Last Straw: Exposing the Growing Swell of Plastic Pollution in Ocean Environments (Jan Vozenilek, Copper Sky Productions & Ryan Cope, Fresh Outlook Foundation)
  • Collaborating for Successful Watershed Change (Melissa Dick, Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable)
  • Safeguarding Coastal Shorelines with Proactive Legal Solutions (Deborah Carlson, West Coast Environmental Law)
  • Collaborating to Enrich Mission Creek’s Historical, Ecological & Recreational Values (Todd Cashin, City of Kelowna)