Thursday, May 21st Schedule


Conference Registration

Telus Whistler Conference Centre Foyer
Delegate registration continues at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre.


Continental Breakfast

Telus Whistler Conference Centre
Alight continental breakfast will be served at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre.


Opening Plenary Session & Keynote Speaker

Telus Whistler Conference Centre: Sea to Sky Ballroom
Delegates gather for the opening plenary session to launch the formal program of the 2009 BC Land Summit.
Keynote Speaker: Sherry Kafka Wagner (Consultant, Planner, Writer, and Media Producer)

Title: The Challenge of Change
Change is a constant in human experience. Living with change - understanding it, participating in it, flowing with it, structuring it, guiding it, learning from it, enjoying it, benefiting from it, sharing it - this is the challenge change presents to each and every person. This presentation explores the inescapable reality of change, the pitfalls it presents, the demands it makes, and the surprising rewards and delights it offers.
Generously sponsored by the International Right of Way Association




Concurrent Sessions & Roundtables

Telus Whistler Conference Centre
Communities in Transition: Changing Place & Space program theme generously sponsored by BC Hydro

Session (A1)
The Islands Trust at 35: Governing for Sustainability
Changing Place & Space: In the year of the Islands Trust's 35th anniversary, explore some of the successes of this unique local government land use planning agency, in charge of one of the province's most treasured and fragile regions. The presentation will provide an introduction to some of the Islands Trust’s award-winning work with transferable examples that other communities can use.
Presenters: Linda Adams (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF), Mac Fraser (Islands Trust) and Bill Buholzer (Young Anderson).

Session (B1)
Saving the Farm – Farmland Conservation & Mutual Benefits
Changing Environments: Win-win approaches linking the conservation of habitats and farmland.
Presenters: Kathleen Sheppard (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (The Land Conservancy of BC);
Dan Buffett (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Ducks Unlimited)

Session (C1)
Examining the Belly of the Beast: An Introduction to Sustainable Consumption for Local Government
A World of Change: Tangible examples of sustainable consumption programs within municipal jurisdictions; how to initiate integrated processes.
Presenters: David Hendrickson (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Simon Fraser University); James Tansey (Presentation-PDF) (Offsetters Climate Neutral Society); Carol Boutin (Presentation-PDF) (Sustainability Purchasing Network, Fraser Basin Council); Joyce Thayer (Presentation-PDF) (Electronics Stewardship Association of British Columbia)

Session (D1)
Healthy By Design: Transportation & Healthy Built Environments
Change in Motion: Explore how design of neighbourhoods can significantly impact physical activity & overall health, the links to active transportation planning.
Presenters: Cara Fisher (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (BC Recreation & Parks Association); Lawrence Frank (Summary-PDF) (University of British Columbia, Centre for Human Settlement & the School of Community and Regional Planning); Cam Brewer (Summary-PDF) (Smart Growth BC)

Session (A2)
Resort Municipalities, Amenity Migration & Smarter Growth
Changing Place & Space: Incorporating smart growth as mountain communities shift from reliance on resource industries to amenity-based resorts.
Presenters: William Brown (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Resort Municipality of Whistler); Erin Welk (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) and Jason Emmert (Smart Growth BC)
This session generously sponsored by the Real Estate Council of BC

Session (B2)
Ecosystem Management in First Nations Communities
Changing Environments: The Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations have adopted a land use plan and community forest tenure application with careful planning.
Presenters: Heather Beresford (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Resort Municipality of Whistler); Rahul Ray (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Westland Resource Group); Daniel Sailland (Summary-PDF) (Lil’wat Nation)

Session (C2)
The Vancouver Valuation Accord & New Opportunities in Measuring, Valuing and Reporting Green Buildings & Sustainable Property
A World of Change: The Accord recognizes that economic, environmental & social issues are inextricably linked.
Presenters: Peter Clark (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Vancouver Valuation Accord, AIC, RICS); Christopher Corps (Summary-PDF) (Asset Strategics Ltd.)

Session (D2) NEW!
We Are Not Alone: Lessons for British Columbia From Around the World
Change in Motion: How are communities addressing sustainable consumption and production at the local level? Tangible examples of sustainable consumption programs within municipal jurisdictions.
Presenters: Michael Geller (Summary-PDF) (Simon Fraser University)

Session (A15)
Urban Design 1: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century at Home and Lessons From Abroad
Changing Place & Space: Explore the challenges of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy and how it will help the region maintain livability but advance sustainability at the same time, while looking out to a 2040 time horizon. Hear about sustainable urban design and its potential applications in the metropolitan Phoenix area through an investigation of the Dutch model. The Dutch have successfully dealt with sustainable urban design approaches and their practices represent an unusual learning opportunity for Phoenix.
Presenters: Christina DeMarco (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Metro Vancouver); Judy McLeod (Presentation-PDF) (City of Surrey); Dr Jesus J. Lara (Summary-PDF) (Ohio State University)


Nutrition Break


Concurrent Sessions & Roundtables

Telus Whistler Conference Centre

Session (A3)
Doing Things Differently 1: Small Towns & Rural Communities
Changing Place & Space: Planning that maintains rural character & sense of place – lessons from Vancouver Island and BC’s Interior.
Presenters: Felice Mazzoni (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) and Jason Niles (Mazzoni & Associates Planning, District of Ucluelet); Jane Mastin (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (TRUE Consulting)

Session (B3)
Taking Nature’s Pulse: Developing Tools to Conserve BC’s Globally Significant Biodiversity
Changing Environments: Produced by Biodiversity BC, a government/ENGO partnership), Taking Nature’s Pulse provides a detailed assessment of the current state B.C.’s biodiversity.  The report’s 23 major findings identify the most critical ecological issues in the province.  The session will demonstrate how the major findings in Taking Nature’s Pulse can be combined with mapping software (Hectares BC) to develop tools to support conservation planning and environmental sustainability.
Presenters: Stuart Gale (Summary-PDF) (Biodiversity BC); Matt Austin (Summary-PDF) (BC Ministry of Environment); Dan Buffet (Summary-PDF) (Ducks Unlimited)

Session (C3)
Planning for Transition in BC’s Northwest Region: Shared Experiences from Kitimat, Gitwinksihlkw and Terrace
A World of Change: A region undergoing varied transition, with unique responses & opportunities in the face of the impacts of globalization & cultural contexts.
Presenters: Karen Gregory (Summary-PDF) (Stantec Consulting); Gwendolyn Sewell (Summary-PDF) (District of Kitimat); Harry Nyce, Jr. (Summary-PDF) (Nisga'a Village of Gitwinksihlkw); David Block (Summary-PDF) (City of Terrace)

Session (D3)
Transportation Management Plans at Two Universities
Change in Motion: Learn how UBC takes a proactive approach in developing a comprehensive transportation demand management strategy. A review of UVic’s transportation planning program that includes pricing structures, planning studies, incentives, bylaw changes & program development.
Presenters: Carole Jolly (Summary-PDF) (University of British Columbia); Sarah Webb (Summary-PDF) (University of Victoria); Neil Connelly (Summary-PDF) (University of Victoria)

Session (A4)
Urban Subcultures & Precincts: A New Theory of Urban Vitality & Authenticity
Changing Place & Space: The future of diversity & its expressions of authenticity in communities lie in a wide variety of urban subcultures, not necessarily defined by traditional parameters.
Presenters: Michael Gordon (Summary-PDF) (City of Vancouver); Mark Holland (Summary-PDF) (HB Lanarc Consultants); Angus McAllister (Summary-PDF) (McAllister Research)

Session (B4)
Growing Green In the City: Inclusion of Natural Areas & Food Production in Urban Areas
Changing Environments: Natural areas & parks in urban centers under pressure – focusing on food production, maintaining biodiversity, recreation & social values.
Presenters: Trevor Cox (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) and Mike Coulthard (Diamond Head Consulting); Kelsey Cramer (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (University of Guelph)

Session (C4)
Winds of Change – Challenges & Innovations in Regulation & Legislation
A World of Change: Community impacts of green innovations, and the benefits & challenges with Phased Development Agreements.
Raymond Young (Summary-PDF) (Lidstone, Young, Anderson); Richard Cook (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Jorden Cook Associates); Peter Kenward (Summary-PDF) (Clark Wilson LLP)

Session (C5)
No Authority, Only Money: The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission
A World of Change: The challenges of the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission in fulfilling a negotiated international treaty mandate with no authority, but lots of money.
Presenters: Rudy Kehler and Ken Farquharson (Summary-PDF) (Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission)

Session (A17)
Independent Research Presentation - Appraisal Institute of Canada
Banning the Rental of Strata Units: Do Owner Benefits Outweigh Community Loses?
This presentation reviews the findings of the Appraisal Institute of Canada’s research on the effects of restrictions on the ability of strata unit holders to rent their units. We examine the effect this has on unit price and liquidity as well as the aggregate impact on the supply and diversity of rental accommodations.  The work examines the geography of restrictions by strata councils and the implications for communities as sustainable, diverse places to live.
Presenter: Tsur Somerville (Summary-PDF) (Real Estate Foundation Professorship in Real Estate Finance; Director, UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate); Michael Alexander (SmartGrowth BC)  


Lunch & Showcase

Telus Whistler Conference Centre


Concurrent Sessions & Roundtables

Communities in Transition: Changing Place and Space program theme generously sponsored by BC Hydro
Telus Whistler Conference Centre

Session (A5)
LEEDing Green Interventions 1: Green Shores for Coastal Communities
Changing Place & Space: Discussing the tools for the greening of the coastal development market and methods towards more sustainable coastal ecosystems – understanding the Green Shores rating system.
Presenters: Harriet Rueggeberg (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (HB Lanarc, Environmental / Land Use Planner

Session (B5)
First Lessons from the North: Tlicho Self Government Northwest Territories & Integrated Self-government/First Nations Planning in the Yukon
Changing Environments: The Tlicho Agreement is a comprehensive self-government & land claim agreement – returning ownership of 39,000 square kilometers of land to the Tilcho Government who is now responsible for its management. In the Yukon, integrated land-use plans include traditional land-use, wilderness protection and resource industries.
Presenters: David Boote (Summary-PDF) (David Boote Planning Services); Paul Bachand (Summary-PDF) (Paul Bachand LLB.); Bertha Rabesca-Zoe (Tlicho Government); Reginald Whiten (Peel Watershed Planning Commission)

Session (A6)
Housing for All: Different Approaches in Different Places
Changing Place & Space: A focus on what municipalities & communities
can do, & have been doing to reduce local homelessness.
Presenters: Noha Sedky (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (CitySpaces Consulting) and Bruce Anderson (City of Nanaimo); Tony Joe (Summary-PDF) (Victoria Real Estate Board) and Jim Bennett (Presentation-PDF) (Victoria Real Estate Board and Chair, Capital Regional District Housing Action Team)

Session (B6)
Green Bylaws Successes: New Local Government Initiatives
Changing Environments: Explore the vision & practical implications of new initiatives – such as the Green Bylaws Toolkit – in helping communities to preserve ecosystem function & encourage sustainability.
Presenters: Deborah Curran (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Ducks Unlimited & Environmental Law Centre) Brooke Marshall (Summary-PDF) (City of Vernon); Cheeying Ho (Summary-PDF) (Whistler Centre for Sustainability)

Session (C6)
Urban Climate: Creative Ecological Strategies for Cities, Streets and Buildings.
Randall Sharp will explore how the urban landscape creates a climate influencing air quality, energy consumption and human comfort.
The Developer as Partner in Change: Defying Popular Myths. Larry Diamond will discuss how partnering with developers instead of pursuing an adversarial approach, governments and approval agencies are becoming beneficiaries.
Living Forest Communities – An Ecosystem-Based Approach to Forest Land Development. Doug Makaroff will discuss a model used to deal with the conflict caused by timber companies trying to sell forest land for development.

Presenters: Randall Sharp (Summary-PDF) (Sharp + Diamond Landscape Architecture); Larry Diamond (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Sharp + Diamond Landscape Architecture); Doug Makaroff (Summary-PDF) (Living Forest Communities); Jack Basey (The Trust for Sustainable Forestry)

Session (D5)
Back to the Biped: The Pedestrian Reorientation of Our Environments.
Change in Motion: Collaboration between landscape architects and traffic engineers exploring a temporal design approach to creating walks in the city.
Presenters: Jody Rosenblatt Naderi (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Texas A&M University); Michael Von Hausen (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc.); Paul Radchenko (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation)

Session (B18)
Protecting Watersheds & Other Ecosystem Services for Communities Through Partnerships with Land Trusts
Changing Environments: Flood control, parks and green spaces, water regulation and supply, habitat protection and climate regulation, including pollination of crops are all “Ecosystem Services” that nature provides. This presentation describes successful cases, methods and tools used by municipalities and land trusts working together to protect these essential services for our communities. Bill and Lynn will describe the successful tools and methods they have used to partner to protect the Victoria watershed, and other areas as parks, cultural centres, greenways, recreational centres and many other community amenities.
Presenters: Bill Turner (Land Trust Alliance of BC); Lynn Wilson (Capital Regional District Parks)

Roundtable (RT1)
Future Prospects for Agricultural Land in British Columbia
Changing Environments: A lively discussion on how we should achieve the preservation of British Columbia's agricultural lands and their use for agriculture. Long standing and emerging agricultural land issues throughout the province will be discussed.
Moderator: Erik Karlsen, Chair, Agricultural Land Commission
Panelists: David Zirnhelt, (Former MLA Cariboo South and Minister of Agricultural) Mark Holland (HB Lanarc Consultants);




Concurrent Sessions & Roundtables

Telus Whistler Conference Centre

Session (A7)
LEEDing Green Interventions 2: Bright Ideas for Making Effective Use of Community Energy
Changing Place & Space: Rural & small towns face challenges integrating certain commercial & industrial land uses effectively & appropriately – explore a case study in North Cowichan focusing on light issues using LEED standards and get an introduction to the basics of community energy use and a framework for advancing sustainable community energy planning.
Presenters: Audrey Rogers (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Municipality of North Cowichan); Lori Garcia-Meredith (Healthy Green Buildings Consultants Ltd.); Robyn Wark (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (BC Hydro)

Session (B7)
Sustainable and Local BC Food Systems and Agricultural Urbanism
Changing Environments: In light of a number of global issues – climate change, energy scarcity, inadequate food distribution – sustainable solutions and approaches will be presented for BC including Agricultural Urbanism that combines all aspects of a sustainable food system with a full scope of community spaces and land uses
Presenters: Janine de la Salle (HB Lanarc); Matt Thomson (Social Planning and Research Council of BC); Marc Lee (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives); Tegan Adams (University of British Columbia)

Session (C7)
Add Value not Volume: Energy, Emissions & Official Community Plans-New Tools & Strategies for BC
A World of Change: Explore tools & methods for integrating energy and GHG emissions into Official Community Plans.  Meeting the new legislative obligations to establish emission reduction targets and identifying policies and actions to reach them can become increasingly defensible and also valuable for meeting other community priorities. The BC Government's Green Communities initiative has been evolving to support this type of integrated planning.
Presenters: Rob Barrs (Summary-PDF) and Alex Boston (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (HB Lanarc Consultants)

Session (D6)
The Tip of The Iceberg: Greenhouse Gas Consciousness in the Dawn of the 21st Century.
Change in Motion: Local government & First Nations on Vancouver Island are working together through the Island Corridor Foundation to develop an integrated & sustainable transportation network. Virtual travel & carbon-neutral tourism are ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with travel, but is it enough & is there a net benefit to the environment? How can design integrate GHG reduction be integrated into neighbourhoods in ways that contribute to efficiency and livability?
Presenters: Doug Backhouse (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (Island Corridor Foundation); Aldyen Donnelly (WDA Consulting Inc. and GEMco); Emile Adin (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (PlanGirl International); Amy Gore (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (HB Lanarc Consultants/University of Guelph)

Session (B8)
The Perfect Storm: First Nations Land Use Planning in the Face of a Resource Gold Rush in Northeastern BC
Changing Environments: First Nations in northeastern BC face a perfect storm of land use conflicts within their territories – oil, gas, mining, pipelines, forestry & more.
Presenters: Annie Booth (Summary-PDF) (University of Northern British Columbia); Bruce Robert Muir (Summary-PDF) (Senior Land Use Planner); Roland Willson (Summary-PDF) (Chief of West Moberly First Nations)

Session (C8)
Whistler Athlete Village: A Catalyst for Change
A World of Change: In 2003, Vancouver won the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Whistler was to host the mountain events for the Olympics and almost all of the Paralympic Games. To do this, Whistler must house about 3,000 athletes during the Games. The concept was to build an Athlete Village and then transform it into affordable resident housing after the Games. This became one of the primary legacies for Whistler after having agreed to host the 2010 Olympic Games.
Presenters: Brent Harley (Summary-PDF) (Brent Harley & Associates Inc.); Tom Barratt (Summary-PDF) (Tom Barratt Ltd.); Mike Vance (Summary-PDF) (Resort Municipality of Whistler); Joe Redmond (Summary-PDF) (Whistler 2020 Development Corporation

Session (A16)
Reflections on Sustainability, City Building, Creative Processes and Place Making
Brent Toderian and Sherry Kafka Wagner reflect on sustainability, city building, creative processes and place making. Two planners who have been in the centre of city building and place making initiatives for many years present together with Brent reflecting on past planning in Vancouver and the way forward with the recent EcoDensity initiative and Sherry offering insights into her experiences in place making and city building as creative processes.
Presenters: Brent Toderian (Summary-PDF) (Presentation-PDF) (City of Vancouver) and Sherry Kafka Wagner (Summary-PDF) (City Planner)

Roundtable (RT2)
Global Financial Crises & the Impacts on Land, Land-Use & Development in BC
A World of Change: A lively discussion of the unprecedented financial crises & economic challenges in the world today & their impact on land, land-use & development in BC.
Moderator: Michael Geller (Simon Fraser University)
Panelists: Michael Goldberg (U21Global); Bill Turner (Land Trust Alliance of BC); Marni Cappe (President-Elect of the Canadian Institute of Planners)


Nutrition Break


Afternoon Plenary Session & Keynote Speaker

Telus Whistler Conference Centre: Sea to Sky Ballroom
Delegates gather for the Thursday afternoon plenary session to close the program for the first full day at the 2009 BC Land Summit
Keynote Speaker: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Title: Our Environmental Destiny
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. discusses the role that natural resources play in our work, our health, and our national identity. A passionate environmentalist, Kennedy reminds us that we have a responsibility to protect and preserve our planet for future generations. More than an advocate for the environment, Kennedy is visionary agent of change. From solar energy to wind power and more, he shows how it is truly possible to become energy independent while making the world a better and more secure place.


Free Time – Explore Whistler


Gala Reception at the Summit

Whistler Mountain: Roundhouse Lodge
A highlight event at the 2009 BC Land Summit – delegates will ride the Whistler Mountain gondola to an elevation of 1,800 meters and gather at the Roundhouse Lodge to enjoy food, refreshments, entertainment & ongoing networking opportunities at this gala evening reception.