Wednesday May 20th - Pre-Conference Activities
(Workshops, Training Sessions, Mobile Workshops & Tours)

Please note: Program details & schedule are preliminary only & subject to change. Pre-conference mobile workshops, tours & intensive workshops are optional, and additional to regular conference registration. The organizers reserve the right to amend or cancel these activities based on registration levels.

7:00am - onwards

Conference Registration

Telus Whistler Conference Centre Foyer

Delegate registration continues at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre.

10:00am – 2:30pm

Pre-Conference Workshops & Training Sessions

Telus Whistler Conference Centre

Workshop (WT1)
Appraising Ecological Gifts

Jack Miller of Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Appraisal Review panel will review the Ecological Gift Program, guidelines for appraisals, engaging an appraiser, the application for appraisal review & determination, the role of the Appraisal Review panel, reviews to-date, challenges, and more.
Workshop Presenters: Jack Miller (D.R. Coell & Associates); Blair Hammond (Environment Canada)

Workshop (WT2)
Covenants 101 – Understanding the Legal Basis, Role & Implications of Covenants for Land Use Professionals

Join a leading legal expert for this comprehensive review of the section 219 statutory covenant, including history, form, appropriate use, enforcement, modification & cancellation (including the implications of the Property Law Act).
Workshop Presenters: Lui Carvello (Staples McDannold Stewart)

Workshop (WT5) NEW!
How to Implement GHG and Energy Reduction Targets, Policies and Actions: Addressing Bill 27 Requirements and More
Under Bill 27 The Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act (2008), local governments are required to include GHG reduction targets, policies and actions into their OCPs by May 31, 2010 and RGSs by May 31, 2011. This hands-on workshop, designed primarily for Local Government staff, will identify how to do this effectively. You will be encouraged to think about the realities in your own community and walk away with a clear sense of strategies, tools and resources available to help you move forward. In addition, you will be encouraged to provide feedback on the development of a workshop package that will be designed and delivered to address the specific interests and needs of your community.
Workshop Presenters: Ministry of Community Development Staff, in partnership with BC Hydro, the Sheltair Group (Jacques Whitford Stantec) and Solstice Sustainability Works Inc., will be involved in presentation and facilitation.

11:00am – 2:30pm

Pre-Conference Workshops & Training Sessions

Telus Whistler Conference Centre

Workshop (WT3)
Discovering Recipes for the BC Food Security Pie:
Solving the Challenges One Bite at a Time

The purpose of this workshop is to give participants an opportunity to go through a multi-disciplinary problem solving process, starting with an introduction to the overall food system challenges & moving to assembling on the ground solutions.
Workshop Presenters: Wanda Gorsuch; Ramona Scott (The Land Conservancy of BC); Darrell M. Zbeetnoff (Zbeetnoff Agro-Environmental Consulting); Joanne Bays

Workshop (WT4)
Legal & Tax Incentives Backing Natural Areas Protection

Join leading tax, investment & gift planning experts review tax incentives
& benefits for individual donors, developers, & landowners including eco-
gifts, land donations & conservation covenants, gifts of securities & split receipting. This workshop will provide tips & real examples of how to facilitate legal & tax transactions so that donors, land owners, and other professionals such as realtors, appraisers, agrologists, and land trusts can help conserve natural areas.
Workshop Presenters: Carla Funk (The Land Conservancy of BC); Susan Mehinigic (Grant Thornton); Frank Arnold (The Pinch Group, Raymond James Ltd.)

Mobile Workshops Wednesday May 20th:

9:00am – 3:00pm (Start Times Will Vary)

Pre-Conference Mobile Workshops

Please Note: Various Locations; Times subject to change.

Mobile Workshop (MW1) – 9:30am-11:00am and 1:00pm-2:30pm
Whistler Village Walking Tour – The Planning & History of Whistler Village

Get to know the lay-of-the land, and the history behind Whistler Village’s unique planning and design up-close & first hand on this informative walking tour – with special guest Eldon Beck, original designer of Whistler Village.

Mobile Workshop (MW4) - 12:15pm-2:30pm
Emerald Forest Tour
Get up-close with the spectacular natural environment of the Whistler region while you explore and learn more about Whistler’s unique Emerald Forest conservation area on this informative walking tour. The tour will include a walk through the Emerald Forest and a discussion of the successes and limitations of the conservation covenant. The discussion will include two perspectives. Bob Brett, a local biologist who wrote the management plan, will discuss whether conservation goals have been achieved. Tamsin Baker will discuss lessons learned about municipal conservation covenants since TLC’s original involvement with the Emerald Forest. Stops of interest will include; a restored gravel pit, a wetland walking trail and a multi-use trail.
Tour Leader: Bob Brett (Snowline Ecological Research)

Mobile Workshop (MW5) – 9:00am-11:30am
A Place to Stay – Whistler Housing Cycling Tour
Learn about the unique housing challenges & innovative responses to housing issues in a major resort community on this exciting cycling tour from the Whistler Housing Authority. This mobile workshop will showcase some of Whistler’s affordable housing legacies and introduce you to more than just the bricks and mortar of Whistler’s affordable housing inventory. It will delve into some of Whistler’s resident restricted housing policies and regulatory mechanisms which have enabled Whistler to develop and provide an affordable housing opportunity and community legacy for nearly half of Whistler’s resident workforce population.  
Tour Leader: Marla Zucht (Whistler Housing Authority), Tim Wake (Affordable Housing Consultant)

Mobile Workshop (MW6) - 12:15pm-2:30pm
Up the Creek – From Amenity Development to Power Development
Learn about the unique activities in & around the Fitzsimmons Creek area, including the Whistler Olympic Sliding Centre & the run-of-river Fitzsimmons independent power project, on this bus & walking tour.
Tour Leader: Jan Jansen (Resort Municipality of Whistler, VANOCs Project Manager for the Whistler Sliding Centre)

Mobile Workshop (MW7) – 12:15pm-2:45pm
Whistler Olympic Athlete’s Village Master Planning, Facilities & Open Space
Explore and learn about the planning, design and development of the Athlete Village, designed to accommodate 3,000 athletes during the Olympics, on this bus and walking tour. Following the games, the core facilities will become an Athlete Training Centre, hotel and restaurant, hostel and community focal point. The accommodations will be converted into 350 units in the form of duplexes, condominiums and apartments to be sold as resident restricted housing.
Tour Leader: Brent Harley (Brent Harley & Associates)

Mobile Workshop (MW8) – 8:30am-11:45am
The Callaghan Valley – Whistler Olympic Park & Nordic Facilities
Explore & learn about the planning, design & development of the several major new facilities & amenities in the Callaghan Valley on this bus & walking tour. A local guide, involved in the planning of the park, will give you and overview of the history and development of the area followed by a bus & walking tour of the ski jumping, biathlon and cross country facilities. Participants will acquire an understanding of the site in context to Whistler, elevation, climate, vegetation, an understanding of each venue and layout, a sense of the planning and effort for the Olympic event.
Tour Leader: Tom Barratt (Tom Barratt Ltd)

Mobile Workshop (MW9) – 9:00am–2:00pm
Squamish Downtown Waterfront Revitalization Tour
Squamish is and has been many things to many people in the past 100 years: a plentiful sound for the Squamish First Nation, a unique and fertile salmon spawning watershed, the once-largest exporter of hops to Great Britain, a major logging town, and one of the best outdoor recreational destinations in Canada. Today Squamish is on the cusp of massive redefinition. Newly available brownfield sites, unprecedented real estate development, a shifting industrial economy, emerging green energy opportunities, and a host of urban design opportunities and challenges keep the Squamish Planning department busy! They want to share their planning experiences so far, and hear from visiting professionals who have thoughts and parallel experiences.
Tour Leader: Representatives from the District of Squamish

Mobile Workshop (MW11) – 9:00am-2:30pm
Places to Grow Local – Pemberton Valley Farm Tour
Learn about local food production, agriculture & farming on this unique bus & walking tour of farms in the Pemberton Valley north of Whistler. Farm stops include; Helmer’s Organics, Pemberton Natural Beef, Pemberton Valley Farm and Dream Cather Meadows. Lunch will be provided by Pemberton Valley Farm.
Tour Leader: Amica Antonelli (Squamish Lillooet Regional District)


2009 BC Land Summit - Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception

Telus Whistler Conference Centre

Delegates, guests and VIPs gather to connect at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre for refreshments and networking opportunities, as well as the formal opening of the 2009 BC Land Summit. Organizers are pleased to welcome The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and Gibby Jacobs, Chief of Squamish Nations, and Ken Melamed (Mayor of Whistler) who will be delivering welcoming remarks.
Generously Sponsored by Spectra Energy Transmission