Finding Balance. A Forum on Community, Environment and the Economy in the Columbia Valley

Mar 2 2012 18:30
Mar 3 2012 22:00
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Wildsight is hosting a public forum on conservation, the economy and community. We’ve lined up several interesting speakers, including economists, researchers and other innovators. We hope you’ll join us for the keynote presentation, the all-day public seminar and the other events we’ve planned.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Click here to register online now!

Click here to download the PDF with all the info and offline registration form.

Topics will include:

• Building a conservation economy in our communities

• Measuring genuine wealth, an alternative to conventional economic yardsticks

• Economic impacts and benefits of conservation and protected areas

• Local economies: Sustaining and greening small businesses

• How environmental quality is linked to prosperity

• Seeing the economic value of our natural capital and ecosystem services

Itinerary:

 

Friday, March 2

The Economics of Happiness:

Discovering Genuine Wealth

Evening Keynote Presentation
Invermere Community Hall • 6:30 to 9 pm Wine & Cheese at 6:30 • Presentation at 7:30

What does the economy—and our wellbeing—really depend on?
Join economist and author
Mark Anielski for a presentation The Economics of Happiness: Discovering Genuine Wealth.
You’ll come away with a fresh look at our local and regional economies.

What does the economy—and our wellbeing—really depend on?Join economist and author Mark Anielski for a presentation The Economics of Happiness: Discovering Genuine Wealth.You’ll come away with a fresh look at our local and regional economies.

 

Saturday, March 3

Finding Balance: Community, Environment and the Economy in the Columbia Valley

All-Day Public Seminar 

David Thompson Secondary School 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Join in an informative, all-day seminar on conservation economics and local business sustainability, with interesting guest speakers, provocative panel discussions.

• Mark Anielski: Measuring natural capital and ecosystem services, with examples from the Canadian west and north

• Dr. Richard Kool: The economics of ‘local’ and the positive psychology of the ‘nearby’

• Amy Robinson: Greening and sustaining small business and the power of local business networks

• John Thompson: The economic impacts and benefits of conservation and their role in the larger economy

• Panel discussions on building a conservation economy in the East Kootenay and Columbia Valley—do we want it, what does it mean, and what steps we could take.

 

Saturday, March 3

Wildsight Annual General Meeting

Invermere Community Hall • 5:30 to 6 pm

Members and the public are invited to join Wildsight staff, volunteers and directors for this, our 25th annual general meeting. We’ll keep it short, beginning at 5:30 and wrapping it up at 6 pm. We will offer a few highlights of 2011 and launch our visionary new Strategic Plan.

 

Saturday, March 3

Wildsight’s 25th Anniversary

Celebration Dinner

Invermere Community Hall • 6 pm to 9 pm Green Drinks Happy Hour 6 pm to 7 pm Dinner and Slideshow at 7 pm 

After 25 years, Wildsight has a lot of history to celebrate. Join us for a great dinner and a slide show you probably won’t want to miss. This celebration includes a Green Drinks Happy Hour from 6 to 7 pm, with dinner at 7 pm.

Speaker Bio's:

Mark Anielski is an economist, professor of business ethics and author. Mark developed the Genuine Wealth accounting system—a road map towards measuring well-being in communities, businesses and nations. He has advised governments and corporations in North America, China, and Europe. Mark will also explain how to measure the economic value of natural capital and ecosystem services.

Dr. Richard Kool  is with the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. He’s a well-known environmental educator with experience inside and outside the formal education system. He will explore the links between community, the environment and economy through the eyes of an educator.

Amy Robinson is Executive Director of the LOCO Business Network Society of B.C.  She has spent the last 15 years working to support small businesses in making the shift to sustainability. LOCO has completed green economic development strategies, and a contract for the City of Vancouver on greening small business. Amy will speak about building a movement to support local businesses, build community and grow the local economy.

John Thompson is a senior economist and consultant with AMEC Canada. His work has focused on impact assessment, water management economics and measuring the value of ecological goods and services in support of land use planning. John will outline the impacts of protected areas in regional and community economies. He will describe key factors in the East Kootenay economy and offer a perspective on the benefits and costs of development projects.

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