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Get even more out of the Symposium by taking part in a pre-Symposium field trip. Spend the afternoon of Friday, October 13, learning about the Kimberley area, its people and its progress. You’ll come away with new knowledge and solid examples of how this community is already demonstrating the Symposium theme SHIFT! Thriving in Change.
Downtown Kimberley Tour
Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre Guided Tour
Sullivan Mine and Underground Mining Railway Tour
Register for the field trip of your choice when you register for the Symposium. Please note that some tours may have a participant limit, so make sure to sign up early.
Tours start at the locations noted in each description at 1 p.m. Mountain Time. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time.
You can check in to the Symposium either before or after your field trip: the registration desk is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Be prepared for Kimberley weather: check here for the forecast. Also wear appropriate walking shoes for the two walking tours: SunMine and Downtown Kimberley.
If you have questions about these tours, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Astronaut | First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)
“Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, three spaceflights and 2,600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.
Colonel Hadfield is a pioneer of many historic “firsts.” In 1992, he was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist—Canada’s first fully qualified Space Shuttle crew member. Three years later, aboard Shuttle Atlantis, he was the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft as he helped build space station “Mir.” In 2001, aboard Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks—the first Canadian to do so—and, in 2013, he was Commander of the International Space Station, the first and only Canadian to ever command a spaceship—so far.
During his multi-faceted career, Colonel Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions.
A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer and pilot, Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include receiving the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
Colonel Hadfield is the author of three internationally bestselling books: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here and his children’s book The Darkest Dark. Additionally, he released his musical album Space Sessions: Songs From A Tin Can in 2015.
He has been commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint coins and Canada’s newest five dollar bill (along with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams).
The Symposium is being divided into three main topics. Read descriptions of the plenary and breakout sessions for each below.
Jim Barr is the founder and CEO of one of Canada’s most successful content production and marketing companies. Seekers Media was founded in 2008 with the objective to drive increased visitation to Alberta and B.C.’s destinations and tourism attractions.
Using content as a path to conversion and by working with Hootsuite, TELUS, Destination BC, Travel Alberta and Destination Canada, Seekers Media has helped many communities launch, sustain and grow their social and digital media profiles.
Barr, aka Doc Pow, has been a storyteller, media educator and producer for more than 15 years and makes his life’s work getting people stoked about exploring places throughout Western Canada, including the Columbia Basin.
The Trust is dedicated to the well-being of the Basin, so the role we take on as hosts of Basin events is important to us. To demonstrate this commitment, we are doing what we can to minimize the footprint of the 2017 Columbia Basin Symposium.
We welcome your input and encourage Basin residents and Symposium participants to send us suggestions on how to improve next time.
Examples from past and upcoming Symposiums include:
Support Local Businesses and Organizations
- Support local businesses that attempt to reduce their environmental footprints, and use local services.
- Support local community groups that can contribute to the event to fundraise for their organizations.
- Purchase local goods for speaker gifts.
Obtain Green Food Services
- Obtain catering from local restaurants that focus on using local ingredients and limiting waste.
- Reduce waste by ordering accurate quantities.
- Minimize the use of disposable cutlery, cups, plates, table linens and napkins.
- Provide sources of water and reusable water bottles.
- Plan wisely and limit the amount of paper printed for the event.
- Allow attendees to receive their information packages electronically.
- Support green travel and reduce travel when possible.
- Allow participants to attend virtually to reduce the need for travel.