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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 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.
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Morning Plenary: Demographics
Demographic shifts are all around us: seniors are living longer, the swell of Boomers is moving into retirement, Gen X and Millennials are more educated. What do these and other trends mean for the Basin, now and into the future? Go beyond the data to hear stories about the influence of these trends and ideas for how we might harness their potential.
Moderator: Terri Macdonald, Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute
Breakout Sessions: Demographics
Youth are vital to the success of rural communities and regions. However, rural youth can face a range of challenges as they prepare for and transition into the workforce. Learn about the future workforce of the Basin, exploring what communities can do to inform, expose and engage youth. Understand short- and long-term shifts that impact the Basin’s workforce and learn about recruitment and retention successes here and elsewhere. Better understand what can be done today to ensure the Basin’s workforce demands are met.
Moderator: Terri Macdonald, Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute
2: The Basin: Opportunities for Economic Game Changers
How is the Basin viewed by those living inside and outside the Basin? What does that mean for our trade and investment potential? Learn about the findings from a recent analysis of the Basin’s economic sectors and drivers and better appreciate how the Basin’s economic opportunities are currently recognized. Discuss what we might need to do to bring trade, investment and talent to our region.
3: Community of Opportunity: Attracting People, Sustaining Places
How can you make your community viable in the long run and harness the potential of shifting demographics? In this session we’ll discuss how to audit a community to explore its strengths and weaknesses on all fronts, from housing, to employment, to economic development. We’ll hear from other communities about their methods and successes. We’ll come away with ideas and plans about how to create strong foundations for our communities.
Gwynn Symmons and Jada Basi, CitySpaces Consulting
4: Embracing Diversity
The Basin boasts a fusion of ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. In this interactive session we’ll hear from various demographic representatives to learn how to better understand, appreciate and embrace social diversity. We’ll discuss truths versus myths, and outline our different and similar needs. On a daily basis, how can we better engage everyone?
Moderator: Laurie Cordell, Columbia Basin Trust
Speakers: Desneiges Profili, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy; Christopher Horsethief,
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Afternoon Keynote: Technology
Can technology help turn rural challenges into rural prosperity? Robert Bell thinks so, thanks to his research and analysis of communities around the world that have taken conscious steps to harness technology. By changing the way they think, believe and act, these communities, similar to ours in the Basin, have transformed by embracing technology. Be inspired by the potential and understand the underlying principles that helped them (and can help us!) bridge distances, connect people and create opportunity.
Breakout Sessions: Technology
Make the ever-changing landscape of digital media work for you, and we’re not just talking about Facebook! Whether you’re trying to draw tourists to your community, customers to your business or volunteers to your non-profit organization, you’ll benefit from hearing success stories of how others in the Basin incorporate digital media. You’ll learn how to easily use this tool to your own advantage.
Moderator: Jim Barr
Speakers: Livia Lara, Cranbrook Farmers Market; Linda McVetty, Kimberley Farmers Market; Stephanie Van de Kemp, Cleanline Automotive; Karen Hamling, Village of Nakusp; Claire Paradis, Social Media Expert
2: Multiple Ways to Thrive From Technology
We know businesses can profit from technology. But how about a community or you personally? In this session we’ll showcase examples from the Basin of how technology has helped a community advance, given a business a competitive edge or made a resident more employable.
Moderator: Amber Hayes, Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies
Speakers: Greg Hoffart, Tree Construction; Jean Marc LaFlamme, SeedUps Canada/Mountain CoLab/Startup Revelstoke; Mary Austin, Austin Engineering
3: Plan Big by Taking to the Air
What are you planning for: wildfire management, parks and recreation enhancements, your industry’s inventory? In this session we’ll discuss how airborne technology can assist these activities. Drones, for example, can put our eyes in the air, while LIDAR (laser sensors mounted on the bottom of aircraft) can provide us with detailed 3-D maps. Learn how these technologies can boost your own planning efforts.
Speakers: Jordan Kirk, Canfor; David Grieves and Joey Plessis, Selkirk College
4: Technology for Community Connections
Facebook isn’t the only way to connect. Many other technologies help us build and maintain meaningful community connections, whether it’s an online volunteer registry or an app for sharing and preserving local history. In this session you’ll get the chance to “speed date” and interact with different technologies. You’ll learn how these connections and conversations could be meaningful to you, your organization and your community.
Moderator: Andrew Earnshaw, Kootenay Division of Family Practice
Morning Keynote: Climate Change
Climate change can mean different things to different people: a long-term threat to ecological stability, an increasing risk to our shared global economy, an unwelcome change in local economic priorities, a generational challenge or even an economic opportunity. Tom Rand weaves these themes together but ultimately lands on our collective role—and shared opportunity—in a fundamental economic transformation to a modern, low-carbon economy. Drawing on climate science, clean energy technology, policy and economics, Rand is pragmatic yet ultimately hopeful about what climate change means for Canadians.
Keynote: Tom Rand
Breakout Sessions: Climate Change
How can we shift from a fossil-fueled economy to one based on renewable energy—and flourish? Experts will weigh in on key barriers and solutions and what steps lead to success. We will also highlight examples of leading projects, globally and in the Basin, with a focus on economic development opportunities that support the shift away from fossil fuels.
Moderator: Tom Rand
Speakers: Darrel Fry, Advanced BioCarbon 3D; Bryan Fry, Director, i4C.tech; Bill Swan, Greenman Sustainable Solutions
2: Livable Low-carbon Communities
We know the climate is changing. Now how can our communities address this change while creating more livable, vibrant and healthy places to live? In this session we’ll highlight innovative projects, both within the Basin and without, that demonstrate pioneering methods of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. We’ll then further apply this knowledge to our area’s own unique challenges and opportunities.
3: Shifting Ecosystems: Adapting to Change
As the climate changes, our ecosystems do too, which means we have to adapt our land management practices. In this session we’ll hear from experts from various sectors to discover how they’re confronting the new realities. We’ll come away with a better understanding of how these adaptations are happening, and what it means for the ways we rely on and care for the land.
Moderator: Lynne Betts
Our expert speakers come from a range of backgrounds on the topics of demographics, technology and climate change. Select individual speakers below or browse them all here.
- Mary and Roger Austin
- Jim Barr
- Jada Basi
- Robert Bell
- David Coletto
- Jim Fisher
- Ryan Gibson
- Meredith Hamstead
- Christopher Horsethief
- Livia Lara
- Erik Leslie
- Ingrid Liepa
- Isobel Mackenzie
- Colin Mahony
- Lee Malleau
- Linda McVetty
- Claire Paradis
- Ian Parfitt
- Ellen Pond
- Desneiges Profili
- Tom Rand
- Jason Taylor
- Stephanie Van de Kemp
- Jeff Zukiwsky
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.
MEETING TIMES AND PLACES
All tours begin at 1 p.m. sharp; plan to arrive early. Please meet at these locations:
- Downtown Kimberley Walking Tour: Downtown at the Kimberley Visitor Centre located at 270 Kimberley Avenue, Kimberley. Arrive at 12:45 p.m. You must provide your own transportation to the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre is about a five-minute drive from the Kimberley Conference Centre.
- Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre Guided Tour: Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre at the St. Eugene Resort located at 7777 Mission Road, Cranbrook. Arrive at 12:45 p.m. You must provide your own transportation to the St. Eugene Mission Resort. The St. Eugene Mission Resort is about a 20-minute drive from the Kimberley Conference Centre.
- SunMine Tour: The Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre. Arrive at 12:45 p.m. to catch a shuttle. Shuttles will provide transportation to the SunMine site.
- Sullivan Mine and Underground Mining Railway Tour: The downtown station of Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway located at 111 Gerry Sorensen Way, Kimberley. Arrive at 12:45 p.m. You must provide your own transportation to the Sullivan Mine and Underground Mining Railway Tour. The downtown station is about a five-minute drive from the Kimberley Conference Centre. Please note that the railway can’t operate in snow; if the weather turns snowy, the TRAIN TOUR portion of this field trip will unfortunately have to be cancelled.
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.
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Downtown Kimberley isn’t just gorgeous—it’s also economically vibrant. Tour this area by foot to discover what makes it great.
In 1978, the community converted four square blocks into a pedestrian plaza and added ornate wooden facades to help promote Kimberley as the Bavarian City of the Rockies. These days, the health of the downtown core is demonstrated by the fact that a third of all businesses in the city make their homes here, including a skateboard manufacturing facility, a brewery and a climbing gym.
You’ll see public art, plus evidence of the community’s mining past at Chateau Kimberley. You’ll also visit Mark Creek, once a concrete tube that has now been naturalized into an attractive downtown feature—a success story of revitalized infrastructure.
The tour will take approximately 60 minutes. Delegates will meet downtown at the Kimberley Visitor Centre.
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Set on the banks of St. Mary River, the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre is located at St. Eugene Mission Resort, a former residential school built in 1910. In 2002, St. Eugene Mission was transformed into a modern, full-service resort.
You’ll tour the interpretive centre to see historic photographs, scale models of traditional tipis, a sturgeon-nosed canoe and many other artifacts. You’ll learn about the resort’s past as a residential school and watch the video “Survivors of the Red Brick School.” You’ll also see contemporary art and get a chance to browse the arts and crafts gift shop.
The tour will take approximately 90 minutes. Delegates will meet at the Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre.
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Kimberley’s future is bright. To learn how the community is investing in an industry that will continue to shine, join us for this walking tour of SunMine, BC’s largest solar facility, built on a reclaimed mine.
The community is using its sunny environment and mining history to harness and demonstrate the area’s potential for solar power. You’ll visit the south-facing slope, on which 4,032 solar panels are mounted on 96 masts, each generating 1,000 volts DC while they track the sun.
You’ll also visit the fully reclaimed former site of Teck Cominco’s concentrator, once used for separating waste rock from lead and zinc before transportation to the smelter in Trail.
The tour will take approximately 60 minutes, plus travel. Delegates will travel by shuttle from the Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre.
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Hop aboard a rail tour of the historic Sullivan Mine and Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway.
You’ll ride the rails through the beautiful Mark Creek valley as you listen to the history of Kimberley and the Sullivan Mine. At the Underground Interpretive Centre, you’ll learn about life as a miner as a guide describes hard rock mining and demonstrates some of the equipment used in the Sullivan Mine.
You’ll then take a short walk to the Sullivan Mine Powerhouse for a guided tour featuring the huge compressors and generators that powered the mine. Finally you’ll board the train again to learn more about Kimberley and enjoy spectacular scenery and glimpses of occasional wildlife as you travel back to the station.
You can then explore the old Orpheum Theatre, the North Star schoolhouse, a miner’s cabin and a caboose as part of your adventure into history.
The tour will take approximately 90 minutes. Delegates will meet at the downtown station of Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway.
Registration for the field trips took place when you registered for the Symposium. If you have questions about these tours, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
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.
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