Rounding off our Fall Programming, we have two great events in partnership with The Feminist Campaign School. First, on October 26th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm PST via Zoom, for a look into the research project Retention of Progressive Women in Municipal Elected Offices, with insights into the barriers that women face in office, and the reasons why they don’t run again.
Following the webinar, on November 9th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm PST via Zoom, we invite women and non-binary folks to join us for a dialogue for Progressive Women in Municipal Elected Offices and a discussion on how better to support these individuals and what can be done to change the trend of women leaving elected office.
Join us for a deep dive into the Accelerating Community Energy Transformation (ACET) initiative with Curran Crawford, Executive Director of ACET, and Tamara Krawchenko, University of Victoria via zoom on Thursday, October 12 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST.
The Accelerating Community Energy Transformation (ACET) Initiative, led by the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) at the University of Victoria (UVic) together with four partner institutions, is being formed to help communities rapidly move from planning to action.
This talk with give an overview of ACET’s mission and vision, and examples of how academic research can provide tangible benefits to communities in implementing low carbon solutions from technology to policy. We’ll then present the opportunities and mechanisms for interested communities to partner with ACET. This will be followed by a Q&A session to hear from communities themselves their needs for support capacity in actually implementing their action plans.
Date and Location October 12, 12:00pm to 1:00pm Via Zoom Register Now
The post-UBCM webinar is a space to debrief and reflect after the convention. Facilitated by Amy Lubik, Port Moody City Councillor, this discussion will focus on ideas and possible next steps stemming from UBCM 2023 – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Date and Location September 29, 10:00am to 12:00pm Via Zoom Register Now
We’re offering a great opportunity for local electeds to brush up on their media skills prior to UBCM this year. In partnership with The Feminist Campaign School, we’re hosting a Media Training session via Zoom on September 13 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm!
Please note registration for this event is now full.
Media training offers valuable skills to help you get your message across to the audiences you want to reach. Whether doing a live or recorded interview, motivating a motion at UBCM, or speaking up at a council meeting, the skills provided in this workshop will improve your ability to be clear, concise, and avoid misspeaking at a critical moment.
This online workshop includes learning about the media landscape, the role of key messages, and a practice session to hone your skills. Unlike traditional media training, Ablaze Services focuses on approaching any media or public speaking opportunities from the perspective of intentionality, personal agency, and diverse representation.
Date and Location September 13, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
If you have any questions or are having trouble registering, please email Isabella Johnson at email@example.com. Please note, spaces are limited so registration may not guarantee a spot in the session.
Building on momentum from our 2023 civic governance forum (High Ground), we are excited to present the first installment of our fourth Conversation Series – Decarbonization and the Zero Carbon Step Code – taking place on September 7th from 10:00am – 11:00am PST via Zoom.
At this virtual event, we will deep dive into the Zero Carbon Step Code (ZCSC) and existing building retrofit strategies for local governments. The webinar will educate local electeds across BC on options for local governments to incentivize and support retrofits, heat pump installations, clean energy, and other products that can support decarbonization.
Our speakers: Karen Tam Wu – Policy Advocate – will outline the ZCSC in detail, with Maggie Baynham – Senior Sustainability Planner, District of Saanich – discussing retrofits, decarbonization, and best practices for other municipalities. Finally, Robyn Webb – Program Manager, Local Government Conservation and Climate Action at BC Hydro – will address electricity supply and debated costs associated with the ZCSC.
This conversation will be facilitated by Tiffany Ottohal – Vancity – and will include an open Q&A session.
Date and Location September 7, 10:00am to 11:00am Via Zoom Register Now
SAVE THE DATE: High Ground 2024 will be held at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver, B.C. from Friday, March 22 to Saturday, March 23, 2024!
High Ground 2023
This year, our annual civic governance forum will be held from 1:00pmFriday, March 24 to 4:00pm on Saturday, March 25, 2023 in Harrison Hot Springs.
The theme for this year is Home — exploring all aspects of “Home”, such as the need for everyone to have a home that is safe, secure and affordable, the health of our planetary home, the impact of the climate crisis on local government and infrastructure, collaborations between First Nations and neighbouring local governments, how we think about the lands that we live on, and what all aspects of home actually entails, both today and tomorrow.
Held for 18 years now, our forums are a time where we bring together local electeds (Mayors, Councillors, School Trustees, and Regional Directors) to share ideas, discuss prominent issues and solutions, deepen connections, and take away inspiration.
Childcare and shuttle service from Vancouver are available.
With the deadline for our special rate passed, rooms at Harrison are subject to availability. Please email Amor at firstname.lastname@example.org with room requests.
*NEW* We are offering a virtual option! Please select “Virtual Option” when registering. Your registration includes participation in our four plenaries and access to their recordings post-event.
Please join us and other Mayors, Councilors, School Trustees, and Regional Directors in Vancouver on Sunday, July 24, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m for a day of learning, skills-development, and connecting! This will be our first in-person event in over two years!
Columbia will organize the first half of the day-long session, beginning with a presentation of the latest survey results from Stratcom and a conversation on what these might mean for the campaign period. (As a refresher, we received your input on the survey questions at this year’s High Ground. These questions were then shared with a representative sample of 800 adult British Columbians in an online survey in April.)
After that, we’ll have breakout workshops: one will focus on key issues in K-12 leading up to the elections and the other will provide an opportunity for first-term electeds to share some insights and lessons learned along the way.
In the afternoon, Earnscliffe Strategies and the Union Cooperative Initiative will take the lead on the program, offering skills-development workshops that provide the insights, knowledge, and perspectives you need to develop and deliver successful campaigns in your community.
Lunch and refreshments will be available all day.
We are happy to offer virtual attendance for the morning portion for those wanting to join from out of town. Please select your ticket accordingly.
Masks are optional at the venue, however as everyone’s situation and preferences may vary please be respectful of each other’s comfort levels.
About Earnscliffe Strategies
Established in 1989 Earnscliffe Strategies is an independently-owned strategic advisory firm with offices in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and a team located across Canada. Earnscliffe offers services in the areas of campaign and coalition management, community acceptance, government relations, public policy, strategic communications, and digital advocacy.
Date and Location Sunday, July 24, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST Hillcrest Centre 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC
Building on momentum from our 2022 civic governance forum (High Ground), we are excited to present the first installment of our third Conversation Series taking place on Tuesday, May 17th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm PST via Zoom.
At this virtual event, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Ravi Kahlon and Minister of State for Trade George Chow will present B.C.’s newly-unveiled Mass Timber Action Plan, a comprehensive roadmap that details how B.C. will make buildings cleaner, while leveraging its abundant renewable resources and creating jobs for decades to come.
Hosted in partnership with Massive Canada Building Systems and the Office of Mass Timber Implementation, this candid, intimate, and local electeds-only conversation with Ministers Kahlon and Chow will present the local economic and environmental benefits of mass timber construction and explore what local governments can do to champion mass timber in their communities. This discussion, which will be moderated by Gaetan Royer, a Research Associate with the Columbia Institute, will include an open Q&A session.
Date and Location May 17, 2:00pm – 3:00pm PST. Via Zoom Register Now
The 2022 civic governance forum was held virtuallyfrom Thursday, March 24 to Saturday, March 26, 2022.
This year’s theme was Seeking Higher Ground: Leading Through Instability. We wanted to explore this theme as we are in a period of governing, at all levels, within ongoing, long-term, urgent and emergency conditions on many fronts. At High Ground 2022, we explored how local electeds can do their work in both proactive and responsive ways that advance progressive visions and action in their communities.
When: Thursday, March 24, 8:30AM – 12:45PM Friday, March 25, 1:00PM – 6:00PM Saturday, March 26, 8:00AM – 1:15PM
Who: Mayors, Councillors, Regional Directors, and School Board Trustees.
Our second edition of our Webinar Conversation Series continues with a necessary community conversation on the connection between climate change, income security, community resilience, and power. We’ll look at how income security policies can connect to and encourage local action on climate change. Hosted in partnership with the Columbia Institute, The Green Resilience Project, and NewStories, this virtual interactive conversation for local electeds across British Columbia will take place on Wednesday December 8th from 9:30AM – 12:00PM PST.
This community conversation aims to gather your perspectives on big-picture problems like climate change, unsteady incomes, and structural racism and discrimination, which is affecting people’s lives and choices in the communities we serve. Furthermore, we will be exploring and documenting the links between community resilience, income security, and the shift to a low carbon economy.
In the lead up to next year’s municipal elections, let’s have a real dialogue about what’s working, where we’re stuck, and what help we need. What are the concrete next steps for communities across BC? And how can Mayors, Regional Directors, City Councillors, and School Trustees support climate and community action moving forward?
Let’s explore how we can work all together to build stronger, healthier, more resilient communities, with the tools and abilities to meet their unique needs in a rapidly changing world.
Date and Location December 8, 9:30am – 12:30pm PST. Via Zoom Register Now