High Ground 2020: Civic Governance Forum

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March 27-28, 2020
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront,
1133 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC

High Ground 2020, our annual civic governance forum, will be held at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver, BC from 1pm on Friday, March 27 to 4pm on Saturday, March 28, offering plenty of time for learning, connecting, and inspiring (and being inspired).

At this special 27-hour event, which will take place under the banner of “Committed to Action,” we aim to  foster peer learning, offer insights on how to nurture inclusive, equitable, and sustainable communities, and spark new collaborations. 

Our program is still in the works and we’ll be announcing sessions shortly, but we wanted to share this new and exciting pre-conference opportunity with you!

NEW: Personal Journey to Reconciliation

This pre-conference workshop is designed to take participants on a personal journey of decolonization leading to Reconciliation. Learning the true history of these lands, gaining a place-based understanding, and looking at history through an Indigenous lens will allow for self-reflection and a deeper understanding of the ongoing trauma and harm from colonization. By the end, participants will be better able to demonstrate cultural literacy and discover ways to better serve the populations with whom they work. Participants should bring with them an open mind and an open heart to get the most out of what is sure to be an enlightening experience. Facilitated by Rhiannon Bennett and Andrea Hilder

Take a look at last year’s program.

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Speakers

Andrea Hilder

Co-Founder, Hummingbirds Rising

Anita Ansari

Trustee-Elect & Chair, Board of Education, School District 40 (New Westminster)

Cheeying Ho (Moderator)

Executive Director, Whistler Centre for Sustainability

Gaetan Royer

CEO, CityState Consulting

Khelsilem Tl’aḵwasik̓a̱n

Councillor, Squamish Nation Council

Madeleine Shaw

Co-Founder, Lunapads

Nikki Hill (Moderator)

Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Paul Shaker (Moderator)

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, SFU

Rhiannon Bennett

Co-Founder, Hummingbirds Rising

Rik Logtenberg

Councillor, City of Nelson

Sam Abrams

Director, National Centre for the Study of Privatization in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Sussanne Skidmore

Secretary-Treasurer, BCFED

Testimonials from High Ground 2019

  • “It was a fantastic opportunity to share and build relationships.”
  • “I met so many interesting people and had such great conversations about issues that concern all of us.”
  • “Very informative and perspective-changing.”
  • “Brilliant and essential conversation.”
  • “Great diversity of speakers and topics.”
  • “A must attend annual event.”
  • “After every High Ground forum, I’m involved in interactions with participants. There’s learning and exchange during each forum and that tends to continue after the forum. High Ground 2019 was fantastic.”

Sponsors

 
Vancity
 
 
Hummingbirds Rising
WE Consulting
 
 
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