High Ground 2023: Home

High Ground 2023

This year, our annual civic governance forum will be held from 1:00pm Friday, March 24 to 4:00pm on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

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 annual civic governance 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.

Registration is now open! Register by February 19 to receive early bird rates.

More details on the program and speakers to come, stay tuned.


Detailed schedule to be posted soon.


Testimonials from High Ground 2022

  • “Thank you for all your hard work. This is the best conference I attend each year. The learning experience is beyond compare.”
  • “Even though it was virtual, it still was very engaging.”
  • “Thank you kindly for High Ground 2022. It is always inspiring and thoughtful.”
  • Thank you for the engaging, impactful 3-day forum… So grateful to learn more in depth on emerging and urgent conditions on many fronts.”
  • “I think the Columbia Institute did a very good job of covering topics that are very relevant and important for the time we are living in.”