Mark your calendar for High Ground 2020

The Columbia Institute will hold its annual Centre for Civic Governance Forum at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver, BC from Friday, March 27 to Saturday, March 28. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, take a look at last year’s program here 


Detailed schedule to be posted soon.


Aaron Pete

Chawathil Council Member

Aidan Shirley

CAO & Development Manager, CityState Consulting Group

Alex Boston

Executive Director, Renewable Cities and Fellow, Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University

Alison Gu

Councillor, City of Burnaby

Amina Yasin

SFU, Director of Public Hearings and Planning, Renovate the Public Hearing

Amy Juschka

Director of Communications & Advocacy, YWCA Vancouver

Amy Lubik

Councillor, City of Port Moody

Arzeena Hamir

Agronomist and farmer

Carmela Allevato

Partner, Allevato Quail & Roy

Charley Beresford

Public Policy Innovator

Cheeying Ho

Executive Director, Whistler Centre for Sustainability

Christine Boyle

Councillor, City of Vancouver

Clara Prager

Campaign Lead, Women Transforming Cities

Clint Johnston

President, BC Teachers' Federation

Dave Thompson

Councillor, City of Victoria

David Ng

Union Co-Operative Initiative

Dennis Thomas “Whonoak”

Councillor, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

DJ Pohl

Paralegal, Chilliwack Crown Council

Dr. Joy Masuhara

Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Women Transforming Cities

Fiona Koza

Climate Accountability Strategist, West Coast Environmental Law

Jennifer Reddy (Moderator)

Trustee, Board of Education, School District 39 (Vancouver)

Karen Ranalletta

President, CUPE BC

Kim Mackenzie

Director of Policy, CMHA BC

Lacey Mesley

Manager, AVI Health and Community Services, Community-Led Crisis Response Team

Michelle Bonner

Manager, Vancity, Community Investment - Climate

Michelle Laviolette

Director, Vancity, Indigenous Banking Strategy

Monica Cheema

Researcher, filmmaker, Surrey Shapers alum

Nadine Nakagawa

Councillor, City of New Westminster

Neil Gaudreault

Executive Director, Winch Institute

Nikki Hill

Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Njeri Kontulahti

Senior Manager, Vancity, Financial Resilience and Inclusion

Robyn Burek

Program Manager, Portland Street Response

Rowan Gentleman-Sylvester

Programs Manager, CityHive

Seth Klein

Director, Climate Emergency Unit, Climate Emergency Strategy and Team Lead

Sharon Gregson

Provincial Spokesperson, $10aDay Child Care Campaign

Shauna Shortt

City Shift Project Lead, YWCA Vancouver

Sussanne Skidmore

President, BC Federation of Labour

Tara Marsden/Naxginkw 

Hlimoo Sustainable Solutions

Tariq Tyab

Co-Founder, Foundation for a Path Forward

Thom Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer, Co-operative Housing Federation

Tiffany Ottahal

Community Investment Portfolio Manager, Labour Partners at Vancity

Vaidehi Gupta

SFU student, Surrey Shapers alum

Veronika Bylicki

Executive Director and Co-Founder, CityHive

Victor Smith

Mayor, District of Hope

Yusuf Siraj

Co-Founder, Foundation for a Path Forward