Tuning in to October 15th: A Day-long Learning & Connecting Session for Local Electeds

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.

Virtual Attendance

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

For more information or if you have any questions, please email Sharon at

Opening, Welcome and Introduction

10:00 am – 10:15 pm

With Sussanne Skidmore, David Levi, and Kevin Millsip

Plenary – Stratcom Survey Results

10:15 am – 11:00 am

We’ll look at and discuss the survey results from our High Ground 2022 and begin discussion about what these results might mean for the campaign period. Presented by Bob Penner.


11:00 am – 11:15 am

Workshops (Breakout Sessions)

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

  1. Public Education

This workshop explores anticipated key issues in K-12 leading up to the elections and the scope of action that Trustees have in their roles. With Robin Tosczak, Karen Ranalletta, Carmela Allevato, and Jennifer Reddy (moderator).

  1. First-Term Reflections

This workshop explores learnings and reflections from first term councillors. With Amy Lubik, Nadine Nakagawa, Sharmarke Dubow, and Kevin Millsip (moderator).


12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Catered by: Tayybeh

Vancouver’s top provider of authentic specialty Syrian products and a social enterprise that provides employment, social support, and financial security for Syrian newcomer women.

Training Sessions Presented by Earnscliffe and the Union Cooperative Initiative

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Based on your input from the survey, a series of training sessions covering different skills will be offered to help you prepare for the upcoming elections. With Nikki Hill and Jonny Sopotiuk.

Closing Remarks

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

With Kevin Millsip.