Past Symposia

Over more than two decades, an increasing number of Basin residents have been finding value in connecting with others to discuss common interests. Click on the following tabs to view summaries of the last four symposia.

On October 13-15, 2017 we hosted the Columbia Basin Symposium in Kimberley BC.

The event focused on SHIFT! Thriving in change. We had over 450 residents come together to discuss shared challenges our region faces; a changing climate, new technologies and shifting demographics.

In addition to Symposium, we also hosted An Evening of Basin Culture and Entertainment in Kimberley’s Platzl on October 14. The event was a celebration of Basin residents, culture and entertainment.

As a bonus to the weekend, on October 13, we were able to offer a FREE community event in Cranbrook for youth and community members  to see Col. Chris Hadfield before he presented at Symposium.

See the results infographic

Over 300 Basin residents connected with each other at the 2013 Columbia Basin Symposium, held October 18 to 20 in Creston at the Creston and District Community Complex. The event focused on “Community Change Through Collaborative Action.”

The event sought to engage key leaders and residents active in their communities to collectively look toward the future of the Basin. The keynote speaker was Paul Born, President and Co-founder of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement, which helps people collaborate and achieve collective impact on complex community issues.

The Symposium was also an opportunity to learn more about the work the Trust was doing in the region and provide input into its current planning initiatives.

Read the 2013 Symposium Report

Nearly 300 people from communities throughout the Basin attended the 2010 Columbia Basin Symposium, “Shaping Our Future Together: Take Action, Build Partnerships, Strengthen Communities.” The Symposium took place October 22 to 24 in Revelstoke.

Facilitated sessions covered topics like economic development, alternate energy, community engagement and building resilient organizations.

Read the 2010 Symposium Report

The 2007 Columbia Basin Symposium took place October 19 to 21 at Selkirk College in Castlegar. The event was a great opportunity for over 250 participants to share their perspectives on issues important to them, including climate change, labour force, changing demographics, effective community planning and affordable housing.

Read the 2007 Symposium Report