CBT seeks input on strategic priorities

By Contributor
June 28th, 2010

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is hosting the 2010 Columbia Basin Symposium Shaping our Future Together: Take Action – Build Partnerships – Strengthen Communities on Oct. 22-24 in Revelstoke, and residents are being encouraged to mark the date on their calendars.

The event seeks to engage key leaders and residents active in their communities to collectively look toward the future of the Columbia Basin, while also discussing and addressing some of today’s key issues.
  “An important role for CBT is bringing residents together at events like the Symposium to celebrate our accomplishments and help the region work towards solutions to shared challenges,” said Garry Merkel, CBT Board Chair. “It is an opportunity for Basin residents to connect with one another to create momentum in the Basin for further local engagement and action, as well as develop a sense of interconnectedness within the region.” Helping to build our views about the future will be keynote speaker David Beurle. Beurle is the Founder and Managing Director of Innovative Leadership, a company that specializes in helping communities, regions and organizations plan and prepare for their future and that pioneered the development and application of The Futures Game, a tool to support critical decision making and good leadership.
  Building on attendees’ knowledge of current opportunities and challenges in their community, Beurle will provide an opportunity for people to explore key drivers shaping the future of their community and region. This will be a catalyst for thinking about what actions people need to start taking today to put us in a position to deal with tomorrow’s challenges, including things that can be addressed on a regional basis and those are more community specific.
  The Symposium will include several facilitated sessions covering topics such as economic development, alternate energy, community engagement and building resilient organizations. These sessions will be supported by “expert” speakers from both within and outside the Basin, as well as community champions, tools and best practices.
  There will also be an opportunity to connect with CBT Board and staff, and learn more about the work CBT is doing in the region. In addition, an evening of cultural entertainment featuring local and Basin talent will be open to the public on Saturday evening. A draft program agenda is available online.
  Symposium registration will open in early September and space is limited. The Symposium is free of charge. Interested individuals can sign up now at www.cbt.org/2010symposiumto receive a notification when registration opens. 

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