OKANAGAN RESEARCH FORUM
The Okanagan Research Forum: Building a Resilient Okanagan Landscape, will be hosted by the UBC Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES) and the UBC Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER), in collaboration with partner organizations. The Forum will encourage knowledge sharing and dialogue between UBC Okanagan Researchers and the broader community, including government and local organizations. Every two years, a Forum will be organized with a specified theme. This year’s theme is resilience, a particularly relevant topic for the Okanagan region considering the pressures we face due to climate change, population growth, and changes in land use.
The session objective is to introduce the concept of resilience as applied to human-environment systems and to discuss why it is important for sustainability at the landscape scale
The session objective is to define what makes an ecological system resilient and to discuss how we can enhance resilience of our ecosystems
The session objective is to define what makes human cultures and societies resilient, and how we can foster resilience in our present-day communities.
This is a working session in which audience members will be divided into groups of 10-12, seated around large tables, and led in a facilitated discussion about how the Okanagan region can be sustainable and resilient into the future.
Resilience is understood as the ability of a system to recover from disturbance and adapt to change. Resilience is an essential attribute of a sustainable system, and is increasingly important at the landscape scale in times of rapid social and environmental change. In this forum, we will explore how the concept of resilience can help us build a sustainable future Okanagan with vibrant human culture and communities and healthy, functioning ecosystems
The event is open to the general public and to students, and speakers will be asked to avoid academic jargon. We welcome the participation of the whole local community. We will make sure that the forum includes opportunities for all conference attendees to make contributions to our discussions.
Registration for the event is required. The costs for registration are:
• Organizers and Volunteers: Free
• Students presenting posters: Free
• Students: $10 dollars*
• General Public: $20 *
* Registration includes access to all events as well as food and beverages.
UBC Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES)
UBC Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER)
Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB)
Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA)
BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF)
City of Kelowna (Imagine Kelowna)
Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program
The day will include plenary presentations and discussions by expert panelists to explore how the concept of resilience applies to social, cultural and ecological systems. We will seek representation of diverse perspectives, including indigenous knowledge and experience. The afternoon will include a facilitated working session in which all conference participants will be divided into groups and invited to contribute their visions and aspirations for a future Okanagan landscape. The group discussions will later be summarized by conference organizers in a vision document. This document will be widely shared and may be used by participating organizations to support their respective mandates and advance their own projects.
Members of BRAES and ICER
UBC Okanagan Students
Based on the venue capacity, we are expecting at the most 120 including volunteers and organizers
Yes, you need to register. Although the keynote presentation is free to the public, you need to register to attend due to the limited venue capacity
Monday, December 5th 2016 | Banquet Room, Kelowna Yacht Club, Kelowna, B.C. Canada
Okanagan Research Forum: “Building Resilience in the Okanagan Landscape”
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Session 1: Setting the Stage
Moderator: Nelson Jatel, Okanagan Basin Water Board
Dr. Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB Executive Director
Dr. Brigitte LeNormand, UBC Faculty member
Dr. Lael Parrott, BRAES director UBC Okanagan
Jordan Coble, West Bank First Nation
Dr. John Janmaat, UBC Faculty
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Session 2: Ecological Resilience
Moderator: Melissa Tesche, Okanagan-Kootenay Sterile Insect Release Program
Carolyn Callaghan, CWF Conservation Biologist
Lisa Wilson, ONA Representative
Dr. Jason Pither, UBC Faculty
Grant Furness, Head Ecosystems section FNLRO
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Session 3: Social and Human Resilience
Moderator: Dr. Jon Corbett, ICER Institute Director
Dr. Mary Stockdale UBC Faculty member
Dr. Greg Garrard, UBC Faculty member
Jesse Zeeman, B.C. Wildlife Federation
Glenda Cooper, Neighborhood & Development Coordinator City of Kelowna
Paul Sharp, Recreation Services, City of Kelowna
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 4: Vision for Okanagan Landscape
Moderators: Dr. Lael Parrott, BRAES Institute Director and Dr. Jon Corbett, ICER Institute Director
Facilitators from different partner organizations will coordinate the groups work.
Meet our diverse collection of expert speakers.
Dr. Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. His primary research addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
Come join us at this unique event to share your personal experience and pragmatic insights on how to put theory into action
The Okanagan Research Forum will take place at the banquet room in the Yacht Club in Kelowna, Located at 1370 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y.
Come and enjoy the unique atmosphere of one of the most beautiful locations in the Okanagan Valley with stunning views of the lake and the mountains.
Kelowna Yacht Club is a unique venue located in the heart of the city, offering an unparalleled setting for entertaining. Enjoy our exquisite banquet facilities with a sliding glass wall opening fully to the largest deck overlooking Okanagan Lake. we are very delighted to host our forum at this exceptional venue.
Address: 1370 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y
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