Mayors Caucus Starts March 31st

The spring Mayors Caucus will focus on three major policy areas that impact all BC communities: Emergency Management; Balancing Social Policy and Economic Development; and Clean BC Implications and Opportunities for Communities. The agenda is now available, and outlines the program from Sunday evening March 31st to noon on Tuesday April 2nd.

This is the first formal opportunity for BC Mayors to meet since the October 2018 elections, and delegates can look forward to the dynamic conversation that comes from new energy and veteran experience. The event will kick off with a reception on Sunday evening. Monday offers an innovative programme featuring keynotes and panel discussions on the three major policy issues on the program. The discussion on Clean BC will also feature a walking tour of two of Prince George’s newest buildings built with the Wood First mindset.

On Tuesday, the discussion will dig deeper into these policy topics to summarize the deliberations and identify potential resolutions for members to bring forward to the spring regional Local Government Area Association AGMs, and to the UBCM in the fall.

Mayors can register online at CivicInfo BC. Please note, if the Mayor is not able to attend the spring Caucus, the Acting Mayor or Deputy Mayor is welcome to attend.

Keynote Speaker Biographies

KIMBERLEY NEMRAVA is the Former VP – BC and Yukon for the Canadian Red Cross Society. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, she first came west as part of the inaugural class at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific. She went on to be the first female to work on a Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue unit. With this background in water safety, first aid and lifesaving, Kimberley joined the Red Cross more than 25 years ago and has held positions in First Aid, Water Safety, Communications and Management.

Kimberley is a graduate of the University of Victoria (B.Sc. Biology) and Royal Roads University (M.A. Leadership and Training). In her spare time, she visits hospitals, care homes and schools with her therapy dog, Sophie, through the Pacific Animal Therapy Society. She is passionate about working with people to help others.
Kimberley will provide her insights on the needs and tools available to modernize BC’s Emergency Management systems and current best practices being used in BC communities.

SHAUNA SYLVESTER has a deep commitment to social, economic and environmental issues. She was hired by SFU to strengthen the University's relationship with the community through the SFU Public Square and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, where she serves as the Executive Director and as a Professor of Professional Practice in the faculty of arts and social sciences.

Shauna is a social entrepreneur. She is a founder of Renewable Cities, Carbon Talks, Canada's World and IMPACS - the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society, and has served as a board member of Mountain Equipment Cooperative, Vancity Credit Union, and the BC Assessment Authority. She currently serves as the Chair of Tamarack, a Canadian organization that supports local communities in addressing social and economic development.

Shauna is a fierce advocate for democracy and supports local governments in their citizen engagement work. She ran for mayor of Vancouver as an independent and is currently supporting Mayor Hurley of Burnaby by facilitating his Task Force on Community Housing and working with the Mayors’ Council and key transportation stakeholders in Metro Vancouver convening “Moving in a Livable Region” which explores transportation and land use planning. Shauna’s commitment to bringing diverse groups together to build trust and address pressing social, economic and environmental issues spans 30 years and dozens of countries. She was an organizer for Canada for the Beijing Women's Conference and the Rio Summit; she wrote the first Women and AIDS resource guide and worked on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.

DR. GUIDO WIMMERS holds a master degree in architecture and a PhD in building science from the University of Innsbruck. Prior to moving to Canada in 2007 he was head of the building science department of Energie Tirol and worked on Passive House Projects in Austria, Germany, and Italy including large nonresidential buildings. He was involved in various research projects in the field of massive timber construction, extreme energy efficient buildings and prefabricated building envelopes.

In Canada, Guido has been invited to share his refreshing expertise with students of UBC, SFU and BCIT at lectures, has worked with UBC students on their master’s theses, and has given numerous seminars and talks about the next leap in building technology at forums and international conventions including the GLOBE convention, the CAGBC summit, ICBEST, BCBEC and Canadian Wood Council fairs.

Guido is one of the initiators of the Austria House in Whistler, Canada’s first Passive House and first CLT application. He has worked on truly sustainable projects all across Canada. He is teaching an intensive building science course focusing on high performance buildings across Canada and is also co-author of the Passive Design Tool Kit of the City of Vancouver and a founding director of the Canadian Passive House Institute. Guido is also involved in several research projects in the field of Passive House and high performing envelope components.

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