New Leadership on the Ocean File

Ocean Initiatives British ColumbiaThe Board of Directors would like to acknowledge the outgoing Chair of OIBC Mr. David Stocks for his service last term. The new executive elected for the 2011-2012 term include:

Mr. Scott Lindsay in the role of Chair:

Mr. Paul Lacroix in the role of Vice Chair: Agent de Mer Consulting Ltd.

Mr. Patrick Marshall in the role of Corporate Secretary Treasurer: Capital EDC Economic Development Company

Mr. Scott Mclean in the role of Director at large:

Sustainable Shipping Conference Vancouver 2011

2011 marks the Sixth year of the annual Sustainable Shipping Conference, which leads the way in debating the next big issues within the industry, while focusing on the realities and practicalities of shipping.

Those involved in the industry have seen the conference evolve as issues of climate change have increasingly come to the fore, placing increasing pressure on the sector to reduce its carbon footprint.

Following on from the 2010 conference held in Miami, which took the issue of sustainability beyond just environmental issues to encompass the wider implications of shipping’s life cycle performance, the Sustainable Shipping Conference 2011 will look to allay the fears of the industry by focusing on how collaboration can provide an advantageous and positive experience in meeting impending regulations.

I will join the following in the session at Session 5: Marine Spatial Planning on Friday October 14th:

Hear the realities of Marine spatial planning (MSP) and the efforts being made to ensure that industries are proactively minimizing the conflicts in seeking to utilise the same sea area and an overall more sustainable approach.

09:30 Overview of MSP Paul Holtus, Executive Director, World Ocean Council
09:50 Proactive efforts for a sustainable future Kaity Stein, Secretary General, International Ship Owners Alliance (subject to availability)
10:10 Data, Tools & Approach to MSP Jennifer Lukens, NOAA MSP Program (Invited)
10:30 Charles Ehler (Invited)
10:50 Q & A

Sechelt Mayors Task Force on Economic Development

The Mayor of Sechelt, His Worship Darren Inkster asked if I would share my experience with their Task Force. So I combined a visit to Sechelt with the Sunshine Coast Community Forest and spent a couple of hours working with the Task Force Members. They are a great group of people from a cross section of the community. I followed up with a short paper answering their questions. This is exactly the kind of customer that Capital EDC was created for. They really don’t need a full-time economic developer, so much as someone with experience that can eliminate the time wasters for their staff and focus on the short intense works that will produce results.

Leadership Summitry

Capital EDC Economic Development CompanyProject Name: Coastal Community C2C Summit at the Summit
Client: Coastal Community Network
URL:  First Nation Summit
Firm Principle: Patrick Nelson Marshall, Consulting Economic Developer
Project Budget: Business Development
References: Tony Bennett, Chairman of the Board of Directors +1 250 726-1224

Mr. Marshall is preparing a half day Summit session for leaders of local governments, bands, first nations, aboriginal communities and hereditary leaders on the subject of resource management governance. This one day session is by invitation only and is supported by the Coastal Community Network. Featured speakers will include Chief Les Sam of the Tseshaht, Executives from the West Coast Aquatics ocean governance organization and others leaders speaking of their experience between peers.

Offshore Technology Show Houston 2011Ocean Technology

Ocean Initiatives British ColumbiaIt was another raging success for British Columbia based Ocean Initiatives BC subscribers that exhibited at the worlds largest Offshore Technology Show in Houston. In the British Columbia exhibit, coordinated for OIBC by Capital EDC Economic Development Company, we had representatives of:

ASL Environmental Sciences Ltd.
Ausenco Canada Inc.
Autoship Inc.
Axys Technologies Inc.
Corvus Energy
Jastram Technologies Inc.
Manly Closures Ltd.
Ocean Networks Canada
Pacific Rim Engineered Products
Robert Allan Naval Architects
Seabridge Marine Services Ltd.

Ken Watson and Blueplanet

My conversations with leaders in the Alberni Clayoquot region started with Mayor Fraser of Tofino. I thought that Tofino would be a great place to demonstrate Blueplanet as a brand that makes sense for communities facing challenges on the coast. That led to offering it to the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District. I though even better, having Blueplanet field tested in the home of the war on the woods. Well, the Board has other priorities for the year, so I turned to Ken Watson, the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Port Alberni.

I have found the elected representatives and staff of the communities in this region, to be some of the most progressive. The Regional District, while urban and rural Directors may not always agree, works together well. Mr. Watson was gracious, however, needed more time to orient his work plan to allow for the emergence of a sustainability plan.

So I still seek an appropriate community, business and government with which to develop the Blueplanet Brand and Programs.

Community Forest President Bob Sitter

Capital EDC Economic Development CompanyFollowing some changes at the Sunshine Community Forest Corporation which saw Glen Bonderud assume the Chair of the Board and Bob Sitter assume the Presidency of this community owned organization, I was given the opportunity to meet with Bob at his home in West Vancouver. I have been working on a recruitment strategy that the Community Forest can use to engage prospective investors in wood for the Sunshine Coast.

This time, in order to reduce my carbon footprint I took public transit from my house at the foot of Mt. Douglas in Victoria to the Sitter residence in West Vancouver. It took about the same time as taking a vehicle. Bob met me at the door of this green building that probably blows all lead gold standards away. The only thing missing was goats on the roof, but I think that’s some other places brand.

I learned a lot from Bob that day about simplicity, respect for the forest and the community and his perspective on what constitutes a suitable benefit to the community. He was a consummate host and I continue to enjoy working with him on this project. I set aside the 100 page deliverable and replaced it with a 5 pager. That’s simplicity.

Jim Abram, Craig Anderson & the Strathcona RD

Capital EDC Economic Development CompanyFrom time to time I get requests that on the face of them, seem reasonable. Like driving for 8 hours in a day for a 10 minute delegation opportunity. Such was the case this day.

I have developed a technical team for local governments participating in the PNCIMA process that involves four distinct professionals: an economic developer, a resource manager, an economist and a registered professional biologist. The concept is to have the team visit every community in the subject region, half the size of Norway, at least four times, to receive information, shape it, cross reference it and link it together such that local government and other communities clearly demonstrate their governance of local resources.

Jim Abram, Electoral Area Director is the designated Member of the PNCIMA table. Fortunately for me, he was in attendance. He expressed his concern that there not be a big “administration” built around the proposal. I responded by saying that local government needs a team for a short period to build the platform that all can work across, then you disband the team. Craig Anderson, Chairman of the Board and Mayor of Gold River presided over the meeting. I had great questions from other Directors and the resolution to support the proposal was approved.  I needed this one to warrant support at the UBCM and Coast Sustainability Trust, as well as four more from the participating Regional Districts.

His Worship Mayor Mcrae

Capital EDC Economic Development CompanyA couple of months ago I double booked myself and was unable to meet the Mayors Breakfast in Port Alberni. Fortunately for me, a second chance arose with a cancellation and I jumped at the chance. These don’t come along very often. I presented the Port Alberni version of “Transit Riders Guide to Economic Development” and my update on the progress for the Coastal Community Network. Mayor Mcrae was not in attendance, however, I have really appreciated his personal attention to the progress I am making here at Capital EDC. I recently met one of his extended family in Gold River. He has tonnes of people with his partner “Dolly” across the coast.

I took a little extra time to meet with Pat Deakin and Ken Watson to demonstrate the value of the Blueplanet Sustainability Program and how we can build a sustainability plan and maintenance program from nothing. I hope Port Alberni is one of our Beta communities, but as always, its subject to funding.

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