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Community Economic Development Forum

After much thought and discussion, CFEK has decided to postpone the 2018 Community Economic Development Forum. The evolving emergency flood watch and evacuations in the Boundary and West Kootenay regions will be testing the limits of many communities, residents, local government elected officials and staff. We recognize that the priority of many of the people invited to the forum will be to support and assist their communities, and that faced with the same circumstances, we would make the same clear choice.

We worked diligently on preparing an entertaining and thought-provoking event and we will be looking for appropriate dates to reschedule in the fall. I’m confident that you will join us in sending support in particular to the residents in Grand Forks who have shown incredible community spirit and resilience during this flood. To all the other communities on evacuation alert, we hope the threat passes.

On behalf of the coordinating team, we want to especially thank the presenters who enthusiastically offered to participate and provide expertise around the 'Sharing Economy’. Your willingness to share your time and insight has shown us that the event was surely going to be met with great success.

It is our sincere hope that we merely are hitting pause, and we can count on your support in the fall to deliver this conference. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Community Futures East Kootenay is dedicated to fostering strong, vibrant local economies and to support this, we are hosting a two-day forum on the sharing economy.

We want to explore ideas of how to harness the power of the sharing economy, use it as an economic driver for our communities, and challenge the delegates by examining emerging issues the sharing economy presents while reviewing exciting case studies. The conference is designed for stakeholders and participants to connect across organizations and collaborate.

Community Futures East Kootenay - Community Economic Development Forum

The Sharing Economy: Innovation & Collaboration

  • May 23 & May 24 2018
  • Wednesday 12:30 - 4:30 Social at 5:30
  • Thursday 8:30 - 12:00
  • $100.00
  • Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort
  • 209 Van Horne St S, Cranbrook, BC V1C 6R9 (250) 417-0444

Out of town participants can book your stay under "Community Futures East Kootenay Forum"

Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort


Wednesday May 23rd

  • 12:30-1:00 Registration & Light Lunch

  • 1:00-1:15 Opening Remarks Sean Campbell, CFEK

  • 1:15-1:45 "The Sharing Economy, Local Governments on the Front Line"
    Ange Qualizza, M.Econ, City Councillor Fernie
    Patrick Sorfleet, Planning Manager, City of Fernie

  • 1:45-2:00 Bio Break

  • 2:00-4:00 “Exploring Shared Spaces as Economic Drivers, A Panel Discussion” Facilitated by Ange Qualizza
    "How Coworking Is Shaping the Future of Work"
    Ashley Proctor, Executive Director, 312 Main
    "How the Sharing Economy Makes us Trust Complete Strangers"
    Brad, Pommen, Lab Director MIDAS Fab Lab
    "Shifting Economic Development from Projects to Places"
    Sean Campbell, General Manager Community Futures East Kootenay

  • 3:45-4:00 Bio Break

  • 4:00-4:30 Reinventing Economic Development & Achieving Nimbility
    Mark Lautman, CEcD Founder Community Economic Lab

  • 4:30-4:40 Day one closing remarks + Invitation to Ground Floor Coworking Space

Thursday May 24th

  • 7:45-8:30 Breakfast

  • 8:30-10:00 "Ridesharing on the Move"
    Karen Gorecki and Meredith Hamstead, Climate Basin Trust Climate Action Program

  • 10:00-10:15 Bio Break

  • 10:15-10:45 "Community Investment Co-ops: Mobilizing Local Capital Initiative"
    Eden Yesh, Branch Manager Kootenay Employment Services

  • 10:50-11:20 "The Ktunaxa Nation: Peer-to-Peer Economy and Our Path to Economic Well Being" 
    Justin Paterson, Interim Director Economic Development & Investment Sector

  • 11:20-12:00 "Strategic Doing: Leaving Today with an Action Plan"
    Ange Qualizza, Program Facilitator

  • 12:00-12:10 Closing Remarks
    Sean Campbell, General Manager CFEK

Grab a box lunch to enjoy on your way home.



Wednesday May 23rd 5:30 PM
Ground Floor Coworking Space 100-131 7th Ave. South Cranbrook BC V1C2J3

Please join us at the Ground Floor Coworking Space for a tapas style dinner with bar service, a pop up trade show and an elegant evening of collaboration and experiential learning.

Catered by the Heidout and hosted by the Ground Floor Coworking Space you’ll have an opportunity to tour Cranbrook’s newest coworking space; and connect with other forum participants in an inspiring social setting. We’ll hear from: accelerate Kootenays Canada's first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation network.

Imagine Kootenay a joint-initiative of local governments, economic development organizations and Chambers of Commerce with the aim of attracting and supporting investment and workforce development throughout the Kootenay and Boundary region.

MIDAS FAB LAB Lab Director Brad Pommen will showcase a mobile fablab.

  • 5:30-5:40 Ground Floor Coworking Space welcome 
    Tanya Malcolm, Community & Marketing Manager
  • 6:00-6:05 Accelerate Kootenays presentation 
    Jen Grebeldinger, Marketing & Outreach Manager 
    Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Demonstrations
  • 6:25-6:35 MIDAS Fab Lab booth introduction 
    Brad Pommen, Lab Director
  • 6:50-6:55 Imagine Kootenay presentation 
    Jamie Mayes, Project Manager
  • 7:25-7:30 Thank you, options to continue networking 
    Ange Qualizza, Program Facilitator