2019 Sustainable Infrastructure Workshops
September 24-26, 2019: St. Eugene Golf Resort, Cranbrook BC
October 1-3, 2019: Delta Hotel, Kamloops BC
WORSKHOP FULL - Waitlist available via registration link
October 21-23, 2019: Element Vancouver Metrotown, Burnaby BC
LIMITED AVAILABILITY - Waitlist will be available via registration link once worshop is full
A series of Sustainable Infrastructure Workshops are being delivered this fall following the completion of triennial Asset Condition Reporting System (ACRS) inspections for communities in north-east and central BC. These Sustainable Infrastructure Workshops are an extension of the Asset and Maintenance Management Workshops that the BC Region of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has been delivering since 2010 to support annual implementation of the Extended ACRS (E-ACRS).
The majority of communities across the BC Region have participated in these interactive workshops and feedback from participants has been exceptionally positive. The number of communities making use of Group 2 funding has increased exponentially, cross-department teams are being established within communities to achieve short and long term objectives, and neighbouring communities are working more closely together in their endeavors to maintain and renew local infrastructure. Many communities have used these workshops as a catalyst for initiating programs which staff are delivering in-house, to take deliberate steps toward caring for and renewing infrastructure in the most efficient ways possible. Lessons from thought leaders across the Region have been incorporated into an Asset Management Guide for BC First Nations which will be published later this year.
A survey of BC Region communities has indicated that additional workshops on sustainable infrastructure management are the highest priority capacity building initiatives desired. In response, ISC has continued workshop delivery in 2018, focusing on the communities in the Region undergoing their latest E-ACRS assessments.
Three hands-on workshops have been scheduled for interested communities, including the workshop outlined below which is closest to your community. Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.will facilitate this workshop in partnership with ISC.
The objectives of this Sustainable Infrastructure Workshop are to:
• Introduce the concepts of sustainable infrastructure and asset management;
• Bring staff together from across departments and communities;
• Share hands-on tools and proven techniques for managing assets;
• Create a shared understanding of the state of infrastructure in BC First Nation communities; and,
• Hear the stories of other BC communities implementing programs.
Who should attend?
Your staff are invited to attend a sustainable infrastructure workshop, with up to two (2) participants
welcome. We encourage representation that spans community operations / public works, finance,
housing, capital projects, planning, communications and Council. Those that have not attending a
previous Sustainable Infrastructure Workshop will be given priority.
Criteria for participation:
Due to limited spaces for each event date, and to ensure we are able to accommodate participation from as many Nation/Band and communities as possible, a maximum of 3 participants per Nation/Band are eligible to attend with travel reimbursement. Should additional participants from your Nation wish to attend, please advise us via email and we will seek approval or put on a priority waitlist
Eligible travel costs will be covered for up to 3 participants per community.
Attendees will only be reimbursed travel expenses based on the most economical travel cost to the workshop location closest to their First Nation for up to three (3) attendees per First Nation. If you are signing up for another location that does not meet that criteria, you must outline the reason within the registration . All attendees are only permitted to attend one workshop.
Registration confirmation is based on a first come first served for each individual session date
Workshop Agenda: Sustainable Infrastructure Workshop
The workshop includes eight modules delivered over three days. Each module walks participants
through a key element of an asset management program using a series of hands-on activities,
discussion, and presentations. Examples of successful infrastructure management initiatives from
BC Region First Nations communities will be shared throughout. Participants are asked to come
prepared to participate for the full three days.
Day 1 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
Module 1 – Introduction to Sustainable Infrastructure
Module 2 – State of Infrastructure and Management Capacity
Day 2 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
Module 2 – State of Infrastructure and Management Capacity continued
Module 3 – Maximizing the Life of Existing Infrastructure
Module 4 – The People Who Make it Happen
Module 5 – The Decision-Making Process
Day 3 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
Module 6 – Knowing our Financial Situation
Module 7 – Monitoring Performance
Module 8 – Implementation
Preparation for Workshop
In preparation for the workshop, participants are encouraged to think about the following questions:
• What services does your community provide to members and leaseholders?
• What is your role (directly or indirectly) in supporting the delivery of these services?
• What infrastructure does the community own, operate and maintain?
• What is your community’s vision for the future?
Please come prepared to participate and have fun!