Day One

Thursday, November 24

1:00pm-1:30pm Opening Plenary: Welcome Greetings from Mayor Cote and First Nations

Video Messages from Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)


Click here to see video message from Bill McKibben, environmentalist, author, and journalist

1:30pm-2:30pm Plenary Panel - Setting the Stage 



Four planks for a bold and progressive BC jobs agenda Seth Klein |  CCPA | 2016 

Climate Justice Project CCPA | 2016

BC Budget Brief 2017 CCPA | 2016

Bold Green Jobs Plan for BC | 2013

2:45pm-3:45pm Concurrent Learning Sessions

Session 1: BC’s Original Renewable Resource: Wood

Learn how new products, technology, and advances in mass timber engineering are expanding the use of wood, and changing the way we construct large and tall buildings. Examples of mass timber structures and game-changing buildings include UBC’s Brock Commons Student Residence, and Adera Development’s Virtuoso condominium.  Structurlam uses BC fibre, BC labour and extracts tremendous value from the timber resource, providing good jobs in rural British Columbia.

  • Bill Downing, President, Structurlam Products

Video: Innovation in Mass Timber Construction by Adera Development Corporation 

Session 2: The Future of Work in a Low Carbon Economy

In the past BC’s economy was driven by natural resources. Today most of us (4 out of 5) work in the service sector. A new study from Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED) profiles which sectors really drive BC’s economy in 2016. Panelists will discuss the future of work in BC and the opportunities for good employment in a low carbon economy.

  • Geoff Dembicki, Author & Journalist
  • Liz McDowell, Researcher & Co-founder CRED
  • Dr. Jennie Moore, Associate Dean of Building Design and Construction Technology Programs BCIT

Readings: What’s Fuelling Our Economy: Is Kinder Morgan’s Proposed Pipeline Inconsistent with New Economic Trends and Realities?  Nov 2016 | Conversations for Responsible Economic Development  

Session 3: Financing the Low Carbon Economy

How do we pay for the investment in our low carbon future? Drawing inspiration from around the globe, this session will look at a variety of strategies including carbon pricing, public procurement, green funds, and institutional investment. Hear about new, emerging initiatives and tried and true strategies to finance a low carbon economy.

Session 4: The Creative Economy

The Conference Board of Canada has estimated that the creative economy represents more than 7 per cent of Canada’s GDP and accounts for more than one million jobs. This session will explore the growth of BC’s Motion Picture Industry in terms of physical production, including new opportunities and initiatives, environmental management, sustainable production work, recycling and best practices.

  • Julie Bernard, Creative BC
  • Kelsey Evans, Keep It Green Recycling
  • Zena Harris, Green Spark Group
  • Phil Klapwyk, IATSE 891
  • Kendrie Upton, DGC BC

Session 5: The Built Environment - Presented by Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change

The construction industry has enormous challenges – and potential – in reducing the climate footprint of the built environment. This session will present research on some of the major initiatives in ‘green’ training and apprenticeship in Europe and BC. It will link higher technical standards for measuring building energy performance with the development of workforce skills capable of implementing low carbon construction objectives. The European speakers will discuss progress being made in the UK and continental Europe, while the two from BC will present research on the efforts of a local building trades union to ‘green’ the culture of its member’s workplaces.

  • Dr. John R. Calvert, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University, BC
  • Linda Clarke, Professor, European Industrial Relations, University of Westminster, UK
  • Dr. Colin Gleeson, Reader, Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, UK
  • Corinne Tallon, Graduate student, Simon Fraser University, BC

4:15pm-5:30 Plenary Panel - Economic Reconciliation

  • Moderated by Kathryn Gretsinger


  • Chief Bob Chamberlin, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  • Peter Robinson, CEO, David Suzuki Foundation
  • Jan O’Brien, Director, Vancity
  • Gavin McGarrigle, BC Area Director, Unifor

5:30pm-6:30pm Reception and Trade Exhibit

6:30pm-7:30pm Keynote Speaker:  Bob McDonald - Why Canada Needs a Green Industrial Revolution