City of Kimberley to host AKBLG

Association of Kootenay Boundary Municipalities convention

The City of Kimberley is hosting this year’s Association of Kootenay Boundary Municipalities convention at the Conference Centre next week. Coun. Albert Hoglund has informed Council that plans are going well and Kimberley is ready to throw out the welcome mat to visiting delegates.

Guest speakers are booked, the agenda is set and all kinds of extra activities that showcase Kimberley have been planned.

Key note speaker for the conference is Greg Caws, an entrepreneur who builds technology businesses. He is president of the BC Innovation Council and served as technological lead for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic bid.

A number of other speakers and workshops are planned as well, including a session with Sean Campbell, General Manager of Community Futures East Kootenay; Linda Stokes, a legal expert on municipal governments; Michael Hoher; a Nelson-based entrepreneur and business development specialist; Dr. Terri MacDonald, BC Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development; Abra Brynne, Director of Engagement and Policy, BC Food Systems Network; and Paris Marshall Smith, a local food systems expert from Creston.

Delegates and guests will also tour the SunMine and the Mark Creek flume rehab project.

The conference runs April 27 to 29. The Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) is the local government association that represents the municipalities and electoral areas of the south-eastern portion of the province of British Columbia. The area includes the Regional Districts of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), Central Kootenay (RDCK), East Kootenay (RDEK) as well as the Town of Golden and the Village of Valemount.