Environment Funders Canada Conference
May 17-19, 2022
Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel and Villas
We are fortunate to be gathering on the land which is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan People.
Environment Funders Canada is thrilled to invite members and other funders to join together for our national conference, Transform 2022: Connection & Collaboration, which will take place in Kelowna, B.C., May 17th – 19th, with an optional overnight field trip May 16th – 17th. After close to three years apart, we are excited to provide an opportunity to reconnect with each other in a beautiful place, so that we may decompress, enjoy each other’s company, connect the dots between different opportunities in front of us, and forge new pathways for the way forward.
At this time last year, we were one year into the pandemic and adjusting to how the ground had shifted beneath our feet. The pandemic heightened our sensitivity to the fragility of our social, economic, and environmental systems, and increased our willingness to break our ‘sectoral bubbles’ while still confined to our social ones. We explored all of this and more during our 2021 Virtual Conference, Transform 2021: Bubble-breaking and Sense-making.
Today, with a deepened understanding of the interconnectedness between other change movements and ours, and an ever-increasing urgency to respond to the intensifying climate and biodiversity crises, many of us are now actively and collectively working toward environmental change grounded in:
• Justice, equity, and Indigenous rights
• Trust-based philanthropy and deep relationships
• Grassroots, community-led innovation
• Responsible asset investment
Our 2022 conference aims to enhance our connection to each other and to nature, nurture and facilitate opportunities for collaboration that will allow for new systems and solutions to emerge, and orient ourselves to key sectoral gaps that require our attention in order to spur the transformation we seek.
Please explore this website to learn more about our conference and all it has to offer! Our program is still being finalized so please check back often as information will be updated regularly.
EFC staff will also be reaching out to funders directly with opportunities to participate in the development and delivery of some sessions, so please watch for that too!
Environment Funders Canada’s commitment to reconciliation, inclusive communities and a future that is good for people, planet, and place will underpin the planning and delivery of our conference. While recognizing there is a ‘carbon cost’ to gathering in person, we are taking tangible steps to address the carbon footprint of our conference, through green practices and the inclusion of a recommended carbon offset fee in the registration. We hope you will support our efforts to make this year’s conference the greenest yet.
We are also committed to ensuring the health and safety of all conference participants and attendees. The conference will be subject to B.C. provincial COVID-19 requirements and EFC’s Vaccination Policy.
The Venue and Surroundings
Located on the shores of Okanagan Lake in the BC interior, the Manteo Resort offers fine rooms and facilities in Kelowna. With a backdrop of rugged mountains and a foreground of crystal blue lake waters, it is a naturally inspiring location. We are fortunate to be gathering on the land which is the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples.
The BC Interior is a unique environment that combines mountains and desert landscapes. The hot dry summer climate has made this a top fruit growing region for many years and now it is home to a large variety of vineyards and wineries.
The grasslands and deserts of the Interior are unique and well worth exploring. Our pre-conference field trip will take guests out for a visit to this fascinating and fragile landscape that features rattlesnakes and cacti.
In the summer of 2019, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia and the Syilx/Okanagan Nation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formally work toward establishing a national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. According to Parks Canada, “protecting this area, we will help support the recovery of over 30 federally listed species at risk, and over 60 provincially listed species, including American badgers, flammulated owls, yellow breasted chat, desert night snakes, and western rattlesnakes.”
Conference Planning Committee
The conference is guided by a strong Conference Planning Committee, chaired by James Littley of the Okanagan Basin Water Board. Our sincerest thanks to this committee whose input is vital to making our conference a success.
Chair: James Littley, Okanaga Basin Water Board
Lauren Burt, Consecon Foundation
Flavie Desgagné-Éthier, Trottier Family Foundation
Aurore Fauret, Trottier Family Foundation
Caroline North, North Family Foundation
Mira Oreck, Houssian Foundation
Carolina Restrepo, Okanagan Basin Water Board
Rod Ruff, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
Registration is now open! Take advantage of Early Bird rates until April 15th at 5:00pm ET. As a reminder, Sustaining members receive complimentary registrations as follows: Builders (3); Championship (2); Leadership (1). Conference sponsors may also be eligible for complimentary registrations, depending on sponsorship level (2 – $10,000+; 1 – $5,000-$9,999).
To encourage multiple attendees per organization, we are offering a discounted rate (30% off) for additional tickets after you register two paid registrations at the full applicable price. We are also offering a reduced youth rate (under 30 years) for funders who qualify. Finally, we are pleased to extend member rates to staff of partner philanthropic network organizations and/or funder collaboratives who do not themselves qualify for EFC membership.