AGM 2011 – Featured speakers: Doug Hurst of Selkirk Power speaking about small hydro projects providing clean energy and George Penfold speaking about the dangers of globalization and how local and regional collaboration makes a difference.

AGM 2012 – Forum jointly sponsored by the Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce
Featured speakers including Dale Hodgens, owner of Kokanee Spring, Tom Lymberry, Gray Creek Store and Jamie Cox, manager of the new Crawford Bay Market. Many businesses and organizations had a chance to introduce themselves. A short film about Zimmerman’s was shown about the benefits of lateral business ownership, existing to give people better lives rather than just make money: http://vimeo.com/43003986

AGM 2013 – Forum again jointly sponsored by the Economic Development Commission (EDC)and the Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce will allow new and old businesses to introduce themselves. Featured speakers will be Wild Things Organic Dairy, Brian Anger who is creating the development behind the Crawford Bay Market, the Yasodhara Ashram who is celebrating their 50th anniversary and the Gray Creek Store who is celebrating their 100th year!

Other Events Sponsored – there have been a number but these are the most recent

  • Community Discussion about creating local Power at the Junction Creek Hub – Fall 2012
  • On April 15th, 2013, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC)  hosted a discussion with Don Scarlett (micro-hydro) and David Dubois (biomass) representing Green Energy as a Rural Economic Development Tool Project on alternative heat and power systems for small communities. SIBAC is a organization that intended to quantify the impact of the mountain pine beetle in the southern interior of BC, find ways to sustain and strengthen the communities most affected. SIBAC has been doing work up at the north end of Kootenay Lake. The event is happened at Yasodhara Ashram in partnership with Community Connections and is supported by Columbia Basin Trust.