Festival Schedule

Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 5 pm

The Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St, Victoria
Admission to the festival is free (outdoors and Carson Hall) – Ticketed Event Information

Panel & Workshop Schedule

Admission to festival exhibits, music, art and EV show is free of charge.
Ticketed events are noted below:

April 23

10 am – 4 pm
Soul Food: A Day of Creativity & Magic
Ann Mortifee & Sherrill Miller

1:30 – 3:30 pm
Tour A Leading Victoria High Tech Firm
Reliable Controls LEED Certified Building

Space is limited, reserve your seat today!

Net Zero Buildings – How to Reduce Energy Costs

Net Zero Buildings –
How to Reduce Energy Costs

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Newcombe Room, Royal BC Museum

Net zero buildings offer numerous benefits. Learn from this expert panel how to reduce your individual carbon emissions by 25% by eliminating fossil-fuel energy use for heating, appliances, lights and plugs using the latest technology.

Moderator: Tara Zajac, Cascadia Collaborative
Overview on Energy Use and Carbon Emissions: Richard Iredale, Iredale Architect
Latest Heat Pump & Heat Recovery Unit Technology: Trevor Curtis, Electronics Instructor, Camosun College
Electronic Controls Technology: Tom Zaban, Reliable Controls
Solar PV Technology: Michael Geldreich, Power to the People
Passivhaus Windows & Insulation: Small Planet Building Supply

Cross Canada Trip in an Electric Car with Camping Trailer

Cross Canada Trip in an Electric Car with Camping Trailer

11 am – Noon

Lecture Room, Royal BC Museum

Meet Rolf and Silke who crossed Canada in 2016 with a 100% electric car towing a solar-powered camping trailer. Learn what motivated this local husband and wife team to go on this three month/15,000 km ‘sustainability journey’ from Victoria BC to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Find out about the challenges they faced during those three months and hear about the amazing Canadians they met along the way.

View their car and trailer at the Electric Love and chat with Rolf and Silke who will be in attendance all day.

(in)Visible Influence - How Architecture Effects Everyone

(in)Visible Influence – How Architecture Effects Everyone

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lecture Room, Royal BC Museum

Our buildings and cities both reflect our culture, and shape it. Design can encourage beautiful sustainable communities, or can make the right choices the most difficult ones, leading to social isolation and unsustainable lifestyles. At worst, according to one analysis, the way cities were designed in Syria laid the foundation for the ongoing conflict there. At best, a thoughtful approach to the growth and change of our cities is essential to facilitate social connection, vibrant community, and real solutions to climate change.

We believe change should be good, design is powerful, and collaboration is fun. Join us for an interactive discussion where we will look at the future of Victoria through the lens of architecture and urbanism. The best way to predict the future is to design it!

Graeme Verhulst

With the realization that to make change we have to build differently, Graeme decided to pursue a career in architecture with the goal of improving people’s relationships with our fellow humans and the environment through better buildings.
He is a keen advocate for advanced building science and the need to move our new and existing buildings towards net zero and beyond. Through his volunteer work with Passive House Canada∣Maison Passive Canada, he has participated in discussions at the provincial and federal level about how policy instruments and changes to the building code can both encourage industry leaders to drive the cutting edge forward, and can build capacity at all levels to deliver the comfortable, affordable, and energy efficient buildings the public deserves.

Will King

Will became involved with the Green Building Council early in his career, becoming a LEED Accredited Professional during the first generation of the program. He also worked on one of the first designs to take up the Living Building Challenge.

Through his experience, he saw beyond mere efficiency and into truly triple bottom line sustainability and has embraced a completely new approach to the way we think, the way we act, and the way we build.

Heritage buildings have also been one of Will’s passions. He has taken on the challenge of maintaining the connection to history and place that heritage buildings give us, while adapting them to modern expectations of comfort, safety, and performance.

Forests and Communities for the Future

The Sustainability Connection

Forests and Communities for the Future
The Sustainability Connection

1:45 – 5 pm

Newcombe Room, Royal BC Museum

Ann Mortifee, Order of Canada recipient, singer/songwriter, author, and founder of the Trust for Sustainable Forestry, longtime sustainable forestry consultant Ray Travers, Kathleen Code of the new Wildwood/Ecoforestry Institute team, and Ancient Forest Alliance Campaigner & Photographer TJ Watt will share in a multi-media presentation on sustainable forestry and living forest communities.

This new paradigm is needed to replace the destructive environmental, social and economic impacts of the current system of forest management and tenuring on the public and private lands of Vancouver Island. The intention is to create a vision of an ideal future of truly sustainable forestry and sustainable communities committed to stewarding the forests, and to identify the actions needed to realize this vision.

Ann Mortifee will also enrich the afternoon with her songs and a reading from her book In Love with the Mystery against a background of stunning imagery by international, award winning photographer Frances Litman.

This inspiring afternoon will complete with audience participation to set the context for The Future of Sustainable Forests and Communities in BC, and as an umbrella teaching model for Vancouver Island and the world.

Ann will sign books at the conclusion of the presentation until 5:15 pm.

Eden Grove in Port Renfrew - Photo by TJ Watt
Quatsino Sound logging - Photo by TJ Watt

Ann Mortifee

A singer with a remarkable four-octave range, Ann is a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honour bestowed on civilians by the Government of Canada. Her albums, concerts, musicals, scores (for ballet, opera, film and TV), and book, In Love with the Mystery, has generated numerous national and international distinctions and several awards. She is a compelling storyteller and keynote speaker at major conferences. Ann facilitates workshops on arts and consciousness, and has co-founded two foundations – one for social innovation and one for forestry conservation. Ann is the Co-Founder of the Trust for Sustainable Forestry and the guiding light of Everwoods and Elkington Living Forest Communities.
She resides in British Columbia and is the wife of the late jazz flutist and ‘father of new age music’, Paul Horn.

Ray Travers

Ray Travers is a Registered Professional Forester (Ret) and has both a B.Sc. in Forestry (UBC – Silvics Option) and a Master of Forestry (Oregon State University – Major Forest Management, Minor Silviculture). Although Ray was trained in the industrial forestry model, he made the transition, consistent with his values, to ecologically based community forestry with a focus on growing high quality wood. Ray states, ‘All are departures from the dominant failing model of BC forestry.’
Ray advocates the creation of a better future forestry for us all. Ray was the forestry advisor for the September 2016 policy paper entitled “The Future of Forests and Communities on Vancouver Island” created by Island Forest Futures.

Kathleen Code

Kathleen has been associated with Wildwoods since 2008. She earned a Masters In Environment and Management from Royal Roads University. Her thesis topic was sustainable community forestry. She is currently an economic development policy analyst with the BC Government, though she is soon to retire. Kathleen has been on the Board of the Ecoforestry Institute Society (EIS) since 2014. Kathleen first served as Communications Director and is currently Vice Chair.

TJ Watt

TJ Watt is an award-winning nature and conservation photographer from Victoria, who works to shed light on BC’s endangered old-growth forests in an effort to help see them saved. A self-described ‘big-tree hunter’, TJ can often be found driving remote backroads and exploring hidden regions of Vancouver Island in search of the last old-growth giants. He also serves as a photographer and campaigner with the Ancient Forest Alliance, a non-profit organization he co-founded that works to protect BC’s old-growth forests and ensure a sustainable second-growth forest industry. His images have helped bolster environmental campaigns and have been featured in art exhibits, magazines, and news media across Canada and around the world. They have also played a pivotal role in securing the protection of important areas such as the renowned Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew.

Birds, Beauty and the Salish Sea

Birds, Beauty and the Salish Sea

2:30 – 4:30 pm

Newcombe Room, Royal BC Museum

Learn about our very own migratory bird sanctuaries, rare plants, waterways and how to be a steward of the beauty that surrounds us.

This incredible group of local experts will share their wealth of wisdom and brainstorm with the audience solutions for protecting and preserving what makes our region so special.

Panelists include:

Jacques Sirois: Friends of Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary & member of the CRD’s Gorge Waterway Initiative
Charles Campbell: Dogwood Initiative, Communications Coordinator
Dorothy Chambers: Salmon in The City project, Colquitz Watershed Advocate
Laurie Gourlay: Salish Sea Trust
Ann Nightingale: Seeing Birds in New Ways with New Technology

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Quatsino Sound logging - Photo by TJ Watt

Dorothy Chambers

Salmon and SilverCity? Learn about the incredible ecosystem that sits next to SilverCity and the Tillicum Mall. Dorothy Chambers has voluntarily spent 25 years championing for the protection of the environmental integrity and wildlife of Cuthbert Holmes Park and the Colquitz River estuary.

She is an active participant in the Friends of Cuthbert Holmes Park, the Gorge Waterway Initiative, the Gorge Tillicum Community Association and the Salmon in The City project. She is a tireless educator on the Colquitz River and about the values of the watershed and encourages interaction with the Coho Salmon program whenever possible. Through Dorothy’s efforts, the environmental effects of contaminants and the importance of the Colquitz Watershed, Cuthbert Holmes Park and surrounding ecosystems have garnered more protection.

Charles Campbell

Charles Campbell’s passion for art, social justice and the environment led him to focus his creativity on the early development of Dogwood and initiatives like the NoTanker Loonie campaign, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project, work with Robert Bateman, addressing climate change and empowering people in the political system.

He left Dogwood in 2010 to spend five years pursuing his artistic passions. During that time he served at the Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica and worked as an independent artist, exhibiting his painting, performance and installation work internationally. Charles returned to Dogwood Initiative in June 2015.

Laurie Gourlay

A local campaign is underway to have the Salish Sea declared a World Heritage Site. Salish Sea includes and unites the established and familiar names of the various water and land bodies (the Strait of Georgia, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, etc. The name also pays tribute to the Coast Salish peoples who have inhabited the area since long before Euro-American explorers first arrived.

The Salish Sea is a unique inner sea with a long history of providing food and sustenance, habitat and biodiversity for marine species, and all those living alongside its shores. Laurie Gourlay, interim director of the Salish Sea Trust, will discuss how we can protect the environment and coast, our significant cultural and natural heritage, First Nation interests and economic benefits for BC and Canada.

Jacques Sirois

Naturalist, biologist and heritage enthusiast, Jacques Sirois worked for 20 years with the Canadian Wildlife Service in several Migratory Bird Sanctuaries and National Wildlife Areas in Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Canada.

In the last 18 years, he was a regular lecturer and guide on small expedition ships in the Arctic and Antarctica. He is chair of Friends of Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary, co-warden of the Trial Islands Ecological Reserve and co-caretaker of the Chain Islets Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. As a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, he is dedicated to making Canada better known to Canadians and to the world.

Ann Nightingale

Birds come and go with the seasons, but how do we understand the connections between their wintering and summering grounds? New technology allows us to follow the birds, in groups, and as individuals, and we are surprised by some of the things we are learning!

Ann Nightingale is an avid birder, naturalist and a bit of a techno-geek. Ann leads field trips and speaks on bird-related topics in Victoria and beyond. She has been recognized for her volunteer efforts by receiving the Governor General’s Caring Canadian award and the American Birding Association’s Betty Peterson Award for Conservation and Community.

Ann is also a volunteer with the Rocky Point Bird Observatory, a member organization of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.

Becoming Intimate with the Earth

With Pauline Le Bel

Becoming Intimate with the Earth

11 am – 1 pm

Art Room, Royal BC Museum

There’s a compelling new narrative for the world – a soul-stirring story that recreates the role of humans and offers hope in these challenging times.

Engage in Pauline Le Bel’s interactive musical, poetic telling of the birth of the Earth. With wisdom, wit, poetry and music, she guides participants through the Ways of Intimacy described in her book, Becoming Intimate with the Earth. Experience how you are embraced by, and embedded in, the natural world. And come away with your own intimacy practices.

Participants have said:
The program was life-changing for me.
Pauline’s gifts of storytelling and song invited us to transcend ourselves.

Pauline Le Bel is a masterful storyteller, an award-winning novelist, and Emmy-nominated screenwriter who has presented storytelling and Earth-honouring workshops in Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Seattle. The workshops were inspired by Pauline’s book, Becoming Intimate with the Earth, praised by both the scientific and ecological communities. The book is a seamless weaving together of our new science-based cosmology, the traditional wisdom of Indigenous people, and an artist’s passionate engagement with life.

Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution, reviewed the book as “Science-rich, artful, soul-nourishing.” Janaia Donaldson of Peak Moment TV said: “Becoming Intimate with the Earth is soul food.” Peter Adair, author of Earth Story Calendars, wrote: “Through stories, rituals, poems, and a sensitive and caring heart, Pauline weaves a poignant tapestry of connection.”

Pauline is also a professional singer, and has recorded five CDs of her original songs, both in French and English. In the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, she performed in theatres across Canada, and was called “a musical instrument linked to a soul” for her passionate portrayal of French singer, Edith Piaf, in a play she co-wrote.

Her poetic, musical telling of the Evolutionary Story of the Universe has received praise from participants, educators and the scientific community. Pauline’s passion and life’s work is the integration of music, science, nature and spirit for the benefit of the entire Earth Family.

Her first book of poetry will be published in the spring of 2017, and her non- fiction book, Whale in the Door: Re-Imagining Howe Sound, an environmental history, will be published in September 2017.

Creative Upcycling

The Life of a T-Shirt

Creative Upcycling – The Life of a T-Shirt

2 – 5 pm

Art Room, Royal BC Museum

Creative Upcyclist and SaltSpring Island textile artist, Jaime Murdoch, leads this fascinating workshop that explores the question: Where do T-shirts come from? And where do they go?

By following the trail of the cotton t-shirt, we can raise our global awareness about where clothing factories are in the world, who makes our shirts, where the cotton comes from and what impact growing and processing cotton and manufacturing garments has on textile workers and the earth.

Participants will be given a hands-on opportunity to deconstruct a t-shirt to understand the different components and to create their very own one-of-a-kind t-shirt bag that can be used again and again for books, groceries, etc. while reducing textile and plastic waste. No sewing or art experience required.

Simple straight stitching techniques will be taught, using large darning needles and felt squares (provided) and simple knotting techniques will be used to
create the bag. Fabric markers and simple sewing tools (needle, scissors, felt material) will be provided for use to create and embellish the bags. This workshop is suitable for anyone aged 8 (with assistance) to 80.

Supplies included. Participants are to bring a light coloured t-shirt, preferably second-hand or used (no navy or dark colours please).

Creatively Upcycling
Jaime Murdoch
Colourful shirts
T-Shirt Bag with produce

Special Sunday, April 23rd Event

Nurture Your Creativity with Soul Food

Nurture Your Creativity With Soul Food

Sunday, April 23, 10 am – 4 pm

at the Victoria TM Centre, #202-1842 Oak Bay Ave

Join long-time friends Ann Mortifee & Sherrill Miller to celebrate change and possibility, using music, images, story and deep conversation to open a portal to your inner landscape, your wellspring of creativity and personal wisdom.

Be sure to bring a notebook, water bottle, and passion!

Ann Mortifee’s presence brings magic and vitality to any gathering. Drawing on spiritual traditions around the world, she reveals the intuitive wisdom at the heart of the feminine spirit – in both women and men. Years as a concert artist performing solo or with the likes of Harry Belafonte, John Denver and her late husband, Paul Horn, composing musicals, film and ballet scores, singing with symphony orchestras, one-woman shows, inspirational CD’s and books, all led to being honoured with the prestigious Order of Canada, and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, for her outstanding contribution to the performing and healing arts.

Sherrill Miller uses symbolic, artistic, psychological and spiritual concepts to assist individuals and groups in discovering deeper ways of understanding their lives. Working with the mystical images portrayed by her late husband, renowned Canadian photographer Courtney Milne, she guides participants to move from knowledge to wisdom, using a “Landscapes of Consciousness” process evolved through years of creative exploration and photography of sacred places around the world. This work is about navigating through the mystery of life in a more meaningful way.

In Love with the Mystery
The Gift of Change

Special Sunday, April 23rd Event

Tour one of Victoria's Leading High Tech Firms

Reliable Controls LEED Building Tour

Sunday, April 23, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

at Reliable Controls, 120 Hallowell Rd

Visit Reliable Controls, one of this city’s most awarded research, design, development, and manufacturing companies. Learn how sustainability is at the forefront of everything they do, including in the design of their LEED certified building. More than 40% of the most energy efficient buildings in British Columbia depend on Reliable Controls internet-connected building automation system. This View Royal based company has grown to have offices all over the world and be internationally recognized as a leader in reducing GHGs in commercial buildings.

Space is limited so register now!

All funds to support Creatively United and This Is Leadership.org

Reliable Controls