April 2016

Sea-to-Sky Branch Dinner Presentation: "Greenest City"

Vancouver City Action Plan as the Greenest City

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. For more information and space availability, please contact [email protected] Thank you!
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM-9:00 PM: Special Guest Registration - No Charge
Location: Holiday Inn and Suites, 700 Old Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $35 each for members and guests who register online.
$40 each for members and guests who register at the door.
$25 for EIT’s or GIT’s who register online or at the door.
$20 for student members who register online or at the door.
Please note: Door registration is only available space permitting. Cash bar service will be available during social networking and dinner. (Cash is required for purchases at the bar as debit and credit cards are not accepted. Thank you).
You and your guests are invited to attend the Sea-to-Sky Branch Dinner Presentation titled: "Vancouver City Action Plan as the Greenest City". In 2010 the City of Vancouver began its ten-year journey toward becoming the Greenest City in the World by 2020. You are invited to hear from the City of Vancouver’s Acting Director of Sustainability, Doug Smith, P.Eng., on how this challenge was created, how it has been managed so far and what activities are planned for beyond 2020. Please see below for more information.

As one of the grassroots organizations, Squamish Stream Keepers Society has been working with municipalities and local communities in assisting Vancouver to become the Greenest City in the World. Dr. Jonn Matsen, Director of the Society, will talk about one of their projects: Return of Herrings to Howe Sound.
In 2006, the Society members experimented with wrapping 60 of the creosote pilings with protective materials and had an excellent improvement in hatch out. The return of herring to Howe Sound attracted hundreds of dolphins and dozens of orcas. With the positive initial result, the Society began wrapping pilings at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf three years ago and have seen millions of juvenile herring hatch out around the area. Dr. Matsen will talk about the project challenges and successes.


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Registration, Social Networking and Cash Bar
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM: Announcements & Introductions
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM: BBQ Buffet Dinner, Dessert, Coffee & Tea and Cash Bar
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Doug Smith, P.Eng. - Presentation
7:30 PM - 8:15 PM: Dr. Jonn Matsen - Presentation
8:15 PM - 8:45 PM: Questions & Answers and Discussion
8:45 PM - 9:00 PM: Closing


Doug Smith, P.Eng.
Acting Director of Sustainability Group, City of Vancouver

Doug Smith, P.Eng., is a structural engineer and a UBC graduate and has been with the City of Vancouver for the past 25 years. Upon graduation, he spent one year with BC Hydro designing transmission towers.

He is currently the Acting Director of Sustainability for the City of Vancouver and his portfolio includes the Greenest City Action Plan, the Renewable City Strategy, the Green Operations Plan, and the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. He has managed many areas in his 25 years including Emergency Management, Structures, Greenways, and Equipment Services. He also is the Structural Specialist for Vancouver’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team and in that role he has responded to landslides, floods, and earthquakes; including the recent floods in Calgary Canada and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Dr. Jonn Matsen
Director, Squamish Stream Keepers Society

Dr. Matsen was born in Britannia Beach in 1949 and moved to Squamish when Britannia mine was closed. Like most West Coasters, sport fishing has been Jonn’s passion. He worked on commercial salmon trollers for two summers and fished from the Washington border to the Alaskan border.

Dr. Matsen graduated with a degree in Naturopathic Medicine and opened the North Shore Naturopathic Clinic in 1983. Jonn has written three books on the Eating Alive Program where his goal is to teach people how to heal themselves. When coho stocks collapsed in the late 1990’s, Jonn joined the Squamish Stream Keepers and became the Herring Recovery Coordinator.


  • To register online, please use the link below.
  •  To help us predict our catering needs, please register prior to April 21, 2016
  • Due to space limitations, online registrations are limited to the first 90 people.
  •  For group registrations or to sponsor this event, please call Tim Verigin at the head office at 604-430-8035. Thank you.
  •  Eligible for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH)
  • Event organizer: Mamoud Bashi, MBA, P.Eng., Chair – APEGBC Sea to Sky Branch [email protected]


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