Highlights of the four-day Current Perspective conference included a variety of exciting celebrations.
An Evening with Justin Trudeau and Opening Reception
Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 6:00-9:00 pm
The education and empowerment of youth are priorities that have dominated Justin Trudeau’s professional and personal life and he shared his Current Perspective in this empowering keynote address.
Shortly after completing a bachelor of arts degree in English literature at McGill University, Justin moved to Vancouver to earn a Bachelor’s of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. For the next four years, Justin devoted himself to teaching children of all ages, in public and private schools, in a range of subjects, which included English, French and math.
Justin is actively involved with Katimavik, Canada’s leading national youth volunteer-service program. He works to increase the engagement of Canada’s youth towards their country, their communities and their environment.
In addition to Katimavik, Justin is also involved with the Canadian Avalanche Foundation, promoting intelligent risk-taking and safety awareness; and wilderness groups such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
Justin Trudeau presently resides in Montreal where he is completing a Master's degree in Environmental Geography at McGill. His work with a large number of diverse organizations and levels of government keeps him travelling extensively to help ensure that Canada is prepared to meet the challenges and responsibilities its future holds.
The Biggest Fur Trading Party Since 1821
Monday, June 11 - 5:00–9:00 pm
To celebrate the designation of the Red as a Canadian Heritage River, Current Perspective created an historic re-enactment of Explorer David Thompson's arrival at The Forks. Paddling down the Red and Assiniboine in a voyageur canoe, David Thompson disembarked at The Forks where he was met by representatives from four First Nations bands in native dress.
Drummers, dancers, tipis, storytelling and hundreds of spectators were on hand as part of the celebration. The event progressed from the waterfront to Scotiabank Stage for a Manitoba feast and an evening concert featuring a top line-up of musical talent.
Gala Awards Banquet
Tuesday, June 12 - 5:00–9:00 pm
Delegates enjoyed a lively evening of recognition and celebration plus a special dinner featuring regional cuisine and the comedy of Dean Jenkinson.
The Canadian River Heritage Conference National Awards and the Bill Mason Award are presented at each of the Canadian River Heritage Conferences to recognize outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in protecting Canada's river heritage. For more information on these awards and the recipients click here.
Lunch and Closing Ceremonies
Wednesday, June 13 - Noon–2:30 pm
The conference closing ceremonies featured a keynote presentation by Ian Tamblyn and conference wrap-up by Don Gayton.
Ian Tamblyn has been a musician, songwriter, playwright and producer for many years. He has recorded several albums and countless soundtracks for theater and film. In recent years, Ian has had a close association with adventure travel and scientific expeditions. These travels have taken him from the icebergs of Greenland to the underwater world of Antarctica.
Don is an ecologist with a wide background in grassland and dry forest ecosystems. Having traveled and worked extensively throughout Western North America, Gayton has authored award-winning non-fiction books including Kokanee, Landscapes of the Interior and The Wheatgrass Mechanism. His recent technical publications include Ground Work: Basic Concepts in Ecological Restoration and British Columbia Grasslands: Monitoring Vegetation Change. He was recently given the Patricia Roberts-Pichette Award for leadership in ecological monitoring and research. He lives in Summerland, British Columbia, where he works as an ecologist for the Forest Research Extension Partnership.