The purpose of this initiative is to promote the values of connectivity, shared mobility, social equity and resource efficiency in the planning and development of our region.  It was launched on October 10, 2019 at a leadership conference organized by entrepreneurship@UBCO and sponsored by the OSLC, the architectural firm IBI, and the law firm of Lawson Lundell.

Participants included research scientists, tech entrepreneurs, developers from Urban Systems, Troika and Mission Group, government officials and community planers.  The group discussed issues that included a unified, valley-wide transportation system, and regional land use planning strategies.   

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Also discussed were smart building technologies and improved communications networks capable of providing high-speed internet access for all, improved energy and resource efficiencies, reduced traffic, and more rapid disaster response capabilities.  

Around the world, it is cities (not nation states) that are energizing innovation and developing solutions.  Federal and provincial governments will not make this place a center for excellence when it comes to creating smart cities, implementing biodynamic agricultural practices, developing recycling and renewable energy ventures, promoting public transportation strategies, or utilizing natural ecosystems to ensure climate change resilience.    

Our focus on the sustainability of the Okanagan Valley can have a tremendous impact on the future of our region and serve as a model for others to follow.  Increasingly it will be up to us to determine our own fate and the future of our communities.  Intelligent OKNG will play a leadership role in this effort.    

Intelligent OKGN Resources

Climate Projections for the Okanagan Region

This work offers climate projections for the Okanagan region, which is located within the Traditional Territories of the Syilx Okanagan…

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Global Goals, Local Action: Kelowna’s Voluntary Local Review

While the Sustainable Development Goals are often framed as a global agenda, the priorities outlined in the agenda often require…

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A New Future for Old Forests: What We Heard

In July 2019, government appointed panel members Garry Merkel and Al Gorley to lead an old-growth strategic review. They gathered…

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Keeping Nature in our Future A Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan Region

Keeping Nature in our Future, ‘A Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan Region’ (the Strategy) is an environmental policy framework that…

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