A year ago this weekend, Colonel Chris Hadfield took a small trip compared to his many voyages to space—but a big trip in the eyes of Columbia Basin residents. That’s because the Canadian astronaut travelled to speak at the 2017 Columbia Basin Symposium in Kimberley, BC.

“The things we accomplish in life are a reflection of the edges of our expectations,” Colonel Hadfield told the 450 delegates. “I have had tremendous privilege…to let other people perhaps see opportunities that they might not have realized existed.”

The Symposium also helps people “see opportunities.” The Trust holds this free event every few years, aimed at bringing together residents to collectively look toward the future of the Basin.

With the theme SHIFT! Thriving in Change, the 2017 Symposium took place from October 13 to 15. It included sessions focused on how to harness opportunities from three global trends: shifting demographics in our communities, rapidly evolving technology and the changing climate.

It also included a free evening of Basin culture and entertainment for the public. The event drew over 1,500 people downtown to attend a farmers’ market, enjoy First Nations dancers, hear the Fernie-based band Shred Kelly and more.

What to learn more about this event? View the infographic.