Responding to diverse stakeholder interests and longstanding issues associated with the use of Cowichan Lake resources, Cortex was retained in 2012 to design and facilitate a 2-day multi-stakeholder workshop to explore ways to sustain Cowichan Lake shoreline values.
Cortex worked with a planning committee comprising representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Conservation Foundation, Cowichan Lake & River Stewardship Society, Cowichan Valley Regional District, Cowichan Watershed Board, the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Timberwest.
The 2-day event, held in April 2013, attracted over 50 participants including governments (local, provincial, federal), First Nations, community organizations, non-government organizations, property owners, business owners, and academics. Working together, participants articulated a strategic framework and committed to specific actions related to managing Cowichan Lake shorelines to 2023.
Cowichan Lake stakeholders have used the collective vision and goals, and other information generated at the workshop, in developing strategic plans to guide their actions going forward.